Nielsen/NetRatings reported that traffic to image hosting Web sites has skyrocketed due to the massive rise in blogging activity seen since the beginning of this year. As a category, image hosting sites have grown 406 percent to more than 14.7 million unique users since January 2005, accounting for nearly 10 percent of active U.S. Internet users.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Residential Cable/Satellite TV Satisfaction Study, satellite TV service continues to erode cable's market share, increasing every year for the past 10 years and making its most significant leap this year. Currently, 27 percent of U.S. households subscribe only to satellite service?up from 19 percent in 2004 and 12 percent in 2000. Sixty percent of households subscribe only to cable service?down from 62 percent in 2004 and 66 percent in 2000.
Leichtman Research Group, Inc., in their updated report, Broadband, Cable and DBS Across the US 2005, found that at the beginning of 2005 broadband penetration of households in the US stood at close to 29% nationwide. Significant state-by-state disparities in broadband penetration remain, however. While these disparities are largely related to variations in household income across the states, these differences are strikingly similar to the state-by-state splits in the 2004 presidential election.
In a new study of U.S. digital camera owners' usage habits, IDC found that the number of aggregate digital images captured per month continued to grow another 18 points in 2005, largely driven through cheaper flash memory card prices and increased capacities.
The recent release of BIGresearch's Consumer Intentions & Actions Survey for September points out that conservatism is the name of the game regarding personal finances, with the majority of consumers contend they're practical spenders.
Nielsen//NetRatings released the best selling product categories for July's top 10 eCommerce sites during the recent Shop.org Annual Summit. Ebay's top selling product category was Toys, Games & Hobbies, the company's original product offering. But this category only accounted for 29 percent of its customers' purchases.
Arbitron and comScore Media Metrix recently released the online radio ratings for July 2005 which show that these measured online networks reached 6,756,100 million listeners. RLR Network (Yahoo Music, AOL Radio Network, MSN Radio and WindowsMedia.com, and Live365) had an estimated 6,012,700 million listeners age 12 and older.
A recent survey by Information Mapping, Inc. revealed that 80% of those surveyed deem email writing skills are 'extremely' or 'very' important to the effectiveness of doing their jobs. The results also showed that approximately 65% of the respondents spend from 1 to 3 hours per day reading and writing emails, with 40% "wasting" thirty minutes to three hours reading "ineffectively" written emails.
According to a new study by The Media Audit Hispanics are growing in importance to the automobile market and the after-market. Bob Jordan, president of International Demographics, Inc, says that "Hispanics make up 15.5 percent of all adults in The Media Audit markets surveyed, but they make up 18.1 percent of all those who plan to buy a vehicle in the coming year. " Of the 137.5 million adults represented in the survey, 21.3 million are Hispanic adults.
The third annual NRF 2005 Back-to-College Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, found that college students and their parents will spend a whopping $34.4 billion returning to campus this year, up 33.8 percent from 2004 and more than double what parents of K-12 students will spend on back-to-school.