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Easter Celebrants to Rein in Spending This Year

Source: NRF Notes: The average Easter celebrant is expected to spend on items ranging from candy to clothes for this year’s Easter holiday, down slightly from $145.13 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $15.9 billion, also down from last year’s projected $17.2 billion, as fewer Americans will celebrate this year (80% vs. 83%). […]

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Who’s Still Watching Live TV? (Most People.)

A couple of new studies suggest that despite the apparent rise in over-the-top video consumption, particularly among youth, the vast majority of Americans usually watch TV programming the old-fashioned way: live on TV. According to survey results from Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange (OTX), that’s the typical viewing method for 81% of Americans; a separate study […]

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Majority of Local Searches on a Mobile Phone End With an In-Store Purchase

Some 78% of local searches conducted on a mobile phone result in a purchase, and 73% of those purchases are made in-store, according to the 2014 Local Search Study from Neustar Localeze and 15miles, which measured the last action taken by more than 3,000 users of local business internet search. That suggests that a majority […]

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Gen Z Turns to Newer Platforms for Music Discovery

Source: Jacobs Media [pdf] Notes: Among core radio listeners interested in finding out about new music and artists, AM/FM radio (on any device) is easily the top single option, for roughly 51% of respondents. But, about 3 in 10 Gen Z (born 1993 and after) listeners interested in new music turn to Pandora (14%), YouTube […]

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Search Marketers’ Take on the Ranking Factors Increasing in Importance This Year

Source: BrightEdge [download page] Notes: About 7 in 10 search marketers feel that it will be more important this year to understand the correlation between social sharing of pages and ranking for those pages. While studies (such as this one) have found social signals to highly correlate with search rankings, Matt Cutts has denied [YouTube […]

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