By Lisa Johnston
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New York – Marketers and advertisers must find new ways to engage the hyper-connected consumer, who now comprises nearly half the U.S. adult population.
According to a new study by brand strategy consultants Vivaldi Partners, 48 percent of these “always on” consumers own at least three connected devices, and use them to go online multiple times a day from at least three different locations.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
New York – Sales in the United States of Sony’s PlayStation4 entertainment console topped Microsoft’s Xbox One in the month of January, a new report from the NPD Group revealed.
Exact numbers were not revealed, but reports said the PS4 results more than doubled its closest rival in the month.
El Segundo, Calif. — A last-minute rally in the fourth quarter of 2013 was not enough to save the U.S. television business from a steep 9 percent unit shipment decline for the year, as Americans continued to hold off purchases through most of the year, a new report from IHS Technology found.
The market research firm said U.S. TV unit shipments in 2013 declined to 34 million, down sharply from 37.5 million in 2012.
Washington – Retail sales are projected to rise 4.1 percent this year, outpacing 2013’s 3.7 percent gains.
According to a report released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF), continued economic growth, and an expanding labor market and housing sector, will help stoke consumer confidence and expenditures.
“We are cautiously optimistic and hopeful that the economic tides will change in 2014,” said Matthew Shay, president/CEO of the trade association.
Reston, Va. – Apple and Samsung gained share at equal rates among U.S. smartphone users at the end of 2013, but Apple’s share grew a bit faster than Samsung’s on a year-over-year basis, ComScore found in its latest consumer survey.
As a result, Apple remained tops in smartphone share among users at the end of the year, ComScore said.
Arlington, Va. – Three-fourths (73 percent) of online U.S. adults who see Ultra HD TV technology in a retail store are interested in owning the technology at some point in the future, according to new research from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), while only 34 percent of people who did not see the technology are interested in ownership.
Ultra HD delivers four times the resolution of today’s FullHD TVs, with more than 8 million pixels of resolution.
Segundo, Calif. — Combined factory-level sales of 3G/4G cellphones and tablets will outpace sales of traditional CE products on a global basis for the first time in 2013, IHS forecasts.
Cellphones, media tablets and PC tablets will generate $354.3 billion in sales in 2013, or 3 percent more than the CE industry’s $344.4 billion in factory revenue. Only last year, the CE market was 30 percent larger than the cellphone and tablet markets, IHS said.
Framingham, Mass. — IDC is predicting that PlayStation 4 sales will just barely beat out Microsoft’s Xbox One this holiday season.
It also said overall console sales will enjoy a slight uptick in sales compared with 2012.
The report credited the PS4’s lower price point for its expected dominance this year.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Global PC panel shipments increased 8 percent in July, coming off the tail of three consecutive months of declines, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
According to the NPD DisplaySearch “Monthly Tablet PC Panel Shipment & Value Chain Report,” 23 million tablet PC panels were shipped, an 8 percent increase over June. The growth was driven by 7-inch panels, which comprised 49 percent of all shipments.
Baltimore — Consumers are spending more time on retail sites using their smartphones and tablets than they are using computers, according to a joint study by Millennial Media and ComScore.
According to the “Mobile Intel Series: Mobile” report, the amount of time consumers spend on mobile retail sites using their smartphones or tablets now accounts for 51 percent of the total retail time spent on digital properties vs. just 16 percent in 2010.