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Just 15% of senior marketers in North America consider their demand generation strategies to be highly (2%) or very (13%) effective, being instead more likely to perceive them as moderately effective (29%) or someplace in the middle (32%), according to a report
[download page] from The CMO Council and Netline. One of the key problems appears to be a conflict between content strategies that lack targeting and the definition of a high-quality lead that requires more intentional engagement on the prospect's part.
Customer satisfaction with social media sites has risen by 3 points to 74 on a 100-point scale as visitors report growing satisfaction with a variety of user experience elements ranging from privacy to the amount of ads on the sites. That's according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which released its latest annual E-business report
[download page] this morning.
: Among US adults with internet access, 7 in 10 surveyed report having read a print magazine issue in the past 30 days, almost twice the proportion (37%) who have read a digital magazine issue, according to a Mequoda study. Digital magazine readers are split on their favorite format, though, with web editions (37%) slightly preferred over tablet (32%) and print (31%) editions. The most important functionalities of a digital magazine, per readers, are readable (79% very important) and scrollable (56% very important) text.
: 4 in 10 US TV households stream video over connected TVs, most commonly via an internet-connected media player (23%), reveals GfK in a recent study. The results indicate that TV households with kids under 18 (54%) are far more likely than those without kids (34%) to watch OTT content via a connected TV, with the former particularly apt to watch via an internet-connected VGS console (32%). Not too surprisingly, TV households with at least one Millennial (18-34; 58%) and those with at least one Gen Xer (35-49; 53%) also demonstrate an above-average likelihood to watch OTT content via a connected TV.
: Global advertising spending will grow by 2.3% this year (current prices), a forecast slashed from December 2014's predicted 4.8% growth, says Warc, based on an analysis of 12 countries that make up 75% of ad expenditures tracked by the company. Online (+16.1%), cinema (3.2%) and outdoor (+0.3%) are the only media expected to see an increase in spend this year. Next year, online ad growth is forecast to be slower (+12.9%), while TV rebounds to positive growth (+2.5%) presumably on the back of Political and Olympic spending.
: Netflix turned in another strong quarter in Q2, the company said in a recent release, gaining more than 2 million paid international subscribers. Indeed, Netflix's international paid subscriber base has grown rapidly over the past 3+ years, and is now more than half as large as the US subscriber base for the first time. The company also noted in its earnings release that almost 9 in 10 members have engaged with its original content.