Retail sales over the holiday season grew by 4% to $658.3 billion last year, above the forecasted growth rate of 3.6%, reports the NRF, which also reveals that non-store holiday sales (including e-commerce) grew by 12.6%, also higher the forecasted increase in online sales of 7-10%. Read more »
Political advertising reached $9.8 billion in the 2016 election year, marking a more than 4% increase from the 2012 election cycle ($9.4 billion) and representing a new record, according to Borrell Associates. But while the spending amount was in itself interesting, the channel breakdown may have been more noteworthy. Read more »
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[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 »
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 »
Almost half (47%) of US adults own a connected/smart TV or streaming device, making these the most commonly owned devices of 9 emerging technologies tracked by the IAB in a recent report [pdf]. Among respondents aware of the various devices but not owning them, the TV devices again topped the list, this time for purchase intent. Read more »
Sales of "premium" products - defined in this case as those that coast at least 20% more than the average category price - are seeing above-average growth in many fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) categories, according to a recent report [download page] from Nielsen. But consumers perceive these products as being more than just about price, per the study. Read more »
Digital media tends to get the buzz these days as newer emerging platforms excite marketers and provide new possibilities for reaching audiences. But traditional media channels retain wide reach, and traditional media advertising continues to have a strong influence on consumers' purchase decisions. In this article, we highlight 3 key stats about traditional media audiences from our latest Media Audience Demographics study. Read more »
Fresh off the heels of research suggesting that adults trust traditional media ads more than digital ones, a study from YouGov [pdf] indicates that Americans are more likely to trust news that they read about in the newspaper or see on TV than they are to trust what they read online. Read more »
The 2016 US presidential election may have generated strong interest around the world, but neither it nor its participants cracked the top 5 trending searches in the US, says Google in its year in review. Instead, January's $1.5 billion Powerball was the top trending search in the US, also cracking the top 5 globally. 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.