Notes: US retail e-commerce spending grew by 15% year-over-year in Q3, marking the 20th consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, per comScore data. Mobile continued to grow at a much faster clip (70%) than desktop (8%), with the latter seeing growth below 10% for the third consecutive quarter. In sum, mobile accounted for slightly more than 16% of the total retail e-commerce sales of $69.7 billion, up from 14.7% share in Q1.
Notes: Some 56% of B2B marketers feel that using 3-4 target segments in their communications is manageable in order to see a return on both time and money, per results from an iris survey of 200 B2B marketers, the vast majority (83%) of whom are from companies with at least 1,000 employees. Separately, the study indicates that marketers feel communications should be: more serious/no-nonsense (42%) than humorous/fun (20%); more fact & figure-focused (49%) than benefit-focused (22%); more example-driven (70%) than advice-driven (10%); and more professional (66%) than friendly (15%).
Almost 6 in 10 US adults say they either definitely will (28%) or may (30%) shop this Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday through Sunday), with that figure rising to more than three-quarters of 18-24-year-olds (78%) and 25-34-year-olds (77%), per the NRF. Among those adults who plan to or may shop online or in-store this weekend, Black Friday (74%) is the most popular day, followed by Saturday (49%), Sunday (23%) and Thanksgiving (22%).
Almost two-thirds of senior marketers strongly agree that data-driven marketing is crucial to success within a hyper-competitive global economy, according to a study [download page] released by Forbes Insights in association with Turn. While senior marketers are most apt to believe that data-driven marketing drives profitability (60%) and sales (54%), they also see it having a strong impact on creative and messaging.
Notes: The primary benefits that firms receive from employee advocacy are increased visibility (79%) and brand recognition (65%), per results from a Hinge Research Institute and Social Media Today survey of 588 professionals (primarily B2B) who use social media for business purposes. But there are benefits for advocates, too, as more than two-thirds said that involvement on social media for professional purposes has helped their careers. The top-stated benefits advocates receive are an expanded professional network (87%) and keeping up with industry trends (76%), per respondents.
Notes: Among online US adults, Baby Boomers (46-65) spend almost twice as much time on a daily basis with TV, radio and print as do Millennials (16-3) per newly-released data from a TNS study. In fact, while Baby Boomers report spending more than double the time with TV (3.4 hours per day) as with TV and video online (1.3 hours), Millennial estimate spending more time with digital than offline TV (2.7 vs. 1.9 hours per day).