However, while Zoom, Google, Facebook, Viber, and other instant messaging, video conferencing, and social media apps have found ways to keep people together, they are not enough for a social race who is usually touchy-feely and whose gatherings are filled with “besos”, hugs, and “mano”.
“On Filipinos, a hyper-social race whose culture and traditions are predicated upon and foster these close bonds, what will the psychological effect be? As of now, what is seen is that while it looks like it’s all going smoothly on top, much desire and a profound longing to reconnect is brewing underneath,” according to the AdSpark whitepaper “A Portrait of the COVID-19 Crisis as a Filipino.”
The AdSpark survey showed that positive sentiments also came from what people are looking forward to such as going out and meeting with friends with 22% while 24% of online users who have negative sentiments expressed their longing for friends or loved ones and the activities they like to engage in. They also shared their dissatisfaction with how the government is handling the COVID-19 situation and called for a change in leadership. Fifty-four percent or a majority of the conversations are neutral, consisting of people sharing what they want to do once the outbreak ends.
The posts on social, therefore, could be an attempt in trying to assign meaning to situations, roles, and causes and effects with each member of society – aggrieved, helper, bystander, observer – trying to write the story.
AdSpark uncovers the real concerns, fears, motivations, and expectations of a Filipino consumer during the Covid-19 crisis, attempting to tackle and map out behavioral changes and formations of habit, post-crisis.
For brands and marketing practitioners to keep in close touch with their respective target audiences, it is important to continuously understand the ever-evolving Filipino and his content consumption – How he copes with the radical changes caused by the outbreak and explores how it will potentially change him for years to come.
“Using our brand planning proprietary tools, we wanted to delve deeper and understand the Filipino psyche in this very critical period. This is a provocative way to help leaders in various enterprises understand what consumers need and want in this age of crisis” said Onat Roldan, AdSpark President, and CEO.
AdSpark generated the report by using its own AdSpark intelligence platform. AdSpark Intelligence uses social listening that tracks mentions, comments, and sentiments across the internet; and content consumption which measures what Filipinos are reading and viewing online.
AdSpark is part of the portfolio companies of 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe.
To learn more and explore the other four tension points in this study, download the full report here. https://adspark.ph/thought-