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February 2011

Top Viral Videos – Feb. 2011

February 28, 2011

unruly-top-10-viral-videos-feb2011-mar11.gifAds that originally aired during the 2011 Super Bowl and videos featuring autos were heavily featured in the list of the 10 most-shared online videos tracked by Unruly Media during February 2011. In addition, seven of the 10 videos featured some type of vehicle, making February the second straight month viewers felt a need for speed. Read more »

More than Half of Mobile Owners Play Games

February 28, 2011

popcap-market-size-mobile-phone-gamers-mar11.gifMore than half (52%) of 2,425 US and UK mobile phone owners surveyed have played a game on a mobile phone at some time in the past, according to [pdf] a new report from casual video game provider PopCap Games and Information Solutions Group (ISG). UK respondents were much more likely (73%) than US respondents (44%) to have played a mobile game at least once. Read more »

Retail Email Shows YOY Spike in Feb.

February 28, 2011

retail-email-index-feb-2011.JPGThe top online retailers sent each of their subscribers 2.9 promotional emails on average during the week ending Feb. 25, 2011, according to Chad White, research director at Responsys and author of the Retail Email Blog. That's down 1% week-over-week, down 1% from where it was four weeks ago, and up 16% year-over-year. Read more »

North Dakota, DC Best 2010 Job Markets

February 28, 2011

gallup-best-states-job-creation-index-mar11.gifNorth Dakota and the District of Columbia were the two best US job markets in 2010, according to new Gallup Job Creation Index data. More than half of the 10 best job markets in 2010 were in energy- and commodity-producing states. Read more »

US Gains on EU5 in Smartphone Adoption

February 25, 2011

comscore-smartphone-base-by-country-2010-mar11.gifComparisons of the growth of the US smartphone install base and EU5 smartphone install base during 2010 show the US making gains, according to a new report from comScore. Data from "The 2010 Mobile Year in Review" indicates the US had a smartphone install base of about 63.2 million in December 2010, compared to about 72.6 million in the EU5 nations of Italy, UK, Germany, Spain and France. Read more »

Wealthiest Americans Dramatically Increase Income

February 25, 2011

motherjones-average-income-per-family-feb-2011.JPGA huge share of US economic growth during the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of 1 percent of the wealthiest Americans, who now make an average of $27 million per household, according to new Mother Jones analysis of varied governmental and academic data. In contrast, the average income for the bottom 90% of the US population is $31,244. Read more »

Q4 Retail E-commerce Sales Hit $44B

February 25, 2011

census-ecommerce-sales-q4-10-feb-2011.JPGAdjusted Q4 2010 US e-commerce sales increased 5.6% from Q3 2010, according to new estimates from the US Census Bureau. Adjusted for seasonal variation but not for price changes, US retail e-commerce sales in Q4 2010 totaled $44.1 billion, up from $41.5 billion the previous quarter. Read more »

‘Behind the Curve:’ Week Ending Feb. 25, 2011

February 25, 2011

Below are some links to recent research news, studies and lists from the collection of items that MarketingCharts didn’t get to writing up this week, but still may be worth a peek:  Read More »

Mobile SocNet Use Grows

February 24, 2011

comscore-fastest-growing-mobile-categories-2010-feb-2011.JPGSocial networking is among the fastest-growing US mobile categories by total audience, according to a new report from comScore. Data from "The 2010 Mobile Year in Review" indicates social networking reached 57.9 million US mobile users in December 2010, up 56% from a little less than 40 million in December 2009. Read more »

1 in 3 Seniors in Developed World Ready for Retirement

February 24, 2011

nielsen-ready-to-retire-feb-2011.JPGAcross broad global regions, those aged 60 and up facing retirement in the more developed regions are more positive about their prospects than those in emerging regions, according to a new study from The Nielsen Company. Data from "The Global Impact of an Aging World" indicates almost 35% of European seniors and more than 30% of North American seniors (led by 38% of Canadian seniors) say they are financially ready for retirement. Read more »