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Blondes may have more fun but they take 30% more time to click than brunettes

Blondes ClickBlondes may have more fun but they take 30% more time to click on a web page link as compared to brunettes. This fun fact comes from a delightful new study from Paris-based Content Square.

Content Square tracked the on-page movements of 4,000 French citizens as they perused one of 20 e-commerce sites.

They found a few paths that make sense and a few more that are just plain, quirky and fun. So make of these what you will and before you send your objections, note that I didn’t come up with these facts, I’m just reporting them.

Going back to the blondes and brunettes;

  • Brunettes average hesitation time before click: 0.49 seconds
  • Men average hesitation time before click is 13% higher than brunettes

Internet advertising to grow 15 percent, with display taking the lead

A new forecast from ZenithOptimedia tells us that global ad spend is likely to top $545 billion dollars in 2015. That may sound like a reason to celebrate but it’s actually a slight step down in growth compared to 2014. (4.9% in 2015 vs 5.1% in 2014)

ZenithOptimedia Growth Adspend 2014

Part of the reason for the decrease in the increase is the lack of large, global events in 2015. In 2014, advertisers took advantage of the huge audience that tuned in to follow the Winter Olympics and the World Cup but 2015 is going to be a quiet year. That’s good, we need the time to rest up because 2016 is going to be a wild one with the Summer Olympics, the UEFA European Football Championship and the US Presidential elections. Wow. The news media is going to have to hire a lot of extra help.

Tip for marketers: English isn’t everyone’s first language

Our LifeThere are 54.1 million Hispanics in the United States. That’s 17% of the population. Back in 1970, they made up only 2% of the population which makes them one of the fastest growing racial / ethnic groups in America.

Of that 54.1 million, 35 million speak Spanish at home and 38% say Spanish is their dominant language. But in a recent survey of senior-level content marketers, 49% said they never translate English marketing content into Spanish.

It’s one thing to speak only English here at home, but that same survey from Smartling reveals that 70% of marketers use only English-language content even when they’re marking outside of the United States. How big of a problem is this? Honestly, it varies. 63% of those surveyed said that between six and 50 percent of their customers are located outside of the US.

New report sheds light on the dark side of social sharing

Radium One Dark SharingOnline sharing has a dark side. It’s covert, silent and it’s almost completely untraceable. It’s also a good thing. Dark Social is any kind of inbound traffic that can’t be accounted for. This usually happens because the sharer copied and pasted a link from public point A to private point B such as on a forum, instant message, text message, email or chat.

Radium One just published the results of their survey on the subject called ‘The Light and Dark of Social Sharing – Harnessing the Power of Consumer Connections’

They discovered that 91% of consumers regularly use Dark Social channels in addition to traditional social sharing. 27% of consumers said they only share through dark channels with the percentage rising along with the average age. 46% of those over 55 use only Dark Social vs 19% of those under 35.

Why everything you’re doing to engage fans is wrong…in a single chart

When Forrester asked marketers to share the channels they use to keep in touch with their customers, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube topped the list.

It looks like we’ve all gotten caught up in the social media marketing hype, because it turns out, that’s not where our most loyal customers prefer to engage with us. Take a look…

Customer Engagement


Didn’t see that coming, did ya? You did? Well pin a rose on your nose, ‘cos you’re one of the smart ones. While the rest of us try to increase our Facebook engagement rates from zero point some’n percent, we should be focusing on the customer outreach we have on our own sites.

Funny, followers and follow back; how social cues affect our perceptions on Twitter

Resident TwitterHow do you decide which Twitter accounts to follow? Which do you trust? Which Tweets do you reTweet? The obvious answer to all of these questions is, “the ones I think are interesting or entertaining.” But without evening knowing it, your choices are based on social proofs that you’ve picked up in a split second – unconscious cues that help you quickly decide what’s worth your time and what isn’t.

Digital agency Isobar partnered with researchers from Cambridge University, to see what types of cues are most likely to influence folks on Twitter.They ran tests using a Twitter account for a fictional clothing brand that was about to launch. Then, they tweaked different elements of the profile and recorded the results.

A Day in the Life of the Mobile Millennial Mom

Retro happy momAre we there yet? Almost!

We’re almost to that place where moms don’t even use computers anymore. They do all of their shopping and run the entire household from their smartphones with an assist from a tablet. It’s a magical place where everything gets done faster and easier leaving moms with more time to relax.

Ansible and Millennial Media just released a new report that examines the relationship between Millennial moms and their mobile devices.

As a group, these women spend 76% of their digital time on mobile devices and 50% of their mobile time is spent on shopping related activities. Did I mention that there are “13 million Millennial Mom consumers in the U.S. with a combined purchasing power estimated at $170 billion in annual spending”?