Media subscription services for video, music and software have become so ingrained in our routines that for many, monthly fees are just a part of life. But consumers can only budget so much for these conveniences. Are media budgets squeezing out meal kits and other subscription box services?
Some 58% of US adults have used voice search to find information on a local business at some point in the past 12 months. Most commonly, people are using their smartphones (56%) for voice search to find local business information, while about 1 in 5 (18%) have done so using a Smart Speaker.
Some 65% of Gen V consumers report regular use of a tablet, according to a YouGov survey of almost 600 respondents ages 8-17. The results suggest that children ages 8-11 are the most frequent users (74% regularly using tablets), with regular usage tapering off among older kids.
In a February 2018 survey of US internet users and restaurant executives by BRP (Boston Retail Partners) and Windstream Enterprise, restaurant operators met consumer expectations on only two factors: contactless/mobile payment, for which 32% of consumers valued it and one-third of operators offered it, and Wi-Fi availability (44% both valued it and offered it).
Nearly 21% of shoppers said they would ask their voice assistant for in-store help, while 17.6% would use their voice assistant to self-checkout.
A global survey found that among a variety of emerging concepts, cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology, blockchain, leave the most people scratching their heads.
Americans are spending less time with most major media, with one major exception: smartphones.
About 7 in 10 American adults report being online ‘almost constantly’ (26%) or ‘several times a day’ (43%), according to recent data from the Pew Research Center. Many of those are likely spending their online time visiting social media platforms.
US retailers are prioritizing Google Shopping ads over text ads, according to the 2018 Google Shopping Benchmarks Report from Sidecar. Based on an analysis of more than 300 US retailers’ activity in 2017, the report notes that ad spending across Google’s search network grew by 20%, with much greater increases for Google Shopping ads (34%) than for text ads (2%).