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: Family and friends are a much larger source of OTC information for Millennials (18-34) than for Gen Xers (35-49) and Baby Boomers (50+), per the study, with word-of-mouth rivaling healthcare practitioners as a resource for the younger generation. By contrast, Baby Boomers - who are the most apt to use OTC drugs - are more likely to rely on product advertising, a result which aligns with prior research on purchase influencers by generation
. Overall, healthcare practitioners are the most trusted source of OTC information for each generation.
A recent study from ShareThis found significant differences in the types of content categories most likely to be shared
on various social networks. Now, a new study
[download page] from Fractl - in collaboration with BuzzSumo - analyzes the million most-shared articles from the first half of 2014 to identify the emotional sentiment of the top articles being shared on major social networks, with some intriguing discrepancies.
Social ads continue to outperform portals, networks, and exchanges in cost-effectively reaching new and exclusive audiences, although the data may be skewed by social users who use private browsing, details Neustar Aggregate Knowledge in its latest quarterly "Media Intelligence Report
" [download page] covering Q2 activity. The study reveals that social ads performed 167% better than the 4-channel average in reaching new and exclusive users at a low cost.
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: While 8 in 10 investors (people in households with total savings and investments of at least $10,000) receive financial advice in some form, they're far more likely to say they get it from a dedicated personal financial advisor (44%) or advisory firm (35%) than from an online financial planning or investing website (20%). Interestingly, though, survey respondents with at least $100,000 in investments are more likely than those with less than that amount to seek out advice on financial websites.
: MAGNA GLOBAL
: US ad revenues are expected to increase by 3.5% next year, with the 4.9% normalized growth rate excluding the effects of Political & Olympic (P&O) spending being the fastest rate of growth since 2005. That would bring core media advertising revenues to $172 billion, a new peak. Digital media ad sales are predicted to grow by 15.7%, fueled by social media (+32%) and video (+31%). Meanwhile, this year's ad revenue growth forecast has been downgraded from the prior forecast of 6%
to 5.1%, due in part to macro-economic conditions and to lower incremental P&O spending estimates.
North American digital marketing decision-makers are more focused on winning new customers than they are on retaining existing ones, according to
[download page] a study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Salesforce ExactTarget Marketing Cloud. Interestingly, few identified the orchestration of personalized customer experiences across multiple digital touch points to be a top-3 goal.