Faced with budget constraints, multicultural audiences turn to mobile phones for better health

Public health marketers trying to reach multicultural audiences need to take a mobile-first approach. Multicultural audiences tend to have larger out-of-pocket health expenses, delay seeking help from medical professionals and are more apt to look to mobile devices to manage their health. Top implications for public health marketers trying to reach multicultural audiences include: Budget constraints need to be addressed and taken into consideration in order to help multicultural audiences make positive health choices, especially Hispanics. Hispanics (76%) and African Americans (67%) were more likely than whites (59%) to say that budget at least sometimes limited their ability to make healthy choices. Hispanics (67%) and African Americans (67%) were also more likely than whites (52%) to say they sometimes avoided seeking medical help because of the cost. Health educational campaigns need to be mobile-optimized to reach multicultural audiences. 94% of Hispanics and 93% of African American respondents reported using mobile phones to help achieve their health goals compared to 88% Whites. 58% have used their phones to research information about a health issue. Hispanics (59%) and African American (61%) were more likely to use their phone to find health information than whites (56%). Social media distribution, influencer outreach, and mobile apps are great opportunities for initial attainment and ongoing engagement with multicultural audiences Hispanics (44%) and African Americans (40%) were more likely than whites (32%) to follow health-related social accounts Hispanics (46%) and African Americans (45%) were more likely than whites (39%) to read a blog for health info. Health app usage is high across ethnic groups at 57%. Hispanics (61%) and African American (60%) over-index on the use...

Super Tuesday Social Media Results: The Voter Engagement Funnel Is Under Construction

Super Tuesday was as exciting as expected! Here is my take on the campaign’s social strategies, which builds off a piece I did yesterday for Portada and a MocoSpace Community Voter Engagement Study Lens released last Friday. My biggest takeaway from a social-marketing-lessons-learned perspective was on the Democrat side. Basically, what’s coming out of the Bernie Sanders camp is really interesting from a content perspective. The Bernie team has done an excellent job of using authentic and issues-based content to spark engagement and even get his community to create content for him. It’s an Obama-like movement aka “Yes We Can.” This has led to some messaging and content that really stands out and has helped Bernie Sanders build an engaged community and war chest of more than 40 million in donations just in February. Here’s a shout out to one of the best Spanish Latino-targeted campaign videos I’ve ever seen aimed at Mexican Americans. It was made by David E Rojas, part of an Austin, Texas collective of artists working to create videos for Bernie: But as Super Tuesday showed, Bernie Sanders doesn’t seem to have cracked the code on getting votes. One supporter summed it up perfectly, “you need to vote, not just say you are.” The “We got so many tweets, likes etc. But they bought zero, they didn’t sign up” is something every social marketer struggles with.  Translating social interests and engagement to conversion is hard and often takes some not as exciting, backroom tech and data activities: building up proprietary data on fans, continuous engagement/management of these contacts and giving your organization access to the data they can actually use. Here is...

RECAP OF THE BUSINESS BITES 2.0 MARKETING ON A SHOESTRING SESSION

Social media can have a big impact on small businesses. Unfortunately, it’s not just about publishing a few posts and nice graphics. To really stand-out on a small business budget, your business has to understand its target customer, build great content and take a bit of a guerilla marketing approach to build experiences and programs that foster community and credibility. Here is what I have seen work in my own business and also via the research I do monitoring social media and mobile marketing trends. Below is a high-level summary of my recent Business Bites 2.0: Marketing On A Shoestring session. The session was put together by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Rhode Island Avenue Main Street to help DC small businesses to leverage social media to grow their businesses. STEP ONE: Get to know your industry space before you market Define your target customers, the competition and what’s working well in your space. Craft stories that exemplify why your target audience should choose you and your business. This will drive the content and marketing actions you’ll invest time in. Top Tips: Your target: Take a highly targeted approach to understanding who your customer is and refine your message and marketing efforts to maximize communication. What motivates your customer? What are the use cases for your product? Who influences your customer the most? Why should they care about what you do? The competition: Understand the competition so you can stand out and be noticed. What social accounts and tactics do your competition use? Which are working? Are there gaps in what your competition is doing? Is...

New Study: Mobile Commerce Adoption Trends among Millennials

A new Social Lens Research study conducted in partnership with MocoSpace, a top gaming community, highlights that marketers who offer deals, contests, localized content and optimized mobile experiences have the opportunity to better reach and generate mobile commerce sales among Millennials. Mobile commerce is gaining traction amongst Millennials, 35% of respondents purchase via mobile phones today. Millennials that purchase on their phone do so regularly, 91% purchase monthly. In order to accelerate mobile commerce adoption, marketers have some clear opportunities to improve the ad content and mobile commerce experience; 64% say none of the mobile ads they see usually are relevant or useful; only 9% feel that companies offer a great experience once they click on an ad. Given how mobile savvy and active MocoSpace Millennial users are, the feedback is telling: optimizing mobile ads and commerce experience is still in the early stages. Key findings from the study include: The current state of mobile commerce: Millennials are starting to shift spending to mobile. Those that shift to mobile buy regularly and spend significant amounts. • 35% of all Millennials surveyed buy via phone currently • 23% buy via the mobile internet • 18% use an app to buy on their mobile • 91% of mobile commerce users purchase monthly • 30% of mobile commerce users purchase over $50 monthly via their phone Increasing mobile commerce adoption will require a mix of more useful and relevant mobile ads and an optimized mobile commerce experience. Discovery: Big opportunities exist to increase the relevancy and usefulness of mobile ads by using smartphone features to customize, increase the entertainment value and localize...
Your Customer is Mobile: Time for your Mobile Experience to Catch-up

Your Customer is Mobile: Time for your Mobile Experience to Catch-up

All industry statistics point to an increased use of mobile in almost every industry or sector, from banking to TV to education to exercise. For anyone who is not convinced, Google is levying a heavy penalty for sites that are not optimized. Learn more about Google’s mobile friendly algorithm here. Here are some key statistics on the current state of mobile adoption: 187.5 million US Smartphone owners. 85% of 18-to-29-year-olds own a smartphone. 75% of US Smartphone owners use their phone for social media. 60% of American’s digital media time spent on mobile devices. 55% of emails opened on a mobile device. 78% of top fifty news sites getting more traffic from mobile than desktop. 29% of all e-commerce transactions are on a mobile device. 15+ hours average time spent researching products on smartphones. 34 Times the increase in Google searches for “near me” since 2011. The top benefits of a mobile optimized customer experience (CX): 62% percentage of companies seeing increased sales after mobile-friendly redesign. 52% percentage of 2015 search and display advertising expected to be on mobile. 67% of shoppers say they’re more likely to buy from a mobile compatible website. How do you know if you are mobile CX ready?   Here are a few critical first assessment steps you can do with no budget and on your own: Google Test Tool: Take the free google mobile friendly test here. Simple, but gives you a mobile optimization scoring. It’s an inch deep and doesn’t tell you if your site visitors actually take your desired actions on the site, so it’s important to do the following two tests. Usability Test: Conduct an iPhone...