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Ho-Ho-Holiday Shopping Trends 2018

Ho-Ho-Holiday Shopping Trends 2018

Wait, what? Seem like we are still eating the leftover Halloween candy yet Thanksgiving is just days away. And with the arrival of Thanksgiving comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday. If you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, the time is now to take advantage of in-store doorbusters and online deals. This is also the season for surveys about the holiday season, read on for AYTM’s contribution. We surveyed 1,000 US consumers about all things holiday shopping.

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: A Look at Coffee Drinker Habits

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: A Look at Coffee Drinker Habits

November is here, holiday decorations have been in stores for weeks, and we are well into pumpkin spice season. The media loves to hate on pumpkin spice but food manufacturers have doubled down with products such as pumpkin spice hummus and pumpkin spice popcorn hitting the shelves. Is this a trend that is on its way out, or has pumpkin spice earned its place in the annals of flavor history? Time to check in with 1,000 US coffee drinkers and gauge their opinions on seasonal food and drink.

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Halloween 2018 Trends — Wakanda Forever and Don’t Send in the Clowns

Halloween 2018 Trends — Wakanda Forever and Don’t Send in the Clowns

It’s time to get spooky! Which costumes are scary good and which ones are getting booed this Halloween? We surveyed 1,000 US adults who will be dressing up this year to find out whether they will be DIY-ing or buying their costumes, and which costumes they feel should RIP. Find out if this year’s costumes are tricks or treats, plus is 2018 the year that cute costumes put scary ones six feet under?

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Streamers, Binge Watchers, and Live TV Junkies — The Habits of Today’s TV Watchers

Streamers, Binge Watchers, and Live TV Junkies — The Habits of Today’s TV Watchers

The Fall TV season is upon us. This Is Us viewers don’t have long to wait to find out if we are traveling backward or forward in time in the lives of the Pearsons. Sons of Anarchy fans have FX’s new series Mayans M.C. to look forward to. New NBC series Manifest looks to appeal to Lost fanatics. Netflix is premiering Maniac and Good Cop both full of star power. TV viewers have a lot to choose from when it comes to what fills their screens and the type of service they will use to watch.

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Survey Reveals How Books Have Influenced Us

Survey Reveals How Books Have Influenced Us

Thinking back to when you were young — was there a book that touched you, that you feel influenced your life choices as you grew up? Maybe a book that became a favorite and is still on your bookshelf today (for more information on hard copy books on bookshelves see Our Relationship with Books — It’s Complicated) Or what about those books that made their mark because they were a struggle to get through in school – for me it was The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. I still have no idea what that book was about, but I digress.

We were curious to find out which books consumers felt were influential in their lives, so we surveyed 1,000 respondents to find out. There was no shortage of strong opinions about books, read on to find out what our respondents had to say.

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Our Relationship with Books — It’s Complicated! Survey Says

Our Relationship with Books — It’s Complicated! Survey Says

Books — they are ubiquitous in our lives from childhood favorites to college textbooks to your Mom’s well-worn cookbook that sits on the counter in your kitchen to the newest thriller you just can’t put down. Chances are that somewhere in your home there are bookshelves with actual paper books on them. You may also have a Kindle or listen to books on your phone. And you probably have a library card.

We surveyed 1,000 consumers about their reading preferences — what are they currently reading, where are they reading it, and what format do they prefer? So get comfortable in your favorite chair, you know, the one you sit in to read a good book, and settle in for a good read about reading.

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Back to School Shopping is a Must – Survey Reveals

Back to School Shopping is a Must – Survey Reveals

School is back in session – and with August being the go to month for back to school shopping many are out and about buying what they need for the upcoming school year. Whether you’re a parent of a child going to kindergarten or one going into college or just a college student, shopping for back to school is a trend that can’t be ignored.

AYTM surveyed 1000 respondents who identify as back to school shoppers to get to the bottom of what school shopping is all about.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: What’s the deal with a 36 hour sale?

Amazon Prime Day 2018: What’s the deal with a 36 hour sale?

Amazon Prime Day, forever known as the Black Friday of internet sales, kicked off It’s sale on July 16th for a total of 36 hours. This was Amazon’s 3rd year conducting it’s yearly sale to only it’s Prime members. We surveyed 1,000 respondents to analyze how consumers shopped on Prime Day.

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Summertime and the Weddings Are Plenty

Summertime and the Weddings Are Plenty

Summer is here and with it comes wedding season. Summertime is the hottest (in all senses of the word) time to get married. AYTM surveyed over 600 consumers who recently got married or who are  planning their upcoming wedding to find out the latest wedding trends. We asked about wedding themes, locations and venues, who gets invited, best sites for wedding inspiration, and how much the whole extravaganza is going to cost..

The results were as follows – 

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Living the Ruff Life – A Portrait of Dog Ownership

Living the Ruff Life – A Portrait of Dog Ownership

For many thousands of years, humans and dogs have lived together harmoniously. Whether through hunting wild game, guarding livestock, or providing companionship, dogs have secured a permanent place in our hearts. What motivates today’s dog owners to get a dog? How much money do they spend on their dog per month/year? Does their dog sleep in bed with them? We surveyed 1,000 dog owners to find out.

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Cause and Effect: Supporting Brands that Support Social Causes

Cause and Effect: Supporting Brands that Support Social Causes

Movements such as #metoo and Times Up, as well as issues of gun control and climate change are on the minds of consumers. For many brands, social responsibility has become a differentiator in the marketplace. So much so that spurred by recent events, both Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods raised the minimum age for gun buyers to 21. Even brands like the New England Patriots –with the loan of the team jet to the fly the Parkland High School students to the March for Our Lives — are openly supporting social causes.

Do brand’s socially-responsible initiatives resonate with consumers? Are consumers taking their personal views on social causes into account when making purchase decisions? We surveyed 1,000 consumers to find out the answers to these questions and more.

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Super Bowl LII Proves that Celebrities Rule, Cable is Still King and Netflix Failed

Super Bowl LII Proves that Celebrities Rule, Cable is Still King and Netflix Failed

With 103.4 million viewers tuning in to watch Super Bowl LII, so it’s no surprise that it reigns as the most watched program in TV history. But where were people watching the game and what really caught their attention? Market research platform AYTM surveyed 1,000 respondents about these questions and more.

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Valentine’s Day: A Difference in Celebration

Valentine’s Day: A Difference in Celebration

This year 76% of consumers plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th. A day known for celebrating  love, chocolates and everything heart shaped. In a recent AYTM survey of 1,000 respondents we found that age and gender affect the holiday the most when it comes to decision making.

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Bitcoin: The Latest Investment in the Future

Bitcoin: The Latest Investment in the Future

Bitcoin’s rise to popularity in 2017 was more than astounding and now entering into 2018 many are looking to Bitcoin with much enthusiasm. With the popularity of cryptocurrency on the rise, AYTM wanted to dive deeper and understand what consumers are thinking.

We took this opportunity to survey 1,000 respondents to better understand how consumers are seeing Bitcoin as well as other cryptocurrencies.

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Consumer Trends 2018

Consumer Trends 2018

Every year when the New Year approaches our hearts are filled with optimism thinking “this is the year I am going to get stuff done” or “this is the year everything is going to be better.” With that in mind many are already making big plans for the upcoming year.

In a recent AYTM survey of 1,000 US residents we found that many have major plans for 2018 including traveling (42%), buying a car (27%), moving (16%) and changing employment (16%). Let’s take a look at the data to see just how people plan to spend the next 365 days.

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3 Ways to Make a Commitment to Sustainability Your Customers Want to See

3 Ways to Make a Commitment to Sustainability Your Customers Want to See

When big oil companies start threading sustainability into their business plans, you know it’s time for you to get serious about this issue, too. According to a report by the research group Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the largest oil companies in the world — ExxonMobil, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Total — slashed their greenhouse gas emissions by a combined 56.7 million tons in the past five years.

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New Year’s Differs for Married Couples

New Year’s Differs for Married Couples

Since the conception of spending New Years in Time Square in 1904, many have traveled, watched and participated in watching the ball drop at midnight. Speculations of who you are going to kiss, what you should be doing for luck in the New Year and how you can accomplish your resolutions all arise during New Year’s Eve. 

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Holiday Travel Trends 2017

Holiday Travel Trends 2017

Holiday travel has forever been depicted as hectic, with families and friends running through airports and scrambling to pack bags.

Since holiday travel is universally known to be a bit of an insane time of year, AYTM dove into preparation plans for this travel season.

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Despite Call for Christmas Music, Many Put Trees up After Thanksgiving

Despite Call for Christmas Music, Many Put Trees up After Thanksgiving

With the seasonal smell of peppermint in the air, avid holiday shoppers prepping for Black Friday, and the Mariah Carey Christmas album blaring in retail stores, it seems Americans are not as inclined to put up their trees before Thanksgiving despite popular belief.

AYTM surveyed 1,000 consumers in the U.S.  on when they plan to begin decorating for Christmas. The results may surprise you.

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Hershey’s New Gold Bar Release Steps Up to the Plate

Hershey’s New Gold Bar Release Steps Up to the Plate

Forget Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Hershey’s is blowing the top off the industry with its newest candy bar release—Hershey’s Gold. A first for the company in more than 20 years, the new bar is set to release in December and is sure to be a sweet holiday unveil. The surprise, of course, is that the Gold bar is different from its sugary predecessors…its void of chocolate but chock-full of caramel, peanuts, and pretzels.

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‘Tis the Season to Shop: Holiday Buying Trends of 2017

‘Tis the Season to Shop: Holiday Buying Trends of 2017

The holidays are upon us which means shopping has begun! From the popular iPhone X, to the creepy but intriguing Hatchimal, to the “Marty McFly”-esc LED Sky Board, there’s no doubt people are opening up their wallets this holiday. In fact, according to CNBC, Deloitte projects retail holiday sales will top $1 trillion within the next three months, resulting in a 4.5% increase from last year.

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Netflix Proves It’s Still the Original Binge Hub

Netflix Proves It’s Still the Original Binge Hub

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Netflix has now become a portal for the digital age allowing users to access thousands of shows and movies with just a click of a button. When asked, users of Netflix claimed they consume 15- 20 hours of TV per week with 30% of users stating they consume more than 20 hours of TV a week. With recent brands beginning to offer their own streaming services, some have questioned if Netflix will survive with its original series and films.

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Study Shows Black Panther Poised for a Big Opening Weekend

Study Shows Black Panther Poised for a Big Opening Weekend

The release of the newest trailer for Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther movie had the internet buzzing this week! AYTM decided to find out just how far the excitement over Black Panther reaches, so we surveyed 1,000 American adults (balanced by age and gender) to get some insights into the newest phase of the Marvel craze.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Leaves Us in the Dark Just Enough

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Leaves Us in the Dark Just Enough

Billions of fans are eagerly anticipating the release of Star Wars: The Last (although not quite the last) Jedi, hitting theaters this week. Diehard junkies since its 1977 inception—and even newly inducted fair weather fans—all want answers after the box office blowout, The Force Awakens, ended (spoiler alert) with a cloaked and broken Luke Skywalker gazing off of a literal and figurative cliff.

So, what’s in store for the next iteration of one of the most iconic sci-fi series in film history? Did Kylo Ren, the series’ newest villain, die in the last installment? What’s a “Porg”? And most importantly, who’s Rey’s father?

All of these questions will be answered and discussed ad nauseam over copious amounts of spiked egg nog this holiday. But how is the newly released trailer resonating with fans so far? We asked 1,000 respondents to take their first peak at The Last Jedi. Here’s what we found.

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20 Most Popular Halloween Costumes for 2017 Revealed

20 Most Popular Halloween Costumes for 2017 Revealed

Curious which Halloween costumes you’ll be seeing a lot of this year? AYTM surveyed 1,000 American adults to learn which will be the most popular Halloween costumes in 2017. If you don’t want to dress like everyone else, there is still time to switch your costume to something less on-trend. Read more