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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.

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October 23, 2020 / Culture

COVID’s Urban Exodus

From Earnest Research
The COVID-19 pandemic has done more than change consumer habits; it has resulted in a mass migration out of urban centers across the country. Using our Foot Traffic data, we analyzed migration patterns in and out of cities before and during the pandemic to understand just how this exodus occurred.
October 23, 2020 / Culture

What Work From Home Statistics Say About the Future of Work

From Indeed
The world of work is always changing, but 2020 has brought unimaginable shifts in where and how many of us do our jobs. Although only 8% of employees worked remotely full-time prior to COVID-19, this number quadrupled to 35% by May 2020. So what have we learned from this massive experiment in working from home and how can these remote work insights shape the future of work?
October 22, 2020 / Culture

Gap in Digital Ad Spending Narrows for Trump, Biden, as Election Approaches

From Pathmatics
The Trump campaign outspent Biden nearly two-fold from July through September. But, throughout September and October, we've seen the two campaigns battle public attention, starting with a series of back-to-back, YouTube takeovers, followed by a reported uptick in television ads from the Biden campaign.
October 22, 2020 / Culture

American Dream & Workout Anytime

From Placer
In this Placer Bytes, we dive into the initial data from the reopening of the American Dream mall and a fitness player’s unique positioning. With many assuming the American Dream was going to be a flop, there are signs from the mall’s reopening that could be strong.
October 20, 2020 / Culture

Election 2020: A battleground ballot

From Kantar Media
Mere weeks ahead of Election Day, a global pandemic continues apace, an economic and social justice crisis continues to roil the country and one of the most contentious Presidential races in American history is on the horizon. There has already been record turnout for early voting, however the candidates are still spending big to sway those who have not yet cast their ballots.
October 16, 2020 / Culture

Online health in Europe

From Comscore
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.
October 14, 2020 / Culture

Fitness Recovery Update

From Placer
In April, we made the argument that fitness could be one of the sectors to bounce back fastest – a bold claim at the time. The idea was that an extended period of being “stuck at home” could actually increase our longing for the gym. But, after months of watching the sector struggle as a whole, we backtracked and left even the strongest players off of our updated expected 2020 winners list.
October 12, 2020 / Culture

Students Laying Low: Impact of Pandemic on University Life Revealed

From Huq
Campuses across the UK are fast becoming ghost towns as students swerve physical University attendance in favour of remote working. While Autumn traditionally sees universities buzzing with freshers week and the start of a new academic year, Huq’s data shows that attendance is struggling to get beyond 22% of normal term time.
October 8, 2020 / Culture

Parks: One of the few beneficiaries of the COVID-19 pandemic

From Tej Seth
During Covid, many countries experienced atypical visitation patterns. Some countries experienced a 50% decline in park traffic while others experienced an increase of up to 90% year-over-year. As people adjusted to the new normal there was an acceleration in park visitation globally. Meanwhile, park traffic in tourist destinations suffered more meaningfully.
October 7, 2020 / Culture

Be All You Can Be? Does The Military Fast-Track Your Career?

From Revelio Labs
For years, the US military has promoted the idea that the armed forces is an effective launching pad to leadership positions. We wanted to dig into this presumption and explore whether those with military backgrounds really get more senior positions once they enter the corporate world. By tracking the careers of both veterans and non-veterans, we see how military service affects seniority when compared to civilians.
October 7, 2020 / Culture

An Updated Analysis of Litigation Caused By COVID-19

From Lex Machina
As COVID-19 continues to affect so many aspects of life, disputes caused by COVID-19 have increased and evolved. Lex Machina is tracking cases that have been filed due to the coronavirus health crisis or related societal changes. Previously, we tracked new litigation caused by COVID-19 for federal district court cases filed March 1 through May 2, 2020 and provided an update looking at March 1 through July 4, 2020.
October 6, 2020 / Culture

Southern South America: What can we expect during a La Niña year?

From aWhere
With a La Niña event already arriving, aWhere analysts reviewed what a typical La Niña year looks like in southern regions of South America. Looking at aWhere’s historical, observed data for the 2011-2012 La Niña event, we can better understand the implications for rainfall patterns and the challenges this region could face. Agriculture in this area is an important economic activity and it was greatly impacted by the 2011-2012 La Niña event. We will examine this in more depth in this report.
September 30, 2020 / Culture

Is The College Brain Drain Depleting Your Home State?

From Revelio Labs
For decades, many states feared that they were losing their best talent to other states with prestigious universities. This “brain drain” as it’s been known to be called, has in part been attributed to the trend of people finding work close to where they attend school. By tracking individuals who provide information about their high school education, their college education, and their first job, we see a remarkable reversal of this trend.
September 28, 2020 / Culture

Internet speeds recover above pre-COVID-19 levels.

From Claire Chen
According to data from Ookla, the quality of US mobile and fixed internet networks suffered as a result of COVID-19. As individual states implemented mandatory lockdowns and Americans spent more time indoors, internet consumption surged resulting in a virtual traffic jam. Streaming entertainment, video-conferencing, and social-media are the main culprits.
September 28, 2020 / Culture

Childcare Jobs, Parenting During COVID-19, and What It All Means for Employers

From Indeed
As the coronavirus crisis drags on, bringing with it more social distancing requirements and continued disruptions to the workplace, a crucial piece of the puzzle remains unsolved: childcare. Though some schools and daycare centers have reopened, many are still conducting classes entirely online, and almost none are back to their pre-COVID capacities. Even families with support are still struggling with parenting during COVID-19.
September 23, 2020 / Culture

On The Basis Of Sex: How Has The Legal Profession Changed?

From Revelio Labs
As the country mourns the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, we remark on the influence she had on gender equality for all Americans. This influence was perhaps most pronounced in her own profession.
September 23, 2020 / Culture

Sportsbook apps hit record downloads on back of Barstool Sportsbook launch

From Apptopia
Thanks in part to the launch of Penn Sports Interactive’s newest sportsbook app, Barstool Sportsbook, sportsbook apps hit their all-time high for downloads in a single day on September 20th. Downloads jumped 209% from 2017 to 2018 and then 224% from 2018 to 2019. The US federal ban on sports betting was lifted In May 2018, spurring this growth.
September 21, 2020 / Culture, Economy

UK ‘Commute Economy’ Recovers 2x Faster than London

From Huq
Residents in Birmingham, Bristol and Sheffield have been some of the fastest to return to workplaces, with office attendance climbing to almost 50% of YOY levels in each city. However, working from home appears to have become a new way of life for Londoners, as levels at languish around 20%. Commuting in cities outside London have been witnessing a fast recovery since the start of July as offices and workplaces were allowed to open up again.
September 17, 2020 / Culture

Gym-goers Enthusiastic But Recovery Stuck at 65pts

From Huq
Indications show that the recovery of the UK Health & Fitness sector bounced back rapidly following the end of lockdown, with gyms, spas and fitness studios across the UK seeing up to 65% of last year’s levels consistently throughout much of August and September. According to Huq’s ‘Big 6 Consumer Index’, gyms, spas and fitness studios across the UK dropped quickly and firmly to negligible attendance during lockdown, followed by a sharp increase when they were allowed to open once again in late July.
September 11, 2020 / Culture

The Tricky Business of Treats this Halloween

From Numerator
As summer winds down and fall quickly approaches, consumers and brands alike are turning their focus toward all things autumn. One question on many minds is what 2020 holds for Halloween, a holiday certain to look different amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Will there be trick-or-treating? If not, will consumers still look for some way to celebrate?