This week’s snapshot looks at the consumption of online health content and services in Europe. Our analysis includes statistics for France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, with EU5 averages for benchmarking purposes.
While the early pandemic months dealt a blow to auto sales industry-wide in the U.S., online shopper interest in the new vehicle market has clawed back from double digit year-over-year (YOY) losses in the spring of this year to just a few percentage points shy of last year’s shopper interest in the summer (and was even up YOY in July!).
Year-over-year small business credit card application volume shrunk 41% in Q2 2020, but increased search activity signals renewed hope for the second half of 2020. New research found indications that interest from small businesses in small business credit cards may be rebounding after a loss in momentum in the first half of 2020.
A new survey of U.S. moviegoers from Comscore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a trusted partner for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms, found that audiences are feeling more confident heading to the theater thanks to the expansive safety procedures implemented by exhibitors. The survey results, captured in conjunction with Screen Engine/ASI, demonstrate another positive indicator for the global theatrical industry’s road to recovery.
While audience traffic for certain categories are returning to normal, overall news consumption remains higher than pre-pandemic levels. Data suggest that millions of Americans continue to rely on media for vital information during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Total visits to an aggregate of approximately 40 select news sites peaked during the week of April 13-19, 2020 with 8.5 billion total visits.
It has now been four full months since the World Health Organizations (WHO) declared the coronavirus a global pandemic and the digital retail category continues to fluctuate. As COVID-19 forced both kids and adults to stay at home, we initially saw surges in visitation to retail categories like “Home Furnishings” and “Consumer Electronics.”
With Covid-19 changing the ways in which U.S. audiences are using online tools for socialization and work, we are also seeing large shifts in engagement with conferencing and collaboration tools. This blog post examines trends in collaboration platforms to find insights for the industry. It is estimated that American workers typically spend 220 million minutes per month just in meetings.
While April marked the low point of engagement in 2020 to date for travel brands, Comscore’s figures showed an increase in consumer interest across several travel categories beginning in May, signaling that the industry may have started to see a recovery.
Looking at visits to hotel and home sharing sites provides a good indication of interest in holidays. In all EU5 countries there was an increase in visits in May 2020 when compared with April 2020. For Germany and Italy, the visits index jumped above March 2020 levels, with 56% and 36% increases, respectively. For Spain and France visits to hotel and home sharing sites/apps almost returned to March 2020 levels, which is positive. The UK lags behind them.
Such are the societal consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the speed at which events have unfolded, that playful variations on the calendar terms BC and AD have begun to appear in the press: if 2020 is the year of the coronavirus, then BC now stands for Before Coronavirus; AD has been replaced with AC, which stands for After Coronavirus.
The most recent data from May and early June 2020 suggest that a modest recovery in the auto industry is ongoing, with market-wide shoppers in May 2020 rising 24 percent and sales rising 57 percent from the record lows of the previous month.
Amidst stock market volatility and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research from Comscore (Nasdaq: SCOR) shows consumer interest in brokerage and investment accounts and financial education increased significantly during the first quarter of 2020 as account application and opening volumes reached all-time highs.
In Europe, 40% of respondents said that they purchased more items online, including supplies and groceries, since the pandemic began, according to the latest wave of Comscore’s Global Digital Payments Tracker.
The latest insights from Comscore (Nasdaq: SCOR), a trusted partner for planning, transacting and evaluating media across platforms, show an increase in consumer interest across several travel categories, signaling the industry may be showing signs of recovery.
For consumers in India who have been confined at home since March 24, 2020 due to stay-at-home restrictions, the internet has become their main channel to work, socialise, entertain, and explore the world.
During the five-week period, between March 23, 2020 and April 26, 2020, visits to travel sites were down as much as 70 percent vs. early February 2020. However, May 2020 data are trending in a more positive direction, at least for Airline, Hotel & Vacation Rental, and Online Travel Agent sites.
As consumers across Europe adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, Comscore data has shown that many of those confined to home have decided to tackle home improvement projects they may have been putting off. With a combination of bank holidays and the desire to improve our new home office, we have seen a significant increase in visits to online home improvement websites and apps, and this analysis will dig deeper into two of these categories.