Despite persistent gloom and doom surrounding the retail industry, the first half of the year has been positive for most product categories. According to the newly released monthly retail sales report from the US Census Bureau, for H1 2018, retail sales (excluding auto parts and gasoline) totaled $2.06 billion, up 4.9% year over year.
Consumers are more likely to trust banks—and even insurance firms—than marketing or advertising companies. That’s according to a September 2017 PwC survey, which found that just 6% of US internet users said they trusted media and entertainment companies.
Word-of-mouth has time and again been shown in research to be the top influencer of consumer’s purchase decisions. Now, a new study from Engagement Labs quantifies the extent to which word-of-mouth drives sales, finding that an estimated 19% of consumers sales are the result of online and offline conversations.
Snapchat has become a must for many brands—especially those aiming to reach young consumers, who are the bulk of Snapchat’s audience. New research found that Snapchat adoption among brands increased throughout 2016, but many of these branded accounts were quickly abandoned.
According to L2’s recent Influencers briefing, 70% of brands use influencers to boost reach and enhance content.
A recent study from Appboy takes a look at various app categories, based on the behavior of 1.6 billion users on more than 500 apps in the first half of 2016.
These days, 65 percent of Americans associate Super Bowl commercials with alcoholic beverages.
Instagram adoption among brands is nearly ubiquitous across industries. Snapchat, on the other hand, is a different story.
Some 21% of permission emails from legitimate senders around the world failed to reach the inbox during the year-long period from May 2014 to April 2015.
Social amplification rates of US influencers were highest in the electronics category, at 0.66%.