MEDIAWATCH #4: China

It is slightly more difficult to find robust information about the Chinese media landscape than any other country I have researched so far.

Here is an overview of what I have compiled from multiple sources

Chinese media landscape

Download the Mediawatch PDF

Additional read if you want to go deeper:

The State of Chinese Advertising

Social, Digital & Mobile in China 2014

Marie Sornin

MEDIAWATCH #3: Australia

I am back in Australia, a country that I know well, yet the media landscape is evolving quite fast with some big moves happening during my week such as Channel 7 launching its new live streaming site for the Melbourne Cup, Optus snapping the EPL rights from Foxtel…

For those who are not as familiar wit the local Australian media & digital landscape, here is my new & improved mediawatch, now as an infographic.

Mediawatch Australia

Download the Mediawatch Australia PDF

Marie Sornin

MEDIAWATCH #2: Western Europe

I just got back from a holiday on the Greek islands, where there is more French than Greeks in the summer.

This brings me to focus my second media watch on Western Europe.

The main part of Western Europe is a politicoeconomic union. The European Union was initially founded by France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany in 1957. It later grew to 28 member states.
Its most recent additional is Croatia since 2013.

  • Population: 508 Million
  • Internet penetration: 78.5%

Internet penetration in Western Europe by country

  • Northern Europe and Scandinavia lead the way with the highest penetration rates peaking above 95%, whereas southern & eastern states seem to remain far behind around the 75% mark.

Total ad spend by country in Western Europe

  • With 30% of its overall ad spend going towards digital, Europe’s share of online spend is above the worldwide average of 28%.
    The UK records the highest share, with digital representing 50% of its total media spend.
    Italy is at the bottom end with 18%.
    Over the next 4 years the share of online is due to remain fairly stable.
  • Growth will come from mobile ad spend which will triple in most countries from 2015 to 2019.
    It seems that here will be a transfer from digital to mobile spend rather than a strong overall growth.
  • Opportunities for international companies: Manageable cultural gap between US and Europe backed up by large population make Europe good territory o leverage scale.
    Do not under estimate the impact of national language and identity on your communication & business strategy.
  • Barriers for international companies: Market fragmentation and economic differences between countries.
  • Personal observation: As the European Union grows, more diversity & difficulties emerge.
  • Travel tips: Trust me, train can be a better option than flying. Especially between Paris & London !!

Marie Sornin

Source: Internet world stat, Emarketer

Day 1 with the Apple Watch

Everyone is wondering if the Apple Watch is worth buying.

There are way enough reviews about it to help you make a decision.

I bought the Apple Watch because I wanted to experience wearables.

This post is a documentation of my experience with it as I integrate it into my daily habits.

If you do have an Apple Watch, please feel free to comment and add your thoughts at the bottom.

What I like What I don’t like

What I don’t know yet

Like all Apple products it is beautiful and delightful to (use) wear.I ordered it on Apr 18th and was expecting delivery in June. What a great surprise when it got delivered in April 24th It doesn’t have a browser.
So when I receive a notification, there is noting more that I can do on the watch. I have to take out my phone or computer to follow-up.That is the fundamental question about connected watches: Do they bring enough value to fit in the current usage of connected devices?
There are not a lot of apps available yet
Fitness tracking is great, motivating interactive, accurate + I can keep my Apple in the shower. That is a plus! Siri and I are having a lot of arguments. I hate repeating myself…. And she is not very tolerant with mixed accents … I want Google apps: search, maps, translate… when they will be available, it will bring this tool to a whole new level
The battery life. A lot reviews marked this down. I was actually worried that pairing the watch with my iPhone via Bluetooth would drain my iPhone battery. So far, I have been out for a full day using both and the batteries have lasted the whole day on both. Notifications are always on: Is there a way to automatically turn off notification when the work out app is running? For instance, I don’t want to see my emails pop up when I am in the middle of a spin class checking my heart rate. The voice control is a great feature (to send messages, search… ) but it feels awkward to use in public places. Not a lot of people have adopted it yet.
The notifications at your finger tips without having to take out your phone (email, txt, tweets…) give you the feeling that you are not missing a bit of the information that comes your way. I am yet to use Apple pay, Delta check in, SPG keyless room
The Haptic (vibration) system is definitely not as intrusive as receiving notification on a phone. I can see how this type of communication will become a game changer in the future. Apple is leading the way there I have only made one phone call so far and holding my wrist near my face to talk was far less comfortable that using headphones with an iPhone with . Not sure if I can talk into the watch with my hand hanging down and also the volume of the watch is not strong enough to hear. How do I make the best use the camera command? Is this suppose to replace the selfie stick??

Have you used the Apple Watch?
If yes, please share you experience and nuggets that you have found using it

Stay tuned for more remarks as I learn more about it!

Marie Sornin

I tried Google Glass

I wondered around the Google Mountain View campus today and finished up the day at the Women TechMaker event as part of Google I/O. A few people were wearing Google Glass and had the opportunity to ask for feedback about their experience and even try a pair. Here is what I captured.

There seems to be 2 types of devices floating around: the general public Glass (ordered at I/O 12) and the Googlers Glass, which is still prototype and not allowed to be shared photographed or filmed (even though they look identical to the general public one).

So, I met a nice enough lady, who ordered hers at I/O last year and let me try it on. The frame is very light and comfortable it is actually not at all like wearing glasses. You can easily forget that you are wearing it. The whole system is included in the frame (a thicker part at the back of the left branch). It also serves as a navigation bar. I heard before that you had to carry extra parts. This not true. All the information is stored in the cloud and pictures taken are automatically uploaded on your G+ profile (I assume this needs to be set initially). The pack that comes along with Glass doesn’t need to be carried with all the time.

There is just a tiny piece of thick square glass sitting on the top of your right eye. To activate it you actually need to look up (if you look straight in you actually don’t really see the glass. It is very small, comfortable and not invasive). To activate a feature you say, “OK Glass” and then “Take a picture” or “What time is it?” or “Search for…”
The only features I tried were: “Take a picture” and “What time is it?”
I think the picture didn’t work. Just like Siri, it probably needs to get used to your voice and accent (yet again, this device needs to work harder to capture the French- Australian twang) and then for the time: 9.22 lit up on the top corner of my eye. Pretty cool!

Every Glass owner I talked to said they they loved it but were still getting used to it!

Google Glass

Google Glass

There will be a developers sand box at I/O that should start laying framework for developing apps for Google Glass. That should make its utility expand big and fast!
On a side note, what I also noticed is that guys mostly go for the grey model, whereas chicks choose the colours (blue, orange etc…)

Funny, but I haven’t seen anyone confident enough to wear it outside of Google environments, i.e. in the street

Note from Larry Page in the I/O opening keynote:
Glass is a new area for Google and the team wants to make sure that the experience makes people happy. The areas where it will develop are unknown, for now it’s communication, and pictures… ultimately, a lot of current experiences will move to Google Glass and take technology out of the way.

The production numbers for the public are not available.

 Marie Sornin

Live blogging from iStrategy Sydney

Spending the day at #iStrategy, global marketing conference. I won’t summarise the keynote sessions. You will be able to find most of them on iStrategy site.  However, I am extracting the common themes I find throughout the multiple presentations.
Amazing line up to start day 1 Ken Segall (ex Apple creative director, the man responsible for “I” everywhere, follow up by Jason Hincks (co founder & CEO of Movember), as well as a Panel of retailers etc…

The leanrings behind their success stories can be summarised in 5 themes:

1-Simplicity is what makes people fall in love with brands:
This was very much, Steve Jobs’ philosophy and how he drove Apple from near bankruptcy to global success. Making users love Apple and its products was all he truly cared about. Why? He turned computer users into Apple fans by making simplicity the ultimate sophistication.
From his experience, Ken Segall explained that being simple is not easy. A pure idea is battled by over populated meetings, negativity current affairs, competitors fighting back… all these currents push you to complexity…  He summarised how to achieve simplicity by a quote from Antoine de Saint Exupery “ Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing else to remove”.
My French touch says: Simplicity is sexy!

This trend is also reflected in the way retail is changing. Technology is actually making the customer journey longer and ever more complex: discovery> search>buy>acquire>use & share>relationship. There are now more channels than ever before, the role of retailers is to bring them together into a seamless customer experience. In store influences online behaviour and vice versa. The key is to make it simple & compelling. John Batistich (Director Marketing, Westfiled) shopping world tour showed some great shopping experiences from Eataly food theater to Nike wearable devices, Burberry Flagship store and Uniqlo clothes to change the world. From his point of view, the next big change is location profiling. This is simple: bring customer, content and context together!

2-Be authentic:
I have talked about that in many of my posts as it is an absolute pillar of social media success. It came out strongly again in the beautiful Movember story. Authenticity is  what prevents Movember from turning into white noise on the marketplace . How have the Movember team managed to keep their idea growing over 10 years and across multiple countries? Simply (ahha) by putting the fun factor as a priority over raising funds (of course raising funds is important, but is not the main reason why guys join!) and by refreshing their brand every year with a campaign theme that is true to Men’s health. This has driven them to always defend their brand vigorously (selective partnership, not expanding into growing Mos all year long…)

How women can support Movemver

How women can support Movemver

On a side note, I will also highlight the importance of social media. Just to nail the point that social is  taking on search #justsaying: Facebook is the number one referral of traffic and donation (brings 31% Movember traffic and 15% of donation) and is ahead of Google…

Also, when you are Authentic you can do stuff like Scoopertino without creating a crisis…

3-Passion:
Certainly true for anyone who worked with Steve Jobs at Apple, but also true for the Movember crew who turned a mates catch up at the pub into a multi-million dollar fund raiser.
Nick Baker (Executive General Manager Marketing) also talked about how Tourism Australia took passion to the next level by making their 4.2 Million fans the heros in the community. In doing so, they created the biggest, most engaged social media team in the world.
My take on it is: if you are not passionate about what you do, ask yourself why you are doing it?

4- Take some risks:
Confirmation from executives that the only way to grow is to challenge the status quo and take risks.
From Tourism Australia shifting from advertising to socially amplified advocacy. Easier said than done but over the years they have done it! From photo Fridays, to newsjacking the social media team now plays a central role into the communication planning. Their latest campaign Best jobs in the world collected over 620K application from all around the globe. Surely better engagement than a TVC!
Again, Steve Job’s example “here is to the crazy ones ad (voice over by Jobs but that actually never got released) is the best illustration of achieving greatness by not following but leading the way

Marie Sornin

Start up thinking// thinking start up

Here is a fun chat with Dan Day, founder of Kinderloop, about what it’s like to create your own start up!

Have a look at Kinderloop, and if you like the idea, let Dan know!

Good luck to the team at Kinderloop for their quest in the Silicon Valley and stay tuned an update when they return from the States!

Marie