Nothing is written in stone, the research says younger people are more inclined to follow recommendations about products or services from their friends than people over 55. I personally think that is changing as social communities evolve.
"we keep trying to close the gap between discovery and recommendation through Social Media and actual sales.
**Are Likes eventually turning into Buys?
Here's one highlight that caught my attention:
The reason social media users are following brands divided by gender –
**The study by Burst Media says the #1 reason is to keep up with content. In my opinion, people follow a brand to get something in exchange, a discount or special deals. I might check out a brand to learn something about it but that doesn’t mean I will “follow” that brand.
18% of social media are influenced by friends behavior – This is what we have talking about to small business, look at social media as a discovery and recommendation engine. This is the core of Earned Media.
**People are influenced by their friends much more than by any advertising.
**The “Age Factor” –
**Individuals under 35 are more likely to be influenced by their friends behavior than a 55 year-old
**There are a lot of elements to play with here but it’s basically just human nature, younger people rely more on others opinions than a 55 year-old.
**Which doesn’t mean you should ignore this, it is very important that you consider these things when approaching your audience.
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
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Infographic courtesy of: Coupon Cabin