It’s Friday and that means it’s time for us to trawl our inboxes to pluck out the finest infographic we’ve seen this week.
This time around the winner is Monetate with a graphic that looks at traveller preferences to determine the best times during the booking process to offer upsells and cross-sells.
For example, 45% of people who book hotels online say that they'd prefer to receive ancillary offers after choosing their hotel, but prior to booking.
Ecommerce plays a major role in allowing consumers to both research and make travel purchases, with as much as 75% of holiday planning taking place online.
New research from JiWire also shows that consumers are increasingly using mobile devices for their travel research, as 56% of consumers use their laptop to research travel options, compared to 49% on tablet and 48% on smartphone.
Here are some of the most interesting digital marketing stats we've seen this week.
Stats include social advertising in the alcohol industry, a drop in Facebook usage, consumer loyalty, barriers to mobile payment adoption and Google News.
For more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.
In the varied world of ecommerce no two product pages are exactly the same, though there are a number of features that many sites have in common.
We previously looked in detail at the kind of tools retailers should consider including to help boost their conversion rates, including product videos, large images and user reviews.
And in this post I’ve tracked down 10 retailers that have excellent product pages for one reason or another. None of them is perfect, however each has several features that make them examples you can learn from.
Budweiser proved to be the king of alcohol advertising in Q1 by achieving more than half of total social shares.
The beer company’s 'Brotherhood' ad was shared 2.4 million times compared to 970,000 for little-known vodka brand Neft’s ad, 'Bad Motherf***er'.
According to Unruly’s data, Bud’s advert accounted for 59% of total alcohol ad shares in Q1, despite the fact that it isn’t really the kind of creative one would normally associate with beer ads.
It’s a sickly sweet tale of one man’s relationship with his horse, which is a far cry from the usual light-hearted ads beer companies usually go for, including Bud’s previous “Wassup” efforts.
When researching their next holiday or business trip consumers are just as likely to turn to their mobile device as they are to use a laptop, according to new research from JiWire.
However laptops are still by far the most popular device when it comes to actually making a purchase.
The new report into mobile’s role in the travel industry shows that 56% of consumers use their laptop to research travel options, compared to 49% on tablet and 48% on smartphone.
This underlines the fact that travel agents and hotels need to have a mobile optimised site or app to cater for changing consumer behaviours.
Much was written about the predicted boom in mobile payments last year, but it still seems to be some way from becoming an every day payment method.
NFC and mobile wallets were all set to become commonplace following a successful trial at the Olympics, but despite the increasing use of contactless bank cards I’m yet to see anyone pay for anything using their mobile phone.
However new research into consumer attitudes suggests that people are slowly edging towards accepting the technology.
A survey of 2,006 consumers by eDigitalResearch found that 39% of respondents had seen a contactless payment point, up from just 15% in May 2012.
It’s time again for us to shine a light on how one of the world’s biggest brands use the four main social networks.
However unlike in previous weeks when we’ve focused on consumer brands such as Coca-Cola, BMW, Red Bull and Nike, this week the subject is The Rolling Stones.
The Stones are obviously very different from the other brands we’ve looked at in that they have a dedicated, global fan base, but they’ve still got to try and maximise their revenue by flogging concert tickets and merchandise.
With ticket prices what they are this is no easy task, particularly when targeting younger fans who won’t be as familiar with the band as older generations.
But social media allows them to bridge this gap to an extent and make the wrinkly rockers appear relevant and in tune with younger audiences.
So to find out exactly how they’re doing it, here’s a look at how The Rolling Stones use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+...
Pinterest is no longer the darling of the social media world, but its relationship with brands has become cosier recently with the launch of its business pages and new updates that enable companies to show product information on their pins.
The power of Pinterest as a tool for driving traffic and sales is an issue we’ve investigated extensively on the blog, as well publishing a Best Practice Guide on the subject.
However some brands remain unconvinced and either don’t have an account on the social network or give their pages limited attention.
So to find out who is yet to jump on the bandwagon, here is a look at how the top 10 US retailers use Pinterest...
Only 15% of British consumers believe strongly that it pays to be loyal to their favourite brands, according to a new survey by Epsilon.
However if brands can offer what consumers want – which half of respondents identified as being value and quality in the products or services they are offered – they have a good chance of encouraging customers to remain loyal.
The research, which was conducted among 419 British respondents, also shows that the recession appears to have made UK shoppers more frugal.
More than half (57%) of respondents said that they will shop around to find the best deal and just (15%) are prepared to pay the premium for luxury products and new-to-market products.
Looking at what drives repeat purchases, just over a quarter (28%) of British customers see rewards programmes as an incentive to secure their loyalty.
We’ve been keen exponents of Google Hangouts for some time here at Econsultancy as they’re a great way of sharing content and promoting our brand.
In recent weeks we’ve hosted several Hangouts as part of our preparations for Integrated Marketing Week which has helped us to identify and iron out a few bugs with the system.
Our head of social Matt Owen has become something of an expert on Hangouts as a result and yesterday blogged his tips for hosting a successful event.
Currently I feel that Hangouts are one of the few reasons for bothering with G+ as user interaction with brand updates is generally extremely low.
And on the same theme, here are six examples of other brands that have been experimenting with Google Hangouts...