eMarketer’s latest forecast expects the number of smart speaker users to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 47.9% between 2016 and 2020, from 16.0 million to 76.5 million.
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.
This infographic from Microsoft illustrates the breadth of the company’s technology, from gaming and entertainment, to operating systems and applications, to search and social.
Increasing conversions ranks as one of the top priorities for an integrated search and social advertising strategy. Unfortunately it’s also considered to be the most challenging aspect of search and social advertising success, more so even than attribution of revenue to these channels.
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%).
Podcast awareness and popularity are both on the rise, with a recent study suggesting that 64% of respondents ages 12 and older are familiar with the term ‘podcasting,’ up from 49% three years ago.
Starbucks will remain the most popular proximity mobile payment app, staying ahead of Apple Pay and other competitors. This year, 23.4 million people ages 14 and over will use the Starbucks app to make a point-of-sale purchase at least once every six months.
Google shows an average of only 8.5 organic results on the first page of its US mobile searches, and just 8.7 on desktop searches.
Social networks are the most influential online media used by shoppers around the world when finding inspiration for their purchases.