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Global Ad Spend Forecasts: Key Markets & Media

June 28, 2017

Global ad spending forecasts have been released by Zenith, MAGNA [pdf] and Dentsu Aegis Network [pdf] in the past week. Among the commonalities between the three forecasts is a projected slowdown in spending this year relative to last, along with some consensus that digital is set to overtake TV despite some disagreement as to when that might occur. Read more »

Radio’s Weekly Audience is Large… And Growing

June 27, 2017

Radio has remained largely immune to the disruption wrought by the internet on other traditional media types: recent estimates suggest that radio listening time has remained steady over the past 5 years, while AM/FM listeners themselves say they're tuning in more. New data from Nielsen [download page] shows that radio's audience is large, diverse, and growing. Read more »

In-Store, Atmosphere Counts. And Shoppers Say That Music Helps.

June 27, 2017

The majority of American shoppers (84%) find that when stores play music, it makes for a more enjoyable shopping experience, according to The State of Brick & Mortar report [download page] from Mood Media, which surveyed 11,255 consumers across 9 countries. Many shoppers also find that hearing music in stores lifts mood (81%) and helps them relate and connect to the brand (70%). Read more »

Majority of American Adults Identify As Middle-Class

June 26, 2017

A solid majority (62%) of American adults identify as either upper-middle or middle-class, with a healthy plurality (44%) saying they belong to the middle class, according to new survey results from Gallup. The report notes that middle-class identification has returned to pre-recession levels; as recently as 2015, only about half identified as upper-middle or middle class. Read more »

2 in 3 Marketers Say That Marketing Understands What Sales Needs to Succeed

June 22, 2017

In the US, 7 in 10 marketers are satisfied with their collaboration with other departments, according to the latest State of Marketing survey [download page] from Salesforce Research. In fact, respondents across all of the markets surveyed feel fairly confident about their collaborations with other departments, including sales. Read more »

Consumers Now Say They’re More Likely to Share Good Than Bad Experiences

June 21, 2017

In a reversal from past research (see here and here) consumers are more likely to share good experiences than bad ones, according to a recent Temkin Group survey. In fact, just 14% of the 10,000 US consumers surveyed said they were tight-lipped following a recent very good experience with a company, compared to 35% who didn't tell anyone following a very bad experience. Read more »

LGBT Consumers Feel Underrepresented in Advertising

June 20, 2017

Advertisers may be missing out on the potential benefits of advertising that better represents the LGBT community, according to YouGov research. The market research firm finds that LGBT consumers are more apt than the public as a whole to respond to advertising by searching for products and services, but also wish they were represented more in ads. Read more »

Small FMCG Manufacturers Enjoying Growth, Gaining Market Share

June 20, 2017

The majority (53%) of growth in FMCG sales is coming from the smallest manufacturers, which have risen to 19% share of dollar sales, up 2 points over the past 5 years, according to a recent Nielsen report. In fact, the smallest manufacturers seem to be cannibalizing sales from the largest food and beverage manufacturers, whose market share has dropped to 31% and who are contributing just 2% of sector growth. Read more »

Global Newspaper Circulation and Advertising Trends in 2016

June 19, 2017

Globally, newspaper revenues declined by 2% year-over-year in 2016, as increases in circulation sales failed to match declines in ad spending, according to top-line data released as part of the WAN-IFRA's annual World Press Trends survey. The study estimates that 56% of newspaper revenues were derived from print and digital circulation sales last year. Read more »

1 in 10 Consumers Using Voice Search to Find Something to Watch on TV

June 19, 2017

Voice-enabled assistants are becoming more popular, and are beginning to be used for digital commerce. But what about voice and TV? A new report from TiVo [download page] examines the use of voice search to discover content, finding that 1 in 10 respondents are currently using their voice to find something to watch. Read more »