Companies' top inbound marketing priority this year is growing their SEO/organic presence (66%), according to the results of a global HubSpot survey of more than 4,500 respondents from a variety of business types and industries. Blog content creation (60%) and content distribution/amplification (50%) follow, reflecting the importance of content marketing to inbound projects.
The number of paid subscriptions to on-demand music services has grown to 18.3 million in the first half of this year, more than twice the amount from H1 2015, according to [pdf] the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). First-half revenues from paid subscriptions also soared, more than doubling to surpass $1 billion for the first time.
Word-of-mouth is a key purchase influencer for consumers, and it appears to also have a strong sway over purchase decisions for business software, according to recent research from HubSpot. Indeed, respondents to HubSpot's survey ranked word-of-mouth referrals as their top information source when making business purchases.
Mobile devices have reached yet another threshold (after recently hitting e-commerce and digital media consumption milestones), according to the latest quarterly Global Video Index [download page] from Ooyala. The report shows that mobile accounted for a majority (51%) of video plays on Ooyala's platform during the quarter, marking the first time that mobile devices have overtaken desktops.
Only about 1 in 3 American adults trust the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly, according to a new Gallup survey. That's the lowest level in the history of this Gallup survey, which has been fielded annually since 1997 and stretches back to 1972. This year's figure represents a precipitous 8-point drop from last year's low point.
When it comes to emerging ways of getting the news, live video is much more of a consumer preference than chatbots, wearables and virtual reality (VR), according to a Wibbitz survey [download page] of 1,011 US adults aged 18-65. Indeed, 2 in 3 respondents cited live video as the most useful emerging technology for keeping up with the news, and a majority (52%) feel that it's the most entertaining of the new technologies.