MySpace: Marketing in a Networked Culture

[Posted by Jeremiah Owyang]

Update: A quick video with Jay is now available.

Jay Stevens is the Vice President of Operations for MySpace Europe.  He's got a long background in the internet industry, and shared with me his background in communications and the web. 

Key nuggets from his presentation:

History of MySpace: Launched in Jan 2004, by Tom Anderson and Chris de Wolfe.  Grown from roughly 1MM uniques throughout Europe to more than 24MM today.  There are currently 175 employees in 10 European territories.

What's a social network? Individual profiles, semi persistent public commentary on the profile, a traversable public articulated social network displayed in correlate to the profile.  -From Dana Boyd


[A member told us that: "I don't want brands to advertise to me, I want them to be my friend"]

Why do people flock to social networks?  A User's profile may be seen as a metaphor to their room or apartment.  The profile has become a user's online persona.  This "Digital Native" have grown up online, with cell phones, and tv. MySpace is their space.  Globally, there are about 400 million social network users worldwide.  86% of UK 15-34 year olds are now on social networking sites.  4.3 Billions monthly UK page views on MySpace.

So how do you take advantage of these social networks?  Build a network within a network. Create icons (content, images, logos) that will be dressing up users profiles.  A few don't matter as much, until thousands and then millions do this.  An English tea brand called has 9500 friends in MySpace, they encouraged users to change their profile pictures to become a cute monkey icon.


[Why join a network rather than create your own?  Leverage the power of an existing network, the larger the network, the larger the power]

Why would anyone create a social network?  There's a momentum effect that transcribes to 'never ending friending'

What about Facebook?  There's huge amount of cross over.  MySpace is over 2X the size, and are still growing.  The media gloms onto the 'next big thing'.

What about Open Social?  The promise for opening up certain elements of MySpace profiles makes sense.  Widget's can't interfere with user experience, but there's concerns about user data, and we have to be careful.  (learn more about Open Social) Google has advertising on MySpace, and discusses hyper targeted, to learn more about Hyper Targeting, please read this primer.


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Implications for Brands and Advertising

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A visual representation of a network

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Comments

re: MySpace: Marketing in a Networked Culture

I wish I can be as success full like you in future.. GO FORWARD Jeremiah!!STEPS TO SUCCESSHan Foongwww.hanfoong.com

re: MySpace: Marketing in a Networked Culture

HanI'd rather see us grow together! Thanks, keep reading!

re: MySpace: Marketing in a Networked Culture

Hi Jeremiah,I'm curious how an internal cusotmer forum using social networking software could be just as valuable as an external-facing network using something like Facebook (or could some aspects of the internal social network be made public - for e.g., the customer's own blogs). Is it possible to both build dialgoue with and between customers in this manner, as well as increase lead generation or brand awareness (or are two separate applications necessary?)