Consumer insights

Online Shopping Starts Well Before Black Friday

Posted on Nov 03 2010 by

This year, it appears that the seasonal increase in online purchasing began almost three months ago, the week of August 9, 2010. This suggests that, as far as online purchasing goes, the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons have effectively merged with little to no break in between.

Service Still Important, But Coupons Drawing More Shoppers

Posted on Oct 26 2010 by

Americans are breaking out of their comfort zone by lowering their service expectations and even exploring new stores that lure them in with coupons. U.S. adults are 7% less likely today than they were at the beginning of 2008 to claim they shop only at their favorite stores because they know what kind of service they will receive

iPhone Owners Increasingly Inclined to Use Phones to Make In-store Purchases

Posted on Oct 20 2010 by

There is a dramatic positive shift in the number of iPhone users in the U.S. who are interested in using their phone for in-store purchases. This shift hasn’t been seen in other smart phone platforms like RIM’s BlackBerry. Is it the iPhone’s faster chipset, its ability to utilize GPS in the background or its new multi-tasking capabilities that’s contributing to this significant shift in attitudes?

Discount Department Stores Thriving In Recession

Posted on Oct 13 2010 by

Discount stores appear to be weathering the recession better than some of their full-price counterparts, as they carry first-quality designer merchandise at competitive prices.

BP Puts Cap On Leaking Customer Base

Posted on Oct 07 2010 by

BP’s most avid consumers have reverted back to their usage levels in just two months after the well was capped. Also, it turns out that oil consumption may be less discriminatory that one might initially believe.

Americans Less Willing to Pay Extra for Quality

Posted on Sep 28 2010 by

Over the past two and a half years, there has been an 11% decrease in the percent of U.S. consumers who think that it is worth paying extra for quality goods and a nine percent decrease in the percent of consumers who say they enjoy owning quality things.

2010 Technology Adoption Consumer Report

Posted on Sep 24 2010 by

Technology has brought about immense change in the lives of American consumers. Today, eight-in-ten U.S. adults access the Internet and seven-in-ten use email and surf the web. Fully nine-in-ten adults have at least one mobile device and four-in-ten send text messages. While many Americans wholeheartedly embrace new technology and adopt it quickly, others take a […]

Young Adults Grow More Conservative

Posted on Sep 23 2010 by

Since November of 2009, young adults have also been increasingly identifying as “conservative” when it comes to their political ideology. As of August 9, 2010, 32% of adults ages 18 to 24 identified as “conservative” compared with 39% who identified as “middle-of-the-road” and only 17% who identified as “liberal.”

Economic Optimism Drops More Among Employed Adults Than Unemployed

Posted on Sep 15 2010 by

Interestingly, employed Americans now seem to be more jittery about the future of the U.S. economy than the unemployed. Simmons DataStream reveals that on July 19, 2010, only 18.5% of employed Americans were optimistic about the future of the U.S. economy compared with 37.7% of employed adults who were optimistic on August 3, 2009, a relative decline in optimism of 51% in just a year.

Living Together, Getting Fat Together

Posted on Sep 09 2010 by

Understanding the relationship between individuals who live under the same roof can provide tremendous insight into their behaviors, attitudes, lifestyles and media preferences that cannot be obtained by examining the behaviors of individuals alone. Experian Simmons, by employing a methodology by which all eligible individuals ages 6 and older in a single household are surveyed, […]