My friend Bob Garrett at Garrett consulting http://garrettconsultants.com/ has been doing some work in regards to Social Networking on some of my Social networking accounts. . the results have been amazing. . if you are business or individual who is looking to build your presence in this area you should definitely talk to him. .
He’s only a fifth-grader at Gorrie Elementary School, but already he has 190 friends. On Facebook, anyway.
Maybe because his profile says he graduated from Plant High School in 1990.
“I’m tiired :/,” reads his status update.
“Me2,” comes a reply. “K,” says another, followed by “LOL.”
And it’s growing more popular among children – especially the “between” market, those 8 to 12 years old, social media experts say.
“That’s this generation,” said Scott Testa, a marketing professor at Cabrini College near Philadelphia and the father of fifth-grade twins on Facebook. They’re there with his blessing; children this age have been “raised on computers and cell phones,” he said.
‘Tis the season for social media. Seventeen percent of U.S. consumers plan to leverage social media sites to assist in their holiday shopping this year. The majority (60 percent) will do so to seek discounts and sales, according to Deloitte’s 24th annual Holiday Survey.
More than half of social media users reported that they will also use these sites to research potential gift ideas (53 percent) and view their friends and family members’ wish lists (52 percent). Forty-six percent will research product reviews and 30 percent plan to share their own wish list. The study, which was conducted online by an independent research company, surveyed more than 10,000 individuals.
Mobile phones are also getting the call. Nineteen percent of consumers plan to use their mobile devices and apps to aid in their purchasing decision. Of this group, 55 percent plan to use their handsets to locate stores, 45 percent will research prices and 40 percent will look up product information. About a third will also seek discounts (32 percent) and research product reviews (31 percent), while 25 percent plan to make purchases with their mobile phones.
This is only the beginning, said Scott Testa, professor of business at Cabrini College. “The ability to do a lot of things around the shopping experience with smartphones is only going to grow and I think those numbers are going to go through the roof,” he said.
The most avid social media and mobile adopters were those aged 18 to 29 years old. However, older generations are also getting on board, as 33 percent of those 30-44 and 12 percent those 45-60 are embracing digital tools during the holidays.
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