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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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September 11, 2020 / Culture

Comscore Research Finds Audiences Getting More Comfortable with Movie Theater Experience

From Comscore
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.
September 9, 2020 / Culture

Are Men Getting Promoted Faster Than Women?

From Revelio Labs
Upward mobility is a huge concern, not just for ambitious employees, but for the workplace environment. By analyzing cohorts of employees from 1990 to 2018, we see a significant gender seniority gap that seems to be becoming smaller for younger cohorts.
September 3, 2020 / Culture

In Continued Rise More Than 60% of U.S. K-12 Public School Students Starting School “Virtually” This Fall

From Burbio
More than 60% of US K-12 public school students will be attending school remotely to start the school year, up from an estimated of 52% in early August according to a comprehensive and ongoing survey conducted by Burbio.com, a data service that aggregates school and community calendars nationwide.
September 2, 2020 / Culture

Why Are Vaccines Taking Longer Than They Should?

From Revelio Labs
There has been tremendous speculation about when a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready and what pharmaceutical companies will be involved in the manufacturing and distribution. It would be hard to find anyone whose well-being would not be dramatically improved by a vaccine.
September 2, 2020 / Business, Culture

Is the death of office space upon us?

From Big Byte Insights
As the world strives to regain some normalcy, for many people, a gradual lifting of lockdowns means a return to offices. For more than a century, workers have endured the daily commute to offices and toiled away their hours in a designated workplace.
September 1, 2020 / Culture

Over Three-Fourths of U.S. Residential Four-Year Colleges and Universities are Bringing All Students Back to Campus

From Burbio
Seventy-eight percent of US four-year colleges and universities are having all students return to campus this Fall, according to a survey of the 950 largest schools in the country by Burbio, a data service that aggregates school and community calendar information nationwide. Ten percent are inviting a portion of the students to return to campus with only twelve percent of four-year colleges offering purely ‘virtual’ experiences to their students.
August 28, 2020 / Culture

Infographic: 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Voting Preferences

From Similarweb
As one of the most important events of 2020, the upcoming U.S. presidential election will have a far-reaching impact on website monetization for news publishers and advertising networks. The race is heating up with both candidates investing heavily in paid marketing and looking to secure funding from supporters around the country.
August 28, 2020 / Culture

Pub Visits Recover to 83% of Pre-Lockdown Levels as ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ Draws to a Close

From Huq
Going to the pub or having a meal out continued to grow in popularity in the UK over August, as the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme helped to push pub visits over 83% for the first time since lockdown. Huq’s Restaurants & Pubs Index shows that footfall to pubs saw a sharp rise over the last week, reaching the new series high on Saturday (22 August) and that Government incentives appear to have given consumers more confidence about supporting their local.
August 28, 2020 / Business, Culture

8/26 Update: The Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Consumer Behavior

From Numerator
Across the country, states and cities have seen a decline in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks, making possible continued reopening procedures. As a result, we’ve seen a decrease in COVID-19’s impact on shopping behavior and the level of concern consumers have regarding the virus. After a notable spike in cases and behavioral impact in July, we are back in-line with impacts seen in May and June.
August 28, 2020 / Culture

Back To School Update – Back to School Revival?

From Placer
There are few sectors that rely on the back-to-school season to the same extent as office and school supply leaders. From Office Depot to mass merchandise leaders like Walmart, the season can drive huge returns. So, how has this season played out within the context of the COVID recovery? Context is key to understanding performance, and understanding 2019’s back-to-school season goes a long way in helping to frame the current results being seen.
August 25, 2020 / Culture

Back to school, from a distance

From PlaceIQ
It appears as though the Summer Slump continues on. In one more week, it will match the duration of the Reemergence Ramp. Traffic is mostly flat, aside from traffic to Nature & Outdoor venues (which has been cycling a bit with recent weather patterns) – and some signs of life among the lower trafficked categories, like hotels and movie theaters.
August 25, 2020 / Culture

Comscore Finds News Consumption Remains Significantly Higher Than Pre-Pandemic Levels

From Comscore
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.
August 24, 2020 / Culture

Pandemic fuels telehealth industry growth

From Second Measure
COVID-19 has catalyzed sales growth in the telehealth industry, as patients turn to online doctors as a safer and more convenient way to receive medical advice. The industry has witnessed skyrocketing year-over-year growth since March 16, the week most states issued shelter-in-place orders, and has since sustained strong growth.
August 24, 2020 / Culture

Putting in the Miles – Vacationers Lean into RV Travel

From Yodlee
The classic experience of road tripping across the country has gained momentum during the pandemic. Concerns about the potential hazards of other forms of travel have led vacationers to hit the road in a Recreational Vehicle (or RV). There are a myriad of stories of how this demand has transpired. Some travelers are looking for alternatives to hotels and view an RV as a more controlled environment.
August 20, 2020 / Culture

Back to School 101: Planning Amidst a Pandemic

From Numerator
Uncertainty is the operative word for consumers and retailers alike as the school year resumes amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Given the unpredictable nature of the situation— will students and teachers be returning to classrooms? If they do, will it last?— it’s not surprising back-to-school sales have been impacted.
August 19, 2020 / Culture

Online Brokerages Experience Boom in New Accounts During Pandemic

From Yodlee
When the going gets tough, the tough open a brokerage account. Well, that’s not exactly the saying, but that seems to be what is occurring across the country as the pandemic has set in. According to Envestnet | Yodlee spending trends data, new online brokerage accounts were opened at very high rates in March 2020, compared to the previous month. Interestingly this phenomenon has occurred across all income groups, as shown from our Income and Spending Trends Data.
August 17, 2020 / Culture

Balancing Act: With more time at home, work days and media habits merge

From Nielsen
In more ways than have yet to be realized, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the day-to-day lives of nearly every consumer the world over. This is especially true for office workers with traditional nine-to-five day jobs, where in-person meetings were the standard and the dress code called for something more formal than leisurewear.
August 13, 2020 / Culture

America Outdoors: Consumers Are Flocking to These 5 Activities

From The NPD Group
Consumers are looking for activities to help them stay occupied and healthy as COVID-19 necessitates social distancing. As a result, a number of outdoor categories have experienced explosive growth, our Retail Tracking Service data shows. Typically, June is a critical selling month for the outdoor industry. In this article, we explore five outdoor activities consumers have flocked to and analyze how June 2020 dollar sales stacked up to last year.
August 13, 2020 / Culture

Consumer research spotlights the persistence of Pizza

From PlaceIQ
Time moves differently during a Pandemic. The news is constant, cramming what would have been a week’s worth of content into a single day. But at the same time, here we are in August. Time both crawls and runs in the era of COVID. Reviewing this week’s foot traffic category indices, we were similarly struck by how long the Summer Slump has persisted. Here we are, in August, still in the thick of sustained, flat traffic.
August 10, 2020 / Culture

TikTok paves way for video editing apps

From Apptopia
When we received stay-at-home orders back in March, the app market, and social media in particular, got a huge boost. Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat and Twitter all broke their respective records for time spent in-app, globally, in March 2020. I, for one, spent too many hours scrolling through TikTok– I even made it to "beanTok" (if you know, you know). Anyway, more people than ever were tuning in to watch the latest trends, AND more people than ever were contributing to the content. How do I know?