Retail & Consumer Products

Comparing Conversion Rates of Crowdfunding Pioneers

When Warner Bros decided not to fund Rob Thomas’s feature film for the now cancelled TV series Veronica Mars, he looked to Kickstarter – and the Kickstarter community responded. Reaching $2 million dollars in less than ten hours, Veronica Mars broke multiple records, gathered the attention of the industry, and had people seriously recondsidering the legitimacy of crowdfunding. Today, the top five projects combined have received over $32 million dollars in funding.

Pre-Launch Shopping Interest Suggests Sony’s PlayStation 4 May Have the Merriest Holiday

We are a month away from the official start of a war of industry titans that will unfold before our eyes. In the first battle, Microsoft and Sony are set to release in November updated versions of their ever popular gaming consoles with the introduction of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The current generation Xbox 360 was released 8 years ago, while the PlayStation 3 launched a year later, making the head-to-head comparison of their performance out of the gate difficult and littered with caveats.

Mobile Shopping Trends: Who, When and Where

Following up to the last post on mobile shopping which focused on the characteristics of mobile shoppers, we’ll now go into who consumers are shopping with, and when and where they are doing it. If you didn’t have a chance to read the last post, this data is based off of behavioral data from tens of thousand of mobile consumers which has been gathered by Millward Brown Digital, Kantar, and Lightspeed Research since October of 2012. This has allowed us to identify mobile shopping trends – with both the consumer and who the consumer interacts with.

4 Things You Need on Your Mobile Payment App

As a big fan of Starbucks, I’ve been using their mobile app for a while. After a few uses, I quickly realized that it is essentially a mobile payment app—combined with a loyalty program, debit note and store locator. In addition, they offer free songs for me to download every week and an additional way for me to keep track of my favorite drink.

Is Adopting a Mobile Payment Platform a Good Choice for Your Business?

Everything is going mobile. It seems like smartphones are taking over our lives and now they are replacing our wallets as well. Based on a recent survey by Compete, more than 40% of mobile shoppers have made a purchase on their mobile devices in the past three months.

Why Email Marketing is Still Effective for Brands

As someone who always wants the latest news from retailers, I am on the email lists of almost all of my favorite brands: apparel, make-up, food, bookstore etc. You may think I’m crazy, but I am definitely not alone on this. Based on Compete survey result, 46.2% of people receive more than 10 emails from retailers in a typical week and 19.9% of them receive more than 30 emails.

Sunday Series: Tech Products on the Rise, Money Saving Sites on the Decline

While many people are enjoying the summer outside at the beach or around the house working on their home improvement projects, there are many that think the best way to beat the heat is by staying inside and shopping. Although this may not be surprising to most, what may be surprising is what they are shopping for. The answer, tech.

Back-to-School Promotions Heating Up Early in the Summer

It may only be July and only a few weeks into summer vacation, but according to office supply companies, it’s back-to-school time already. Looking at the trends from the past years, the unique visitors (UVs) of the leading companies in the industry began their rise in July, peaking in the month of August. Taking this into account, it makes sense why office supply retailers begin their back-to-school sales promotions in July.

Sunday Series: Home Improvement Fast Movers

With warm weather comes beach and camping trips, outdoor grilling, sunbathing, and… home improvement projects. May is the month when hopeful DIYers and gardeners begin researching, planning, and getting excited for all of their summer projects. This is shown quite clearly with a 3.47% increase in unique visitors to the category and spikes upwards of 100% for a few of the fastest moving home improvement sites.

Fourth of July: Battle of the American BBQ Brands

Happy Fourth of July, marketers! Today we celebrate the birth of our country the American way: grilling, drinking and watching fireworks with friends. As most of the nation is closed for business today, which American brands are reaping the benefits? We looked at the online traffic data to the most popular charcoal, hot dog, and domestic beer brands leading up to the fourth.

Infographic: Mobile Is Both a Curse and a Cure for Showrooming

33% of people showroom globally and 21% of those shoppers use their phone while doing so. In their annual Mobile Life Study, fellow Kantar company, TNS, highlights the growing use of “showrooming”: examining a product in-store before buying online at a lower price. Consumers are getting more comfortable with mobile transactions, savvier with mobile shopping apps, and they’re doing more mobile shopping,