A survey of 1674 Canadian Moms (including 5% dads and 8% “other”) has revealed some interesting insights into what they want from brands online, and how they want it. While respondents weighed in from across the country, the overwhelming majority (60%) were from Ontario. This group loves social media and social sharing, but most feel that brands aren’t engaging them as much as they could be. Consequently, brands are missing out on valuable sharing opportunities and social sales.
44% of Canadian Moms say the best time to engage them online is at night after the kids are in bed. 30% are online in the morning, but they’re very distracted. 16% are online around lunch or in the afternoon, while just 11% are on the Internet at dinner time or after dinner while their kids are still up.
Where You’ll Find Canadian Moms Online
Facebook 77% daily, 12% weekly.
Twitter 29% daily, 14% weekly.
Instagram 23% daily, 13% weekly.
Pinterest 18% daily, 29% weekly.
Blogs 17% daily, 27% weekly.
YouTube 16% daily, 40% weekly.
What Makes Canadian Moms Share on Social Media?
Nine out of ten Canadian Moms share content on social media and four out of ten share at least weekly. 13% share daily and 25% share occasionally.
Knowing how often Moms share on social media and where they do so is handy information to have. However, knowing WHY they share can be the backbone of a powerful campaign.
74% want to educate others
58% want to make someone smile
45% want to share an interesting point of view
37% want to share a smart point of view
36% want to entertain others
28% want to share a positive message
27% want to help people feel better about themselves
23% want to help people save money
Topics Canadian Moms Want to Share (or Otherwise Engage with) on Social Media
These statistics indicate just 19% want to hear about your brand or product directly. You have to be more creative and subtle than that.
61% want to share humorous stories
58% like parenting tips
52% appreciate coupons, deals and contests
48% like current events
47% like simple and clever health tips
42% like feel-good stories
Need some guidance? Here are a few exceptional resources to help you learn more about using social media for business success:
- To really dig into Facebook marketing, check out Canadian social media queen, Mari Smith. She’s always on top of the latest social network marketing tactics and her courses can’t be beat.
- The latest social sensation for businesses is Twitter’s Periscope for live streaming. Get ahead of your competition with the Periscope Profit Machine course.
- Pinterest has surpassed search engines for traffic generation for many businesses, but it has to be done right for maximum benefits. You can check out a free video and/or take the Power of Pinning course to get started.
- The book Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Amazing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and More, was revised and expanded in 2015 and is perfect for social media novices.
- Powerful tools like Wishpond (Canadian company) make it super easy to have social contests and offer coupons via social media. They have both free and paid options.
Giving Canadian Moms What They Want
- When 81% of Moms say they have NEVER engaged with a brand in a meaningful way, you’re doing something wrong. If you want to target this lucrative market, you’re going to have to get to know them and cater to their needs. The most effective way to find out what they need won’t cost you a dime and it will only take a minute: Ask them! Social media is all about discussion and there’s nothing more engaging than hearing from a brand that genuinely cares about what you need from them.
- They also want to know you care, not just about them but about everything. Promote your sponsorship of charitable causes and share charity content in a way that makes Moms want to reshare it.
- Don’t forget that Moms are interested in much more than home and parenting topics. They’re individuals with a wide range of interests, but with very little time to indulge them.
- Take a shortcut by reaching out to Moms where they’re already engaged. Popular websites and blogs put you right in front of web-savvy Moms instantly. You can reach out to Canadian PR3+ bloggers using our free listing. You may also start your own affiliate program and gain instant access to thousands of Mom-friendly websites, and only pay them when they bring you a sale (the Share-A-Sale network is popular with Canadian brands & publishers, for example).
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all Moms a very happy Mother’s Day, especially my Mom in New Brunswick!
Have you had a particularly successful marketing campaign that targeted Moms? Please share your tips or questions in the comments below.
Source of Statistics: YummyMummyClub.ca
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