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What Internet Users Like to Share on Social Media Sites

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Beyond pictures, the study finds that opinions, status updates regarding one’s activities, and links to articles (each at 26%) are most likely to be shared.

That suggests that the social media buffs surveyed late last year by SocialToaster were pretty much on point in their judgment that pictures and links are most likely to be shared.

The Ipsos survey also indicates that a significant proportion of internet users are sharing other types of content on social media, including:

  • Something they like or recommend, such as products, services, movies, and books (25%);
  • News items (22%);
  • Links to other websites (21%);
  • Reposts from other people’s social media posts (21%);
  • Status updates of what they’re feeling (19%);
  • Video clips (19%);
  • Plans for future activities, trips, and plans (9%); and
  • Other types of content (10%).

Who’s Most Likely to Share?

While 7 in 10 overall claim to share content, some demographic groups are more likely to engage in this behavior than others. Respondents aged under 35 are most likely to share (81%), a completely unsurprising result. Still, about 7 in 10 online users aged 35-49 said they had shared content on social media site! s during ! the past month, as did a majority 55% of respondents aged 50-64.

Also unsurprising: women (74%) were more likely than men (69%) to have shared some type of content during the past month. (Ipsos had also found sharing activity to be greater among youth and women in a previous study.)

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013 news No Comments

E-Commerce in Q2: Tablet Traffic as Valuable as Traffic From Computers

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Computers led with an AOV of $115.74, compared to $113.15 for tablet tablets and $112.73 for smartphones.

[Editor's note: Monetate's previous report covering Q1 had found tablets converting at a higher rate than computers, while data from this latest report indicates that the opposite was true for Q1. The discrepancy owes to a different random sample of clients being used for each quarterly report.]

Among tablets, the iPad continued to boast the highest conversion rate (2.6%) during the second quarter, with Android (2%) also out ahead of the Kindle Fire (1.6%). The iPad also sported the highest average order value ($114.18), outpacing Android ($101.22) and Kindle Fire ($91.84).

The iPhone re-assumed the lead in conversion rates among smartphones, just exceeding 1%, and putting some distance between itself and Android (0.88%) and Windows (0.77%) phones. i! Phone tra! ffic also ended up with the highest average order value, of $114.45, followed closely by Windows ($112.36) and Android ($109.52).

All told, smartphones (9.7%) and tablets (12.4%) together accounted for more than 1 in 5 e-commerce visits during Q2, up from about 15% a year earlier. In the past year, tablets have overtaken smartphones in terms of e-commerce traffic share, with the gap between the devices steadily increasing.

The iPad continues to dominate tablet e-commerce traffic to the tune of 90.6% share, while the iPhone also retains its lead (62.7% share) of smartphone visits.

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 news No Comments

Mobile In-Store Research Frequency Seen Increasing Alongside Price Point

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Similarly, while 36% regularly conduct in-store searches when looking at products priced at less than $50, 62% do so for products priced at $250 and up.

Besides price point, the study also finds that the frequency of in-store searches ranges significantly by product category. Respondents most commonly conduct in-store mobile searches for electronics and appliances (83% doing so almost always or frequently) and books and music (67%), with fewer do so for automotive (52%) and food and beverage (50%) products.

There are some intriguing results in the study’s section regarding the discount rates at which M-shoppers would consider buying online (these responses limited to US respondents). Almost 6 in 10 respondents would consider buying online if they could get a 10% discount on a $500 item. But a 10% discount on a $200 item would only persuade 50% to consider buying online, while swaying only 28% of those shopping for a $50 item. These results align with previous research from parago, which found that for an equal discount rate, consumers would be about 20% more likely to switch to an alternative online option (in this case Amazon) that provides larger dollar savings. The results from that study suggested that the focus on dollar savings over discounts could be attributable to a calculus regarding shipping costs.

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 news No Comments

ROI Rankings: Facebook Deemed More Important Than Twitter and LinkedIn, Less Than Google

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After Facebook, Twitter (average rating of 3.04) was deemed the next-most important for ROI, followed by LinkedIn (3.38), Yahoo (4.23), and AOL (5.6).

Respondents – a mix of marketers of clients (26%), ad agency employees (30%), and media company employees and consultants (44%) – appear to be satisfied with the support provided by Facebook for their advertising efforts. Almost half believe that Facebook’s support for advertisers has improved to some degree over the past 6 months, compared to only 1 in 10 who believe it has to some extent deteriorated. Additionally, roughly three-quarters are very (10.5%) or somewhat (65.2%) satisfied with the data and analytic tracking they receive from Facebook.

Given improving ROI and support, it’s not surprising that advertisers will be increasing their efforts: over the next year, a majority expect to significantly (11.2%) or moderately (44.5%) increase their Facebook advertising budget.

Interestingly, although Facebook is deriving an increasing share of ad revenues from mobile, advertisers don’t see much separation between the RO! I of mobi! le and desktop ads, with a plurality (38%) rating them about the same. Slightly more than one-third feel that mobile ROI is much (7.7%) or somewhat (27.4%) greater, while 26.9% feel the same way about desktop ROI.

There’s more consensus when it comes to Facebook Exchange, used by about 1 in 5 respondents. Of those, two-thirds said it has been somewhat effective for their campaigns, with another 1 in 5 calling it very effective.

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 news No Comments

Search Still King of E-Commerce Referrals in Q2, But Email Traffic Converts Best

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These trends have held for some time, with search easily besting the other sources for traffic in Q1 and Q4 2012, and email sporting the best conversion rates. The latest data suggests that conversion rates are declining for search traffic, while remaining generally steady for email and social. In terms of e-commerce visits, Q2 marked the lowest share in at least 5 quarters for both social and email.

Meanwhile, search continues to have a leg-up on email and social in one other metric: average order value. During Q2, average order value for search traffic was $111.18, its highest point in several quarters, ahead of email ($99.93) and social ($86.80). While social trailed in this regard, it should be noted that its result this past quarter represented a significant 13% hike from an average value of $76.59 in Q1.

Other Findings:

  • The add-to-cart rate was significantly higher for traffic referred by email (1! 0.73%) th! an search (6.81%) and social (3.37%).
  • Average page views was slightly higher for email than search traffic (8.84 and 8.71, respectively), both close to double social’s average (4.82).

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 news No Comments

Viewability of Directly Placed Display Ads Improves in H1

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Longer engagement with viewers was much harder to come by: just 31% of directly placed ads remained in-view for 15 seconds, although that was a significant rise from 22.7% in the previous 6-month period.

Details from Integral’s “Semiannual Review” indicate that viewability continues to be better for vertically oriented (160×600 – Skyscraper) ads, with an average of 67% in-view for at least 1 second.

Suspicious Activity Lowest for Directly-Placed Ads

Directly placed ads not only had the highest engagement, they also were deemed to be lowest risk. While more than 1 in 5 impressions overall were suspicious of being fraudulent activity, only 2% of those placed directly exhibited suspicious activity. By contrast, exchanges were far riskier, with 20% of impressions deemed questionable (though that was down from upwards of 30% in H2 2012).

While the Integral study suggest some improvements in fraudulent activity, a recent report from Solve Media indicated that levels of suspicious activity continue to rise. Solve Media also pointed to rising fraud within the video ad space: in its study, Integral reveals that 3% of impressions on pre-roll ads were suspicious, with suspicious activity more concentrated on in-banner video ads. In fact, 40% of impressions through exchanges on in-banner video a! ds were e! stimated to be suspicious, according to the report.

Other Findings:

  • Food sites boasted the highest level of engagement, with an average in-view time of more than 2.1 seconds. Education sites fared worst on this level, with an average in-view time of about 1 second.
  • Ads on shopping sites were again deemed the least risky in terms of suspicious activity, while family and health sites had the highest rates of suspicious activity.
  • The overall proportion of high-risk inventory (impressions that represent a low degree of brand safety) stood at roughly 6% in Q2, and was relatively consistent across channels.
  • Risk content continues to be mostly the realm of illegal downloads, drugs, offensive language and alcohol. Risky adult and hate speech inventory declined between Q1 and Q2.
  • About 13% of ads collided with another ad from the same campaign during H1, down from more than 20% in H2 2012.
  • Canada received the largest amount of the US’ non-geo-targeted content, at 16.4% in Q1 2013 and 15.8% in Q2. Both were improvements from 34.5% in Q4 2012.

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013 news No Comments

B2B Print Ad Sales Continue Steady Decline in 2013

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Ad sales declined have been particularly pronounced in some industries. During the first quarter, for example, sales wer down by almost 20% year-over-year for the business, marketing and advertising (-19.97%), aviation, aerospace and military (19.75%) and electronic engineering (-19.62%) sectors. In fact, of the 22 sectors measured, only 7 posted increases. Only one sector –  travel, business conventions and meetings – registered increases in ad sales throughout the first 4 months of the year.

Print continues to be one of the key B2B media and information revenue sources behind trade shows and events, but its contribution to overall revenues is declining. Last year, print accounted for 29% of revenues, down from 37% in 2008.

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013 news No Comments

One-Quarter of Web Traffic Lands on Pages With 4 or More Display Ads

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Specifically, 76% of impressions land on pages containing 1-3 display ads, 16.4% on pages with 4-5 ads, 3.5% on pages with 6-7 ads, and 3.1% on pages with more than 10 ads. (The exact numbers for pages with 8-9 ads weren’t included as they were fractional.)

What’s interesting about those findings (beyond the data itself) is that traffic skewed slightly towards pages with a higher density of ads. That’s because 80.8% of the pages surveyed contained 1-3 display ads – but only 76% of impressions went to those pages.

Directly placed ads (which have the highest viewability and lowest incidence of fraud) also won out in terms of clutter. 86% of directly placed ads were on pages with 1-3 ads, while networks, exchanges, and hybrids all ranged between 46.4% and 48.7% of ads placed on pages with that few ads.

Returning to the Adblade surve! y, a majo! rity of respondents indicated that the most obtrusive banner position is the middle of the page (66%), with fewer pointing to the top of the page (19%), right side of the page (10%) and end of the article (4%). 31% prefer websites to have sponsored third-party articles (advertorials) with no banner ads, compared to 24% who don’t. The remaining 45% don’t care.

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Sunday, September 15th, 2013 news No Comments

Smartphones and Tablets Account for Half of US Adults’ Time Online

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Smartphones alone account for 50% of online time for the two above-mentioned groups. Interestingly, while smartphones only account for a relatively small 25% of online time for Americans aged 50 and older, tablets grab 16% share, the highest among the age groups.

The share of internet time represented by mobile devices differs greatly from one category to the next. For example, together they account for just 24% of time online with the automotive category and 32% of time spent with TV sites (an outsized 20% of which is on tablets). By contrast, two-thirds of social media time goes to smartphones and tablets, as does 82% of online gaming time and 92% of online radio time.

comScoreJumptap-Digital-Cross-Platform-Audience-Sept2013The US’ “digital universe,” referring to the number of adults going online, is 194 million strong per month, per the report. Of those, about 63% (122 million) use both a PC and a mobile device, while PC-only! users nu! mber 58 million (30% share) and mobile-only 14 million (7% share). Those figures are heavily influenced by older internet users. While 17-22% of internet users aged 18-49 are PC-only, that figure jumps to 48% of those aged 50 and older.

While only 17% of online women aged 25-49 are PC-only, a greater proportion of online males of that age are so-called “screen jumpers” (mobile and PC users), at 74% share. That’s because a significant 14% share of women aged 25-49 are mobile-only.

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 news No Comments

Are Young People Watching Less TV? (Updated – Q2 2013 Data)

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Nielsen’s most recent study indicates that the 18-24 group, for example, watched a weekly average of roughly 21-and-a-half hours of traditional TV during Q2 2013, exactly one hour less than they did in Q2 2012. That equates to a little less than 9 minutes per day.

Of course, compared to two years ago (Q2 2011), the drop-off is more stark, reaching nearly 24 minutes per day, almost the length of a sitcom episode.

Traditional TV viewing by 18-24-year-olds has now dropped on a year-over-year basis for at least 6 consecutive quarters. Here’s what that decline looks like:

  • Q2 2013 vs. Q2 2012: 9 minutes per day
  • Q1 2013 vs. Q1 2012: 11 minutes per day
  • Q4 2012 vs. Q4 2011: 20 minutes per day
  • Q3 2012 vs. Q3 2011: 17 minutes per day
  • Q2 2012 vs. Q2 2011: 15 minutes per day
  • Q1 2012 vs. Q1 2011: 13 minutes per day

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 news No Comments

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