While smartphones' share of e-commerce traffic continues to grow with each passing quarter, conversion rates have been slow to catch up, according to Monetate's latest benchmark figures covering Q4 2016. Indeed, within the US, conversion rates were almost 3 times higher on computers (4.31%) than they were on smartphones (1.5%).
Year after year, mobile app sessions growth - while slowing - has been robust if not eye-opening. But that decade-long streak seems to be coming to an end, finds Flurry in its annual report, with the firm declaring that "on their tenth anniversary, mobile apps start eating their own."
Despite a high degree of interest in using virtual reality to watch movies, there's not much interest on the part of consumers when it comes to brands and advertisers using virtual reality (VR) to provide exclusive content and trailers, finds YuMe [download page] in a survey of more than 800 adults aged 18-54. But, there's reason to believe that virtual reality can be used effectively to demo products.
Emerging market research methods such as mobile surveys and online communities may no longer be deemed "emerging," having well and truly broken into the mainstream, according to the latest edition of the GreenBook Research Industry Trends (GRIT) Report. By comparison, despite some gains in use, methods such as neuromarketing and wearables-based research remain niche.
The top content formats produced by content marketers in the US are research/original data, infographics and product reviews, each created by 74% of respondents to a survey from Clutch. These were also the top 3 content types in terms of effectiveness, per the study, with research/original data leading the way.
B2B companies are relying more on customer references and testimonials than on any other type of customer marketing activity, details a report [download page] from Influitive and Koyne Marketing. Based on a survey of 202 respondents, largely from B2B (77%) and hybrid B2B and B2C (16%) companies, the study indicates that this is the only activity with majority (62%) adoption.