Young men 'value the Internet over TV'

Over two thirds of men cannot live without the Internet when compared to television, according to a new survey. The study, commissioned by men's entertainment community Break Media, focused on helping advertisers understand men's behavior online in order to maximize the potential of the online medium. The research, conducted by Hall and Partners, polled a nationally representative sample of more than five hundred males aged 18-34 who access the Internet at least once per month. It was designed to determine what male consumers (aged 18-34) are doing online, what their likes and dislikes are, how they respond to advertising on the Internet versus traditional media and what they think about online advertising in general. The findings also provide additional insight into the general psychographic profile of men aged 18-34 and best practices when it comes to targeting the male demographic. Research Highlights The majority of men surveyed state that they often recall online advertising after their online experience has concluded. In fact, nearly half of respondents have purchased a product or service as a result of an online advertisement, demonstrating the impact of online adverting on buying decisions. Contrary to commonly held industry perceptions, this demographic also proved to be very receptive to certain types of online advertising. According to the research, men aged 18-34 not only tolerate ads with a game or contest, but more than one-third of those polled actually like the experience. As the online ad industry evolves, it will be critical for advertisers to deliver advertising that is both fun and relevant for consumers. Men's Behavior Online
  • 69% say they can't live without the Internet, versus just 31% for television
  • 63% have a smart phone and one in four use their mobile device to connect to the Web
  • 40% use the Internet for more than 22 hours a week
  • 36% say they can't live without the Internet for socializing
  • 33% say they can't live without online entertainment
How Men Respond to Online Advertising
  • 59% notice online ads
  • 47% have purchased as a result of an online ad
  • 35% like ads that allow them to play a game
  • 34% like online ads that allow them to participate in a contest
With regards to general activity online, the research shows that males aged 18-34 spend upwards of 22 hours on the Internet per week, like to use the Internet for entertainment, and prefer to spend their time on the Internet over television. In addition, the research shows 63 percent of men have a smart phone and one in four have used their mobile phone or wireless device to connect to the Internet. Mobile consumers are beginning to demand increased functionality and value-add from their mobile devices and consumer usage is likely to increase as providers offer more competitive services to access the Web. Therefore brands may be able to reach a more targeted and engaged audience via mobile with increasingly open mobile platforms and faster networks opening the door to this untapped market. The survey also looked at top activities online, which include visiting social networking sites (63%), playing video games (60%), playing computer games (51%), forwarding links to online video (31%), reading blogs (31%), shopping (30%), commenting on online content (28%), and uploading photos to the Web (23%). Interestingly, the findings reinforce the significance of video games as a content genre for marketers seeking to reach and influence men online. "Our research was a result of our desire to learn about our target demographic and what advertising appeals to them most," said Keith Richman, CEO of Break Media. "We also wanted to be able to share this insight with our clients and partners so they can better target our audience and create ad campaigns that are more impactful and better able to achieve their advertising objectives." Additional Fun Facts Making time for real women still trumps the Internet:
  • 65% of young men are in a relationship
  • 79% would rather meet a woman out on the town than online,
  • 71% prefer a date with a hot girl to a poker game with the boys
  • 74% would rather have sex than surf the Web
Men 18-34 see themselves as:
  • Conformist: Only 26% think they are trendsetters
  • Responsible: Only 18% agree that having fun is more important than being responsible
  • Green: 53% say they care about the environment
  • Social: 49% claim to have no trouble meeting new people; 51% like to spend as much time hanging out with friends as possible; only 20% said they valued appearance over personality when it comes to attraction
  • Adventuresome: 68% enjoy traveling to new places; 61% enjoy spending time out of doors
  • Laid back: Only 38% say they live a fast-paced life
  • Not wellness-centric: 38% claim to lead a healthy lifestyle; however 45% say their appearance is very important to them

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