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March 2017

Which Digital Capabilities Are Advertisers the Most – and Least – Confident About?

March 31, 2017

Some sobering results from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Google Digital Academy: on a 100-point scale, marketers working at advertisers around the world score their organizations' digital capabilities at an average score of just 57. Worse yet, that number hasn't budged since the last time the survey was fielded 18 months earlier. So where are advertising organizations having the most trouble? Read more »

The Age Diversity of Snapchat’s Adult Audience Has Changed Drastically in the Past Year

March 31, 2017

Close to half of Snapchat's adult audience was aged 35 and older as of December 2016, marking a dramatic change from a year earlier, according to comScore's latest Cross-Platform Future in Focus report [download page]. The report indicates that 53.4% of the platform's audience was aged 18-34 in December 2016, down from 76% a year earlier, though that remains the heaviest youth skew of the various platforms measured. Read more »

Would Consumers Save Money With À-La-Carte TV Packages?

March 30, 2017

There's been a lot of buzz in recent years about à-la-carte packages, where consumers can choose their own channels. This is based on cost concerns with current pay-TV packages along with research indicating that viewers watch only a small fraction of the channels available to them. But would consumers actually save much money by building their own packages? A new study from Hub Entertainment Research provides some insight. Read more »

Here’s How Marketers Are Measuring the Success of Their Brand Marketing Efforts

March 30, 2017

Marketers are using a variety of metrics and KPIs to measure the impact of their brand marketing activities, per results from an OnBrand Magazine study [download page]. In surveying more than 560 global brand managers and CMOs, the report finds that new customer acquisition (75%) and social media engagement (72%) are the primary means used to determine the success of brand marketing activities. Read more »

As Digital Ads Become More Expensive, How Can They Be Improved?

March 29, 2017

Marketing budgets have been pouring into digital media in recent years as advertisers try to maintain pace with consumers' new behaviors. But digital advertising has seen its share of problems, from viewability to transparency and fraud. Several digital ad formats also frustrate consumers due to their interruptive nature. So how can online ads be improved? Adobe Digital Insights (ADI) asked consumers that very question in its recent Digital Advertising Report. Read more »

Only 1 in 3 B2B Buyers Willing to Share Phone Number in Exchange for Content

March 29, 2017

B2B buyers are, in large part, willing to share their name, company and email address in exchange for content (95%), and even their job title or industry (85%), per results from a Demand Gen Report (DGR) study [download page]. But getting them to divulge their phone number is a different story, as just one-third of respondents reported a willingness to do so for content. Read more »

Surprise: Trust in Advertising on the Rise?

March 28, 2017

In a somewhat surprising twist given what seemed to be current attitudes towards advertising, new survey data suggests a large shift towards greater trust in ads! To wit, a 2014 survey from YouGov found a little over half the general population (56%) believing that the ads they saw, read or heard were honest. In the same survey conducted this year, that figure has shot up to almost three quarters of respondents (72%). Correspondingly, the proportion of respondents who claim to trust the ads that they see, read or hear has also risen from 50% in 2014 to 61% this year. Read more »

Smartphones Overtake Desktops in Global AVOD Plays

March 28, 2017

Globally, consumers are now more likely to play advertising-video-on-demand (AVOD) content on smartphones (45%) than on desktops (44%), per a recent report [download page] from Ooyala. The analysis, covering Q4 2016, marks the first time in which smartphones have overtaken desktops in AVOD video plays. Read more »

For Youth, Social Media Preferences Increasingly Limited to Top Platforms

March 27, 2017

We've been keeping score of teens' changing social media preferences over the past few years as they've switched from Facebook to Twitter, Instagram and now Snapchat. How about the broader 12-24 age group? The latest edition of The Infinite Dial report from Edison Research and Triton Digital shows that social media use among this group is increasingly limited to three top platforms. Read more »

How to Upgrade Your B2B Content to Meet Buyers’ Changing Preferences

March 27, 2017

Three-quarters of B2B buyers strongly agree that they have placed a higher emphasis on the trustworthiness of content sources over the past year, though only about one-third are more willing to consider vendor-related content as trustworthy, according to a new Demand Gen Report survey [download page]. Read more »