Senior marketers in the US, UK and Australia prioritize social media more than any other communications channels for product launches, according to a study [download page] from Five by Five. Indeed, social media figured among the top 5 channels (of more than a dozen listed) for about three-quarters of the survey's respondents.
Referrals (66%) and company websites (47%) continue to be the best sources of new customers for local advertisers, much as they were back in 2011, according to a new report [download page] from Borrell Associates. However websites have declined as an effective source over the years, and are now being challenged by social media, per the report.
This month's quick-hit set of top charts includes the following topics: social network user demographics; product discovery on social; digital display ad benchmarks; reducing email list churn; what finance wants from marketing; B2B social content effectiveness; constructing B2B buyer personas; content strategists' top initiatives; top trends in marketing technology; and holiday 2016 retail spending forecast.
The main barrier to marketing automation implementation has shifted over the past couple of years from lack of awareness to lack of budget, reports Autopilot in a recent study [download page], suggesting that as lower-cost options become available, marketing automation adoption will continue to increase. The report indicates that high-performing marketers regularly send automated emails to their contacts, more so than other marketers.
Surprise! Not only is TV advertising an effective way of driving consumers into stores, but it's also a top factor for Millennials, according to research from Kelly Scott Madison (KSM) [pdf]. Based on a survey of more than 1,000 US adults, KSM found 30% of US adults stating that TV ads are extremely or very influential in encouraging them to shop in stores rather than online. That trailed only store circular ads (40%) and email ads/coupons (37%).
Retail loyalty program members value flexibility over personalization in their programs, according to a Nielsen survey [download page] of more than 30,000 internet users across 63 countries. Indeed, the most appealing features among program members are points or rewards for purchases made across various channels (81%) and the ability to choose among several types of rewards (79%).