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Economic Slowdown in China Drives IDC to Lower Forecast for IT Spending

IDC PMS4colorversion  Economic Slowdown in China Drives IDC to Lower Forecast for IT Spending

IDC Press Release

Shipments of smart phones and tablets buoy overall market

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., August 5, 2013 – According to the new International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Black Book Query Tool, Version 2, 2013 (Doc #242462), the economic slowdown in China has driven IDC to lower its expectations for worldwide IT spending growth this year. IDC now forecasts IT spending growth of 4.6% in constant currency for 2013, down from the previous forecast of 4.9% growth and a sharp deceleration from last year’s growth of almost 6%. Despite the lower forecast, IDC expects IT spending will reach $2 trillion for the first time ever in 2013. Meanwhile, total ICT spending, including telecommunications services, will increase by 3.8% at constant currency to $3.6 trillion.

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B-to-B Marketers, Readers Don’t See Eye-to-Eye on Value of Print

Folio

In new ABM report, marketing spend shifting from print faster than readers.

ABM has released a market report that aims to quantify the core tenet of b-to-b media: Connecting buyers and sellers. As the media market continues to fracture across different content platforms and access preferences change among readers, marketers are adjusting their spend accordingly. In its wide-ranging survey, ABM looks at those two core aspects—how readers are accessing b-to-b content and how marketers are valuing the various platforms.

You can access the full report here, but among the topline results, ABM found that media users are not necessarily picking one content platform over another. According to the report, 74 percent use both traditional and digital media.

Mobile occupies a big chunk of media user attention, with 63 percent using websites or apps designed for the mobile platform, says the report.

Print is at the center of an interesting dynamic between publishers, marketers and readers. It’s still the biggest revenue driver for publishers, says ABM’s report—a metric that’s confirmed by FOLIO:’s own research—and readers still value print. Sixty-one percent of respondents say that “print magazines will stay constant or grow in importance over the next five years,” says the report.

However, marketer respondents have already moved on. Only 11 percent say they’ll increase print ad budgets over the next year—a third plan to cut print ad budgets.

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UK advertising recovery continues

Warc

LONDON: UK advertising expenditure picked up by 2.4% in the first quarter of 2013 to reach £4.14bn, as the sector continued to build on its return to pre-recession levels at the end of last year. The latest Advertising Association/Warc Expenditure Report forecast a 2.6% increase for the full year with accelerated growth of 4.9% in 2014.

 

The Expenditure Report is based on AA/Warc’s own quarterly survey of national and regional newsbrands and consumer and business magazine brands, alongside data compiled in conjunction with UK industry trade bodies and organisations, including the Internet Advertising Bureau, the Outdoor Media Centre, the Radio Advertising Bureau and the Royal Mail.

 

Internet pure play spending, which excludes digital spending in newsbrands and magazine brands, grew particularly strongly, up by an estimated 11.1%, helped by the increase in mobile advertising.

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Almost half of Australians give false data to websites as a privacy precaution

The Drum, 6/22/13

47 per cent of Australians provide inaccurate information about themselves to websites as a privacy precaution, a paper by the Australian Communications and Media Authority has found. The report is on privacy and personal information. It found that More than a third (36 percent) of respondents said they would rather not use a service than give inaccurate information. Only 17 percent said they are happy to provide accurate data about themselves. “Privacy remains an enduring concept in the media and communications environment,” ACMA chairman Chris Chapman said. “Citizens remain highly sensitive to intrusions on their privacy and the mishandling of their personal data.

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Flurry: Look For Mobile Innovation Higher In The Funnel

Ad Exchanger

How best to capture and leverage mobile data is a question of critical importance to advertisers. App analytics and advertising firm Flurry approached it from numerous angles at its SourceDigital13 conference last week. AdExchanger caught up with CEO Simon Khalaf to talk about the company’s new mobile RTB platform and what’s top of mind for mobile ad buyers.

AdExchanger: What’s going on with your new mobile RTB platform, Flurry Marketplace?

SIMON KHALAF: We’re on target to go live by the end of July. Our goal is to have 20 DSPs when we flip the switch. We’ll be passing a lot of data through the DSPs and we’re working with them to take advantage of that data. That’s the challenge: how do we create segments that DSPs are interested in and also signals that they can interpret?

What kind of data do you provide?

We provide location, age, gender, and about 40 segments that we have computed. For example, is this a first-time mom, soccer mom, car enthusiast, gambler etc. We have this type of data compiled for about 1.1 billion consumers worldwide. That will give the buyer, the DSP, insight into the context so they can decide what kind of ad unit they want.

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Infographic: Emerging Markets Mobile Attitudes

Upstream

The 2013 Emerging Markets Mobile Attitudes Report from marketing technology company Upstream, which commissioned YouGov and Vanson Bourne to poll the views of a representative sample of 3,670 adults in Brazil, India, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, revealed that while Apple’s success in the West has been predominately shaped by its premium brand status, the door is open for others such as Nokia to stake its claim on the emerging market audience.

The report reveals that Apple (21 per cent) only secures third place on emerging market consumers’ wish lists – after Samsung (32 per cent) and Nokia (22 per cent). Despite its recent decline in Western markets, Nokia has been named the brand most Nigerians would like to own (37 per cent), and second favourite in Brazil after Samsung. While an appetite for high-end smartphone devices exists throughout emerging markets – 16 per cent willing to spend more than $450 on a device – the report finds that brand desirability cannot guarantee success in these new markets. The report reveals that almost a third of consumers (27 per cent) with less purchasing power will ultimately bypass their favourite brands and buy devices with similar functionality, but at a cheaper price.

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Understanding Social Influencers [Infographic]


Mobile Marketing Watch

Who and what are the biggest social influencers in the digital space today?

Recently, the editors at MBA in Marketing Degree Guide decided to find out and embarked on a research expedition that uncovered some interesting information.

The research began by probing who consumers trust when it comes to their purchasing decisions.

•           54 % of consumers report a greater amount of influence coming from communities of smaller size. So blogs with small but loyal followings can deliver high-percentage results in consumer influence.

•           31% of Internet purchases are influenced by blogs, ranking blogs third in influence behind only retail (56%) and brand sites (34%) in influence.

•           While bloggers and social media influencers are a premier source of influence, most digital marketers devote few resources to incorporating key influencers into their digital efforts.

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NEW REPORT: B2B Lead Generation Trends 2013

B2B Technology Marketing Community

Our B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn conducted the 2013 lead generation survey to better understand how B2B marketers are adjusting to new challenges, and to identify new trends and best practices.

Here are the Top-5 Trends in B2B Lead Generation (for more details download the report):

(1) The number one challenge for B2B marketers: Generating high quality leads.
(2) The most effective lead generation tactics used by marketers: Company website, email marketing and SEO.
(3) The greatest barrier to lead generation success is lack of resources: Staff, budget and time.
(4) B2B marketers’ top metrics to measure marketing ROI: Cost per lead, revenue and lead volume.
(5) The secret to B2B email success: Provide compelling content for each stage in the buying process to move buyers from first touch to purchase.

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Tech Spending Still Strong Despite Economic Volatility and Cannibalization from Mobile Devices and the Cloud, According to IDC’s Worldwide Black Book

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IDC Press Release

China looks a good bet to be the engine of growth again in 2013, while U.S. will see improving PC market and more software growth

FRAMINGHAM, MA – According to the new International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Black Book Query Tool just released (Document # 239304), IT spending remained broadly strong throughout a difficult end to 2012 as business confidence waned in the shadow of the “fiscal cliff’,” economic growth declined in much of Europe, and economies in Asia struggled to cope with reduced exports. In spite of these headwinds, worldwide IT spending recorded annual growth of 5.9 percent in 2012 in constant currency terms, keeping pace with the 5.8 percent growth recorded in 2011. Total IT spending on hardware, software and IT services reached $2 trillion, while ICT spending (including telecom services) increased by 4.8 percent to $3.6 trillion.

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Android and iOS Combine for 91.1% of the Worldwide Smartphone OS Market in 4Q12 and 87.6% for the Year

IDC PMS4colorversion 1 Android and iOS Combine for 91.1% of the Worldwide Smartphone OS Market in 4Q12 and 87.6% for the Year

IDC Press Release

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Android and iOS, the number one and number two ranked smartphone operating systems (OS) worldwide, combined for 91.1% of all smartphone shipments during the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12). According to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Android smartphone vendors and Apple shipped a total of 207.6 million units worldwide during 4Q12, up 70.2% from the 122.0 million units shipped during 4Q11. For calendar year 2012, Android and iOS combined for 87.6% of the 722.4 million smartphones shipped worldwide, up from 68.1% of the 494.5 million units shipped during calendar year 2011.

“The dominance of Android and Apple reached a new watermark in the fourth quarter,” said Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team. “Android boasted a broad selection of smartphones, and an equally deep list of smartphone vendor partners. Finding an Android smartphone for nearly any budget, taste, size, and price was all but guaranteed during 2012. As a result, Android was rewarded with market-beating growth.”

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