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Use this week’s reading assignments and your research to write an in-depth analysis and perspective on how the different demographic segments use and access social media. Specific groups to be addressed are Generation X, Generation Y, Millennials, Baby Boomers, and 60+ market segments.

Items suggested for discussion can include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • The use and selection of      technology for each segment
  • Types of messaging      expected for each demographic
  • Use of the largest, most      popular social networks, Web sites, and other social media sites for each      demographic segment

Note: Research is to be academic or professional in scope. Use of blogs, personal Web sites, corporate Web sites, wikis, or other social-media-related sources are not acceptable.

This should be an APA-formatted paper with a title page and reference pages. A minimum of 3 full pages is required. Title and abstract pages do not count toward the page minimum. A minimum of 5 professional or academic references are required to support your paper and to provide additional discussion points.

Assignment Objectives

Recognize the different uses of social media and the impact on individuals, groups, and society

Describe the various ways businesses are using social media to achieve goals and objectives


As I write this, I am considering buying a new car. As it is for billions of other global consumers, the web is my primary source of information when I consider a purchase. So I sat down at the computer and began poking around.

Figuring they were the natural place to begin my research, I started with some major automaker sites. That was a big mistake. I was assaulted on the homepages with a barrage of TV-style broadcast advertising. And most of the one-way messages focused on price. For example, at the end of 2016 at Ford,1the all-capital-letters headline screamed, “YEAR END EVENT FINAL DAYS. UP to $1,500 TOTAL CASH.” Dodge2announced a similar offer: “BIG FINISH 2016. GET 20% OFF MSRP.” Other manufacturers touted similar flashy offers.

I’m not planning to buy a car in the next 100 hours, thank you. I may not even buy one within 100 days! I’m just kicking the virtual tires. These sites and most others assume that I’m ready to buy a car right now. But I actually just wanted to learn something. Sure, I got graphics and animation, TV commercials, pretty pictures, and low financing offers on these sites, but little else.

I looked around for some personality on these sites and didn’t find much, because the automaker websites portray their organizations as nameless, faceless corporations. In fact, the sites I looked at are so similar that they’re effectively interchangeable. At each site, I felt as if I was being marketed to with a string of messages that had been developed in a lab or via focus 16groups. It just didn’t feel authentic. If I wanted to see car TV ads, I would have flipped on the TV. I was struck with the odd feeling that all large automakers’ sites were designed and built by the same Madison Avenue ad guy. These sites were advertising tome, not building a relationship withme. They were luring me in with one-way messages, not educating me about the companies’ products. Guess what? When


My wife, Yukari, was checking out her Twitter stream one day and noticed that someone she follows tweeted about Hotel & Igloo Village Kakslauttanen.1Yukari clicked the link and learned that the resort is located in the Saariselkä fell area of Lapland in northern Finland. In winter, you can stay there in a private glass igloo, which means that from bed you can check out the stars (or, if you are lucky, the aurora borealis). She found this terribly exciting, so she tweeted a response from her Twitter ID, @yukariwatanabe: “I want to go there!”

We discussed the resort that evening over dinner. Why not go? Our daughter was off to university, so we had the time. The next day we booked the trip for several months later. Done deal.

Now, I know that a winter vacation above the Arctic Circle might seem like a punch line to a bad joke. Heck, the sun didn’t even rise when we were there in mid-December (the “day” consists of just four hours of twilight at that time of year). But for us it seemed perfect, because we’ve traveled all over the world and are always looking for unusual adventures.

How did we know that we wanted to go? By the resort’s website, of course. The site lists all sorts of winter activities for guests. When I saw “Husky Sledding Safari,” I was ready to pack my bags (bucket list…). But Yukari wanted to do a little more checking, so she Googled the resort, looked at the reviews on TripAdvisor, and also read about it in a New York Timesarticle.


Everybody I know has a story like this. Somebody makes a comment via a social network site. It leads someone else to a website where the content educates and informs. And that person ends up becoming a customer of a company that he or she had never heard of moments before. We’re living in a new world of marketing and PR.

If you are the seller in this transaction, it all comes down to content: What are you creating, compared to what are others saying about you?

You’re in control. You


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