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February 2017

Facebook User-Generated Content Engagement Reportedly Down in 2016

February 23, 2017

Facebook users averaged far fewer original posts in 2016 than they did the year prior, according to a Mavrck analysis [download page]. While the trends identified in the report point to a general decrease in earned engagements, the study also demonstrated the continuing power of word-of-mouth. 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 Brands Are Using Snapchat And Gaining Followers

February 22, 2017

Most new followers of brands on Snapchat discover those brands by searching for their usernames, though a fractional but growing number are added through deeplinks, according to a recently-released analysis [download page] of Q4 brand activity from Snaplytics. Read more »

America’s Favorite Fashion Retailers Are…

February 22, 2017

Nordstrom might not be the current administration's favorite, but it reigns as America's favorite fashion retailer for the 5th consecutive year, research from Market Force Information has found. Read more »

Transparency Tops List of Media Planners’ Online Ad Concerns

February 21, 2017

Ad blocking is a concern for media planners, but it doesn't elicit quite the same level of worry as other more pressing issues, according to a survey from the Digital Place Based Association (DPAA). In its survey of 336 agency planners employed at full-service, media services and digital ad agencies, the DPAA found that the vast majority (86%) are concerned about transparency. Read more »

US Retail Sales Forecast to Grow by 3.7-4.2% This Year

February 21, 2017

Retail industry sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) in the US will increase by somewhere between 3.7% and 4.2% this year, forecasts the NRF, which also expects an increase of 8-12% in non-store sales. Read more »

B2B Marketers Say Email Delivers the Highest ROI Leads

February 20, 2017

Score another one for email. On the heels of recent research showing that email is the top lead- and revenue-producing vehicle for B2B marketers, a newly-released study [download page] from Chief Marketer reveals that email is also the channel producing the highest ROI leads in the B2B space. 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 »

App Retention Rates Still Low, But Improving

February 20, 2017

App retention continues to be a major challenge for marketers, according to a recent study [download page] by AppsFlyer which measured 3.5+ billion installs across 5,000+ apps. By day 30 after download, a mere 4.8% of organic users were active within apps on iOS devices, and only 4.5% on Android. Non-organic users were even lower. Read more »

Customer Communities Used Primarily for Listening, Research

February 20, 2017

Customer and employee communities have quite an impact on the organizations that run them, according to a Leader Networks survey [download page] of 271 marketing and community leaders primarily from B2B (41%) firms and Associations/Non-Profit Organizations (34%). Among the almost three-quarters of respondents with a customer community, customer listening and research emerges as a far bigger goal than sales. Read more »