Video ad viewability seems to be improving from last year, reports Google in its 2016 Global State of Play report [pdf]. Some 66% of video ads were viewable on the web and in apps (excluding YouTube) across devices in April 2016, up from 54% in the year-earlier period. However, last year's study omitted mobile apps, so it's unclear to what extent their inclusion in this year's edition impacts the findings.
For the first time, consumers around the world will this year spend more time watching videos on their mobile devices than on fixed devices (desktops and smart TVs), Zenith predicts in a new forecast. Mobile video consumption is expected to reach almost 20 minutes per day, representing a 30% increase from last year, and exceeding the stagnant fixed device video consumption of 16 minutes.
The most important goal of a data-driven marketing strategy is to personalize the customer experience, with this of far greater importance than customer acquisition or measuring ROI, according to the latest study [download page] from Ascend2 and its Research Partners. Luckily, with marketers confident in their data-driven strategies, few feel that personalizing the customer experience is a significant barrier.
Some 27% of company marketers agree that they are mobile-first organizations, up from 19% last year and 13% the year before, new research [download page] from Econsultancy and Adobe has found. Based on a survey of more than 4,000 marketing, digital and e-commerce professionals (96% of whom are based outside North America), the study reveals that most (62%) company marketers believe that mobile devices will deliver a majority of their digital traffic within the next 12 months.
Almost two-thirds (62%) of American adults feel that it's likely the US will be a cashless society in their lifetime, reports Gallup in recent survey results. Separate results from the study indicate that Millennials will be leading the charge to a cashless society.