I’ve been looking at differences in mobile traffic, conversion rates and use cases lately so I found this interesting. I’ve mostly been looking through clients’ Google Analytics accounts which is great in many ways, after all those are actual figures for what users are doing. However, you don’t quite get the whole picture.
The Group of Minds research is survey-based, which gives scope for asking a different set of questions and for gauging intent – you’re less likely to bet your life on the results, but they provide some extra flavour. There’s plenty of good stuff in these are the bits that stood out to me:
21% of respondents indicating that they use their mobile devices to purchase tickets; and
A high percentage of users wanting information about event logistics: directions, proximity of events, and parking information
Those two sound about right to me, although I’ve only been seeing figures around the 20% mark for mobile transactions, and that’s only where the ticket purchase pathway is mobile-friendly (otherwise you’d be lucky to see a quarter of that).
Users wanting logistical information is interesting. I’m not disagreeing with this, but I’ll write something separately about how I think use cases differ for mobile users. I don’t think it’s a mobile-only issue but, as far as it applies to mobile users, I think there’s a more sophisticated set of circumstances that need unpicking. It starts to edge into how possible/realistic it is to personalise experiences for website visitors – an area where imaginations often outpace reality (and budgets).
There’s a general lack of decent information about the use of digital and social media in the arts and culture sector. It’s a frequent source of frustration when doing research and more strategic work. However, a couple of things have come along recently.
Disappointingly there’s no download option, which has hampered my ability to read the thing. Still, I can at least embed it. Hoorah:
I’m actually going to leave off blogging any notes about this for now. Sven will be talking about social media and theatre at a joint-SOLT/Twespians event on Friday. I’m going along and chances are I’ll blog my notes from that (along with my standard grainy/blurred photo).
This report also mentions a dissertation by Andrew Harding called ‘The Impacts and Benefits of Social Media in West End Musical Theatre Marketing’. Intriguing.
There’s a whole section given over to websites and social media but, to be honest, there’s not much in there of practical use (at least, not for my purposes). The relative popularity of various websites and blogs was interesting (pp 24-27) but the accuracy of the info has been questioned – Time Out’s theatre blog was surprisingly popular given that it doesn’t yet exist. BOP Consulting have also pointed out that some results may have been skewed by the survey being conducted online.
All that aside, I found the answers to Question 9 interesting:
9. How do you USUALLY find out about productions? Choose all appropriate answers.
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Blogging for Artists – An informal talk given to Shropshire Arts Network on September 8th 2009 by Pete Ashton
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Monopoly City Streets – Live worldwide game of Monopoly using Google Maps as the game board. The goal is simple. Play to beat your friends and the world to become the richest property magnate in existence” Launching 9 Sept
RSS in the Clouds « Blog « WordPress.com – “Today we turned on support for all 7.5 million blogs on WordPress.com something called RSS Cloud, which is basically a way for people to get push notification that your feed has updated”. Oh, now that is interesting
Embeddable Google Document Viewer – A little known Google Docs feature will let you embed a PDF or .ppt on a website. One day we won’t have to faff around with arcane things like this
Ning Apps – “Today you can choose from more than 90 Ning Apps, and that’s just the beginning. This number will continue to grow as developers here at Ning and around the world build additional Ning Apps tailored around your interests and passions”