How to Communicate to Men Who Scan, Women Who Probe — Findings from the Pew Internet and American Life Survey

How to Communicate to Men Who Scan, Women Who Probe -- Findings from the Pew Internet and American Life SurveyThe most recent Pew Internet and American Life survey shows men are more “intense” Internet users than women, but women talk more online. The Pew report notes, “Women are more likely to see the vast array of online information as a “glut” and to penetrate deeper into areas where they have the greatest interest, including health and religion. Women tend to treat information gathering online as a more textured and interactive process – one that includes gathering and exchanging information through support groups and personal email exchanges.

In short, women are social networkers online as well as offline, but the context in which we have these interactions is even more important online. And these findings have clear implications for your nonprofit communications:

  • Recognize women as prospects (for giving, volunteering, etc.) distinct from their husbands.
  • Give women the opportunity to participate when possible. It’s a must to engage them, especially in the online environment. If your nonprofit doesn’t engage them, others will.
  • Write and design communications with the understanding that women are more likely to have many things competing for their attention as they juggle multiple tasks and thoughts.
  • Since this demographic group trusts experts the most for information, tapping into experts will lend credibility to media reports, campaigns and messages.

Storytelling is a particularly effective way to reach women who respond well to people tales. Learn how to Put Persuasive Storytelling to Work.

How does your organization succeed at engaging women? Let me know and I’ll share your tips with Getting Attention readers.

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Nancy Schwartz on August 8, 2007 in Branding and Messages, Nonprofit Communications, Trends | 0 comments
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