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  • One-Quarter of US Households Live Without Cable, Satellite TV Reception – New GfK Study
    • 07/13/16
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Technology
    • Media Measurement
    • Connected Consumer
    • Tech Trends
    • United States
    • English

    One-Quarter of US Households Live Without Cable, Satellite TV Reception – New GfK Study

    New findings from GfK show that US TV households are embracing alternatives to cable and satellite reception. Levels of broadcast-only reception and Internet-only video subscriptions have both risen over the past year, with fully one-quarter (25%) of all US TV households now going without cable and satellite reception.

  • GfK Names Kennedy to Lead Optics POS Team in North America
    • 07/12/16
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • United States
    • English

    GfK Names Kennedy to Lead Optics POS Team in North America

    GfK has appointed James Kennedy – a seasoned GfK team leader and client liaison – to guide its division monitoring Optics retail sales and fitting experiences in North America.

  • At OmniShopper Conference, GfK to Share Best Practices for Mobile Shopping Activation, POS Promotions
    • 07/07/16
    • Retail
    • Point of Sales Tracking
    • Point of Sales Analytics
    • Shopper
    • United States
    • English

    At OmniShopper Conference, GfK to Share Best Practices for Mobile Shopping Activation, POS Promotions

    At next week’s OmniShopper conference in Chicago, GfK presenters will focus on two essential topics for great shopper marketing today – making the most of mobile marketing and increasing ROI from point-of-sale (POS) programs.

  • “Experience economy” is the future of retail
    • 06/30/16
    • Fashion and Lifestyle
    • Retail
    • United States
    • English

    “Experience economy” is the future of retail

    A new report from GfK is available today that examines the co-evolution of innovative fashion and lifestyle stores alongside the increasingly significant “experience economy.”

  • Almost 4 in 10 US Consumers Feel They Need to Be “Always Reachable”
    • 06/21/16
    • Technology
    • Trends and Forecasting
    • Consumer Life
    • Connected Consumer
    • United States
    • English

    Almost 4 in 10 US Consumers Feel They Need to Be “Always Reachable”

    Almost four in ten (38%) US consumers agree firmly with the statement “To me, it is important to always be reachable wherever I am” – and only 16 percent firmly disagree.

  • Only 23% of Canadians Feel They Need to Be “Always Reachable” - 19 Points Below Global Average
    • 06/21/16
    • Technology
    • Trends and Forecasting
    • Consumer Life
    • Connected Consumer
    • United States
    • English

    Only 23% of Canadians Feel They Need to Be “Always Reachable” - 19 Points Below Global Average

    In just-released data, roughly two in ten (23%) Canadian consumers agree firmly with the statement “To me, it is important to always be reachable wherever I am” – and 24 percent firmly disagree.

  • Consumers Resist Automated Investment Advisors, Seek Balance with Human Touch – GfK Study
    • 06/15/16
    • Financial Services
    • Technology
    • United States
    • English

    Consumers Resist Automated Investment Advisors, Seek Balance with Human Touch – GfK Study

    In a new GfK survey, only 9% of consumers said they would be likely to use an investment advisory service that offered just digital (text or online chat) contact with human advisors.

  • GfK Awards Annual NextGen Prize to Undergraduates Studying Millennials, Mobile Apps, and Quick-Serve Restaurants
    • 06/09/16
    • Technology
    • Consumer Goods
    • Point of Sales Analytics
    • United States
    • English

    GfK Awards Annual NextGen Prize to Undergraduates Studying Millennials, Mobile Apps, and Quick-Serve Restaurants

    A team of four students from Aurora University has won GfK’s fifth annual Next Generation (“NextGen”) Competition, which gives undergraduates firsthand experience in designing and executing market research projects.

  • GfK’s Vitek Taking Part in General Counsel Panel on Gender Diversity
    • 06/06/16
    • Consumer Panels
    • United States
    • English

    GfK’s Vitek Taking Part in General Counsel Panel on Gender Diversity

    GfK’s Anna Maria Vitek, SVP and General Counsel for the Americas, will be joining five other women general counsels (GCs) at a New York City Bar panel discussion tonight. The topic for the evening will be “The Power of the Purse: How Women General Counsel Supporting Women Outside Counsel Makes Good Business Sense.”

  • GfK Names Bereck to Lead Market Opportunities and Innovation Team in North America
    • 06/06/16
    • United States
    • English

    GfK Names Bereck to Lead Market Opportunities and Innovation Team in North America

    GfK has appointed Stacy Bereck– a seasoned leader of high-performing market research teams – as its new Managing Director of Market Opportunities and Innovation in North America.  

  • In New GRIT Report, GfK Places Among Top 5 Most Innovative Consumer Insights Firms
    • 06/03/16
    • Press
    • Technology
    • United States
    • English

    In New GRIT Report, GfK Places Among Top 5 Most Innovative Consumer Insights Firms

    The latest GreenBook Research Industry Trends (GRIT) Report cites GfK as one of the five most innovative consumer insights suppliers. 

  • To Raise New Revenue, Netflix and Amazon Prime Might Need to Accept Ads
    • 06/01/16
    • Media and Entertainment
    • Technology
    • Media Measurement
    • Connected Consumer
    • United States
    • English

    To Raise New Revenue, Netflix and Amazon Prime Might Need to Accept Ads

    According to new GfK research, subscribers to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu – the “Big Three” of streaming services – are already paying at or close to the maximum monthly fees they feel these services are worth. As costs for original productions and exclusive content continue to rise, commercial-free streaming brands like Netflix and Amazon may need to consider advertising as an alternative for achieving revenue and profit growth without an increase in current subscription fees. (Hulu is already ad supported.) 

    Download an infographic with more data from this study.

    The study, Comparing Streaming Services 2016, suggests that $10 to $11 is the most that subscribers would be willing to pay each month, on average, for Netflix or Amazon Prime. This compares to the current subscription prices of $9.99 per month for standard Netflix service and $10.99 for Amazon Prime’s month-by-month subscription plan. While the research suggests that subscribers to Netflix might be slightly more price tolerant – willing to pay over $10 per month – none of the services has much wiggle room when it comes to fee increases.

    The study also shows that original and/or exclusive content (“not available on any other service”) only ranks 9th among the top reasons that people subscribe to streaming services, cited by (47%) of major streaming service users. Access to content not received via regular TV services is the #12 reason, selected by 38% of respondents.

    Netflix and Amazon Prime did see “original series/movies” grow significantly as a reason for using the services – although this is still not a major driver. The proportion of Netflix users citing this as a reason jumped from 3% to 12% between 2014 and 2016, and for Amazon the percentage doubled, from 4% to 9%. 

    Not surprisingly, the most important attribute in choosing a streaming service among streaming users is cost, cited by 75%. “Availability of specific programs” came in 2nd at 69%; and “availability of new movies” was 3rd, at 68%. All three of the major subscription streaming services were seen as underperforming on these top three attributes.

    “With all three major SVOD firms raising their commitments to original and exclusive programming, the investment required for these flagship shows may need to be offset by new revenue streams in order to meet investor expectations,” said David Tice, SVP of GfK’s Media and Entertainment team. “Hulu and other ad-supported services have offered ‘ad-free’ subscriptions as a premium option; conversely, Netflix and Amazon Prime may need to introduce ‘ad-inclusive’ subscriptions to hold the line on monthly subscription costs for their price-sensitive customer segments.”

    The new study, part of GfK’s The Home Technology Monitor™ report series, was conducted among 2,311 US consumers ages 13-64, including 1,007 regular users of a major streaming service (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube, or TV Everywhere). Other topics covered in the report include:
    • Usage and awareness of a number of SVOD and free streaming services
    • Importance of a number of attributes to choosing a streaming service
    • Deep dives on specific streaming services:
    • Performance vs. the importance attributes; most important reason for use
    • Each service’s place in hierarchy of viewing choice
    • If non-users of each service ever had that service, ever stopped using that service; and why