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The Channels Customers Want to Use to Engage With Your Brand

March 27, 2017

When engaging with brands, consumers turn first to their websites, blogs or social sites, presumably for the availability, ease and convenience in doing so, according to a recent survey [download page] from Lithium Technologies. This channel preference is also true when wanting to find out about the products and services offered, per the study. Read more »

US Companies With the Best and Worst Customer Experience Ratings in 2017

March 17, 2017

Supermarkets continue to lead the way in customer experience, while health plans are again among the worst-rated, according to the 7th annual customer experience ratings from the Temkin Group. Indeed, of the 331 companies measured across 20 industries, supermarkets occupied 2 of the top 3 positions this year, while health plans took 3 of the bottom 5. Read more »

Here’s How Marketers Fared Last Year in the Metrics That Impact Email Deliverability

March 15, 2017

Close to one-third of US marketing emails fail to reach the inbox, according to an analysis released last year by Return Path. With deliverability having such an impact on email marketing success, Return Path has dug into its data [download page] and provided a host of new benchmarks across several metrics that can act as indicators for sender reputation. Read more »

Most Purchases Are Made While Shopping Around, Not From Loyalty

March 10, 2017

Do consumers tend to make the same brand choices time after time, or do mostly shop around with successive purchases? Recent research from McKinsey comes to a troubling conclusion: few purchases are loyalty-driven, and the myriad new ways for consumers to judge brands and comparison shop doesn't seem poised to change that. Read more »

Mobile Page Speed Benchmarks, by Vertical

March 7, 2017

It appears that mere seconds really do matter to mobile users, according to recently-released research from Google, which tested more than 900,000 mobile websites. The longer a page takes to load, the higher the likelihood that the user will leave the page, with the probability of bounce more than doubling when page load time increases from 1 to 6 seconds. Read more »

These Financial Stats Show Why Brands Shouldn’t Focus Too Much on Millennials

March 6, 2017

Recent research has indicated that Boomers and Silents combine to account for more than 70% of adults with at least $100k in investable assets, while Millennials comprise just 13% share, the smallest of any generation. Statistics from a recently-released Epsilon study provide more insight into these older generations' comparatively greater wealth, though it's Gen Xers with the highest median incomes. Read more »

Which Industries Had the Most Active Email Subscribers in Q4?

March 3, 2017

The majority of email subscribers tend to be inactive, according to data contained in a recent quarterly study [download page] by Yesmail Interactive [download page]. For example, in the consumer services sector, 76% of subscribers were inactive in Q4, and only 4% were active within 90 days. Read more »

Today’s CMO: Relatively Young, With the Shortest Tenure in the C-Suite

February 27, 2017

It may be the age of marketing, as leading marketers increasing influence product innovation and new business models, move away from a cost-center perception, and expand into strategic business leadership. But CMOs have less time to work their magic than other members of the C-suite, according to a Korn Ferry study. Read more »

1 in 3 Insurance Policyholders Go Hunting For A Better Deal At Renewal Time

February 23, 2017

For the most part, insurance policyholders are more likely to simply renew a policy without much effort when it comes up for renewal than to actively search for a better deal, according to new data from YouGov. However, close to 1 in 3 policyholders will use that time to look, typically using friends and family and price comparison sites for information. Read more »

How Do Industries Score on Corporate Reputation Factors?

February 20, 2017

The technology industry continues to have the best reputation of any sector in the US, according to the latest annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient (RQ). But a breakdown of the different facets of corporate reputation reveals that consumer products companies tend to outperform tech companies in the various individual factors involved. Read more »