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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 »

How Consumers Think Brands Can Use Virtual Reality For Marketing

January 17, 2017

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. Read more »

Which Emerging Market Research Methods Are Gaining Favor?

January 17, 2017

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. Read more »

Pair Data-Driven Content With Paid Distribution for Effectiveness, Marketers Say

January 16, 2017

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. Read more »

Marketing and Sales Measurement Data Cleanliness Remains A Challenge

January 16, 2017

Marketing is becoming more data-driven, but the extent to which such efforts can achieve results is very dependent on the quality of the data at hand. According to new research from Allocadia [download page], some companies have it figured out, but many are still struggling with messy or silo'd data. Read more »

Half of Connected Teens Globally Say They’re Using Voice-Enabled Digital Assistants

January 12, 2017

One of the newer technologies getting buzz these days is the voice-enabled digital assistant - and new data from Accenture [pdf] suggests that it's not all hype. In fact, the use of embedded voice-enabled digital assistants in smartphones and PC/laptops has reached the mainstream among 14-17-year-olds, per Accenture's survey of almost 26,000 consumers across 26 countries. Read more »

These Brands Topped the Viral Video Charts in 2016

January 12, 2017

Red Bull is the undisputed king of viral branded video, according to Unruly's annual look at the brands whose videos attracted the most social shares. With more than 27 million shares of its videos last year, Red Bull lapped the field, more than doubling its closest competitor, Samsung (12.5 million shares). Read more »

What Are Small Businesses’ Most Important Factors When Making Tech Purchase Decisions?

January 11, 2017

Tech marketers targeting small businesses should focus on their owners, as 83% of small businesses lack an IT staff and 72% of owners say they're typically responsible for making tech buying decisions at their business. That's according to Salesforce's recent "2016 Connected Small Business Report" [pdf], which delved into how small businesses use and perceive technology. Read more »

Moms’ Media Diet: TV & Smartphones Tops for Time; Radio for Reach

January 10, 2017

Some 39% of women aged 18-49 in the US have a child under the age of 12, including 46% of women aged 35-49, according to a recent report [download page] from Nielsen. Almost three-quarters of these moms are working moms in the labor force, a percentage that increases with age. The study breaks down moms' technology ownership and media habits, analyzing differences between working moms and stay-at-home moms. Read more »

4 in 10 Adults Say They’ve Bought Something They Saw on Social Media

January 9, 2017

Social networks are widely used in the US, as a recent MarketingCharts study indicates that more than 2 in 3 US adults use social media on a weekly basis. And there's reason to believe that social media will be increasingly used as a vehicle for product discovery, given that 85% of Gen Z reports using social to learn about new products. But to what extent does social media influence purchases? A recent survey [download page] from SUMO Heavy Industries offers some insights. Read more »