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The Channels Customers Want to Use to Engage With Your Brand

March 27, 2017

When engaging with brands, consumers turn first to their websites, blogs or social sites, presumably for the availability, ease and convenience in doing so, according to a recent survey [download page] from Lithium Technologies. This channel preference is also true when wanting to find out about the products and services offered, per the study. Read more »

Which Components Are Essential to Marketers’ Brand Strategies?

March 23, 2017

Almost 9 in 10 global brand managers and CMOs agree that brand marketing is an important component of their marketing program, according to a recent report [download page] from OnBrand Magazine. The survey - conducted among more than 560 respondents - also found that the majority have a documented brand strategy, with close to half updating it annually. So what aspects are being included in brand strategies? Read more »

Should Brands Take Public Stances on Social Issues? Consumers Weigh In.

March 20, 2017

Brands are in the political and societal spotlight more these days - sometimes of their own accord, and sometimes not. But to what extent should brands have a voice in societal matters? Youth appear to feel more strongly about this than their older counterparts, according to a recent YouGov survey, which found half of Millennials (18-34) approving of brands taking a public stance on social issues, as opposed to only about one-quarter of Baby Boomers (55+). Read more »

US Companies With the Best and Worst Customer Experience Ratings in 2017

March 17, 2017

Supermarkets continue to lead the way in customer experience, while health plans are again among the worst-rated, according to the 7th annual customer experience ratings from the Temkin Group. Indeed, of the 331 companies measured across 20 industries, supermarkets occupied 2 of the top 3 positions this year, while health plans took 3 of the bottom 5. Read more »

Gen Z Yet to Form Strong Retail Store Loyalties

March 15, 2017

Gen Z (18-20) consumers are less likely than older Millennials (28-37) to be loyal to a single store across a few retail categories, including for health and beauty items (19% of Gen Z vs. 34% of older Millennials), groceries (39% of Gen Z vs. 55% of older Millennials) and clothing/fashion (16% of Gen Z vs. 26% older Millennials). That's according to an Accenture survey of almost 10,000 adults aged 18-37 across 13 countries. Read more »

Top 10 Marketing Charts of the Month – February 2017

March 13, 2017

This month's quick-hit set of top charts includes the following topics: budget trends, by channel; Super Bowl ads; B2B lead gen channels; trustworthy B2B info sources; Millennials' brand loyalty; distribution of affluents by generation; "most powerful" brands; how brands are using Snapchat; and the top opportunity for marketers this year. Read more »

The Most Important Drivers of Corporate Reputation, Ranked

March 13, 2017

The difference between a good and bad reputation can have a huge impact on consumers' purchase and recommendation likelihood, according to the latest annual Global RepTrak® 100 report [download page] from the Reputation Institute. So what does it take to create and sustain an excellent reputation? Read more »

Most Purchases Are Made While Shopping Around, Not From Loyalty

March 10, 2017

Do consumers tend to make the same brand choices time after time, or do mostly shop around with successive purchases? Recent research from McKinsey comes to a troubling conclusion: few purchases are loyalty-driven, and the myriad new ways for consumers to judge brands and comparison shop doesn't seem poised to change that. Read more »

CMOs Show Renewed Focus on Brand Building

March 8, 2017

CMOs expect to be allocating significantly larger budgets to one of their core leadership objectives, brand building, according to the latest edition of the biennial CMO Survey from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Respondents to the survey are reporting relatively healthy increases in brand value and upping the ante by forecasting sizable spending hikes on brand building. Read more »

Where Are Performance Marketers Finding Challenges And Opportunities?

March 8, 2017

Marketers are allocating greater resources to target mobile users, according to a report from AdRoll [download page], which surveyed more than 1,300 marketers with heavy digital marketing spending. While the report suggests that mobile retargeting budgets are on the upswing, marketers are facing several mobile advertising challenges. Read more »