Engagement ratios continue to decline on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn

The engagement ratio per brand — or average interactions per post per brand per 1,000 followers — decreased on Instagram (by 25.85%), Facebook (by 8.27%), and LinkedIn (by 7.6%). On Twitter, the engagement ratio per brand increased slightly, up 1.08% across the first half of 2016.  And yet for some stupid reasons brands continue to invest in social media? Continue reading

Coke decides a Super Bowl commercial can save sagging soda sales

Carbonated soda volume declined 1.2% in 2015, an acceleration from 2014’s 0.9% drop, as the biggest three players in the category all reported falling demand, according to a new report from industry tracker Beverage Digest. The group also reported that annual per capita consumption of carbonated soft drinks dropped to about 650 eight-ounce servings in 2015 – the lowest since 1985. So a special Super Bowl spot is going to change that? Continue reading

80% of US Households still use FSI’s and printed info for product information

Even as consumers embrace digital channels for retailer marketing, traditional touch points have a bigger effect on product choices than digital according to Nielsen. Retailers should maintain and optimize spending on traditional circulars, since these will continue to be shoppers’ main source of information for the near term. Continue reading

Please stop! People don’t want a social media relationship with your brand

The share of Americans who use social media as their primary source of political news and information is rising fast but remains relatively small . Only 14 percent of American adults reported that social media was their most important source of news for the 2016 election. On the other hand, 57 percent of American adults said that TV (cable, network or local) was their most important source. And yet when it comes to branding reserach companies like Kantar Millward Brown insist that brands need to use social media as a marketing channel. Continue reading

Most eCommerce sales done on PC’s (not mobile)

According to Deloitte “desktop/laptops is still the go to method for online spending.  In addition, Back in September, research firm First Insight claimed that 71% of Millennials visit multiple brick-and-mortar stores to find the best deals, compared to just 57% of baby boomers. And back in June, CouponFollow found that 76% of Millennials “browse the internet before buying anything.” Of those, 67% buy the product from a brick-and-mortar store, while just 33% make the purchase online. Continue reading