Here’s the latest US stats we’ve seen around the web.

Intrigue is provided by native advertising, Alibaba hype, Twitter ads, newspapers and our obsession with our phones.

Get stuck in. And make sure you take a look at the Econsultancy Internet Statistics Compendium for more stats.

1. Alibaba IPO

There’s been so much press about Alibaba’s upcoming IPO, since it was mooted in March.

Well the company has filed its F-1 registration form this week.

According to cnet the IPO looks to be worth roughly $1bn with predictions as high as $20bn. 

Bloomberg reports Alibaba’s market value as $168bn, which is pretty darn big. 

2. Native advertising works

Sharethrough has worked with IPG Media Lab to look at native ad effectiveness using eye-tracking (200 consumers) and surveys (4770 consumers).

The study attempted to measure visual attention and brand lift for native ads including National Geographic and Southern Comfort.

The following was revealed: 

  • Consumers looked at native ads 53% more frequently than display ads.
  • 25% more consumers were seen to look at in-feed native ad placements than display ad units.
  • Native ads registered 18% higher lift in purchase intent and 9% higher lift for brand affinity responses than banner ads.
  • 32% of respondents said the native ad “is an ad I would share with a friend of family member” versus just 19% for display ads. 

Here’s a tasty infographic on the subject:

(Click to enlarge)

native ad infographic

3. Smartphone obsession

Firstly, according to figures collected by Locket, the Android app that pays users for to allow homescreen ads, the average user checks their phone around 110 times day

This comes from this digital stats blogger this week, where I picked up the next couple of figures, too. 

4. American Apparel social sales

We’ve made as much as $50,000 in one flash sale on Twitter.

That’s according to Ryan Holiday, Director of Marketing at American Apparel. 

5. Twitter ad business stutters

Quartz has given some interesting insight into Twitter’s first quarter revenue.

Although the $250m beat analyst expectations, stock fell.

This is possibly because ad revenue for each timeline view has decreased and Twitter’s user growth has been modest.

255m people use the service, up from 241m at the end of 2013.

twitter ad revenue 

6. Shopper privacy

IDC Retail Insights  published the results of its 2013 Annual Shopper Survey about relevancy and privacy.

Here are some of the findings:  

  • 53%  of shoppers would choose privacy over relevancy, and 47% vice versa.
  • But 62% believe that they do not have enough control over their privacy when it comes to retailers.
  • Only circa 50% of retailers have a formal governance process for managing “give to get” data.
  • Three in four consumers trust some non-retail brands, data aggregators such as Google included. 

7. Made-for-digital video

Americans are increasingly embracing original digital video, according to the IAB’s 2014 Original Digital Video Study

Viewers of original digital programming prefer it to news, sports and daytime programming on television, and like it almost as much as they do primetime TV. 

  • 22% of American adults watch original digital video each month. That’s 52m per month.
  • These viewing figures show a 15 percent increase from 2013.
  • The main driver for watching digital content is flexibility of viewing (41% cite this as an advantage).
  • Smartphones (by 46% of digital viewers) and tablets (by 41%) are now being used more than ever to view this sort of programming.
  • Half of digital viewers (48%) use smart TVs.

Viewing habits also differ for those watching made-for-digital content. 

  • More than half of monthly original digital video users say their viewing is unplanned.
  • For TV (online and off) this unplanned figure is one quarter.
  • Original digital video viewers conduct more social media activities related to the shows they watch online (52%) than they do for primetime TV (38%).

8. Brands mean enough, spare the celebs

WP Engine has announced the results of its WP Engine Content Creation Study.

The survey examines consumer behavior and sentiment towards brands producing their own content.

  • 62% of Americans want to see content directly from their favorite brands.
  • 44% want tips on using a brand’s products.
  • 34% want customer stories.
  • A whopping 96% don’t want celebrities parading a company’s products.

Original content

  • 46% read brand blogs.
  • Two out of five consumers prefer to read a brand blog rather than a magazine or website. 
  • 40% of consumers said that there are negative effects if brands do not produce blog content.
  • 52% prefer to go directly to the brand website, with only 25% going via social media.

9. Inflated newspaper circulation

This Poynter article is worth a read. It throws light on circulation figures that may not be as high as some outlets are reporting. 

newspaper circulation

Basically the point is that a year ago, circulation figures had to be 70% paid, so app use wasn’t included because the app is free.

However this year, it seems this rule is no longer, so the app figures are included and it appears that circulation has massively shot up. 

USA Today’s “digital nonreplica” circulation was 1,484,078 last September. However, in April 2014 the number had dropped 8%, to 1,365,388. This category reflects app use, actually contributed to an overall decline in reported circulation. (Without its new branded “butterfly” editions, USA Today’s total circulation fell since September’s report by almost 10 percent, from 2,862,229 to 2,587,103.)

But USA Today’s story celebrated the circulation figures.

…year-over-year comparisons make even less sense because app use wasn’t counted by USA Today in March 2013, when AAM’s bylaws still required 70 percent of circulation to be paid (USA Today’s apps are free). The result: USA Today’s huge, misleading year-over-year circulation jump…

10. Ecommerce to hit $371bn by 2017

Forrester’s  “US Online Retail Forecast, 2012 to 2017,” predicts online shopping will reach $371bn by 2017, hitting 10% of all retail sales.