Mobile Maps Big, While Geosocial Activity Remains Small


Mobile Maps and Directions Big, Foursquare Isn’t: Three-quarters of U.S. adults who own smartphones use those devices to get some kind of real-time location-based information—from maps and directions all the way to cutting-edge features like Yelp’s Monocle augmented-reality view, says a study released in May 2012 by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Other findings include:

  • 18% of all U.S. smartphone owners use geosocial services such as Foursquare, Facebook Places and Google Latitude—up from 12% a year ago—but it still isn’t a popular activity among U.S. smartphone owners.

  • About one-third of American smartphone owners whose education went no further than high school don’t use location info or services on their phones.

  • The less money you earn, the less likely you are to use mobile maps or navigation: only 69% of smartphone-owning adults earning $40,000 per year or less do this, compared to 79% of those earning $75,000 per year or more. 

Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project

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Scott Van Camp is editor of PR News, an executive-level, reader-supported publication that helps enhance the business impact of PR. Scott has a rich background in both journalism and PR/marketing. He has more than 15 years of experience as a writer/editor at various consumer and trade publications. Scott was with VNU Business Publications for five years, including stints as managing editor at IQ News and Technology Marketing magazines and senior editor at Brandweek. In the PR/marketing sphere, he has served as corporate communications manager at MarketBridge, a marketing and sales consultancy, and as editorial director for the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council. While at the Council, Scott led several high-profile marketing research projects. He has also operated his own communications and media consulting firm, SVC Communications.



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