A fascinating survey by Digital Clarity in the UK of 1,300 under 25 mobile Internet users reports that a large number of them are talking to friends about the show they are watching.
80% of the survey participants said that they used Facebook, Twitter or other mobile applications to actually comment on the programme and talk about the programme to friends as they watch it.
Twitter (72%) is the most popular platform, followed by Facebook (56%) and other mobile applications (34%). Of those surveyed, 62% use a combination of all three.
Social TV as it is being called is popular because it means young people can communicate with friends, in real time whilst watching their favourite programmes.
But this is really going to put the cat amongst the advertising pidgeons. Here are half a dozen questions that I’d really like to get you input on:
What are the implications for advertisers, already struggling to keep viewers focused on the TV during commercial breaks?
Will advertisers accept that reaching lots of consumers is no longer a relevant metric and demand more from media owners?
Will advertisers push the creative envelope more to try and position products?
Will product placement increase, perhaps with cross platform repetition?
How will they integrate technology with traditional marketing initiatives?
How will this integration of consumer habit impact overall branding strategies?
I look forward to hearing from you.