Historically, men have primarily driven technology uptake; however, it is today’s modern woman that is driving consumption on emerging devices and leading the digital charge in certain areas.
Connected women know exactly how to harness technology and navigate the digital landscape to meet their needs and desires, and women want brands to talk to them in a way that makes sense in their world. Understanding their patterns of behaviour and preferences for devices and platforms gives brands a better opportunity to reach, engage and influence this powerful demographic.
In June 2015, there were nine million women online, representing 51% of the entire online population. Women are more likely than men to engage online, with more than half (57%) regularly browsing profiles, and sharing more than men. Now more than ever, brands and advertisers must understand how, when and where to engage with a multi-tasking, sociable and digitally confident Australian woman.
The latest edition of the Australia Connected Consumer Report indicates a real tenacity in women to stay connected across many devices, with a tendency towards mobiles and tablets for portability and convenience. The report highlights clear peaks in engagement throughout the day, as well as a strong appetite for TV content delivered via both traditional and online sources.
Australian women are fiercely connected to their mobile phone, using it to watch and listen to content, to stay active on social media and to share across these platforms. Smartphone ownership is on par between the sexes. However, while men spend more time online each week than women in general, the share of time that women dedicate to accessing the Internet via their smartphones far surpasses their male counterparts.
It’s a well-known fact that women are expert multi-taskers. This is also seen in their media consumption habits, with three in five (60%) simultaneously watching TV and using the Internet daily or almost every day (compared to 56% of men). Women are commonly found multi-screening between 6pm – 10pm; providing a perfect opportunity for brands to engage with them in a meaningful way via both TV and online media.
Laptops, mobile phones and tablets are key ‘second screens’ for women, and in fact, women are now slightly more likely to own a tablet device compared with men, a trend which shifted for the first time last year.
The mobile is a hive of activity for women, and they are more likely to make regular use of communication and social apps while men are more likely to use shopping and commercially focused apps.
Social media is also a key place for brands to engage with women as they love to share and discuss across social platforms. Women are considerably more likely than men to browse social media profiles regularly (57% females vs. 46% males weekly or more often) and use ‘sharing’ buttons to share content (23% females vs. 20% males weekly or more often). Females and males are equally as likely to connect with brands and companies via social media, highlighting the appeal of social to all. Of note, more women are active on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, and while Facebook is still the dominant social platform among Australian men, they complement this with YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn. Men and women are on par when it comes to Twitter. The popularity of social media among women and its clear foothold in the daily repertoire highlights a clear opportunity for brands to use these platforms as a vehicle to engage, create loyalty and stay top of mind.
Wearables are also increasingly appealing to the female population, with slightly higher ownership overall than males. The Samsung Galaxy Gear and Sony Smartwatch are the most popular brands among both sexes; however, the FitBit is much more popular among females, whereas males tend more towards the Nike Fuelband. Wearables will surely surge with the introduction of the AppleWatch, and the role that brand content will play in wearable technology will become more important throughout 2016.
Despite this movement into new technology, traditional media remains important; 91% of women still view TV content via traditional broadcast TV regularly (slightly higher than men), while men are more likely than women to watch video on demand (71% weekly vs. 62% of women). Men are also more likely to be obtaining video on demand via subscription services like Netflix as well as piracy networks, while women are more likely than men to view video on demand via the catch-up services offered via local broadcasters.
About the Australian Nielsen Connected Consumers Report, 2015
The Nielsen Australian Connected Consumers Report 2015 is a one-of-a-kind industry tool to guide your business' marketing and media strategy in alignment with today's connected consumers. The comprehensive insights and data sets provide your business with a unique ability to identify core audience segments and deep-dive into their device and cross-platform content consumption, purchase behaviours and influences, and the way they interact with brands.
Having more than 17 years of historical data from the annual Nielsen Australian Connected Consumers report allows you to see how trends have changed as well as forecast what's around the corner-so you can capture and maximise the opportunities of this increasingly connected consumer.