• Top Traditional Advertisers Use Non-Standard Ad Dimensions on the Internet
    Charles Buchwalter, vice president of client analytics, Nielsen//NetRatings says "No longer dominated by the smaller dot-com companies, traditional business-model advertisers are staking their claim. This increased usage by the heavy hitters of advertising clearly signals their recognition of the validity of the Internet as an effective ad medium." Nielsen//NetRatings reports that the top 100 traditional advertisers increased their share of online advertising and are leading the way for bolstering the online medium. The top traditional advertisers comprised more than 30 percent of the online advertising market by the end of 2002, as measured by ad impressions.
  • Direct Response Television Data Update
    As a follow on to a Brief released in early March, more of the data has become available and may be of interest to those who captured the first portion. In February the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA) unveiled initial results of a consumer tracking study designed to monitor and update direct response television (DRTV) viewership trends as well as consumer attitudes and preferences about electronic retailing. Elissa Matulis Myers, ERA CEO, said "much of the news is great and reflects the growing importance of direct response TV in the marketing mix."
  • Europeans Prefer Hardcopy Newspapers To Their Online Cousins
    Europemedia.net reports that Europeans, especially Northern Europeans, enjoy reading newspapers but are less keen on the online versions, according to new analysis from market analysts at Forrester Research. In Sweden, 29 percent of consumers read newspapers online, but other markets lag behind. Interestingly, across Europe, online readers often turn to their offline paper's competitors.
  • Are The Recent Employment Estimates a Precursor of Market Decline?
    Colin Nelson, research analyst of business market segmentation for Reed Business, using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' recently released February employment numbers and In-Stat/MDR estimates, says that the sharpest drop in employment since November 2001 gives every indication of being a short-term, cyclical anomaly, and the monthly employment numbers should correct for it at some point later this year.
  • Untapped Opportunities For Videogame Companies In The Teen Market
    According to Jupiter Research's new report "Audience Benchmark: Teen Videogame Adoption, Usage and Preferences", female teens represent a highly underserved sub-segment while teens from low-income households are voracious game players that also merit special attention. And, although teens account for less than 10% of the U.S. population, they represent 20% of the console videogame audience.
  • The Global Economy in 2004
    Stephen Roach reports on the Morgan Stanley Global Economy in 2004, and postulates that forecasting remains more of an art than a science, in his view, especially in today's unique macroclimate. The current cycle bears no resemblance at all to its predecessors over the past 50 years. The modern-day world economy has never been this US-centric. And the United States has never had to deal with the aftershocks of a post-bubble business cycle like the one still unfolding today. The baseline case, he says, presumes that the world can neatly finesse these extraordinary imbalances
  • ABC Cracks the Top Ten Internet Broadcasters
    According to arbitron measurecast rating, ABC Radio Networks had 380,904 hours of Total Time Spent Listening (TTSL), the sum total of hours tuned by listeners to a given station or network. Clear Channel Worldwide was ranked the number one Internet Broadcast network with 1,619,591 hours of TTSL. Virgin Radio gained the top position amongst Internet radio station with 340,545 hours of TTSL.
  • An Improved Picture From Digital Television
    Several factors gave new impetus to the digital TV (DTV) set market, according to a new report from In-Stat/MDR, Digital TV Sets: A New Day Has Dawned. The high-tech market research firm reports that with the FCC mandating that DTV tuners be integrated into all TV sets larger than 13-inches by mid 2007, the U.S., the market will see explosive growth.
  • Shifting Budgets From TV to (some) Internet Increases Reach
    Designed to demonstrate the impact of shifts in media allocation on audience reach, a DoubleClick study by Nielsen//NetRatings and IMS, reveals that by using standard media planning tools for both offline and interactive marketing, marketers could increase reach by shifting dollars originally spent on television to the Internet.
  • Beliefs of American Population Segments That Effect Positioning
    A Harris Poll of 2,201 U.S. adults surveyed online between January 21 and 27, 2003, using the same methods used by Harris Interactive to forecast the 2000 elections with great accuracy, summarized by Humphrey Taylor, the chairman of The Harris Poll, Harris Interactive, finds that 89 percent of the people believe in miracles, 68 percent believe in the devil, 69 percent in hell, 51 percent in ghosts, 31 percent in astrology, and 27 percent believe in reincarnation.
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