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  • Friday, October 31, 2014
  • Product Recommendations: Digital Seeps into the Physical World

    Traditional product recommendations aren't disappearing, but new approaches are emerging. The push for omnichannel retailing is driving personalization in the real world, according to a new eMarketer report, and mobile is often the bridge between online and in-store.

  • CMO One-to-One: AOL's Goal to Merge 'Culture and Code' Online

    As part of eMarketer's CMO One-to-One interview series, Erika Nardini, AOL Advertising's CMO, talks about the platform's original programming, monetizing video and what the future holds for AOL.

  • Will UK Consumers Sport Fitness Wearables?

    The number of health and fitness wearable device and smartphone app users in Great Britain is expected to nearly double between 2014 and 2015, according to recent estimates. Fitness bands currently sit at the top of the UK wearables market; however, as the wearables space expands, smart watches will gain ground.

  • Total Media Ad Spending on Recovery Path in Argentina

    In Argentina, adverse economic conditions came into play in 2013 when a precipitous 13.5% drop took total media ad spending down to $3.56 billion. To make matters worse, Argentina defaulted in July 2014, putting the country's currency under renewed pressure as central bank reserves dip further and international financing remains out of reach. But despite a deteriorating economic picture, ad spend is growing, expected to reach $3.78 billion this year.

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
  • Where's the Mobile Ad Money Coming from Next Year?

    The rapid growth in mobile ad spending isn't stopping, and additional mobile dollars will come at the expense of print, TV and digital display ads in the coming year. Whether advertisers put their mobile dollars toward smartphone or tablet ads depends on what they're trying to achieve. Smartphones are better at delivering results, audience and targeting, while tablets are tops for engagement and user experience.

  • Healthcare Marketing to Gen X: Take an Omnichannel Approach

    Marketers have glossed over Gen X because of its relatively small size. But Gen Xers are a powerful and unique consumer group—and will be even more important to healthcare marketers as they grow older. According to a new eMarketer report, Gen Xers show hybrid online-offline media behaviors when evaluating health-related sources.

  • Agency Planners Find Room for Digital Place-Based Media

    More agency planners are including digital place-based (DPB) media in their approved and executed media plans. Demographic targeting and connecting with consumers on the path to purchase are the top reasons planners use DPB media. But challenges exist, with measurement issues the top hurdles.

  • Smartphone, Tablet Usage in Canada Continues Double-Digit Growth

    The smartphone and tablet audiences in Canada continue to increase by double digits, according to recent research. Smartphone penetration varies by region, with usage higher in Ontario and parts west, and younger adults and affluents are most likely to use such a device.

  • Australia's Mobile Users Love Social Apps

    Social networking is the No. 1 mobile app activity in Australia, used by nearly two-thirds of mobile web users monthly. Users are most likely to use app descriptions as well as recommendations from family and friends to find new mobile apps.

  • How France's Consumers Catch Up with Their Favorite Shows

    In France, 2.2 million people now use catch-up TV services daily, a year-over-year rise of 22%. The traditional television is the No. 1 device for watching catch-up TV, used by 1.3 million consumers on a typical day, followed by computers. Meanwhile, smartphones and tablets lag far behind, with respective daily user totals of 181,000 and 171,000.

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
  • Real-Time Marketing Is Now Right-Time Marketing

    The definition of "real-time marketing" is changing, according to a new eMarketer report. Many now refer to it as "right-time marketing." The difference is subtle, but important: Something delivered at the right time doesn't necessarily have to be created in real time. Even if it was developed days or weeks before, if it is delivered at the optimal moment, it feels real time.

  • Here's What's Holding Back Lead Generation

    In the coming year, marketers will focus most on improving the quality, not quantity, of their leads. While lead quality is the top objective for lead generation, marketers' lack of emphasis on data analysis could hurt their chances of accomplishing this. When asked about the obstacles to lead generation success, finding quality data and forming an effective strategy land at the top of the list of challenges.

  • B2B End-User Buyers Are Human, Too

    Business-to-business (B2B) end-user buyers have arrived, and just like most consumers, they expect a good customer experience when shopping digitally. What do they look for when researching work-related purchases online? B2B end-user buyers want a mix of "traditional" digital and rich media content, as well as pricing, delivery and availability info.

  • China's Smartphone Users Pass on the iPhone 6

    Nine in 10 smartphone users in China have no interest in buying an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, according to research. Why? High prices and contentedness with their current phones are the main reasons, but many also say they don't like Apple or iOS.

  • How Popular Is Digital Buying in the Netherlands?

    Total ecommerce sales in the Netherlands rose 5.6% year over year to reach €6.58 billion ($8.77 billion) in H1 2014, according to industry sources, and digital buyers totaled 11.76 million. While digital buying is popular in the country, mobile has a long way to go, with smartphones and tablets accounting for very small shares of digital purchases and sales compared with desktops and laptops.

  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014
  • Polite Banners Double Interaction, Click Rates for Luxury Ads

    Clickthrough and interaction rates for polite banner luxury ads were around twice as high as the overall average in H1 2014, and dwell rates for polite banner ads were also above average for the industry, according to recent figures. Beautiful creative is often the hallmark of luxury advertising, so it makes sense that the format does particularly well with these brands.

  • Facebook Ad Dollars Continue Move to Mobile

    Facebook ad spending continues to shift to mobile. According to recent data, mobile accounted for 62.0% of ads served via Facebook worldwide last quarter, compared with 38.0% for PCs. This makes sense when one considers how consumer access to Facebook is changing. eMarketer estimates that mobile will account for 61.5% of the average 21 minutes US adults spend on Facebook each day this year.

  • Next Up for Marketing Technology: Measuring Its ROI

    Nearly 90% of data management professionals invest in data quality solutions, with the majority spending more than $500,000 on such technologies. But can they prove they're worth it? Results are mixed: Almost 80% of professionals say these tools have a positive return on investment; however, they're not all backing this up with hard metrics.

  • Mobile Payments Set to Make Their Mark in the UK

    The mobile payments market in the UK has been in a state of stasis for some time, but the next few years could see this type of payment process take off in the country. As more and more players enter the space along with, most importantly, better underlying cohesion, what has so far been a "minority sport" could soon become a common occurrence.

  • Monday, October 27, 2014
  • SMBs Spruce Up Online Efforts for Holiday Present Purchases

    The holidays present a big opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses' (SMBs') online sales. Over three-quarters feel optimistic that they'll drive more digital sales this season compared with the period last year, and more than half are prepared for the shopping frenzy to begin. When it comes to pushing consumers to complete purchases on their websites, SMBs are focusing on streamlining the checkout process, offering shipping discounts and personalization.

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