I read with interest an article on The Sunday Times, Facebook for older folk, Snapchat and Instagram for the young.
In short, it is saying that there seems a trend in the UK that older people are adopting Facebook even as teenagers are ditching it for other platforms like Snapchat, Instagram and WhatsApp, the later 2 being also owned by Facebook.
Obviously such a phenomenon is important for social media advertisers to note, especially if you are targeting the group aged 24 and younger.
Let’s take a look at the Facebook audience in Singapore, which comprises 4 to 4.5 mil active monthly users (hopefully not many people own more than 1 FB account like they carry more than 1 mobile line!).
Presently, the 18-24 age group still constitutes 17% which is sizable while the bulk of 57% is for those aged 25 to 44.
If I am actively carrying out Facebook Marketing in Singapore, I will really watch the user demographics trend closely. If there is a significant shift of the youngsters moving to another social media platform, then there is a need to tailor the ads targeting accordingly.
I have 2 school going teenage daughters and the observation is definitely that they and their school-mates are not quite using Facebook but Instagram and Tumblr, perhaps a bit of Snapchat too.
Personally, I have lots of admiration for Facebook as an advertising platform and a company with huge innovation capabilities. I am certain they will evolve and launch products and services which capture and retain audiences.
As advertisers, we shall then determine which platform works best and produces the best ROI.
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