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  • Monday, March 03, 2014
  • Tablets Take Off in Germany

    In Germany, 18 million consumers are now tablet users—double the percentage in late 2012. Tablet penetration is highest among 30- to 49-year-olds—a demographic segment likely to be employed and enjoying some disposable income.

  • Wal-Mart Shrinks the Big Box

    For the fourth quarter in a row, Wal-Mart's same-store sales declined, falling 0.4% in fiscal Q4 2014. This has been attributed to a range of factors including ecommerce taking a bite, the rise of gas prices and poor weather reducing shopping trips, as well as a reduction in government SNAP benefits.

  • Friday, February 28, 2014
  • US Teens Use Game Consoles More for Internet than Gaming

    As US teens adopt new technologies to keep them going throughout the day, the role of game consoles continues to shift. Although the devices were designed with gaming in mind, the functionality to access the internet is gaining popularity among adolescents, with more than six in 10 doing so.

  • MEDIA VOICES: A+E Networks Champions Digital as Much as TV Ad Buying

    In an interview with eMarketer, Mel Berning, president of ad sales at A+E Networks, predicts that TV ad spending will not grow that much as the years pass. But digital spending will. He says, “We have to accept the broader definition of TV as video.”

  • UK Ecommerce Springs into 2014

    UK business-to-consumer (B2C) ecommerce sales were up 18% year over year in January 2014, reflecting growing consumer and business confidence. The country is No. 1 in Europe in B2C ecommerce sales, and it also leads in smart device usage—which helps fuel digital purchases.

  • Instagram and Twitter Gain Popularity in Brazil

    Brazil’s large population and growing internet space has helped create a superlative social media market that leads its neighboring countries on most measures, even if by a small margin. Facebook is the top social network in the nation, but Instagram and Twitter are gaining ground.

  • By the Numbers: The Incredible Success of Michael Kors

    In just a few years, fashion icon Michael Kors has transformed his eponymous brand from a boutique luxury sportswear collection sold mostly in high-end department stores to a global apparel and accessory powerhouse with a presence in 85 countries.

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014
  • US Twitter User Base Begins to Mature

    Twitter has moved beyond early adoption and is maturing across demographic groups. Growth will soon slow to single digits, and by 2016, more than 25% of internet users in all age groups from 12 to 44 will use Twitter at least once a month. The 18-to-24 demographic will have cleared 40% penetration at that point.

  • Multitasking TV Viewers Primarily Focus on the Television

    Mobile and portable devices have caused a surge in multiscreening, but research finds that TV viewers are still primarily focused on the tube, even when using a second screen. Viewers who multitask are reaching for smartphones.

  • DAB—Digital Audio Broadcasting—Doing Fab in the UK

    Digital radio listening in the UK rose nearly 9% year over year in Q4 2013, against the backdrop of a slight decline for radio overall. Digital audio broadcasting continues to account for the lion’s share of digital listening time.

  • Retail Ecommerce Sales Struggle in Mexico

    With growth of 50% or more in the past two years, retail ecommerce sales reached $3.00 billion in Mexico in 2013. An additional 20.0% improvement will push the total to $3.60 billion in 2014, representing 31.5% of all Mexican B2C ecommerce sales—but both figures lag compared with leading countries.

  • Programmatic Ads in Canada Pick Up the Pace

    Programmatic advertising is growing rapidly in Canada—an evolutionary step that’s essential for more effective digital display marketing, according to a new eMarketer report. Low CPM levels and programmatic direct buys will fuel gains.

  • Signet Adds a New Jewel to Its Collection

    Riding the wave of a strong holiday season, Signet Jewelers, the largest specialty jeweler in both the US and UK, announced last week that it is acquiring smaller rival Zale Corp. for $1.4 billion. The acquisition adds national brands Zales Jewelers, Gordon's Jewelers and Piercing Pagoda kiosks to its existing portfolio that includes Kay Jewelers, Jared and a variety of regional brands in the US, as well as H.Samuel and Ernest Jones in the UK.

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014
  • $19 Billion? Here's What's Up with WhatsApp

    Facebook's acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp has fueled talk about the mobile messaging landscape, which continues to encounter revenue challenges. With more than 200 million users worldwide, and massive user growth of 230% in North America last year, WhatsApp should help Facebook expand its reach to international markets.

  • Customers Hungry for New Menu Items Seen in Mobile Ads

    The menu, not the restaurant, has the biggest influence on where consumers choose to dine, and this is particularly important with mobile ads. Menu info in a mobile ad is the top influencer in deciding where to eat, and ads promoting new menu items have a huge effect on dining decisions.

  • Online Ads Fuel Swedish Ad Spending

    Nearly 30% of Swedish ad spending will go toward online efforts in Q1 2014. Leading advertisers’ investment in mobile is also on the rise and will reach 5% of the total.

  • In-Store Analytics Bringing Big Store Analytics

    If you can't beat them, join them. At least, that's what some retailers are thinking after another lackluster holiday season for brick-and-mortar stores, when shopper traffic was down more than 10% year over year each of the three months leading up to Christmas, according to data from ShopperTrak.

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014
  • Determining Real-Time Marketing Success Requires a Robust Measurement System

    Real-time marketing (RTM) captured marketers’ attention in 2013. However, many questions exist about measuring its results, according to a new eMarketer report, which discusses important guidelines for determining the impact of RTM. One guideline? Ensuring your measurement system is robust enough.

  • The Future of Email: Mobile-Only Viewership

    Mobile usage is affecting how consumers access their email, with mobile-only viewers jumping 64% during H2 2013. Despite this, marketers aren’t focusing on mobile email: Less than three in 10 are optimizing email for mobile.

  • UK Viewers Taking to TV on Tablets

    The number of UK digital video viewers continues to rise, albeit at a slowing rate. And while YouTube remains the top property, the second most popular site, the BBC’s on-demand iPlayer service, continues to see increasing user numbers. And many of these users are viewing via tablet.

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