Status and Photos Top the List for Mocial Users

Thanks to the invention of the smartphone, we can now keep on top of everything our friends are doing, all the time. Oh, and we can even call and speak to them, too! But why bother when you have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the like?

This past August, Prosper asked 294 smartphone and tablet users about their mocial usage, and though I’m not sure less than 300 is a good sampling, I’m pretty sure these numbers are in the ballpark.

Here’s the big one. 69.4% of users say they regularly read status updates from others and 65.6% look at photos on their phone. Updating their own social media status was slightly less important (53.4%)

For marketers, 26.5% said they use their device to “go to retailers’ pages to find deals while shopping.” Not bad.

Study Says Twitter Influences More Purchases Than Facebook

Facebook ads. Facebook brand pages. Facebook e-commerce. The forces are working hard to make the Face the place for marketers, but according to a new study by Kantar Media Compete, Twitter has them beat.

The numbers come from the quarterly “Online Shopper Intelligence Study” which looks at cross-channel shopping behavior. The survey was given to 2,574 online purchasers who shopped between July 14 and August 8, 2011 and here’s what they found out.

35% of respondents said that Twitter feeds had an influence on their purchase decisions. Only 23.5% had the same thing to say about Facebook.

The Borderless Consumer and Other Game Changing Trends

Holiday shopping used to mean a trip to the local mall and a Saturday jaunt out to the outlet center in the next county. But this year, people in the US will be buying gifts from all over the world because they can do it easily and cheaply, from the comfort of their home.

The borderless consumer is just one of the game-changing retail trends discussed at a recent event sponsored by WomenCorporateDirectors.

Instant currency conversion tools, multi-language websites and no-borders web hosts like eBay and Etsy, have made it just as easy to buy a gift from Spain as it is from Kansas.

Not only are geographical boundaries disappearing, but so are the old-school “retail channels.”

Susan Chambers, Executive Vice President, Global People Division for Walmart said,

Analysts Predict a Happy Holiday Season for Retailers

It’s only been September for a couple of days now, but its time to start thinking about Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls and that jolly guy in the fur-trimmed red suit. Horror tales of a poor economy might have you worried about a horrendous Grinch-mas, but the analysts over at eMarketer say this holiday season will be merry and bright (ish.)

Take a look at the numbers from the MasterCard Advisors’ “SpendingPulse” report. That’s an average retail sales growth of 14% over the same time last year.

The news gets better for online retailers, as experts say more people than ever will be using a virtual shopping cart instead of the metal kind this holiday season.

Jeffrey Grau, eMarketer principal analyst says;

Social Networks and Blogs Take Up Most of Our Internet Time

When you’re cruising around the internet, how much of your time is spent on a social network or blog? According to a new study published by Nielsen, those two categories eat up 23% of internet usage overall. This is double online gaming, which comes in at number two and after that, it takes 75 different categories to account for the remaining 35% of time spent.

Battle of the Sexes

Talking boys against the girls, the girls rule social media with the exception of LinkedIn and Wikia. It doesn’t look like Google+ was part of the survey and though I have no proof to back it up, that feels like it’s leaning more toward the men than the women. (Does anyone have numbers on that?)

Apps and Video Rise to the Top of Mobile Marketing Mix

Earlier this week, Frank took you through the MillennialMedia S.M.A.R.T report for Q2. Now I’m here with a closer look at the month of July, specifically the Post-Click Campaign Action Mix.

“Watch Video” showed the biggest growth with a 69% jump month-over-month. This is likely due to the heavy push from movie studios promoting their summer blockbusters and it made it one of the top three actions along with “Enroll /Join/Subscribe”.

Also tying for the top spot was “Application Downloads” which grew 12% month-over-month.

Coming right behind the leaders is “Mocial,” with growth of 34% month-over-month. It’s fun to note that “Place Call” dropped from 42% in May to only 21% in July. In the next ten years, I imagine we’ll have to drop the word “phone” all together and simply go with mobile device.

17 Percent of Photobucket Users Upload Video Once a Day

I have a digital movie camera, but for the life of me, I can’t remember where it is. It’s not that I’ve stopped taking movies, I just use my phone to do it.

A TNS survey says that 46% of all mobile phone owners use the video camera app and 62% use the still camera. That’s up a smidgen over last year, but growth is growth.

eMarketer reports that online photo sharing service Photobucket is bursting at the seams with 45% of members saying they upload at least one video a week and 17% uploading one video per day. 9% of their members said they upload multiple videos a day. That’s pretty amazing when you realize that as recently as 2001, we were using cassette tapes to record our home movies.