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Top 20 B2C Marketing Charts of 2016

January 23, 2017

From digital ad benchmarks to traditional media outlooks and the customer experience, our collection of 2016's top B2C marketing charts (we're breaking out B2B into its own deck this year - stay tuned) showcases some macro trends running through the industry while also paying heed to some of the more effective tactics being used by marketing professionals. Read more »

Holiday 2016 Data Hub (Updated)

January 20, 2017

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 »

Consumers Say They Trust Traditional Media Ads More Than Digital Ones

December 14, 2016

Online pop-ups continue their reign as the most disdained form of advertising, it seems. In a new study [download page], MarketingSherpa reports that just one-quarter of consumers trust pop-ups, making them the least trusted type of ad. That finding follows separate research from HubSpot indicating that pop-ups are the most widely disliked ad type. By comparison, traditional media ads seem quite trusted for purchase decisions. Read more »

How Local Advertisers’ Best Customer Acquisition Sources Have Changed in the Past 5 Years

December 8, 2016

borrell-local-advertisers-top-sources-new-customers-dec2016Referrals (66%) and company websites (47%) continue to be the best sources of new customers for local advertisers, much as they were back in 2011, according to a new report [download page] from Borrell Associates. However websites have declined as an effective source over the years, and are now being challenged by social media, per the report. Read more »

Marketers Rank Their Top-Performing Automation Journeys

December 7, 2016

autopilot-top-performing-marketing-automation-journeys-dec2016The main barrier to marketing automation implementation has shifted over the past couple of years from lack of awareness to lack of budget, reports Autopilot in a recent study [download page], suggesting that as lower-cost options become available, marketing automation adoption will continue to increase. The report indicates that high-performing marketers regularly send automated emails to their contacts, more so than other marketers. Read more »

What Brings Shoppers to Stores – And Keeps Them Coming Back?

December 6, 2016

ksm-most-influential-channels-driving-in-store-visits-dec2016Surprise! Not only is TV advertising an effective way of driving consumers into stores, but it's also a top factor for Millennials, according to research from Kelly Scott Madison (KSM) [pdf]. Based on a survey of more than 1,000 US adults, KSM found 30% of US adults stating that TV ads are extremely or very influential in encouraging them to shop in stores rather than online. That trailed only store circular ads (40%) and email ads/coupons (37%). Read more »

Marketers: How Much Will These Consumer Trends Impact You in the Next Decade?

December 5, 2016

nyamabrandsparkdapresy-most-influential-consumer-trends-in-next-10-years-dec2016The emergence and use of mobile devices is the consumer trend that North American marketers believe will have the greatest impact on their industries in the next 10 years, according to survey results from the New York American Marketing Association (NYAMA) and BrandSpark, in association with Dapresy. Read more »

Top 10 Marketing Charts of the Month – August 2016

September 14, 2016

MCTop10Aug-16-EntryThis month's quick-hit set of top charts includes the following topics: the ideal marketing mix; annoying social media behaviors; the core of the influencer trend; tracking the customer journey; digital ad personalization triggers; the importance of analytics skills; leading B2B analytics tools; optimizing though leadership content; top lead gen tactics; and most effective sales content types. Read more »

Which Local Ad Channels Are Considered Useful, Annoying, and Influential?

August 26, 2016

AMGParade-Local-Media-Ad-Channels-Aug2016Local media users in the US tend to view print ads as more useful than annoying, but aren't quite as sure about digital ads, according to a study [pdf] from AMG/Parade. Point-of-sale circulars are among the most positively viewed ads, with 52% seeing them as useful compared to just 6% finding them annoying. Read more »

So What Do Marketers Think Is the Ideal Channel Mix?

August 22, 2016

MillwardBrown-Senior-Execs-Ideal-Marketing-Mix-Aug2016The struggle to optimize the marketing mix across channels has recently been called the biggest challenge facing marketers. Now, a newly-released study [download page] from Millward Brown Digital (MBD) indeed finds that this continues to be a monumental struggle, with marketers demonstrating a decided lack of confidence in their media allocations. Read more »