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Apple’s The Top Platform For US Digital Music Consumers, But…

February 13, 2017

Apple is the top platform for US adults who pay for music content online, ahead of others such as Pandora and Spotify, according to a study from PayPal [pdf]. Among the US music consumers surveyed, 37% cited either Apple iTunes (30%, the single leading platform) or Apple Music (7%) as their preferred platform, while Pandora picked up 20% of the respondents. 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 »

US Ad Spend Trends, by Medium, in 2016

February 6, 2017

In many ways, the final ad spending figures for 2016 demonstrated a continuation of previous trends, although there were some intriguing results mixed in, according to a review of figures recently released by Standard Media Index (SMI). Digital kept growing and print kept declining, but there were some indications of a shift away from digital and towards TV. Read more »

Online Shoppers Say Search Is The Most Important Factor in A Great Digital User Experience

February 3, 2017

When shopping online, easy search functions trump fast websites and easy checkout as the most important factor in a great digital user experience, according to [download page] a survey from Episerver. Personalized content, meanwhile, is the least important of 5 factors ranked by the most than 1,100 US online shoppers surveyed. Read more »

Which Brands Are Doing Best At Meeting Their Customers’ Expectations?

January 31, 2017

Consumers continue to expect more from brands - but brands aren't rising to the challenge, reports Brand Keys in its latest annual Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. The 22nd annual study looks at the key purchase drivers across various categories and sees how brands in those categories stack up to the ideal across those drivers. Read more »

Which SVOD Service is Tops in Customer Satisfaction?

January 30, 2017

Netflix tops Hulu, HBO Now and Amazon Video in overall streaming service satisfaction, reports Strategy Analytics. But HBO Now emerges as the leading subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service across an impressive 11 of the 14 individual categories measured, according to the study. 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 »

US Music Biz Up in 2016 on Strength of Streaming

January 16, 2017

It was a positive year in the end for the music business, declares Nielsen in the Nielsen Music Year End Report for 2016 [download page], as strong growth in on-demand streaming more than offset sales declines. In fact, on-demand streaming grew to account for 38% of all audio consumption, becoming the single largest consumption format for the first time in the process. Read more »

The State of Traditional TV: Updated With Q3 2016 Data

January 11, 2017

[By MC Editor, JC Lupis] The latest quarterly TV viewing figures from Nielsen are in,¬†giving us now almost 6 years' worth of data on Americans' traditional TV viewing habits to examine. While we know at this point that youth as a whole are watching less traditional TV, what does this latest study [download page], covering Q3 2016, have to offer by way of trends? Let's take a look. Read more »

US Adults Lack Confidence in Social Networking Platforms

January 9, 2017

Trust in the news media has plunged to new lows this year, but even the news media fares better than leading social networking platforms in a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey of 1,000 adults. Fewer than 1 in 6 respondents professed to having "a great deal" or "quite a bit" of confidence in online social networking platforms such as Facebook (15%) and Twitter (13%). Read more »