The Web Marketing Association, sponsor of the annual international WebAward competition, today announced the findings of a decade-long study of Web development trends across more than 80 industries. The resulting Internet Standards Assessment Report provides industry benchmarks for Web site development and is based on data collected from nearly 10,000 Web site evaluations.
The report reveals that gaming Web sites dominate the top scores in every category, followed by music, which placed second overall, and automobile and sports Web sites, which tied for third place. The industries with the lowest average Web site scores included radio, public relations and search engines.
The AARP, bastion of those unworthy of inclusion in the coveted 18-49 demo, is issuing a wake up call to youth-fixated media planners and twenty-something ad agency types in the form of a new research service called AARP Publications Marketing Intelligence. The service hammers home the point over 50's have the bucks, aren't all in a rocking chair on a deck in front of a lake in Maine and are cooler that a lot of twenty-something who think they know it all. So, now that we've insulted you enough, go out and grab this research, talk to this audience and smile as they open up their fat wallets and throw money at you and your brand.
List size is one of the strongest predictors of email response rates, including both open and click-through responses, according to a new study by email service provider ExactTarget (yes, ExactTarget advertises on this site all you transparency freaks). There appears to be an inverse relationship between list size and email responsiveness. According to the study, open and click-through rates both decrease steadily as list size increases. Exact Target claims this is indicative that list segmentation should be considered as list size grows. You can check out the entire study here.
Steve Jobs is very happy today. A new study has revealed that people are cheap and would rather watch an ad to get a free TV download than pay for the download. The study, conducted by Frank N. Magid Associates, found 54 percent would be more likely to buy an iPod if they could download TV programs with a :30 included or free. 72 percent of people already planning to buy an iPod would be more likely to download an ad-supported TV program than pay for it.
Dan Jaffe over at the ANA's Regulatory Rumblings blog makes a concise argument, as we have before but with far fewer facts, that lays blame for obesity not on the action of marketers and advertisers b ut squarely on the shoulders of lazy-ass kids, their parents that let them sit on their ass all day long playing video games and schools which have drastically cut back on physical education.
To support the launch of the Motorola RAZR V3x, the company has launched What is Razr Speed, a game site that demonstrates how the new phone...well, allows you to "capture a moment of complete clarity." In the game, the player must capture the flying Motorola logo first at a fast speed, then at a slower Razr Speed. The game was created by Howorth Communications' Digital Lifestyle Group.
Accompanying the launch of a the phone is a new report, called Generation HERE, commissioned by Motorola Mobile Devices which explores the impact of 3G (Third Generation) mobile phones technology on society around the globe. From romance to community to flirting to information gathering to basic safety, the report examines how embedded the mobile phone has become in people's lives.
You know, it's always a bit disconcerting to arrived at the house of your daughter's friend and find her proverbial "playdate" glued to the television watching some trash talk show of some movie clearly made for adults so this stat does not surprise. What does surprise is parent's lack of control and judgment over what their children watch on television and how long they are allowed to watch. One "playdate" who spends time in this house can't even sit still in front of the television (on the two weekend nights it's allowed here) because his brain has been so ADD'd by constant television watching at his house since birth he doesn't know how to follow a plot.
Forget pontifications from ad pundits and polls from USA Today, the real winner of the Super Bowl most-liked crown is Disney's "I'm Going to Disney" and Budweiser's "Office" ad. This, according to a functional magnetic resonance imaging study sent to us by Adrants reader John Brock and conducted at the UCLA Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center by Marco Iacoboni which measured brain response while the subjects watched the Super Bowl. Even more telling were the losers. The study found the much loved Budweiser "Secret Fridge" ad to be one of the least liked. You can read all the gritty scientific details here.
Joe Jaffe has posted a ten question Super Bowl ad recall quiz to test how well we can remember what some of the ads were about . It's a quick, fun little quiz. We took it but, frustratingly, don't think we got them all right. You try.
For the 18th time since The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers began surveying the ratio of Super Bowl ads purchased by franchised and non-franchised enterprises, the franchisers continue to dominate - this year by a record margin of 82 to 38. According to AAFD Chairman Robert Purvin, who launched the organization's Advertising Super Bowl survey 19 years ago, "Super Bowl advertising continues to demonstrate the power of franchising. How else can small business owners afford to share their messages with 72 million households at one time?