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Brand Accountability: A Millennial’s Perspective

Brand accountability. Company transparency. Ethical business practices. Social awareness. As companies continue to hone which messages resonate with millennial consumers, or more importantly, which ones backfire, these trends are no longer what make companies stand out. They’re baseline requirements.

We wanted to better understand the difference between how the subscribers of the biggest internet providers think compared to subscribers of the rest, including those who subscribe to smaller, regional internet providers.

In the blink of an eye, we’re back to the holiday season. That’s right. It’s fourth quarter. Every year brings a host of new challenges for brands, and every year the online world takes a bigger piece of the holiday pie. If you don’t already have a digital marketing strategy in place, you're certainly cutting it close.

 

We all like websites that are easy to use better than hard ones, so it seems obvious to take the advice: “Make your website easy to use.” But it is truly worth the time and money?

The 2017 conference season is right around the corner. Conferences are incredibly valuable as they enable brands to drive highly engaging connections to a very targeted and captive audience.

Our survey of nearly a thousand US home internet customers revealed that over 62% of both mid- and fiber-tier respondents are most influenced by an internet provider’s reputation when considering switching their service.

Your internet customers aren’t as loyal as you’d think. In fact, according to our March survey of nearly a thousand US home-internet customers, 22% of mid-tier and fiber-tier respondents would seriously consider switching providers if they experienced three to five buffering or lagging issues in a span of one week.

Based on a survey of nearly a thousand internet customers, more than 70% of mid- and fiber-tier respondents described their residence as a freestanding home. Just over 80% of mid- and fiber-tier respondents share their home internet with at least one other person (this number drops significantly for the basic tier).

Just under 80% of both mid- and fiber-tier respondents believe that their home internet service is a “basic amenity,” viewed on par with running water or electricity. From smart televisions to smart thermostats, the number of household electronics that require an internet connection is growing.

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You Want Your Agency to Make You Nervous

Marketing your company, or its products or services, can be a stressful job. There is a lot at stake, and every move you make as a marketer is scrutinized by, well, everyone.

Most of us have had an experience at some point or another when a brand’s customer service has wowed us and turned a negative experience into a positive one. For me, a standout was the time I was rush-shipped a new sound machine for our infant daughter after it suddenly stopped working in the middle of the night.

In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing digital environment, consumers literally have the world at their fingertips. And with more information and options available than ever before, consumer expectations have reached an all-time high.

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