We are marketers participating in arguably the most important medium shift in marketing since the first television ad for Bulova watches in 1941. Mobile has delivered us from a mass media world to a personally relevant one—from a world in which marketers would buy TV, magazine and radio ads as a way to reach people based purely on context to a world in which marketers can reach individuals based not just on demographics but also on passions, behaviors, interests and so on. It’s driven the shift from a world of appointment-driven media ruled by rigid 15-, 30- and 60-second frameworks to a world of anytime/anywhere media.
And thanks to mobile, we’re moving from fewer bigger, longer moments manufactured by the media and marketing industry—moments like soap operas, the “Seinfeld” finale and pivotal sports games—to a time when people are manufacturing and consuming their own and each other’s moments en masse—every minute, every day, 365 days a year. From meals to memes, from first steps to first jobs and from moving on to moving up, millions of people go on Facebook and Instagram to share—and share in—these types of moments every day.
Millennials in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina are making it a priority to stay connected. Whether that means toggling between devices or checking Facebook first thing in the morning and last thing at night, many are willing go that extra mile. And as the world’s first generation of digital natives and the largest generation, by population, in Latin America, Millennials are a driving force in the region’s evolving mobile landscape.
To illuminate the most important shifts, Facebook commissioned a study from global media analytics expert comScore. We explored how and why Millennials (defined as people ages 13–34 in this study) connect across the 3 most populous Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. We found that mobile is now clearly the first screen for Millennials in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina—and that there are interesting (and actionable) differences in the ways Millennials in each country access and use mobile.
For today’s teens and young adults, image is everything—particularly when it comes to how they communicate.
Take it from Aria, a 22-year-old from Canada: “People don’t really want to read through text all the time … they just want to see it visually. It’s more appealing.”
People look to visuals not just to learn what others have to say but also to express themselves, making images essential in today’s universal language. And Instagram, a visual member of the Facebook family of brands, is where people fluent in that language come together.
FOBO is the new FOMO
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Before the Internet, young people expressed themselves through the clothes they wore, the friends they had, the music they listened to and the sports they played — or didn’t play. And they still do. Read more
In this increasingly fast-paced and hyperconnected world, it’s almost hard to remember there was once a time before texting and the Internet. In the past, the landline kept us connected to friends and family. Today, the mobile phone is our lifeline. Read more
So often teens and young adults are viewed as one big group. However, during the research for our recent study, “Coming of Age on Screens,” in which we commissioned culture experts Crowd DNA to do a study of people, age 13-24, in 13 countries, we discovered that there are 3 distinct phases of growing up across the globe, each with its own attitudes and behaviors.1
So much of growing up is timeless. But what is it like to come of age in a world of constant connectivity? And what does this mean for brands who want to communicate with people growing up today?