It’s safe to say that a lot has changed since this time last year. Today, we are unveiling our second annual messaging report, knowing that the events of the past 12 months have greatly impacted the way we communicate and created an increased need for virtual connection. With 42 percent of people messaging more now than they were before the pandemic, it’s clear that a new wave of messaging is here. And for all the trials of the past year, we’re excited to share more on what’s ahead in the world of messaging and how to navigate it – hint: conversational media is at the forefront.
In The Media in Our Messages Report, we took a deep dive into how the messaging landscape has changed and how conversational media can create a more robust environment: How does a greater reliance on messaging impact the user experience? How are we sharing information and content? Where are people having their most authentic conversations? How do brands fit into these new consumer preferences?
To uncover these sentiments, Holler conducted two studies. The first was an online survey of over 1,000 adults in the US. The second we have dubbed ‘The Observational Study,’ with an intimate look at how people use messaging. For this study, 30 US adults from ages 18 to 47 gave the research team at Part and Sum permission to view their direct messages and the types of content shared across 16 different apps, followed by an hour long interview on their technology and messaging usage. These studies were imperative for understanding the broad landscape of messaging as well as providing insightful examples into the role content plays in both inspiring and supporting our DMs.
What we found across both studies was that people are using messaging more than ever to keep human connection alive during an age of social distancing. This was to be expected, of course, but we also found a slew of insights on the how, what, when and where of messaging in 2020 and 2021:
Messaging was always an increasingly important vehicle for conversation, but this growth was catalyzed during the past year. Connections to family and friends have become more crucial even as they moved online, with content sharing emerging as a top priority for digital conversations. These messaging experiences are enriched with all different kinds of media - from emojis and stickers to news links and social posts. We’ve found that the easier the content is to find and send, the better. Our studies point to Conversational Media as the next frontier for innovation, with clear ways to advance the user experience. At Holler we are set on improving both the content itself and ensuring it gets to people in the exact moment they need it. It’s why our mission at Holler is to Enrich Conversations Everywhere.
To learn more about how we connect with each other, you can check out The Media in Our Messages Report here.