3 in 4 marketers believe that marketing assets are somewhat (67%) or very (9%) effective, but only 46% of salespeople concur, finds a new study [download page] released by Demand Metric. The survey - fielded mostly among B2B respondents - focuses on the causes and impacts of "bad" sales interactions, finding numerous instances of disagreement between sales and marketing teams, with each seeing problems with the other. Read more »
American consumers are showing more loyalty to regular CPG brands than they did 3 years ago, according to new survey results from IRI Worldwide. Some 39% of respondents indicated that they are trying new brands priced below regular brands, down from 46% reporting this behavior in Q2 2011. Similarly, fewer respondents - 31% in Q2 compared to 39% in Q2 2011 - are giving up some of their favorite brands. Despite those positive trends, few consumers only purchase their preferred brands over cheaper options. Read more »
Clothing is one of teens' top spending categories, per recent research from Piper Jaffray - but what influences their style and brand decisions when it comes to clothing and accessories? A recent survey commissioned by Forest City and conducted by Alexander Babbage offers some insight into the top influencers among teens (13-17) and young adults (18-24), with both predictable and surprising results. Indeed, while word-of-mouth proves paramount, one traditional marketing tactic also nets kids' attention. Read more »
Roughly three-quarters of Millionaire investors (with $1-5 million in net worth, not including primary residence) report using social media platforms, with Facebook (57%) the most commonly-used, according to [download page] a Spectrem Group study. LinkedIn is the next-most popular (41%), with YouTube (26%) also used by a significant proportion, while Twitter (10%) and Google+ (8%) don't see much interest. The analysts note that, aside from LinkedIn, Millionaire investors' use of social media tends to be more social than professional, and that even LinkedIn is not considered a primary vehicle for reading financial blogs. Read more »
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When it comes to a great website experience, internet users consider performance more important than fresh content, consistent experiences across mobile and desktop, and personalized content, finds Limelight Networks in a study entitled "The State of the User Experience" [pdf]. Delving further into attitudes regarding website performance, the study unearths some intriguing attitudes: for example, roughly 1 in 5 respondents aren't willing to wait longer than 3 seconds for a website to load before getting frustrated and leaving. Read more »