When it comes to studying the marketing landscape, many questions have to be asked: How, why, who, and what is driving influence in the market?
Social Media and Communications Consultant Dina Freeman and Joshua Grossnickle, VP of Consumer Insights and Analytics, at Johnson & Johnson-owned BabyCenter present the findings of a Social Influencer segmentation study for the mom market. This study helps answer some of the questions regarding the driving influences in the mom market.
This case study looks what heavy contributors do in the social networking scene: Be it giving advice and recommendations, simply chatting, or being a key resource on specific topics.
Johnson & Johnson’s social platform for Moms
- 78% of mothers and expectant mothers use BabyCenter
- Biggest mothering focus group in the world
- That is 19 millions moms around the world
Social media archtype insights
- Eco mom
- Media mom
- Doctor mom
- Social mom
Moms using social media increased 591%
- Find solutions to everyday problems
- Product recommendations, such as when registering for baby shower gifts
- Find people going through the same thing
Who are the influencers?
- Sift through the sea of comments to understand the Mom market; separate the signal from the noise
- From social media to social marketing, critical influencers: 80-20 rule applies
- Influence defined by network size, how many people talking to versus number of comments.
Influencer survey results
Of 500,000 BabyCenter registrants, 2,300 respondents were surveyed on the BabyCenter site, showing 45 behavioral characteristics.
Where do mothers find information
- Blog posts
- User-generated content
- Two-way relationship, connection
- BabyCenter friends, Facebook friends
- Field experts, lifecasters, pros
- Butterflies (see definition in next section)
Where do mothers go for?
Engage the right influencers in the right places aligned with where people can boost your marketing objectives
- Socializing and entertainment: Facebook and Twitter
- Learning and deciding: Useful recommendations and product recommendations: BabyCenter, Mom blogs
- BabyCenter comments tend to be rich, useful
- Facebook posts lean toward snarky answers
Who makes up the influencers?
- 8% of audience are field experts: list of things to bring on plane, done research, stay-at-home moms, want to share
- 8% Lifecasters: lots of the friends and posts, mellennial Moms, some relevant, some noise
- 16% Butterflies: affluent, time compressed, low volume of posts, young professionals who put the social into social media, often just beginning, first pregnancy, may migrate to another segment
- 66% Audience: Low volume of posts
Overall share of influence
- Field experts: 33%
- Lifecasters: 34%
- Pros: 11% are the most influential as individuals; although a smaller population, still most influential
- Butterflies: 16%
This survey shows where mothers go for guidance and what type of people mothers look for as influencers in the field. The more influential sources are the ones who specialize and are experts in an area, the pros. To be influential in the market, one must devote a lot of time toward communicating in their specialized/defined field.
To see specific qualities each type of social influencer has, check out our upcoming blog post “What characteristics do influencers have? A case study at OMMA Social, part 2”