BLOG ARCHIVE: ALL POSTS FOR March 2014

Opening Day Survey: Few Support Potential New National Holiday

Opening Day Survey: Few Support Potential New National Holiday

Today, Americans will head to their local ballparks and other establishments to take part in baseball’s annual Opening Day festivities. Each year, many people take the day off work or school because of Opening Day, and this year some have even begun petitioning to make it a national holiday. So how many watch Opening Day games either in person or on TV? And how many think it should become a national holiday?

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Virtual Reality Survey: Consumers Undecided on Facebook’s Latest Acquisition

Virtual Reality Survey: Consumers Undecided on Facebook’s Latest Acquisition

Facebook just announced the acquisition of virtual reality firm Oculus VR. The firm produces a headset called Oculus Rift, which cover the user’s eyes and respond to head movements within its virtual environment. Are American consumers interested in virtual reality? And what do people think about this latest move by Facebook?

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Email Privacy Survey: Fewer Than Half Have Read Policies

Email Privacy Survey: Fewer Than Half Have Read Policies

There’s been some controversy over email privacy in recent months. Most recently, Microsoft admitted to reading user emails to contain leaks of its products and software. Then Google announced that it is trying to beef up security for its Gmail service. But how concerned are email users about these privacy risks? And how knowledgeable are they about their provider’s policies?

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Facebook Pages Survey: Fans Like Seeing Some Brand Content on News Feed

Facebook Pages Survey: Fans Like Seeing Some Brand Content on News Feed

Facebook is reportedly changing the way business pages can reach their followers on the site. Businesses that don’t buy advertising or promote their pages can expect for even fewer of their followers to see their updates on their regular news feeds. How many Facebook users like seeing regular updates from brands? And how many have noticed a decline in these updates on Facebook?

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Twitter Survey: User Base Continues Growing After 8 Years

Twitter Survey: User Base Continues Growing After 8 Years

Twitter reached its eight-year milestone last week. Since the site first launched in 2006, people around the world have begun using it to share their own updates and receive news and input from others. How do most people use the site and how have their Twitter habits changed in the past few years?

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March Madness Survey: No Big Change in Viewership This Year

March Madness Survey: No Big Change in Viewership This Year

The annual March Madness basketball tournament kicked off this week, and fans around the country are tuning in to see if their favorite teams and bracket picks emerge victorious. Bracket challenges, both online and in person, have been a huge part of March Madness for years. How many take part in these challenges? And how many will tune in for games this year?

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Android Wear Survey: Smart Watch Buyers Likely to Choose Google

Android Wear Survey: Smart Watch Buyers Likely to Choose Google

Google has begun a new initiative called Android Wear, which will focus on new wearable tech sometimes referred to as smart watches. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch has already been released, and more versions are expected to come out in the future. How do people feel about this type of product? And how likely would they be to buy a Google smart watch?

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Amazon Prime Survey: Price Increase Already Impacting Some Members

Amazon Prime Survey: Price Increase Already Impacting Some Members

Amazon recently raised the price of its Prime service, which offers free 2-day shipping, video-streaming service, and free Kindle book rentals. The company has been considering the increase for months, but just made it official last week. How will this impact the number of Prime members? And do people still consider the offer to be a good value?

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Crowdfunding Survey: Donation Popularity Growing Steadily

Crowdfunding Survey: Donation Popularity Growing Steadily

Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter have grown steadily in recent years. Last week, the first crowdfunded feature film, The Veronica Mars Movie, was released in theaters. Since the project was announced, even more people have explored funding major projects through these crowdfunding sites. So just how many people have donated to crowdfunding projects? And how many plan to do so in the future?

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Autoplay Videos Survey: New Ads Could Impact Facebook Users

Autoplay Videos Survey: New Ads Could Impact Facebook Users

Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram have employed the use of videos that play automatically when users scroll over them on the site or app. Now, Facebook is beginning to use these autoplay videos for advertising purposes. What do consumers think about autoplay video ads? Are they effective or just more of a distraction?

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Internet Use Survey: Technology Shown Great Impact in 25 Years

Internet Use Survey: Technology Shown Great Impact in 25 Years

The World Wide Web turned 25 years old this week. The internet has completely changed the way people communicate, make purchases, and consume information. But it has also caused some people to become reliant on the technology. What do people think about their own internet use? And how much would they say it has impacted their lives?

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Google Glass Privacy Survey: Concerns Not Impacting Many Potential Buyers

Google Glass Privacy Survey: Concerns Not Impacting Many Potential Buyers

Google Glass hasn’t even been widely adopted by users yet, but some businesses have already chosen to ban the device. Their reasoning mainly deals with the fact that Google Glass users may be able to record or photograph others more discreetly than they could with a smartphone or similar device. So what do people generally think about the privacy issues surrounding Google Glass? And would it impact their interest in owning the device?

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Climate Change Survey: Americans Moderately Concerned About Environment

Climate Change Survey: Americans Moderately Concerned About Environment

Senate Democrats held an all-night talk about climate change this week. Many Americans have considered climate change to be an important issue for a number of years, but it has taken a backseat recently to other issues such as the economy. So how many Americans are still very concerned about climate change? And do they think the government has done enough to combat the issue?

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Mobile Advertising Survey: Ad Prevalence Increasing Slightly

Mobile Advertising Survey: Ad Prevalence Increasing Slightly

Facebook’s latest acquisition, mobile chatting app WhatsApp, has stirred some controversy because of its stance on mobile advertising. The app has thus far been opposed to including any ads on its platform, but has recently backtracked a bit to open up the possibility for ads in the future. Do consumers care that much about ad-free mobile apps? What are their general opinions about mobile advertising?

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Store Closings Survey: Nearly Half Shopping Less Often

Store Closings Survey: Nearly Half Shopping Less Often

Many Americans have noticed changes in their shopping malls and main streets in recent years. Brick and mortar retail stores are closing at a rapid rate, including large chains like JC Penney and Radio Shack. How many people have noticed more store closings over the past year? And how often do they still shop at these types of stores?

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CarPlay Survey: Hands Free Features Considered Helpful

CarPlay Survey: Hands Free Features Considered Helpful

Apple recently unveiled a new system, called CarPlay, which is meant to make it easier for iPhone users to connect the device to their vehicle and enable features like hands-free calling and text message dictation. Though similar features are already available in some vehicles, people have expressed safety concerns due to the potential for distractions. What do people think about smart features in vehicles? And are they concerned about safety issues at all?

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Health Care Law Survey: Opinions Becoming More Negative

Health Care Law Survey: Opinions Becoming More Negative

The new health care law has already caused many Americans to change their health insurance coverage. Some people claim those changes have been positive, but many claim they’ve been mostly negative. But how many people have been impacted by the law so far and how would they qualify the changes?

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Free Checking Accounts Survey: Credit Union Customers More Satisfied

Free Checking Accounts Survey: Credit Union Customers More Satisfied

Free checking accounts are becoming scarcer at many banks, according to a survey of financial institutions by Bankrate.com. The way that large banks and credit unions handle checking account fees differ though, according to the survey. How many Americans currently use free checking accounts? And how do those accounts vary among bank and credit card customers?

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Net Neutrality Survey: Majority Would Consider Change Unfair

Net Neutrality Survey: Majority Would Consider Change Unfair

Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers should treat all data and traffic online equally rather than charging extra or blocking certain high-bandwidth sites or services. A federal appeals court recently struck down the existing net neutrality rules that the FCC had in place, and there’s still much debate going on over what the rules should be. What do internet users think about the idea of net neutrality?

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Frequent Flier Survey: Most Compare Prices Before Buying Tickets

Frequent Flier Survey: Most Compare Prices Before Buying Tickets

Delta recently announced a major change to its frequent flier program. The change will allow users to earn points based on how much money they spend on tickets, rather than how many miles they’ve flown. The new program is expected to mainly benefit business travelers. How many people use frequent flier programs? And how might this new program impact users?

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