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Consumers Choose Value over Values: Pan Communications Report

Another long-term trend that may be overstated is consumers’ desire to do business with companies that share their values.  Pan Communications puts it in perspective: 72% of consumers said they’d choose a company with a great product or service over a company that stands for a specific mission.  If you’re surprised by that, you have a great future in some field that’s not marketing.

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Consumers Using Fewer Subscription Programs: Attest Survey

October 12, 2021

Let’s read some consumer tea leaves today, Dear Reader.  This Attest Technologies survey finds that the seemingly endless growth of subscription programs may in fact have peaked: just 41% of consumers reported having a product subscription in their August 2021 survey, compared with 47% the previous November.  At-home delivery was the most popular reason to subscribe, and presumably that will become less important as the pandemic winds down.

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Consumers Use Social Media Despite Knowing It Harms Them: Reboot Foundation, The Verge

October 12, 2021

Speaking of things that shouldn’t surprise you: consumers use social media even though they know it’s bad for them. Reboot Foundation found that more than half of respondents felt social media made them feel bad, but only one-third had taken steps to cut back and over 70% said you’d have to pay them at least $10,000 to quit. Similarly, The Verge found that unfavorable opinions of social media increased during the pandemic, but consumers still see Facebook as the best way to connect with friends and family.  

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Industry Groups Seek Alternatives to Old-School TV Measurement

October 19, 2021

TV audience measurement may not be the most fascinating topic ever, but it’s important to some Dear Readers.  Those will be interested to learn that NBCUniversal is organizing a forum to explore new measurement products.  Participants include major trade groups, agencies, and brands.  Motivations include the new TV viewing methods and problems with the once-standard Nielsen ratings service.

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