Young Adult Males are the Biggest Users of Location-Based Services

Even though only 4% of U.S. online adults have ever used a location-based service, like the popular FoursquareNeer, and Yelp for Mobile, new data from Forrester Research shows that the main user group is a highly-sought-after demographic — young, affluent adult males with college degrees. Location-based app users are much younger and more affluent than the average online user:

  • Around 86% of those checking in are under the age of 43.
  • More than 70% of users have earned a college degree or higher.
  • The average annual income of users is $105,000 — at least 30% more than the average Internet user.

In addition to being the main users of location-based apps, young adult males may also be heavy online influencers and mobile researchers. Looking at the profile of location-based app users, Forrester’s metrics show that they are:

  • Influential. Geolocation users are 38% more likely than the average U.S. online adult to say that friends and family ask their opinions before making a purchase decision.
  • An interesting target group. They are typically young adult males with college degrees.
  • Heavy mobile researchers. They are far more likely to search for information about businesses and products, as well as read customer ratings/reviews of products and services

If geolocation is part of your marketing mix, it’s important to realize that your efforts won’t reach a large, diverse audience. But male-targeted companies, like gaming and consumer electronics sellers, can test these platforms now — the size of this market may be smaller, but the ability to communicate with an influential group can give your company a competitive advantage.

Here are some more specifics about how location-based service users compare to to U.S. online adult users:

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