This month's quick-hit set of top charts includes the following topics: 2016 budget shifts by channel; email marketers' top initiatives; why consumers share content online; top app download motivations; brands' most important core values; trends in customer engagement; leading content creation challenges; most common B2B marketing video types; data-driven advertising performance; and size of the media universe across devices. Read more »
Close to 190 million Americans are expected to watch Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, reports the NRF, based on a survey of more than 7,000 adults. The 77% of respondents planning to watch the game is the highest percentage in at least the past decade. This year almost one-quarter (23%) of viewers said that the commercials are the most important part of the Super Bowl, while 45% feel that the game itself is most important. Read more »
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Smartphone owners are most likely to subscribe to a brand via its email, text or social media channels for incentives or coupons (55%) and loyalty rewards points (52%), per results from a Vibes survey [download page] of more than 1,000 adults smartphone owners. Exclusive content (26%) and product information and updates (25%) are secondary reasons, per the report. Read more »
Business leaders are once again confident in the general direction of their marketing budgets this year, report Selligent and StrongView in newly-released survey data [pdf], as 56% of respondents expect to increase their budgets. Email appears to be a primary recipient of increased budgets, according to the StrongView report and a separate study [pdf] from Campaigner. Read more »
Retail sales over the holiday season grew by 3% to $626.1 billion last year, below the forecasted growth rate of 3.7%, reports the NRF, which also noted that non-store holiday sales grew by 9%. Weather, inventory challenges and early-starting discounts contributed to the lower-than-forecast increase, per the report. Read more »
Note: The Hitwise data featured is based on US market share of visits as defined by the IAB, which is the percentage of online traffic to the domain or category, from the Hitwise sample of 10 million US internet users. Each month, Hitwise measures more than 20 million unique websites, including sub-domains of larger websites, and 500 million searches. Hitwise categorizes websites into industries on the basis of subject matter and content, as well as market orientation and competitive context. The market share of visits percentage may not include traffic for all sub-domains of certain websites that could be reported on separately.
YouGov has released its US Buzz Rankings list for 2015, showing that Amazon enjoyed the best public perception for the third consecutive year. The study, which measures consumer perceptions of brands, asks respondents whether they have heard anything about the brand during the prior 2 weeks and subtracts the percentage who answer they have heard something negative from the proportion who have heard something positive. Read more »
Source: Nielsen [download page]
Source: Winterberry Group / GlobalDMA [download page]
Traditional TV (live + DVR/time-shifted TV) and AM/FM radio continue to have the widest monthly reach of any media among Americans, reports Nielsen in its latest look at the media universe. While the timing of the report doesn't provide for direct year-over-year comparisons to last year's installment, there are some trends to be found from the latest release. Read more »