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Social’s Fairly Big in the US, But Messaging is Yet to Take Off

April 20, 2017

As hot as social media currently is in the US, it's not quite the force it is across several other countries, according to a comScore report [download page]. And messaging apps are barely registering on the radar of US mobile activity, per the study, which examined use of mobile messaging apps across 9 countries. Read more »

Smartphones Overtake Desktops in Global AVOD Plays

March 28, 2017

Globally, consumers are now more likely to play advertising-video-on-demand (AVOD) content on smartphones (45%) than on desktops (44%), per a recent report [download page] from Ooyala. The analysis, covering Q4 2016, marks the first time in which smartphones have overtaken desktops in AVOD video plays. Read more »

Here’s A Handy Chart Guide to Mobile’s Trended Share of Site Traffic in 12 Countries

March 1, 2017

It's increasingly becoming a mobile world, at least when it comes to website traffic. A new report from Adobe Digital Insights (ADI) indicates that smartphones are cannibalizing web traffic from tablets and desktops, with the smaller device seeing a 69% increase in US site visits since 2014 and the latter double-digit declines. Read more »

Boomers and Silents Represent 70% of the Wealth and Affluent Market

February 24, 2017

Today's marketers very much hold a focus on Millennials - and even Gen Z. But when it comes to wealth in the US, younger generations distantly trail their older counterparts, despite some gains. In fact, new data from Phoenix Marketing International (PMI) indicates that roughly 70% of the wealth and affluent market (those with investable assets of at least $100k) is made up of Americans born before 1965. Read more »

Global Sponsorship Spending Set For 4.5% Rise This Year

February 8, 2017

Sponsorship spending worldwide is expected to grow by 4.5% this year to $62.8 billion, according to the 32nd annual industry review and forecast from IEG. That 4.5% growth rate is relatively steady from last year (4.6%) and up from the two prior years (4.1%), as spending on sponsorships is projected to increase at a greater rate than spending on advertising (4.4%) and marketing/promotions (3%). Read more »

How Are Mobile Owners Making Purchases Using Their Devices?

February 6, 2017

Some 78% of mobile media users surveyed last year across 9 countries reported having made a purchase using their mobile phone during the prior 6 months, according a Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) study [download page]. Physical products and digital content were the most commonly purchased items, per the study, which also found 35% (30% in the US) having paid for items directly from their phone bill. Read more »

Global Out-of-Home Ad Revenues Post Strongest Growth Since ’07

January 24, 2017

US out-of-home advertising revenues have been on the rise in recent years, and those increases are being seen on a global level too. New data from PQ Media indicates that out-of-home (OOH) ad revenues increased by 6.2% last year, the fastest rate since 2007. Read more »

Half of Millennials in the US Would Consider Banking With Amazon or Google

January 20, 2017

The companies sometimes known as GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) hold strong appeal with American Millennials (22-34) as potential banking destinations, according to an Accenture survey [pdf] of 32,715 adults across 18 markets. In fact, half of Gen Y respondents in the US would consider banking with one of these companies. Read more »

US Q4 E-Commerce Conversion Rates Were Almost 3 Times Higher on Desktops Than on Smartphones

January 19, 2017

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%). Read more »

Mobile App Sessions Growth Slows in 2016; Category Cannibalization Begins

January 18, 2017

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." Read more »