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

first_imgThe 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.Source: the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (, Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, ( and read her blog at for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.NOTE: You’re welcome to “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the copyright and “about the author” info at the end), and you send a copy of your reprint.last_img read more