Henry Blodget, Co-Founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of the Silicon Alley Insider recapped the results of a new Avenue A/Razorfish survey of broad-based consumer behavior (“all demographics”) conducted in July.
The findings show the usual divide between what the loud techno-elite minority cares about, as compared to the quiet mass-consumer majority:
- Only 60% personalize home pages
- 47% never share bookmarks
- 44% never use RSS feeds
- 65% never use tag clouds
- Almost all read the “most popular” or “most emailed” items on sites
- 67% regularly watch videos on YouTube, etc.
- 95% have watched online videos in the last 3 months.
- 49% have uploaded online videos in the last 3 months [shockingly high–almost makes us discount all findings, or at least conclude that this is a highly web-literate and young consumer sub-set].
- 85% have watched online movie previews in last 3 months.
- 71% have watched a TV show online in the last 3 months [more than we would have thought].
Online Music, Photos, Blogs: Pretty Big
- 42% regularly purchase music online
- 41% use photo-sharing sites
- 70% read blogs regularly
Online research when making product selection decisions: HUGE
- 92%+ use the web when making product buying decisions (research, reviews, retailer location, price comparison, etc.)
- 54% start their product research at a search engine
- 14% start it at a comparison shopping engine
- 30% start it at an e-commerce or retailer site
- 55% rely on USER REVIEWS most when choosing products
- 21% rely on EXPERT REVIEWS most.
- After product selected, most important criteria when choosing where to buy are PRICE (38%) and SITE REPUTATION (38%)
Mobile data services: Small
- 68% never use mobile phone to listen to music.
- 76% never use mobile phone to watch video.
- 64% never use mobile phone to check headlines.