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What: CommerceNext has published the results of a survey of 100 e-commerce decision-makers, meant to explore similarities and differences in the priorities of traditional and digital-first DTC brands.
Why it matters: The report is meant to be a benchmark that helps marketers evaluate their priorities in terms of how to distribute budget among different technologies and objectives.

 

E-commerce is unpredictable; it forces marketers to be on the lookout for what’s coming next and reacting if only a little bit late can turn out to be fatal. In order to be more ready, decision-makers have to decide what matters more in every step of their strategy, which means having to prioritize investments and objectives. With these challenges in mind, CommerceNext conducted a survey of 100 top marketing executives in traditional and digital-first direct-to-consumer brands.

The objective was to provide a useful benchmark for online retailers to measure their priorities and decide how to distribute budget in the most convenient way. According to the results, even though both traditional and digital-first online retailers point to an increase in marketing budget, digital-first brands are spending way more while also diversifying their strategies. Below are the key insights from the study, titled How Leading Retailers and DTC Brands Are Investing in Digital.

 

Which Investments Did Work in 2018?

In order to compete, marketers need to be quick to decide which investments can help them reach their objectives. According to the study, 65% of respondents said their 2019 e-commerce marketing budget increased over the previous year, while only 10% of marketers are reducing their budget. In 2018, the top marketing investment priorities were acquisition marketing (81%), retention and loyalty marketing (43%) and promotions (32%).

When asked about the results of those investments, acquisition marketing had the highest level of satisfaction rating: 53% of respondents said acquisition marketing met expectations in 2018, and 24% said it exceeded expectations. On the contrary, 52% of respondents said unified customer data (e.g. a single view of the customer) performed below their expectations. Almost the same number had similar levels of dissatisfaction in personalization investments (51%).

Source: CommerceNext

 

What Are the Priorities of Digital-First and Traditional Retailers?

According to the report, consumers have more than doubled the amount of time they spend on DTC brands’ websites over the last two years. Even though all the companies in the study have increased their e-commerce marketing budgets, digital-first DTC brands are spending more: 78% indicated that their 2019 budget is higher than the one they had in 2018, while 60% of traditional retailers said the same.

Because DTC brands are based on data-driven decisions and customer-centric operations, they are growing and evolving at an accelerated pace. As stated in the report: “fueled by venture capital investment, these brands have focused on growth vs profitability.” Therefore, the most significant challenge for this group of brands is “achieving profitability at scale”, with “Managing tech integrations” coming in second, with 33% of DTC brands identifying it as a barrier. This is a side-by-side comparison of what each group considers to be the most significant barriers, extracted from the study:

Source: CommerceNext

How to Make the Best of the 2019 Holiday Season

According to the NRF, the 2018 holiday retail season exceeded expectations. Over 165 million Americans reportedly shopped either in stores or online from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday 2018, and online purchasing, in particular, experienced a 19% increase compared to the previous year. The NRF has forecasted that 2019 retail sales will increase by 3.8% compared to 2018, and the online sales growth rate will increase between 10% to 12%.

DTC brands are increasing their budgets at a higher rate than traditional retailers and spreading that budget more evenly. For example, digital-first DTC brands are increasing their budgets equally (70%) between acquisition marketing and retention/loyalty marketing. On the other hand, traditional retailers are emphasizing acquisition marketing, with 77% of respondents increasing their acquisition budget compared to 64% of traditional retailers increasing their retention budget.

 

 

All images by CommerceNext.

What: First Insight has released the results of a study that examined the shopping behavior of U.S. and U.K. consumers, and found that millennials are still the biggest contributors to the success of certain retail models.
Why it matters: Millennials’ growing shopping power forces brands to identify the right ways to connect with this generation.

 

First Insight has published the results of a consumer study conducted in the U.S. and the U.K. to examine shopping habits, purchase behavior, and influences driving purchase decisions. The survey was answered by a sample of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers and 565 U.K. respondents. The study revealed that millennials contribute more than any other generation to the success and longevity of certain retail models, as they tend to spend more, shop more often, and are more open to adopting new retail models such as subscription boxes.

“Where millennials shop, how they shop and when they wear the brands they love are direct reflections of how they define themselves,” declares First Insight’s report. “To tap into this lucrative group of shoppers, retailers must be able to connect with this generation through the right shopping experiences and unique products at the right price.”

 

The Biggest and Most Impulsive Spenders

According to First Insight’s study, millennials in both the U.S. (74%) as well as the U.K. (58%) are most likely to spend more than $50/£50 per visit in-store as well as online. This compares to 71% of Generation X and 65% of Baby Boomers in the U.S., and 42% of Generation X and 38% of Baby Boomers in the U.K.

In both the U.S. and the U.K., millennials have the highest added-to-cart percentage rates both in-store and online. In the U.S., 87% of millennials said they “sometimes or always add items to their carts they weren’t planning to buy when shopping in-store.” This compares to 86% and 78% of Generation X and Baby Boomer respondents, respectively. U.K. respondents mirrored these responses closely: 83% of millennials said the same, followed by 76% of Generation X and 69% of Baby Boomers.

 

Subscription Boxes: A Hit Thanks to Millennials

First Insight’s data shows that usage of subscription box services is driven primarily by millennials, as 31% of respondents from this generation are currently receiving subscription boxes in the U.S. versus 21% and 8% of Generation X and Baby Boomers, respectively. In the U.K., 32% of millennials versus 22% of Generation X and 10% of Baby Boomers are currently subscribers.

However, data shows a significant difference between U.K. and U.S. shoppers when considering the longevity of this model. While in the U.S., 32% of study participants intend to subscribe in the next six months, only 13% of U.K. respondents said the same. Also, significantly more U.K. respondents said they “never subscribed” to subscription boxes than those in the U.S. While 49% U.K. Millennials, 63% of Generation X and 84% of Baby Boomers reported they never subscribed to a subscription box service, in the U.S., 33% of Millennials, 48% of Generation X and 64% of Baby Boomers said the same.

 

Millennials Like to Show Their Love

As the report explains, “Flexing is to wear or display brands to show a personal association with the brand. This can be done to display wealth or status, or to make a statement.” One of the study’s findings was that sports brands are the most popular for flexing in both the U.S. and U.K., with millennials the most likely to flex all brands across every category. In the U.S. and the U.K., respectively, an average of 23% and 24% of respondents said they are flexing sports brands, while only 17% of U.S. respondents and 21% of U.K. respondents flex luxury brands. 

When it comes to items being flexed, people in both the U.S. and the U.K. are flexing clothing the most (57% vs. 51% of U.K and U.S. respondents, respectively), followed by shoes (35% of U.K. respondents and 42% of U.S. respondents), and accessories like watches, jewelry and bags (20% of U.K. respondents and 28% of those in the U.S.)

 

What: We looked at the top 15 online retail sites visited by shoppers in the US and how they scored in number of visitors in May 2018.
Why it matters: Wal-Mart’s hard-fought effort to build an online presence has put it ahead of eBay in the number of online visitors. The Bentonville, Arkansas brick-and-mortar retailer surged ahead of eBay by nearly 5,000 visitors in May, 2018. But the e-commerce behemoth Amazon still leads by nearly double the number of monthly online visitors compared to traditional retailer Wal-Mart.

Number of visitors to the Top 15 e-commerce sites in the US, May 2018
Total Audience, Home and Work, PC/Laptop949,169
SiteTotal Unique Visitors
Amazon sites204,743
Wal-Mart119,117
eBay104,619
Apple.com Worldwide sites67,102
Target Corporation61,115
The Home Depot49,499
ETSY.com46,891
Samsung Group42,078
WISH.com39,585
Lowes.com38,635
Ticketmaster37,395
Macy’s Inc35,511
Wayfair35,102
Best Buy sites34,142
Kohls Corporation33,372

[Source: comScore]

Key Insights

  • Amazon led the field with 21.5% of all online visitors in May
  • Wal-Mart (12.5% of all online visitors) and eBay (11%) are competing neck-in-neck to be Amazon’s closest online competitor
  • eBay dropped behind Wal-Mart by just under 5,000 visitors for a second-place finish
  • Apple took fourth place with 7% of all online visitors for the month
  • After Apple, Target took 5th place with 6.4% of all visits in May
  • Big-box Target has nearly double the visitors of Macy’s
  • Home Depot has powered ahead of Lowe’s by more than 10,000 monthly visitors in May, proving to be online shoppers’ favorite in the home improvement category

 

What: Salesforce revealed its Fourth Annual State of Marketing Report, which gathers 3,500 responses from full-time marketing leaders around the world.
Why it matters: The study’s results show companies mainly compete according to customer experience, causing a shift in organizations’ priorities and raising the bar for efficiency in terms of technology use.

Salesforce Research the area of Salesforce dedicated to studying business trends in marketing, IT, sales and service, has published the results of the firm’s Fourth Annual Report on the State of Marketing. Conducted in April 2017, the survey gathered responses from 3,500 marketers around the world. Respondents were divided into three main groups according to how satisfied they were during the last year with the outcomes resulting from their companies’ marketing investment: high-performers (12%) were extremely satisfied, underperformers (12%) were slightly or not at all satisfied, and the vast majority of moderate performers (76%) were very or moderately satisfied.

 

The study’s main objectives were: to find out how customer experience continues to reshape the marketer’s mindset; to understand how shifting priorities are sparking organizational changes; and to analyze how technology, particularly AI, is raising the bar for efficiency and personalization. The four main results or takeaways were the following.

 

 

 

 

1. Marketers Still Struggle With Data Issues

The first thing the Salesforce team discovered is how difficult it is for marketers to gain a single customer view from different sources. According to the study, “The difficulty of gaining this single customer view is compounded by elevated customer expectations and the tremendous growth of newer marketing channels.” As Salesforce explains, marketers’ struggle with disparate data isn’t new, but as new marketing channels grow and customers expect a consistent brand experience across all of them, it gets increasingly hard to meet their expectations.

On average, marketers said they spend 34% of the budget on channels they didn’t know existed five years ago, and they estimate this amount to increase to 40% by 2019.

 

 

2. New Priorities Imply Organizational Evolution

 

As stated in the study, “With the rising flood of available customer data, companies are rethinking everything from job roles to how marketing functions in the broader organization.” The emphasis on customer experience has made traditional marketing roles obsolete; over the past 12-18 months, 61% of marketers said they are focusing on evolving to roles aligned with a customer journey strategy, such as “customer experience analyst”.  As shown in the table below, there is a direct correlation between the efforts marketing teams have made to align with customer journey strategies and their satisfaction with the outcomes derived from their companies’ marketing spend. While 89% of marketers who are extremely satisfied with the marketing spend outcomes are aligning marketing roles to customer-based strategies, only 37% of underperformers are thinking of following this path. This is also reflected in marketers’ ability to engage customers across channels, with high performers being 4.4 times more likely than underperformers to focus on this objective.

 

 

3. Marketing Technology Plays a Prominent Role

As seen above, marketing teams need to tackle organizational challenges in their journey towards meeting the ever-increasing customer expectations, but the second significant challenge is keeping up with technology. As the study results show, top teams are 4.3 times more likely than underperformers to extensively use a data management platform (DMP) and 4 times more likely to use a customer identity and access management platform (CIAM).

 

 

 

 

4. AI is Expected to Grow More Than Any Other Technology

As seen in the table above, Artificial Intelligence has an anticipated YoY Growth of 53%, more than any other technology. Some would say the AI revolution has already started, and it definitely has marketers’ attention. About half (51%) of the marketers who participated in the study are already using AI, and 64% of them agree that it has “greatly or substantially increased their overall marketing efficiency”. However, and even though more than a quarter of respondents plan to use AI within a two-year frame, marketers are facing various obstacles according to their level of performance. Top marketing teams say their AI challenges include customer privacy concerns or wrangling data stored in separate systems, while moderate and underperforming marketers say their AI strategies are thwarted by budget constraints and lack of internal skill sets.

On a final note, it seems clear that top-performing marketers stand out as the ones who are more connected to the real top concerns of marketing today: they are 12.8 times more capable of coordinating marketing efforts across channels, 4.2 times more satisfied with their ability to leverage customer data from various sources, 3.1 times more engaged with the use of AI, and 2.4 times more likely to align organizational roles with a customer-experience-based strategy. With all these fronts covered, it’s no wonder they feel extremely pleased with the results.

 

 

A summary of the most exciting recent research in brand marketing in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

More than half of consumers age 54 and younger surveyed by Hubspot claimed to want to see more videos from brands they support. Some 47% of consumers age 55+ also want to see more videos from brands they support.

According to a study from YouGov Brand Index, the top 10 best-perceived brands of 2017 were: Amazon, Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google, Nike, Dawn, M&Ms, iPhone and Apple. The brands with the highest ad awareness of 2017 are GEICO (repeating as number one), McDonald’s, Verizon, Walmart, AT&T, T-Mobile, Subway, DirecT, Progressive and Home Depot. The five brands with the biggest ad awareness gains in 2017 were Amazon Alexa, SlingTV, Lyft, Hulu and Blue Apron.

A survey from Sprout Social of 1,000 US internet users last September found that two-thirds want brands to take a stand on social and political issues.

According to marketing consultancy Vennli, more than one in three agencies (36%) say they’re always re-thinking the client’s entire strategy when developing a pitch during the review process, yet only 7% of marketers reported seeing this happen in all pitches. 34% of agencies say they think one of the most common reasons they win a pitch is because their “brand is recognized and respected in the market,” but only 15% of marketers asserted that this played a role when selecting an agency partner.

A new report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider‘s premium research service, found that influencer marketing ad spend is poised to reach between $5 billion and $10 billion in 2022. Taking the midpoint of $7.5 billion as a base case, this represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38%. Nearly 40% of influencers believe that overly restrictive content guidelines are one of the biggest mistakes brands and agencies make when working with them.

According to a new market research study by Technavio, the global personal safety tracking devices market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 13% during the period 2018-2022.

According to new research from digital research firm L2, only 94 of 2,303 — or 4% — earned their “genius” moniker, a term reserved for brands that “leverage tech and data to personalize not just marketing but also products; render content like blogs and lookbooks shoppable; partner with e-retailers (and not just Amazon) to boost search and reach; evolve desktop display to mobile display and desktop video; and integrate online and store experience.”

 

A summary of the most exciting recent research in brand marketing in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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According to a study from Shareablee, brands get more bang for their buck paying a publisher or influencer to produce a branded-content post through their Pages and paying to promote that post as an ad instead of a post published to the brand’s own Page.

A study from Persistence Market Research (PMR) is predicting that the global programmatic advertising platform market is set to enjoy a compound annual growth of 33.3% from 2017 to 2025 when it will likely be worth around $30 billion.

Dentsu Aegis Network announced Wednesday the acquisition of U.S.-based HelloWorld, a promotions and loyalty group that will roll into Merkle’s loyalty division to improve on the agency’s people-based marketing offerings.

This piece looks at trends in the luxury market for 2018.

The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) has acquired another leading trade group, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA), a group of companies committed to progressing the word of mouth marketing industry through advocacy, education, and ethics.

According to InMoment’s 2017 Retail Trends Report, more than 50% of consumers value in-store interactions with friendly and knowledgeable staff, and positive in-store interactions can raise customer satisfaction by 33% — with higher rates reported in fashion and sports retail sectors.

Amazon and consumer product companies like Procter & Gamble and Clorox are discussing the possibility of advertising via the e-commerce giant’s Echo devices and Alexa voice assistant, according to sources from CNBC.

Gen Z is the first generation fully comfortable online and offline with a demonstrated ability to simultaneously utilize digital, physical and hybrid tools, according to a report by business intelligence platform PSFK.

eMarketer estimates nearly 84% of U.S. digital display dollars will transact programmatically by 2019.

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L’Oreal will expand a media ownership strategy it piloted in Mexico to other Spanish-speaking countries to generate first-party cookies from its customer base.

Adoption of self-service kiosks, which help brands get closer to consumption patterns and consumer behavior, is gaining momentum in the emerging countries such as Brazil.

 

A summary of the most exciting recent research in brand marketing in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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According to research from Accenture cited by eMarketer, 41% of consumers have switched the brands they buy from because of poor personalization, and 50% say that they did so because of “poor customer experience” in general. This mistake represents a total of $756 billion in lost retail and brand sales.

A new study from RetailNext found that 2017’s Black Friday event saw less foot traffic, but still experienced a combined 4.8% increase in sales compared to 2016.

A new study released today by Engagement Labs found that an estimated 19 percent of consumer sales are driven by offline and online social conversations. 

Content marketing platform Linqia‘s new study, “The State of Influencer Marketing 2018,” found that 86% of marketers reported using influencer marketing in 2017 — and, of those, 92% said it is an effective strategy.

A recent study by Shutterstock found that 88 percent of U.S. marketers surveyed agreed with the statement “Using more diverse images helps a brand’s reputation.”

StreamOn, a new study by Market Strategies International, has found that only 11% of all streamers pay for live streaming television.

Tiffany & Co. is the favorite luxury jewelry brand among wealthy millennials, followed by Cartier, Pandora, and Chanel, according to a recent survey by consumer-research group MVI Marketing. Rolex was the top brand for watches, followed by Apple, Omega and Cartier.

Research from search intelligence platform Adthena found that Amazon took 49.65% of the consumer electronics category’s click share during October and November of 2017. Director of Product Marketing at Adthena Ashley Fletcher credits this to their preference for pure brand terms, versus generic terms.

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Latin American media owners’ net advertising revenues (NAR) are set to grow by +9.3% in 2018, to US$26.3 billion, following a +7.3% growth in 2017;  thanks to a more robust economic recovery in the region, according to MAGNA.  Television remains the top media category in the region with 54% of total advertising sales while Digital advertising in Latin America remains lower than the global average.

According to a new report by research firm Counterpoint, 99 percent of Smartphone Sold in Argentina are LTE Enabled.

A summary of the most exciting recent research in brand marketing in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

According to a recent survey of readers in the digital marketing space by SmartBrief, data is at the top of the list of purchasing priorities for marketers: More respondents said their companies plan to invest in data and measurement products and services over the next 12 to 18 months than any other type of marketing product.

SaleCycle’s remarketing report has revealed that the global cart abandonment rate for Q3 2017 reached 78.4%, representing a 1.5% increase from the previous quarter.

According to Inskin Media, the effectiveness of online ads has more to do with the relationship the reader has with a publisher than the surrounding editorial content: Ads on the branded publisher sites increased awareness by 60% compared to the ads on other sites, and among readers with a close relationship to the publisher, awareness of ads was 152% higher than among those who saw the ads elsewhere.

A study from Branding Brand and Leanplum found that more than 60% of Black Friday shoppers are set to use mobile apps rather than desktop websites to hunt for bargains this year.

The Nielsen Global Brand-Origin Report was based on surveys of more than 31,500 online respondents in 63 countries and examined consumers’ preference for and sentiment toward products manufactured by local manufacturers versus large global/multinational brands across 34 categories. Categories where consumers were more inclined to opt for a locally manufactured product over a global brand included dairy products (54%), biscuits/chips/snacks/cookies (32%), ice-cream (31%) and mineral/bottled water (30%).

DMA’s Consumer Email Tracker 2017 report found that 44% of people have set up dedicated email accounts to receive marketing messages. And when people check marketing emails, almost half (49%) said they need to recognize the brand before opening any communication.

More than 93% of chief marketing officers have overhauled their digital strategy amid brand safety concerns, according to a study from Teads. As a result, 48% of those surveyed are reviewing relationships with suppliers and 55% are reviewing their agency relationships.

A summary of the most exciting recent research in brand marketing in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

According to a study by Survata, Instagram, with 22% of the vote, ranked No. 1 among 18- to 24-year-olds for the platform with the best natural ad experience, followed by Google with 21%, Facebook, 17%; Snapchat, 14%; YouTube, 11%; Pinterest, 8%; and Twitter, 7%.

Social Media Marketing Works: A study at University of Oxford, recently found that brands whose social marketing campaigns portrayed the brand as “more personable, emotional and less functional” – essentially more human – had a strong positive effect on brand awareness. There was, however, a difference of up to than 35 percentage points between the most and least effective campaigns, where content and style of the ad made a significant impact.

According to Tubular Intelligence, there are 181 videos from 91 brands that have more than 1 million engagements as well as 5 million views on YouTube. 

A new study conducted by IPG Mediabrands’ intelligence and investment unit Magna, the IPG Media Lab, analytics company Moat and programmatic software company The Trade Desk over the past year found that more viewable campaigns are also more likely to lead consumers to buy, click or register and that related standards achieve similar results.

Almost 80% of marketers said customer communications must include a two-way dialogue between brands and consumers that “more deeply engages customers, address[es] customer questions, resolves issues, influences purchase decisions, improves loyalty and increases transactions,” but that less than half (48%) of marketers thought current two-way communications platforms could meet those needs, including social media, messaging apps and chatbots, according to a study by LiveWorld.

A study by Kantar Millward Brown found no strong correlation between campaign success and factors such as industry category, region, or number of creative types used in a campaign, but that brands who communicate using human language, connecting with people’s emotions and “avoiding more functional words and phrases,” tend to perform better in advertising effectiveness.

A new study from Goldsmiths University and Adobe found that the majority of firms are not taking advantage of how AI can provide improved customer experiences. Almost two thirds (61%) of consumers said they were loyal to brands that tailor their experiences to them, yet less than a third of marketers are using AI to do so (32%).

The “Trust in News” study by Kantar found that traditional print and broadcast media brands are more resilient to accusations of “fake news” than social media platforms and digital news outlets and that news consumers are reading more widely and becoming more sophisticated in their engagement with news content, engaging in activities like “fact checking.”

 Smartling, a translation technology service, released findings of a new study that reveals content localization is a top priority for global brands, with 94 percent of marketers surveyed in the U.S. and Europe citing plans to increase spending on content localization in the coming year.

A summary of the most exciting recent research in brand marketing in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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According to the Annual Auto Reliability Survey, Cadillac is the least dependable car brand, followed by GMC, Ram, Dodge, and Volvo. 

A study by Mailjet revealed that engagement with Halloween marketing increases by 74% when the show Stranger Things is mentioned.

According to New York-based global communications firm Cohn & Wolfe, Google is the most authentic brand in the country, followed by Microsoft, Amazon, Maruti Suzuki and Apple.

Coca-Cola announced that it wants to release more alcohol mixers and smaller-batch beverages to adapt to people’s changing tastes, which are moving away from mass-produced sodas.

Cuties, a brand of mandarin oranges grown by Pasadena, California-based Sun Pacific Inc., came in on top of the lists of parents’ most preferred mandarin and favorite healthy snack brand according to the 2017 Brand Love Study, released by youth research firm Smarty Pants LLC. The brand saw a 43-point increase from the 2016 study, placing it at number 13 on the list of top 50 parent-preferred brands.

According to a study by Brand Keys, United States consumers feel the most loyalty toward Amazon and Google.

A study by The Ehrenberg Bass Institute (EBI) revealed that most of us take less than 10 seconds to arrive at a decision, while online purchases take 15 seconds or less.

Twitter announced in a company blog post that it’s bringing more transparency into advertising on its platform via an online Transparency Center, along with improving user controls over ad preferences and adopting stricter ad policies. At the same time, the company has agreed to have the industry watchdog the Media Rating Council (MRC) independently audit its ad measurements in order to appease brands, according to Marketing Land.

According to a new study published by Market Research Hub, “Hard Luxury Goods Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2017 – 2022,” with the rising presence of branded products among consumers, fueled by the significant increase in their disposable income, the hard luxury goods market is likely to continue perceiving strong growth over the next few years.

According to a new survey by marketing research center Ipsos and beauty brand Sally Hansen, most women wear makeup because they want it. 84 percent of women say beauty can be empowering, 69 percent say they wear nail polish for themselves, and 49 percent saying having a manicure gives them more confidence.

Facebook announced that it is allowing advertisers to match the most appropriate images and videos with the settings in which the ads will appear for more customized creative in ad placement.

In a new Morning Consult survey, 91 percent of respondents said they’d pay up to $10 per month for Netflix.

Affluencers, a powerful grouping of Affluent consumers who also influence others’ shopping and buying behaviors, represent 71% of all Affluents, according to the Fall 2017 Ipsos Affluent Survey released this month. The Survey defines “Affluent” as adults living in households with at least $125,000 in annual household income, a group that reflects the top 16% of American households.

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Cint, an Insight Exchange, today announced a strategic partnership with eCGlobal Research Solutions, a marketing technology solutions provider, to gain significant reach into the Latin America (LATAM) market.

The World Trademark Review’s Country Data Report ranked Mexico among the top countries for trademark registration activity and noted its huge potential in economic growth, alongside other key Latin America jurisdictions.

Emerging technology investment hub VelocityTX is planning a new fast-track program to help companies go international with its Brazilian partner Outsource Brazil.

A summary of the most exciting recent research in brand marketing in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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North American marketers are more likely to be increasing their marketing budgets for Amazon than they are for Google, Bing, Facebook or Twitter, according to new research published today. An Amazon-focused study by ClickZ Intelligence, produced in partnership with Catalyst, part of GroupM, has found that 63% of companies advertising on Amazon are planning to increase this budget over the next 12 months, compared to 54% for Google, 53% for Facebook, 27% for Bing and 23% for Twitter.

B2C marketing and analytics company Zaius released a report that shows that companies are not adopting Omnichannel marketing strategies like they claim to be. 40% of those surveyed say they have no omnichannel strategy in place for the 2017 holiday season.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner” campaign is being brought back with a new Millennial-friendly, all-digital media strategy.

The United States, China, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom have the strongest national brands, according to Brand Finance’s annual study.

More than 90% of leading global companies with high levels of customer satisfaction use artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to increase customer satisfaction, compared to 42% of companies in their fields overall, according to a new report from MIT Technology Review and Genesys.

According to research from digital marketing company Netsertive, 87% of appliance purchasers said they prefer to buy in local stores, rather than online. 

Mintel announced the four key trends set to impact North American consumer markets over the coming year. Transparency, value, self-care, and automation are identified as the four trends to watch.

MediaCom is partnering with ad tech company Unruly to provide access to its proprietary ‘Cultural Connections’ research, which “quantifies culture” for the first time.

Ford has announced a new branding strategy, which is meant to disrupt the auto industry: The shift will include greater focus on accelerating the introduction of smart vehicles and services.

According to a study by coin-counting kiosk company Coinstar, most (65%) holiday shoppers set a budget and 25%  look out for sales to buy all or most of their gifts at a discount throughout the year. 14% shop at the last minute, 7% finish most of their shopping before Thanksgiving and 12% take advantage of Black Friday or Cyber Monday discounts, according to the report. The report claims that Black Friday will be the busiest online shopping day in US history. 

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According to research from Nielsen, Mexican consumers are increasingly seeking value as prices rise due to inflation. “As consumers seek higher value for their money, they’re spending more time shopping at discount and wholesale outlets, which allow consumers to shop for retail brands at lower prices. In addition to adjusting the channels they frequent, consumers are assessing price vs. volume in light via promotions, multi-packs, and larger pack sizes.”

New research from Rabobank predicts that demand for premium coffee will rise 6 to 7 percent in Brazil this year, and brands like Nestle and Coca-Cola are hoping to cash in.

According to research firm Gartner, the PC market has stabilized in Latin America, counteracting the decline observed in North America.

A summary of the most exciting recent research in brand marketing in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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According to a study from Advertiser Perceptions, 78 percent of marketers said that a recent digital or mobile campaign included ads that ran on more than 50 sites.

According to Interbrand‘s new2017 Best Global Brands Report, Apple, Google, and Microsoft are the top brands in the world.

According to a study by 9Honey and Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi, single women gave brands a score of 6/10 when it comes to understanding their needs.

A new report from the CMO Council and Dow Jones reveals that 78 percent of marketers say that the brand safety scandal has hurt their brand’s reputation, and 50 percent that it has impacted brand affinity.

A study by CBD Marketing of more than 12.5 million social media posts and online commentary by millennials over 2016 revealed that millennials prefer healthy and natural foods, to cook and prepare meals, and are in favor of alternative food distribution vehicles like meal delivery and meal services.

Adidas and Jordan brand are the most popular sneakers in the U.S., according to market research firm NPD Group.

According to research from the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs, 80 percent of B2B content marketers agree their organization is focused on building audiences for their brand.

According to YouGov BrandIndex’s July release of favorite brands, Facebook and Netflix top the list of favorite brands for the past 12 months, with Facebook receiving a score of 83.5 percent and Netflix receiving 75.8 percent.

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According to a new study from market research firm Euromonitor, mass beauty brands grew by 4.4 percent in 2016 in Brazil whereas luxury products rose 9.1 percent.

McCann Worldgroup was named Network of the Year at the 2ndedition of the Latin American Effie Awards during an awards ceremony at the Cartagena Inspira Festival in Colombia. The agency was the most-awarded network at the Latin American Effie Awards, after winning 21 metals.

J Walter Thompson‘s ‘Brand America’ report revealed that more than 40% of Mexicans have negative attitudes toward the United States.

Oath, the umbrella brand for all of AOL and Yahoo’s media and tech properties, is launching its first South American ad campaign, “#BuildYourBrand,” in Brazil, (as well as the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Taiwan, Singapore & Hong Kong). The campaign includes broadcast, digital, print, social and out-of-home components

A summary of the most exciting recent research in brand marketing in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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Kenshoo‘s recent study, “Amazon: The Big E-Commerce Marketing Opportunity for Brands,” spoke to 3,100 consumers in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and France, and 85% said that Google is a top resource for product discovery and research, while 72% of shoppers said the same of Amazon. 56% of customers check Amazon first when researching merchandise.

According to Zenith’s Advertising Expenditure Forecasts, between 2016 and 2019, social media in-feed ads, online video, and other digital formats, such as paid content and native advertising will drive 14% annual growth in total display advertising. Total display expenditure will rise from USD$84bn to USD$126bn, and by 2019, total display will account for 50.4% of internet advertising expenditure, passing the 50% mark for the first time.

A new study by PlaceIQ, “State of Integrated Marketing 2017: Mapping the Journey to Success,” found that 47% of marketers say developing a unified cross-channel customer experience was one of their top three priorities this year. 37% of marketers cited the ability to accurately measure cross-channel results as the most pivotal factor for successful integrated marketing, and 81% ranked location data as the first or second most important element.

According to a study by On Device Research, 47% of consumers state that seeing fewer ads than they do watching linear TV is an incentive to subscribe to paid on-demand TV. 87% of the survey respondents are using mobile apps for more than two hours per day, and 75% of respondents claiming to shop online at least once a month.

According to a study by The Values Institute, Amazon is America’s most trustworthy brand, followed by Marriott, Microsoft, Hilton and Southwest Airlines.

64% of marketers surveyed by Bazaarvoice and Ad Age said that they are not fully clear on the origins of their data sources.

According to a recent study from Deloitte on Millennials and luxury, American millennials spent far less on luxury spending than other markets. Over 25% of the American Millennials report no luxury purchases of $500 or more in the last 12 months, while the survey average across global markets was only 16%.

A Goldsmiths University study found that 61% of respondents preferred a tailored approach when it came to marketing engagement by brands. 53% claimed that they appreciate when a brand is able to use their data to provide a personal experience, but 76% want to know how their data is being used.

A survey by Forrester Research has found that four in 10 teen users aged 12-17 say there are too many ads on YouTube.

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According to a study from the Internet Association of Mexico, online activity and interactions among Mexican internet users increased from 20.2% to 70% between 2006 and 2016.

Starting in January 2018, the Argentinean Trivento brand will become the first official wine of the MLS until 2020. Trivento will be allowed to use any of the 20 MLS clubs in its advertising campaigns and create new MLS-branded packaging for its products.

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54 percent of the creative professionals participating in a study conducted by global PR firm Ketchum and media brand Fast Company agreed that a lack of diversity of experiences impedes them from greater creativity.

PayPal — followed closely by Amazon brands — retains its Brand of the Year designation, leading mobile payment brands for the third consecutive year. However, up-and-coming brands Venmo (owned by PayPal), Square, and Apple Pay are making significant gains, according to new research from The Harris Poll’s 29th annual EquiTrend Study, which measures brand health over time.

A new study from the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council called “How Brands Annoy Fans” found that nearly half of all consumers indicated they would rethink purchasing from brands or would boycott products if they encountered brand ads alongside digital content that offends them.

According to a study from the American Association of Advertising Agencies and SSRS, almost 40% of consumers agree that perceptions of the Trump brand have been unfavorably impacted by President Donald Trump’s “views and actions.”

According to MediaRadar, in the U.S., six of 13 brands that were “boycotting” YouTube — General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, AT&T, Verizon and Walmart — have run ads on the platform in the past month.

According to a new consumer study and survey report released today by the Ascendant Network and Signal, consumers favor retail and travel/hospitality brands that invest in technology to deliver connected customer experiences that are personal, seamless, and contextually relevant. 40% of consumers said they are likely to buy more often from brands that prioritize the customer experience, and 36% said they are likely to spend more with their favorite brand.

A new report from Research Now and Econsultancy has revealed that 54% of client-side marketers believe that surveys to test advertising effectiveness are essential to advertising validation. 77% of company respondents agreed that the success of advertising should drive the level of budget allocated to it.

According to a study from Florida State University, women are more likely to recall and pay attention to plus-sized and averaged sized models because they are not comparing themselves to the models, as they often do with thinner models.

Newbase‘s Marketing Priorities 2017 report found that 93% of global marketers surveyed find ROI and accountability to be key aspects of successful marketing campaigns, while 96% indicated that there is a need for greater transparency in the industry.

First-quarter digital advertising earnings in the United States are at their highest ever, hitting $19.6 billion, according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

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Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook took the top 5 places in the ‘2017 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands’ ranking released by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown.

Toyota came in first on the list of the world’s most valuable automakers by overall brand value. BMW took second place.

Marketing Week has released its 100 Disruptive Brands 2017 list.

Twitter and IPG Media Lab conducted a study on the success of paid video ads appearing in users’ feeds. “The Art of the Takeover: Optimizing What Consumers See First” and found that First View — promoted videos that run at the top of users’ time lines — are more effective than “standard view” ads that appear throughout the same feeds.

According to One Click Retail’s research, Amazon‘s consumer product sales in the health and personal care, baby and grocery segments saw double-digit growth in the first quarter 2017, while the overall global health and personal care markets declined 1% and the grocery market declined 10%.Research from Cambridge Analytica, looked at brand preferences by Americans across a wide array of categories, finding that Ford (

Research from Cambridge Analytica, looked at brand preferences by Americans across a wide array of categories, finding that Ford was the most popular auto brand, followed by GM. Men prefer BMW, followed by Ford. Ford is the most desired brand for couples without children and Millennials.

A survey by Ipsos found that 25% of Americans said they had stopped using a brand’s goods or services in the previous three months because of protests, boycotts or the brand’s perceived political leanings.

In the study “Trade Marketing in Transition” from Criteo and Kantar Millward Brown, 50% of respondents rated online sales as “disruptive to hugely disruptive” to their industry. Other worries were Amazon setting prices (29%), conflicts between brand and retail sites (28%), and the complexity of process (27%).

Kantar Media also found the $117.9 million spent on marketing in the U.S. last year by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat and Pinterest. 

By 2021, business-to-business ecommerce will reach $1.2 trillion in the U.S., or 13 percent of the space according to Forrester Research said.

Create & Cultivate and marketing research agency Buzz MG surveyed more than 400 millennial females about their jobs, finances and social habits, and found that 51 percent believed that LinkedIn had been the most beneficial social platform for their careers.

What: Interpublic Group agency Golin released its first-ever Global Relevance Review, highlighting the importance of popularity — being talked about and recommended by others — in driving the success of leading brands across categories today.
Why It Matters: While the study found that today’s most relevant brands are driven by word-of-mouth and popularity, none of them is meeting customers’ expectations when it comes to trustworthiness. At our PortadaLat conference next week, Steve Bent, Director of Analytics and Research at Golin will provide a presentation on “What Fake News Means for Brands” and discuss more insights of the study .

Golin recently released its first-ever Global Relevance Review, which analyzed the factors contributing to today’s most relevant brands’ success.

The study shows that consumers are increasingly skeptical of brands and institutions and look to each other for validation in which brands to support. The findings suggest that successful brands will recognize the power of word-of-mouth, but that they should also work on increasing their trustworthiness to drive even more growth.

Most Relevant Brands Are Popular But Remain Untrustworthy

Golin’s respondents defined relevant information as anything useful/practical (54%), informative (53%), and funny (35%). Other adjectives like “inspiring,” “shocking” and “exciting” were not as important in driving relevance. While 91 percent of the most relevant brands studied exceeded expectations when it comes to being popular, not even one was able to meet the ideal when it came to being trustworthy — ethical, moral, honest and truthful — the company’s press release said.

Gary Rudnick, CEO + Operations at Golin said, “the trend of talkability trumping truth played out consistently across all three of the categories we looked at,” pointing to the fact that the leading global Social Marketing brand fell 32 points short on meeting the ideal for Trustworthy, but scored almost 30 points higher on popularity than the ideal.

The fact that so many brands could be very popular without being trustworthy highlights an interesting trend: “Leading brands are sustaining relevance by under-delivering on ideal expectations when it comes to Trustworthy, and over-delivering when it comes to Popular,” said Rudnick.  To illustrate this,  “I can point you to a leading German car maker and a major American bank,” Rudnick continued, “both of whom have been unequivocally established as not telling the truth about important things, and manage to maintain popularity.”

Lack of Standout Leaders in Auto Category

While the report does not give details on specific brands, it focused on three categories: social media, personal banking and automotiveWhen it came to social media, the firm found that people care more about being entertained than truth, and in banking, consumers prefer local to global banks. In the automotive category, individual brands are struggling to stand out in terms of relevance. 

 “It’s surprising, given the vast amounts of money that car brands spend around the world trying to craft evocative and distinctive personalities for their brands, and for their individual cars, how similarly consumers seem to perceive them,” Rudnick explained.

Small Town Loyalty Most Intense

To complement the data from the study, Golin also conducted an ethnographic study of residents in two small towns whose populist movements surprised everyone in their respective countries’ recent elections: Seymour, Indiana, and Preston, U.K. In both towns, one of the strongest sentiments that the team picked up on was that small town residents feel they are being taken advantage of, and are equally skeptical of big government, cities, the mainstream media and large companies.

The study also found that residents of small towns are intensely loyal to brands: in Seymour, Indiana, particular loyalty to Chevrolet was discovered, and panelists also spoke passionately about Facebook, Google, and McDonalds.

“Seymour’s loyalty to Chevy is community-wide,” Rudnick said. “Perhaps it’s that the networks are smaller and more tightly-knit and that the cultural reinforcements are more concentrated.”

Among other macro trends, social media (59%) and television (57%) consistently ranked first and second above “word-of-mouth from friends and family” (45%) as the most relevant sources of news and information, and word-of-mouth from friends and family is more relevant to women (50%) than men (39%). Across the categories, brands that achieve relevance do so through similar drivers, respecting “the contours of the ideal,” Rudnick said.

Above all, the study proved beyond doubt that “people’s loyalty to certain brands is an important part of their personality,” Rudnick said.

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According to recent research from Customer Thermometer, less than half of respondents fill out feedback surveys: 46% of respondents say they usually complete feedback surveys if they are quick, and 45% say they usually ignore requests. Only 9% of consumers say they usually take the time to thoughtfully fill out feedback surveys.

A new survey by the 4A’s and SSRS found that 67% of agency respondents said that they “believe that changing American values are causing brands to become more interested in corporate responsibility and values-based marketing.”

Recent research from Sprout Social found that 86% of respondents say they want brands to be honest in their social posts; 83% want brands to be friendly, 78% want them to be helpful, and 72% want them to be funny. Less than half of consumers want brands to be trendy (43%), politically correct (39%), or snarky (33%) on social media.

According to the New Brewer publication, seasonal craft beer sales slumped 14% in the first quarter, accelerating from last year’s decline, as the collective palate of drinkers and the year-round availability of seasonal styles have eaten into that segment. Of the top 50 brewers that meet the Brewers Association’s definition of a craft brewer, 25 saw sales flatten or decline in 2016.

Campaigner®, the email marketing brand of j2 Global, Inc., announced the results of its 2017 Generational Marketing Insights Survey, finding that less than a quarter (24 percent) of online shoppers in general name social media as one of their preferred channels for brand interaction. Only 5 percent of respondents saying they use Snapchat to keep in touch with brands; Pinterest and Instagram each garnering 18 percent, while over half (54 percent) of those surveyed say they use Facebook to follow brands on its platform. Only 3 percent say they utilize Twitter for this purpose.

According to new research from Brand Innovators and Origami Logic, nearly two-thirds (63%) of surveyed brand marketers understand that marketing performance measurement would help them focus on measuring ROI but 72% said their marketing measurement efforts were either average or below average. Technology and automotive sectors led the way in describing their measurement practices as above average, while retail, personal and household goods and healthcare all reported their efforts as average at best.

Bond Brand Loyalty released The Loyalty Report 2017, finding that brands continue to invest more in loyalty programs, and enrollment has grown by 31% over the last four years.

According to research conducted by Leflein Associates, members of Gen Z “expect to be able to have direct access to friends, celebrities, and brands,” said Pete Stein, Fullscreen’s general manager. The study found a generational gap between Gen Z (aged 13-17) and millennials (aged 18-34), finding that the latter are more likely to consume content on traditional TV, publisher sites and blogs, while members of Gen Z are early adopters on things like short digital videos, social media sites/apps and watching full-length shows/movies online.

A study from GetResponse and Holistic Email Marketing found that marketers believe email marketing delivers the best return on investment when considering all digital marketing options: 53 percent of marketers believe email marketing delivers an excellent or good return on investment, while 50 percent felt the same about social media marketing. More than 40 percent of marketers also felt that search engine optimization, content marketing and paid social media advertising had a good or excellent return on investment.

Marketing research firm BrandSpark International announced the 2017 winners of the BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards for consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands. “Just 18% of shoppers buy any product so long as it offers the best price, so brand trust is a key factor in the purchasing decision,” added Levy. “67% of Americans saying they try new products from the brands they trust most.”68% of respondents, from millennials to older shoppers, stated that they trust consumer-voted awards for brand endorsements. For health & beauty products, consumer-voted awards are the most influential endorsements outside of medical professionals and direct friends and family, with 45% of shoppers saying that consumer awards are influential to their beauty purchases, increasing among millennial beauty shoppers to 60%.

Fluent’s “Marketing to the Heartland” in the first two research series looked at differences in core values and media consumption habits of consumers living in the Heartland. Physical stores are still the preferred way of shopping for nearly half of US consumers in both Heartland and Coastal areas, says the report. Consumers generally prefer shopping in a physical store because they like to see or try items on in person (74% for total US). Many also find brick and mortar shopping more convenient, especially in the Heartland.

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A new survey by Customer Thermometer found that 64% of women and 68% of men have felt an emotional connection with a brand or business and that the vast majority (91%) of those connections were positive. ‘Interest’ was the common emotion felt by consumers towards a brand (70%), and 57% of the survey’s respondents said they felt trust.

A global study from Rakuten Marketing claims that negative consumer attitude towards online advertising is having serious consequences, revealing that nearly half (45%) of consumers having proactively opted out of an online ad. 58% of consumers associating online advertising with “other disruptive content.”

Devra Prywes, the SVP of marketing and insights at Unruly Interactive, spoke at the Advertising Bureau’s annual NewFronts insights luncheon on Wednesday, stating that compared to other consumers, “Dad is about 20 percent more likely to engage with a digital video ad.”

According to Harris Poll‘s research, sporting goods store brand equity is 7.7 points higher among millennials compared to baby boomers, while luxury department stores (+5.6) and electronics stores (+5.7) are nearly 6 points higher. Millennials’ brand equity score for off-price retailers is 4.9 points higher compared to baby boomers, while footwear and department stores are 4 points and 3.8 points higher, respectively. Only hardware and home stores (-3.8) have lower brand equity among millennials compared to baby boomers.

SEO and digital brand firm SearchDex’s research on U.S. Google search behaviors found that 68% of respondents are concerned about their browser history being sold to big companies. Among privacy concerns were causing an increase in annoying ads (44%), data falling into the wrong hands (43%), private searches being made public (40%) and security breaches causing browser history to be exposed (40%).

eMarketer is predicting that 35.6 million Americans use voice-enabled devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home at least once a month, a 129 percent increase since 2016. The study also found that Amazon Echo claims 71 percent of the voice-enabled market.

 

 

 

 

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According to a study by online presentation firm Prezi and cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Carmen Simon, 80 percent of consumers forget the majority of information from branded content after only three days, and over half can’t recall a single detail, according to new research.
 Cogent Reports’ new study, The Future of the Financial Advisor shows that one in four advisors (25%) reports less frequent contact with external wholesalers, creating an immediate need for asset managers to reexamine how to optimize their marketing and distribution dollars. American Funds (13%), Vanguard (10%) and BlackRock (9%) emerge as best-in-class technology leaders based on strong brand associations for their respective online educational content, modeling and portfolio tools, and analytic capabilities.

Collective Bias, Inc., the leader in shopper-focused influencer marketing, and an Inmar Company, today announced a milestone for social content measurement and its impact on driving in-store sales. Among other findings, they measured a 7.6x return on ad spend (ROAS) by weighing households exposed to the campaign’s influencer content versus an unexposed control group. The study also measured sales lift for campaigns across several CPG products, finding that in the case of a major laundry detergent, based on a $75k campaign spent, the brand saw a sales lift of $233k – representing a 3.1x ROAS.

According to the Landor Pulse study by global brand strategy and design firm Landor, Johnson & Johnson, Betty Crocker, Dove, Pillsbury, Gerber, and Olay are the top personal care and food brands in the world. The only brand founded in the twenty-first century that made the list is organic baby food company Plum Organics.

The IAB Europe Video Ad Formats survey of approximately 700 advertisers, agencies and publishers from across 31 markets found that in-stream pre-roll format, out-stream in-article / in-page format and broadcast 30 second spots are the dominating ad formats across all devices in the European video advertising market.

Nearly one-third of Americans think ads adjacent to offensive online content imply that the advertiser endorses or approves of that offensive material, according to recent research from YouGov.

The “2017 Financial Marketing Trends” study, sponsored by Deluxe and published by the Digital Banking Report found that in 2017, the biggest challenge for financial marketers is the ability to measure performance and prove results. Only 8% of financial organizations believed this was not a challenge, and 11% of organizations said the same about data analytics.

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New research from Food Mix Marketing Communications reveals fifty-eight percent of brand lovers admit to hoarding their all-time favorite food product on hand. Findings prove that three-fourths of brand lovers would go out of their way to get a loved product, as well as pay more money for a loved brand.  Brand lovers are more willing to try brand extensions, and less likely to switch to competitive brands.

According to research by Integral Ad Science, compared to the first half of 2016, video viewability increased from 40% to 58.2%, and the completion rate in view increased from 26.7% to 35.1%.

The 2017 Mobile Consumer Report from Vibes claims that 70% of consumers would have a more positive opinion of a brand if it allowed them to save a loyalty card in their smartphone, over one-third of people are said to store information from brands in a mobile wallet such as Apple Wallet and Android Pay, and 83% of smartphone users also say that receiving surprise rewards, exclusive content and special birthday or anniversary messaging would have a positive impact on their brand loyalty overall.

A report by Fetch found that 31% of users in emerging markets define themselves as mobile-first, compared to 15% in Europe and 18% in North America. Similarly, where 66% of European consumers claim to access social media every hour, this rises to 72% amongst emerging markets.

Foresight Research found that in the most recently completed auto show season (2015 – 2016) nearly 2 out of 3 attendees at auto shows were in the market to purchase in the next year – that was about 4 million households or about 6 million people.  In addition, attendance among actual buyers has increased 57% over 2012.

ComScore’s Mobile Hierarchy of Needs report claims that mobile devices now account for a majority of consumers’ digital minutes, with most of that time spent in apps.

Brand USA‘s new report found that the amount of travelers less likely to visit the US because of the political climate increased from December to February among travelers from every of the 11 countries surveyed but China.

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