BLOG ARCHIVE: ALL POSTS FOR January 2013

New Year’s Resolutions Survey: Those Who Spend Money More Likely to Keep Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions Survey: Those Who Spend Money More Likely to Keep Resolutions

One month ago, many Americans set new year’s resolutions to help them make 2013 better than 2012. In a December 31 survey, 33% of Americans said they had made new year’s resolutions and another 29 were considering it, but just 7% of respondents said they always keep their resolutions throughout the year. How many of those who set resolutions this year are still going strong?

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Vine Survey: Very Few Aware of New Mobile Video App

Vine Survey: Very Few Aware of New Mobile Video App

Last week, Twitter unveiled a brand new video app called Vine. The app has already gained some popularity, particularly among Twitter users. But how many are actually interested in such an app? And how many have already jumped on the Vine bandwagon?

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Checkout Fees Survey: Customers More Likely to Stop Using Credit Cards Than Change Where They Shop

Checkout Fees Survey: Customers More Likely to Stop Using Credit Cards Than Change Where They Shop

A recent legal settlement has made it easier for certain retailers to charge customers checkout fees when using credit cards. Stores don’t have to charge these fees if they think it will lead to loss of customers. So would credit card users be more likely to reconsider which businesses they patronize or just cut down on their credit card usage if these fees become more common?

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Higher Education Survey: Most Found College Experience Worth the Investment

Higher Education Survey: Most Found College Experience Worth the Investment

Higher education has been the subject of much debate recently. Many have said they would like college to be more affordable. But how do those who have been to college feel about their educational investments? And how many owe their careers to their higher education?

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Laptop Tablet Survey: Hybrid Device Interests Most Consumers

Laptop Tablet Survey: Hybrid Device Interests Most Consumers

With the recent release of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, many have begun wondering about the possibility of a laptop tablet hybrid, since certain models of each device have begun to take on some of the characteristics of the other. So do tablet owners show interest in laptop features and do laptop owners show interest in tablet features?

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Promoted Trends Survey: Twitter Users More Likely to Follow Trends During Major Events

Promoted Trends Survey: Twitter Users More Likely to Follow Trends During Major Events

Everyone knows that Super Bowl commercials are some of the most expensive ads money can buy. But events like the Super Bowl also tend to hike up prices for other types of ads, like those on social media. Twitter has said that it will charge more for its Promoted Trends during Super Bowl Sunday. But how often do these Promoted Trends get through to consumers? And are they more likely to pay attention to trending topics on days like Super Bowl Sunday?

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Presidential Inauguration Survey: Viewers More Likely to Follow Coverage Online

Presidential Inauguration Survey: Viewers More Likely to Follow Coverage Online

This week, many Americans tuned in to watch President Obama’s second term inauguration. And many also followed updates and coverage online, both through social media and online news sites. How many chose to follow the Inauguration in the traditional way, and how many used technology to follow the day’s events?

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Facebook Search Survey: Most Already Think Finding Data on Facebook is Easy

Facebook Search Survey: Most Already Think Finding Data on Facebook is Easy

Facebook just announced a brand new search feature that is meant to help users find information like specific people, photos, places, interests, and more. Since Facebook has collected massive amounts of data about its users and their activity, it has the potential to create a very useful tool for its users. But how do people feel about the possibilities of Facebook’s Graph Search?

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Media Violence Survey: Americans Split Over Next Step in Violence Prevention

Media Violence Survey: Americans Split Over Next Step in Violence Prevention

While Americans are debating the pros and cons of stricter gun control laws, another issue has been brought to the spotlight as well – violence in the media. How prominent are violent video games, TV shows and movies in today’s culture? And do Americans think media violence has much of an impact on violent behavior in the real world?

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New Myspace Survey: Most Have No Plans to Make New Accounts

New Myspace Survey: Most Have No Plans to Make New Accounts

The once popular social media platform Myspace is trying to make a comeback as more of a social entertainment site. But will the site’s former image help or hinder its future? And how many are interested in the entertainment features of the new Myspace?

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Gun Laws Survey: Less Than Half Knowledgeable About Local Gun Laws

Gun Laws Survey: Less Than Half Knowledgeable About Local Gun Laws

America is in the middle of a huge debate over gun control issues. Recent shooting tragedies have many Americans calling for stricter regulations, but some disagree. How many want stricter gun laws? And how closely are Americans paying attention to all the debates over these laws?

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Google Search Survey: Most Find Google Search Resources Helpful

Google Search Survey: Most Find Google Search Resources Helpful

Google has been constantly updating the way its search feature works, adding built-in answers to certain search terms directly on the search page so that users don’t necessarily have to click additional links. This practice led to an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, which has now concluded. But do some users still feel that Google has become too powerful or that it puts too much emphasis on its own products within search?

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Cheaper iPhone Survey: Current Owners More Likely to Show Interest in Cheaper Model

Cheaper iPhone Survey: Current Owners More Likely to Show Interest in Cheaper Model

Recent rumors about a cheaper version of the iPhone have had many experts and consumers talking in recent weeks. Though Apple has denied the rumors, it is an interesting concept since price has been a deterrent for many who don’t own Apple’s smartphone. But would a cheaper version of the iPhone stray too far from Apple’s brand image?

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LinkedIn Survey: More Than One Third of Job Hunters Use Networking Site

LinkedIn Survey: More Than One Third of Job Hunters Use Networking Site

Professional networking site LinkedIn recently reached 200 million users, and has also launched some new options for advertising on the site. Many use the site to look for employment or at least network for future opportunities. How many take advantage of the online job hunting and networking resources on sites like LinkedIn? And how effective might the new advertising options be?

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Targeted Commercials Survey: Not Many Advertisements Relevant to Consumer Interests

Targeted Commercials Survey: Not Many Advertisements Relevant to Consumer Interests

Online advertisers have a lot of options and ways to target consumers effectively. So now more traditional forms of advertising such as TV commercials are seeming less relevant to many viewers, but some new technology is emerging that aims to change that. How do consumers feel about targeted television commercials?

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Price Matching Survey: Deals Can Persuade Many to Shop in Stores

Price Matching Survey: Deals Can Persuade Many to Shop in Stores

Target recently announced an extension of its price matching program, which was previously only available during the holiday shopping season. Price matching programs are intended to bring more shoppers into stores who might otherwise be likely to go online to find deals. How many consumers have taken advantage of price matching offers? And how many compare prices in stores and online to find the best deals?

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Cable News Survey: About Half Watch Short News Videos Online

Cable News Survey: About Half Watch Short News Videos Online

Several online news outlets have been trying to reinvent the way Americans view news broadcasts. From short videos to actual online news shows to live streaming broadcasts, there are plenty of ways Americans can use new media to get the latest news. But has cable news viewership suffered because of it?

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Snapchat Survey: Privacy Concerns Most Photo Sharers

Snapchat Survey: Privacy Concerns Most Photo Sharers

Snapchat, a new photo and media-sharing app that allows users to share items that expire in a short amount of time, has gained a lot of popularity in recent weeks. Facebook has also released a similar app called Facebook Poke. Are privacy-concerned users interested in these types of apps? And how many already send photos and videos to family and friends?

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Mobile Commerce Survey: Few Use Mobile Devices to Shop Often

Mobile Commerce Survey: Few Use Mobile Devices to Shop Often

Over the holiday shopping season, many consumers tried out mobile shopping for the first time. In fact, design focused e-commerce platform Fab recently announced that 56% of its Christmas day revenue came from its mobile apps. Is mobile commerce becoming more mainstream? And what devices and methods do shoppers use?

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Payroll Taxes Survey: Most Feel Undercompensated for Current Jobs

Payroll Taxes Survey: Most Feel Undercompensated for Current Jobs

After Congress finally came to an agreement regarding the fiscal cliff, many Americans found out they would be seeing some changes in their paychecks due to increased payroll taxes. With a recession and many workers already feeling they are under compensated for their jobs, what kind of an impact could increased payroll taxes have?

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Gift Cards Survey: Online Gift Cards Getting More Popular

Gift Cards Survey: Online Gift Cards Getting More Popular

During the recent holiday season, many Americans gave and received gift cards in place of more traditional gifts. They’ve become more and more popular in recent years, and new types including online and mobile gift cards have become available. How many Americans gave gift cards over the holidays and how many have purchased different types of cards?

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New Year’s Resolutions Survey: Over a Third Have Goals for 2013

New Year’s Resolutions Survey: Over a Third Have Goals for 2013

With the coming of a new year, many Americans are setting goals or resolving to quit bad habits or begin new ones. New year’s resolutions have a bad reputation for being rarely kept throughout the year. But how many Americans have kept resolutions in the past? And how many have set new ones for this year?

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