ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Pilon
Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.
Bitcoin Survey: Virtual Currency Gaining Some Users

Bitcoin Survey: Virtual Currency Gaining Some Users

PayPal announced this week that it will begin accepting payments from customers that use Bitcoin. Bitcoin is an internet-based system of currency that isn’t regulated by any government authority or official banking institutions. Though Bitcoin has been around for awhile, this step is likely to have a big impact on its usage. So just how many have used Bitcoin or other virtual currencies? And how many are interested in doing so?

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iPhone 6 Survey: Nearly Half Considering New Devices

iPhone 6 Survey: Nearly Half Considering New Devices

Apple has now sold over 10 million models of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both of the new models are larger and come with a few other new features and options. But the iPhone has been a popular smartphone line for years, so plenty of loyal customers will continue buying new models no matter what. How many are still interested in buying the iPhone 6 models? And how many of them are already loyal iPhone customers?

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Ello Survey: Users Mostly Still Satisfied With Facebook

Ello Survey: Users Mostly Still Satisfied With Facebook

Ello is a new ad-free social networking site that’s built on the premise of being the anti-Facebook. For years, Facebook has dominated the social media world. And in that time it has built up a huge database of user information that it now uses to target advertisements and similar materials. So some users are now looking for a site that won’t collect or use their information in this way. Could Ello fill the void for such a site? Or are users generally happy enough with Facebook to stick with it?

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Alibaba Survey: Nearly Half Have Heard of Online Platform

Alibaba Survey: Nearly Half Have Heard of Online Platform

Alibaba, a global online marketplace for shopping and sourcing, has made headlines lately thanks to its $231 billion IPO. And the company is making some other changes, some of which are aimed at making Alibaba more relevant to customers in the US and other countries. But how likely are American shoppers to do business with a company they probably haven’t dealt with before?

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3D Printing Survey: Awareness, Use for Technology Increasing

3D Printing Survey: Awareness, Use for Technology Increasing

3D printing is still a relatively new concept for many Americans. Consumer 3D printer devices just recently became commercially available. And now the UPS store has even announced plans to make 3D printers available for customer use in stores. So just how many people are interested in using 3D printing? And what do they think about its future?

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Flood Wall Street Survey: Most Concerned About Impact of Corporations

Flood Wall Street Survey: Most Concerned About Impact of Corporations

A new wave of protests has hit New York this week. Flood Wall Street is a movement aimed at calling attention to and stopping the role that large corporations play in the progression of climate change. So what do the majority of Americans think about how businesses impact the environment? And do they think these latest protests will help?

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Apple Pay Survey: Smartphone Users Considering New Payment Method

Apple Pay Survey: Smartphone Users Considering New Payment Method

Apple recently introduced a new digital payment method called Apple Pay. The system would basically allow iPhone users to add their payment information to their phones and then use that instead of credit or debit cards. How many would be interested in using mobile payment methods? And how many are generally interested in Apple Pay?

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Student Loans Survey: More Future Students Plan to Use Loans

Student Loans Survey: More Future Students Plan to Use Loans

The amount of student loan debt in the US is increasing. Currently, about 19% of student loan borrowers owe $50,000 or more. But even though higher education can lead to massive amounts of debt, people still seem to think that a college degree is necessary, and thus worth the cost. So how many people are currently dealing with student loan debt? And how could those numbers grow in the future?

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Phone Upgrades Survey: New Options Not Leading to More Frequent Upgrades

Phone Upgrades Survey: New Options Not Leading to More Frequent Upgrades

Several mobile carriers have released innovative new phone options in recent weeks, including Apple’s long-awaited announcement for its iPhone 6. And with all these new options, there are likely a lot of mobile customers who would like to upgrade from their current model. So just how often do most people upgrade their mobile phones and cell phone contracts?

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Job Market Survey: Outlook, Opinions Not Changing Quickly

Job Market Survey: Outlook, Opinions Not Changing Quickly

The latest numbers on the US job market are in, and they’re pretty encouraging. American now reportedly has nearly 5 million job openings, and the signs point to those numbers continuing to improve. So how do Americans feel about the current job market? And have their opinions changed at all over the past year?

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Apple Watch Survey: Current Customers Somewhat Interested in New Device

Apple Watch Survey: Current Customers Somewhat Interested in New Device

Last week, Apple made the much-anticipated announcement about its first smart watch. The Apple Watch is intended to connect with the user’s iPhone and work with apps much like a wearable smartphone. It’s not the first smart watch or wearable tech devices, but none of the other devices have been widely adopted just yet. So how many are interested in purchasing Apple’s version?

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Spotify Ads Survey: Most Prefer Ads Over Monthly Fees

Spotify Ads Survey: Most Prefer Ads Over Monthly Fees

Music streaming service Spotify recently announced a mobile advertising program that will allow users to watch a quick ad in exchange for about a half hour of free music. Previously, mobile users had to pay a monthly fee in order to access Spotify’s service on mobile devices. So what do Spotify users think about this offering and about mobile ads in general?

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Shopping Security Survey: Breaches Increasing Concerns for Shoppers

Shopping Security Survey: Breaches Increasing Concerns for Shoppers

Home Depot recently confirmed that hackers broke into the stores systems to gain access to customers’ payment information. This isn’t the first breach of this kind to impact shoppers – Target made headlines at the end of last year when hackers stole payment information from the store’s holiday shoppers. How many people are worried about shopping security thanks to incidents like these?

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Facebook Messenger Survey: Privacy Concerns Impacting Users

Facebook Messenger Survey: Privacy Concerns Impacting Users

Facebook has privacy advocates concerned yet again, this time because of some terms and conditions associated with the Facebook Messenger app. Facebook recently separated the messaging feature entirely from its mobile app, but many have not signed up for the Messenger app because of privacy concerns. So how do users feel about Facebook privacy and the Messenger app?

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Twitpic Survey: Few Continue to Use the Photo Sharing App

Twitpic Survey: Few Continue to Use the Photo Sharing App

Photo sharing application Twitpic recently announced that it will shut down later this month, citing trademark issues with Twitter. Twitpic initially gained popularity in the early days of Twitter before the site offered its own way to add photos to tweets. So sites and apps like Twitpic have been losing plenty of users in recent years anyway. How many have continued using Twitpic? And what do they think about the trademark issue surrounding its closure?

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Cloud Technology Survey: Understanding Slowly Increasing

Cloud Technology Survey: Understanding Slowly Increasing

Cloud technology is certainly prominent for many tech users today, but there’s still some confusion and concerns surrounding it. While privacy and security are common concerns with many tech-related concepts, many people still don’t fully understand what cloud technology is. So how many currently use this type of technology? And how many have concerns or confusion surrounding it?

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Autoplay Videos Survey: Most Dislike Videos, Few Have Changed Settings

Autoplay Videos Survey: Most Dislike Videos, Few Have Changed Settings

A few months ago, Facebook began implementing autoplay videos into its news feed. So when users scroll through their feed and come across a video, it plays automatically without them opting to do so. While some like the feature, others have noticed some ill effects – particularly smartphone users, who are at risk of going over their allotment of monthly data because of all the video playing. So what is the general consensus on autoplay videos? And have opinions changed at all in the last few months?

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CVS Health Survey: Tobacco Ban Not Likely to Cause Many Losses

CVS Health Survey: Tobacco Ban Not Likely to Cause Many Losses

CVS is in the process of rebranding its image to be more health-conscious. Under its new name, CVS Health, the stores will no longer sell cigarettes or tobacco products. This will likely lead to some losses for the chain, but it expects those losses to be minor. How many people will be affected by the tobacco ban at CVS stores? And what do people think of it from a business standpoint?

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Health Food Survey: Nearly All Think Healthy Food Costs More

Health Food Survey: Nearly All Think Healthy Food Costs More

Americans are increasingly concerned with health issues. But while there are seemingly more health food options available today, there are also plenty of stores and restaurants that are increasing portion sizes and adding unhealthy ingredients. And many of these options are less expensive than their healthy counterparts. So what do Americans think about their current healthy food options? And how many are even interested in health food?

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Twitch Survey: Video Game Streaming a Growing Industry

Twitch Survey: Video Game Streaming a Growing Industry

Amazon just paid hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire video game streaming service Twitch. Twitch is a platform that allows gamers to watch other gamers play and talk about their favorite games. While watching other people play video games might not seem very exciting to those outside the gaming community, it certainly is a growing industry. How many have already used services like Twitch to learn about new games? And how many could be interested in the future?

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Drone Delivery Survey: Shoppers Already Satisfied With Delivery Speeds

Drone Delivery Survey: Shoppers Already Satisfied With Delivery Speeds

Google recently joined the list of tech companies experimenting with drone delivery for online orders. Since online shopping has become so common and delivery speeds have been an issue for some shoppers, businesses are always looking for ways to get products to customers in the fastest way possible. So what do people think about the possibility of drone deliveries?

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Direct Mail Survey: Consumers Still Recieving Plenty of Promotions

Direct Mail Survey: Consumers Still Recieving Plenty of Promotions

Businesses have so many different ways to communicate with consumers, thanks in part to new technology. But that means that some of the more traditional methods of promotion, such as direct mail, may not be quite as widely used. So just how much has the direct mail industry changed over the last couple of years? And how do consumers feel about direct mail compared do other forms of promotion?

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Kids’ Meals Survey: Consumers Split Over Proposed Legislation

Kids’ Meals Survey: Consumers Split Over Proposed Legislation

The New York City Council recently introduced legislation that would ban fast food restaurants from offering toys in kids’ meals if the food includes more than 500 calories and more than 600 milligrams of sodium. Kids’ meals at fast food restaurants have included toys for years, and it’s provided an incentive for kids to buy these meals. So what do consumers think about the proposed legislation?

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Recycling Survey: More Than Half Recycle Often

Recycling Survey: More Than Half Recycle Often

The environment continues to be a huge concern for many Americans. Recycling has been one easy way that anyone can people can help reduce their carbon footprints. But not everyone takes advantage of that opportunity. So just how prevalent is recycling in America today? And is there anything that can be done to increase those numbers?

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Menu Variety Survey: Diners More Concerned With Food Quality

Menu Variety Survey: Diners More Concerned With Food Quality

Some restaurants are rethinking their menu strategies. For years, restaurants aimed to have as many options as possible for diners. But now that thought process is changing, as restaurants are aiming to cut down a bit on the variety of options in favor of focusing on fewer items of higher quality. So what do diners think about each of these two philosophies?

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