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M:Metrics reports the Way to a Man's Heart Is Through His Mobile Phone
Posted: 15-Apr-2008 [Source: M:Metrics]

[M:Metrics new research shows young men are high receptive to mobile advertising.]

Venice and London -- As the media industry assembles in Venice this week for the Venice Festival of Media and in London for the Mobile Marketing Forum, M:Metrics reveals the demographics and size of the audiences for mobile media. The measurement firm reports that young males are a rich target for mobile advertisers, as among mobile phone users 36 percent of 18 to 34-year-old men accessed mobile media in February. Men in this age group are also highly receptive to SMS advertising, with 9 percent responding to an SMS advert they received, versus a 4 percent market average.

In Western Europe, the male population is more inclined to browse and download content on the mobile Web. Fully a quarter of all male mobile phone users accessed mobile media, compared to just under 19 percent of women. This audience is also quite young: 28 percent of 13 to 17-year-olds consume mobile media, only 12 percent of those 55 and older do.

"Reaching the 18 to 34-year-old age demographic is a real challenge to advertisers, as this group is spending less time consuming print and broadcast media," observed Paul Goode, senior analyst. "According to TGI M:Metrics data, in Great Britain, young consumers are redirecting that attention to mobile, as 18 to 34 year olds comprise 56 percent of mobile media users, compared to only 29 percent of TV viewers."

Interestingly, U.S. mobile users are more active consumers of mobile media, as unlike Europeans they use SMS less frequently for news and information retrieval and are more likely to have data plans, which directly impacts mobile content consumption. Among Europeans, the UK has the highest percentage of mobile media users, at 26.8 percent, while Germany and France lag, at 18.4 percent and 18.5 percent, respectively.

"In Great Britain, mobile media is attracting a highly desirable audience that is 44 percent more likely to be defined as 'cash rich, time poor' than the market average," said Goode. "In fact, data from TGI M:Metrics confirms that one third of all UK mobile media users agree they are tempted to buy products they've seen advertised."

M:Metrics applies trusted media measurement methodologies to assess the audience for mobile content and applications. As the world's most authoritative mobile media measurement firm, M:Metrics delivers the most accurate mobile market metrics through the world's largest monthly survey of mobile subscribers as well as automated data collection methodologies. Below are the findings of its February Benchmark Survey.

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