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  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
  • Do Mothers Need Some Time Away from Social Media?

    Social networking may be stressing mothers out. Half of US mother social users report feeling pressure to create an image that their lives are perfect on social platforms, with younger mothers especially likely to feel this way. The majority of mothers have actually considered stopping use of or taking a break from social media due to burnout or frustration.

  • The Content Is Out, but Where's the ROI?

    More than three-quarters of business-to-consumer marketers use content marketing. However, they're still struggling to measure content effectiveness, citing this as the top content marketing challenge, and less than one-quarter say they're successful at measuring return on investment.

  • UK Retailer Sites See Major Mobile Interest

    Digital shoppers in the UK invariably use their mobile devices at some point in the shopping journey. For 10 of the biggest retailers in the UK with a digital presence, that's very much the case. In the past year they saw a surge in the amount of Android users headed to their sites and apps vs. declines in desktop and laptop users.

  • Facebook Messenger Makes Its Mark in APAC

    Facebook's release of a separate messaging app wasn't exactly greeted with open arms in the US, but the story is different across Asia-Pacific. Nearly 60% of mobile web users in the Philippines and 57% in India use Facebook Messenger, according to research, and close to half in Malaysia and Vietnam do, too.

  • Despite Huge Digital Video Audience, Brazil Sees Low Video Ad Engagement

    Brazil is home to the largest digital video viewer audience in Latin America, and the country boasts the highest penetration in the region as well. However, that's not translating to high video ad engagement.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
  • Where Can Digital Video Ads Have Consumers' Attention? Smartphones

    The device on which a digital video ad is viewed—not mood, location or content genre—matters the most when it comes to grabbing a viewer's eye, and smartphones are the best at this, beating out tablets and PCs for audience attention. These higher attention rates are proving to boost viewer purchase intent.

  • Want to Improve the Customer Experience? Get Aligned

    Marketers say having a senior management team committed to understanding the customer as well as functional alignment and support of a customer experience strategy are the most important attributes of customer centricity. However, few say their core teams are strongly aligned, and more than one-third don't even have a customer experience strategy to focus on.

  • Snapchat's Audience Is Teen-y

    Snapchat ran its first advertisement this past weekend. Usage of the disappearing photo-sharing app is still relatively low in the US, according to research, and those who do use it are overwhelmingly likely to be teens.

  • Android Leads Finland's Smartphone Market (but Not by Much)

    Android is the leading smartphone operating system in Finland, but Windows Phone trails right behind. In terms of brand, Nokia Lumia leads the pack—but once again, not by much, as Samsung grabs just a slightly smaller share of smartphone users.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014
  • YouTube Content Creator Channels Help Marketers Get in on the Right Action

    YouTube's unmatched range of content means marketers can find nearly every interest group and demographic among the site's visitors. The top content creators on YouTube have their own channels, and that structure gives marketers a distinct focus for ad placement. According to a new eMarketer report, the value of these specific content creators and their channels is their ability to give marketers a worthy mix of context and audience.

  • Branches Still Trump Digital for Banking … Sometimes

    Consumers are still most likely to go to a branch to conduct banking activities, but when it comes to frequency, online banking wins in weekly usage—by a long shot. Even mobile banking—not nearly as popular as online or physical, likely a result of security concerns—tops the branch in weekly usage.

  • Europe's Online Video Market Poised for Further Growth

    As Netflix expands in Europe, avid consumers are watching more video than ever before, boosting associated revenues to new highs. Most of the revenue growth in Europe will be associated with online subscription video-on-demand and ad-supported video.

  • Australia's Digital Buyers Look Overseas for Purchases

    Over one-quarter of digital buyers in Australia have made a cross-border purchase. Men are more likely than women to have done so. And while the youngest online buyers are especially fond of purchasing from abroad, even older shoppers show impressive levels of cross-border buying.

  • Friday, October 17, 2014
  • Social Marketing 2015: The Key to ROI Will Come from Within

    For as long as social media marketing has been around, marketers have struggled with how to determine return on investment. According to a new eMarketer report, in 2015, marketers will finally start to realize that the answers to measuring social media success will come from internal metrics, rather than external.

  • Discover Tests Wearable Apps for Google Glass and Watches

    Discover launched a Google Glass app earlier this year to let cardholders access basic account-related information. Mike Boush, chief digital officer at Discover, tells eMarketer that the credit card company wants to learn as much as it can about wearables as the trend gathers steam.

  • Position Is Huge for Smartphone Search Ad CTRs

    Across mobile and desktop, paid search campaign clickthrough rates are highest for first-position ads—and this is especially prominent on smartphones. In all, search ads in the first position on smartphones account for close to 40% of clickthroughs.

  • Will France's Consumers Buy In to Contactless Payments?

    Consumers in France are well aware of contactless payment cards, and nearly half who know about the payment method actually use it. Contactless payments' speediness could help drive usage, as the country's consumers say saving time is the top advantage to completing a transaction this way.

  • Rapid Smartphone Growth Drives Mobile Spend in Mexico

    Within the digital ad space in Mexico, mobile is the fastest-growing sector as marketers seek to keep up with a fast-growing smartphone user base. However, it's still early days for the channel.

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014
  • US Programmatic Ad Spend Tops $10 Billion This Year, to Double by 2016

    According to new eMarketer estimates, US programmatic digital display ad spend will grow 137.1% to eclipse $10 billion this year, or 45.0% of the digital display ad market. Significant growth will come from programmatic direct, expected to reach $8.57 billion in spending by 2016, or 42.0% of the US programmatic market—up from 8.0% this year.

  • Is the iPad Market Saturated?

    The number of iPad users in the US grew nearly 30% in 2013, but this will drop to just 5.7% this year—and continue falling through 2018, eMarketer estimates. Less than one-quarter of the US population and just over three in 10 internet users will use an iPad in 2014—shares that will remain steady throughout our forecast period. Overall, there will be 147.1 million tablet users in the country this year.

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