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Cash Strapped Consumers Zip Wallets As UK Retail Sales Sag

Trend Summary: UK retail sales weaken as cash-strapped consumers hold back.


According to a survey conducted by the British Retail Consortium [BRC] on behalf of Barclaycard, UK retail sales in October declined by the most in seven months, indicating continued caution among consumers only weeks prior to ... 

[Estimated timeframe:Q4 2017]

... the crucial Christmas shopping season. 

The BRC reports that sales fell by one percent on a like-for-like basis and were up just 0.2 percent in total terms. In a separate report, Barclaycard said annual growth in household spending slowed to 2.4 percent last month from 3 percent in September, the weakest in more than a year.

Meantime Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said last week that while household finances have been “difficult” this year, “the worst of that real-income squeeze is ending.”

In addition to expecting inflation to peak this month, Mr Carney also forecasts a pickup in wage growth.

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Source: Bloomberg.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7257

e-Commerce Continues to Gain Acceptance By China's Consumers

Trend Summary: e-Commerce continues to steadily gain acceptance among Chinese consumers.


Following four years of significant growth in China, there have been clear and noticeable changes in shopping and consumption habits, bringing about ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q4 2017]

...  clear and noticeable changes to shopping and consumption habits. 

According to volume two of Kantar Worldpanel and Bain & Company’s 2017 China Shopper Report: Keeping up with China’s Shoppers at Two Speeds, rising digital activity has had little impact on certain key elements of consumer behavior, such as brand loyalty.

While the second quarter of 2017 showed a slight uptick in sales, overall value growth for the first half was a mere 2% versus the same period in 2016, largely due to a volume decline of 3% and unimpressive average selling price growth of 2.3%.

Brands in China consquently face new realities that now guide many of them as they develop strategies for growth.

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Source: KantarWorldpanel.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7256

Eurozone Economy Overtook USA Over Past Eighteen Months

Trend Summary: Over the last eighteen months the Eurozone Currency area’s GDP has grown faster than that of the USA.


The Eurozone’s economy quickened in Q2 2017, raising expectations that by 2018 the European Central Bank will begin to phase out its stimulus measures as the region gradually emerges from ...

 

[Estimated timeframe:Q3 2017]

... the shadow of the past decade’s financial crises.

The acceleration in the Eurozone’s recovery means it is playing a more equal role with the USA in driving global growth. Over the past eighteen months, the region has grown slightly faster than the USA, after lagging well behind in 2015 and prior years.

According to the Central Bank, if that pattern continues global economic growth should be stronger this year.

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Source: WSJ.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7244

UK Adspend Growth Slowest in Four Years

Trend Summary: UK advertising expenditure grows at its slowest rate in four years.


According to the Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report published today, UK advertising spend recorded its ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q3 2017]

... slowest growth rate since Q2 2013.

Although the overall market expanded, traditional media had a difficult start to the year, with cinema the only non-digital medium to grow during the quarter.

More significantly, total TV advertising spend dipped 6.2% in Q1 2017, the most severe fall since 2009. Radio (-0.1%), out of home (-0.6%), direct mail (-1.5%) and newsbrands (-11.2%) also recorded a decline in spend during the quarter.

According to James McDonald, Senior Data Analyst at WARC: “The latest data show that large retailers – particularly supermarkets – and major food brands reined in their TV spending by 25% during the first three months of 2017, instead committing to cutting prices on the shelves as household expenditure wanes.” 

Total TV ad expenditure is forecast to fall 1.9% this year, a 1.4 percentage point downgrade since the last AA/WARC forecast in April. However, losses are expected to be regained in 2018, with ad revenues growing 2.5%, partially due to the men’s FIFA World Cup.

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Source: Warc.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7237

Uncertainty Drives UK Marketers Into Short Term Spending Strategy

Trend Summary: UK marketers lean towards short-term spending strategy.


Uncertain economic conditions in the UK are driving marketers to shift budgets into activation and digital advertising according to the  latest ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q3 2017]

...  Bellwether Report released today by UK advertising body, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising [IPA].

The report for Q2 2017 is based on data drawn from a panel of three hundred UK marketing professionals, revealing that UK marketers have upwardly revised their internet budgets to the greatest extent since Q3 2007.

The increase in internet budgets fuelled growth in overall marketing budgets, which registered a net balance of +13.1% in Q2, compared to +11.8% in Q1.

Main media advertising also grew, although to a slightly softer degree than in the preceding quarter (net balance: +9.8%, down from +10.7%), as did PR (+2.1%) and events (+2.1%).

Other areas saw reduction, most notably sales promotions, which recorded a net balance of -10.7%, down on the previous quarter’s +1.2%. Reductions in budgets occurred in market research (-6.2%), direct marketing (-4.7%) and ‘other’ (-2.6%).

According to Paul Bainsfair, Director General of the IPA: “The election result has thrown further uncertainty into an already volatile environment".

“Specifically for marketers this has meant a desire, where possible, to seek out more activation-driven advertising. As evidenced strongly in this latest Bellwether Report, this has resulted in a further move towards advertising in the digital space.”

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Source: Warc.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7230

Consumers Cooling Towards Connected CE Devices

Trend Summary: Consumer interest in connected electronics is levelling off.


Recently released research from Dallas headquartered market research and consultancy company Parks Associates, suggests that while it may not yet be time to hit the panic button it would be wise for IT manufacturers to ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q2 2017]

... figure out what they can do to maintain the public’s interest.

Currently, US households with broadband services have an average of 8.1 connected electronic devices in their homes. While this represents a 76% growth in average volume since 2010, the increase has flattened in recent years. 

According to Tricia Parks, the firm’s founder and CEO: “It’s not that the news is bad, it’s that it’s flat”.

“We have more stuff in our average homes, but there appears to be a lull. Manufacturers need to do something to wake-up that lull.”

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Source: MediaPost.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7212

US Regulators Set to Challenge Dominance of Online Titans

Trend Summary: US regulators are accused of 'playing softball' when challenging anti-competitve behaviour by US tech titans Google, Facebook and others.


There is growing concern over the ever increasing dominance of US tech giants Alphabet (Google's parent company), Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook - the  five largest companies in the world by ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q2 2017]

... market capitalisation.

The Big Five's increasing market dominance is fuelling concerns about competition and data privacy.

US regulators are reportedly about to get tough on the five monopolists, believes Jonathan Kanter, a Washington-based antitrust attorney. who believes attitudes may be changing. 

Google is expected to attract more than 40% of digital advertising dollars this year according to an unnamed analyst, while Amazon is on track to collect half of all US online sales by 2021.

However, in the Spring of this year, a group of Republicans introduced a broader proposal that would require firms such as Google and Amazon - in addition to traditional internet providers - to get user permission before sharing their data.

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Source: BBC.co.uk
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7197

Bot Fraud Set to Soar in 2017

Trend Summary: Economic losses due to bot fraud are estimated at $6.5bn globally in 2017.


A study released earlier this week by the Association of National Advertisers [ANA] and digital advertising security provider White Ops estimates the economic losses due to bot fraud at ... 

 

[Estimated timeframe:Q2 2017]

... $6.5bn globally in 2017, down 10% from the $7.2bn reported in 2016.

The Bot Baseline Report analyses the digital advertising activities of forty-nine ANA member companies between October 2016 and January 2017.

According to the study: "Extrapolating the results of the participants to the overall global market would result in 2017 fraud losses of just $3.3bn — approximately half of the $6.5bn general market projection."

ANA Ceo Bob Liodice called the results of the study "a powerful indicator that the war on digital ad fraud is winnable for those who establish proper controls and protocols." 

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Source: MediaPost.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7185

Today Australia, Tomorrow The World!

Trend Summary: Amazon.com is to launch a "retail offering" in Australia, challenging the nation's existing retailers.


Amazon boss Jeff Bezoz has hurled down the gauntlet of competition at the feet of Australia's existing bricks and mortar retailers, who are already struggling to increase sales. The confirmation today by Amazon ends months of speculation among investors as to whether or when Amazon would fully launch in ...

 

[Estimated timeframe:Q2 2017]

... in the Antipodean market.

Mr Bezoz's nice littler earner already has a significant presence in Australia, having set up Amazon Web Services in 2012 and its Kindle store in 2013.

Yesterday's confirmation from Amazon ends months of speculation among investors as to when or whether the company would fully launch in the Australian market.

According to an Amazon PR release: "The next step is to bring a retail offering to Australia, and we are making those plans now."

The tech titan already has circa 1,000 employees down under and boasts that it will bring thousands of new jobs to Australia and millions of dollars in additional investment.

A banner ad on its Australian website has also annouced that Amazon Marketplace would be up and running soon.

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Source: Fox Business.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7169

Auto Sales, Barometer of US Economic Health, Declined in March

Trend Summary: Car sales - the barometer of America's economic health - took a dive during March.


March 2017 saw US auto sales sag to a third consecutive monthly decline, a worrying indication that years of sales growth have ...

 

 

[Estimated timeframe:Q2 2017]

... finally come to an end.

​According to a report by Associated Press auto writer Tom Krisher, the auto industry isn't worried.

It's making solid money selling reams of SUVs and trucks to consumers who are loading up on expensive features. But some analysts see large inventories of cars as a looming problem. Car sales were down almost 11%, although truck and SUV sales rose 5.2%, reports  Autodata Corp.

Hyundai suffered the biggest decline at 8%, followed by Ford at 7.5%, as popular car models such as the Sonata and Fusion suffered big decreases. Fiat Chrysler sales tumbled 5%t, while Toyota fell 2% and Honda just under 1%.

However, Nissan sales rose over 3%, while Volkswagen gained just under 3% and General Motors posted an increase of just under 2%, all helped by SUV sales.

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Source: Yahoo.com
MTT insight URL: http://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7145



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