Report: February E-commerce Sales Up 10% Over Last Year, Outperforming US Retail Sales

ecommerce-shopping-credit-600 According to Custora's latest reports, last month's e-commerce revenue climbed 10 percent over February, 2013. The growth in online sales represents a significant increase compared to overall US retail sales which Custora says grew a meager 1.5 percent compared to last February. Tracking over 100 US retailers and 70 million shoppers, the report revealed transactions were also up 12 percent year-over-year, along with average order value which experienced a slight one-percent growth rate. Custora's numbers show mobile e-commerce continues to grow, with purchases made on smartphones and [...]


Study: 30% Of Facebook Users Are Consuming News, But It’s Mostly “Incidental” Consumption

news-headlines-featured After posting an overview yesterday of the Pew Research Center's State of News Media report, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the study's research on social media news consumption. According to the Pew report, three in ten Facebook users get news from the social media site. Even with the relatively high number of people reading news on Facebook, Pew claims Facebook news consumption is an "incidental experience." According to the report, only 22 percent of the people reading news on Facebook believe it is a useful news resource. The remaining 78 percent are on Facebook for reasons ot [...]


Study: Expert Content 83% More Effective Lifting Purchase Considerations Than User Reviews

content-marketing-featured A recent content marketing study conducted by Nielsen revealed consumers are more likely to be influenced by third-party expert content over branded content and user reviews when making buying decisions. According to Nielsen's "The Role of Content" study, expert content -- product reviews and articles from third-party websites and blogs -- was 83 percent more effective at lifting product purchase considerations than user reviews, and 38 percent more effective than branded content. Commissioned by content marketing solutions provider inPowered, Nielsen surveyed 900 consumers, measuring th [...]


Majority Of Shoppers Want Cross-Channel Personalization — Survey

shopping-featured According to a new survey, cross-channel shoppers want personalization on retail/e-commerce websites and in email, less so with display or social ads. The survey was conducted earlier this year by the etailing-group (n=1,004 US adults) for MyBuys, a personalization platform. All of the survey respondents owned smartphones and 61 percent reported owning a tablet. The respondents were equally divided between men and women. Source: MyBuys/e-tailing group Most respondents (83 percent) "saw value" in personalization across mobile devices. However only 23 percent said they thought retai [...]


Chartbeat: Native Ads Aren’t Engaging Readers

content-marketing-featured Native ads are the "it format" of digital media right now. Perceived to be less visually disruptive and able to command premium pricing, publishers are widely embracing them. That list includes Yahoo, The New York Times and most recently, The Wall Street Journal. Facebook and Twitter also have their versions, too (in-stream ads). Beyond this, native ads are also part of the larger "content marketing" trend. An article (via Re/code) on Time.com from Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile, itself a kind of content marketing for Chartbeat, argues that native ads are far less engaging than publishers [...]


Report: Apps Nearly 90 Percent Of Smartphone Internet Time

FTC Kids apps report Nielsen released a new cross platform report. Among other things it compares time spent with various media. TV remains the king of all media by time spent per day. That's followed by traditional radio and then smartphones. The report also compares app vs. mobile web usage by time spent. While Men and women spend roughly the same amounts of time accessing the internet on smartphones, women spend roughly 5 hours a month more than men using tablets. Smartphone usage As the chart above indicates 89 percent of smartphone internet time is spent in using apps. Eleven percent of time is s [...]


Study: 60 Percent Of Adults Switch Screens During The Day

facebook-mobile-phones-featured Echoing a 2012 study by Google, Facebook this morning released findings from a new research about multiple device usage. While offering some different figures and percentages it essentially backs up the earlier Google results, which show that people use multiple devices throughout the day and for different purposes. GfK carried out the research among 2,000 US adults.  The research found that "more than 60 percent of online adults in the US use at least two devices everyday and almost one quarter use three devices." It also reported that in excess of 40 percent start on one device and [...]


Survey: 87 Percent Want “Do Not Track” To Elude Marketers

data-privacy-featured There's a massive gap between marketers' increasingly aggressive use of data and consumers' desire not to be tracked and targeted. This is not a new issue. However a new survey from social marketing firm Communispace underscores the chasm. The firm conducted an online consumer survey last year (n=8,343), with respondents from multiple countries. Most however (87 percent) were from the US. The overwhelming conclusion is that consumers care very much about privacy and are concerned about data-mining and tracking.  The most striking survey finding is that 87 percent would enable or clic [...]


Mobile Devices: 30 Percent Of Traffic, 15 Percent Of Sales

ecommerce-credit-retail-shopping-featured A new "year in review" report from e-commerce platform ShopVisible offers some interesting insights and confirms consumer behavior patterns seen in earlier data. In particular, mobile devices are generating an increasing amount of traffic to e-commerce sites; however, the online sales they deliver are half that volume. Overall, mobile devices were responsible for 30 percent of traffic but only 15 percent of online orders in 2013. And, if you consider tablets to be more like PCs than smartphones (as Google does), then "mobile" orders were only 4 percent of the total. StatCounter data [...]


Survey: Of Major Technologies, Social Media Is The Easiest To Give Up

social-media-600 Based on a new survey of just over 1,000 US adults, the Pew Research Center has released findings commemorating the 25th anniversary of the web. Pew dates the founding of the web from the publication of Tim Berners-Lee's seminal paper about a distributed network of computers and documents linked together by "hypertext." However the "web" only truly became accessible to people with the advent of the browser with its graphical interface in 1992 - 1993. Regardless, there are a number of interesting findings in the document. Few are surprising save one, which I'll get to in a bit. On bala [...]


State-Level Usage Statistics: How They Can Be Leveraged

retargeting-spying-binoculars-featured For many brands, regionalization of marketing programs represents a key pillar to their overarching strategy. Particularly for those companies operating nationally, it's often difficult and costly to target consumers on a very granular level. Regionalization allows marketers to look at trends across a slightly larger area -- typically several adjacent states that share some cultural elements -- and create campaigns that are more relevant for consumers in that area as compared to national initiatives. However, this strategy can overlook some unique qualities of individual states and cities. [...]


Report: 60 Percent Of Internet Access Is Mostly Mobile

mobile-chart-growth-analytics-featured In a new global Mobile Media Consumption report, ad network InMobi asserts that, outside the US and UK, mobile media time spent now exceeds TV. However in the US, TV is still the top screen. The Mobile Media Consumption research was conducted by Decision Fuel and OnDevice Research and had roughly 14,000 respondents in 14 countries.  In emerging and especially less affluent markets, the InMobi report also confirms that mobile media time exceeds the PC internet. That's now also true in the US. Also consistent with other data, InMobi says that 61 percent of mobile internet users [...]


E-commerce Sales Up 8% In January, With 20% Of Mobile Orders Happening On An Android

ecommerce-online-sales-retail Marketing analytics firm Custora says US e-commerce sales were up eight percent this January over January 2013. While combined offline and online transactions were down 0.4 percent last month compared to a year ago, Custora claims January was a strong month for e-commerce, with a 6 percent increase in traffic to e-commerce stores. Based on e-commerce transactions from over 100 retailers and 70 million shoppers, Custora's data also revealed a slight increase in the average conversion rate last month, holding at 2.2 percent compared to 2.1 percent in January 2013. Mobile accounted for a [...]


Nielsen: More Time On Internet Through Smartphones Than PCs

Mobile Nielsen report Nielsen has released a smörgåsbord of data on "the new digital consumer." The just released report covers a variety of categories, from device ownership and video streaming to mobile's impact on social media usage. One of the standout findings in the report is that US adults spent on average 34 hours per month using the mobile internet on smartphones. By comparison, they spend 27 hours on the PC internet. Of that smartphone internet time, apps capture 86 percent of usage. Only 14 percent of smartphone internet access time comes via the mobile web. TV is still the top screen. Consum [...]


Adobe Predicts “Most Mobile Super Bowl Ever” With Advertisers Winning A 60% Jump In Mobile Traffic

adobe-logo-180px Based on record playoff audience numbers combined with growing social media mentions, Adobe is predicting this year's Super Bowl to draw the largest US television audience of all time and be, "the most mobile Super Bowl ever." According to Adobe Digital Index (ADI) analysis, the company claims Super Bowl advertisers can expect a 60 percent increase in mobile traffic on game day, with a third of web site visits happening on a mobile device. From Adobe's report: More than 50 percent of viewers will have a smartphone in their hands at some point during the Super Bowl. One in three of them [...]


Facebook And YouTube: Top Social Traffic Sources For E-Commerce In December

facebook-youtube-logos-250px Driving 5.32 percent of traffic to retailer websites over the holiday season, Facebook accounted for more than half of all social referrals to retailers in the Hitwise 500, according to data shared by Experian. YouTube came in second with 1.65 percent of upstream traffic to retailers. Facebook's share of referral traffic increased a relatively modest 38 percent.  YouTube's share grew 55 percent. Only Yahoo Answers sent less traffic to retailer sites year-over-year. Yet, though Google+, Instagram, Reddit and Tumblr each drove big percentage increases in traffic, each sent less traffic th [...]


Study: What Makes You Click On A Headline?

news-headlines-featured The form of the headline for this article -- a question headline with "self-referencing cues" ("you") -- is more likely to generate a click than a question-only headline or a pure "declarative" headline. However  the success of question headlines reportedly varies by topic or category. That's according to new academic research from BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo Norway. The researchers sought to determine empirically what sorts of headlines drive more click-throughs (CTRs). They performed two experiments, one exposed various headlines in Twitter and the other involved writing d [...]


Are Prospective Car Buyers Your Digital Goldmine? New IAB Study Points To Broader Appeal Beyond Dealers

rasperreh_flickr_bullseye Young, ethnically diverse, high earners who are more digitally savvy and responsive to online advertising than the general population? Sounds like a digital marketer's dream audience target. New research from the IAB and Prosper Insight on Auto Intenders -- adults ages 18+ who are planning to buy or lease a car or truck within the next 6 months -- is clearly aimed at auto manufacturers and dealers, yet this consumer segment could have broader appeal to a range of consumer marketers. For example, nearly all auto intenders (96 percent) research products online before purchasing, and they a [...]


Holiday Mobile Orders Shot Up 50 Percent In 2013; Social Commerce Remains Negligible, Organic Still Dominates

holiday-retailer2-600 More than one in four US e-commerce orders this holiday season came from mobile devices. Custora released its complete E-Commerce Pulse data for the 2013 holiday season, an update of its post-Cyber Monday report that showed record sales in the US. This final analysis looks at e-commerce performance between November 1st through December 31st, highlighting Black Friday, Cyber Monday and online's last-minute rush period between December 12 through 18. Overall, holiday online orders are estimated to be up 12 percent over 2012, compared to just three to four percent growth estimated for total US [...]


Google’s Share Of Social Logins Hits Highest Level In Q4 Since 2010

Janrain-Social-Login-Preferences-Q4-2013 Google continues to be an increasingly popular choice when it comes to social logins, and Q4 of 2013 was its best single quarter since 2010, according to the latest report from Janrain. Google hit 35 percent of all social logins in the quarter, its highest level since being at 38 percent in Q4 of 2010. Facebook remains the most popular option with 45 percent of all social logins last quarter. Janrain credits Google's push to merge many of its properties into Google+: With the continued emergence of Google+, and the company’s push to unify each of its services (Gmail, Google+, YouT [...]


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