Thursday, September 07, 2017

Apple Is Losing Its Cool Factor, And That's A Problem If It Wants To Break Into TV

Apple’s final miss on the cool front has been in the streaming device market, where three recent studies, from Parks Associates, ComScore and eMarketer have Apple TV trailing significantly behind Roku, Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV in terms of market share.

Here again, Apple came into a market where the early competition (Roku) was not only fairly well-designed but had an avid fan base as well. And the product Apple introduced just wasn’t all that. In this case, it was wel more

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Better At Listening, Voice Recognition Will Reshape Your Relationship With Technology

The ability to understand and process language has improved so much that Xuedong Huang, the chief speech scientist at Microsoft, said his company’s system has reached parity with human transcriptionists.

Voice systems have become more accurate because the artificial intelligence behind them has improved, said Brett Sappington, senior research director at Parks Associates, a Dallas research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology.

From the arti more

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What Should Apple Name Its Next New iPhone?

Pew has also reported that 68% of smartphone owners use their phone to follow along with breaking news events at least occasionally, 67% use their phone for turn-by-turn navigation while driving, and 57% do online banking with them. Parks Associates data shows 68% of U.S.-based smartphone owners listening to music via streaming outlets on a daily basis and 71% watch short video clips. And according to personal media startup Magisto, the average smartphone user takes 150 new phot more

Monday, April 10, 2017

What Marketers Can Learn About Compelling Characters And Engaging Content From WrestleMania

WWE engages its fan base in multiple media with engaging content. According to Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer, “We have five hours of live content on USA Network every single week, 52 weeks a year. No off-season, no re-runs. It's an opportunity to keep our fans engaged and never let them off the hook because our storylines continue all year long. And we now have almost two million subscribers on the WWE Network. It is the fifth largest OTT service in the United States an more

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Why Apple's iPhone Is Too Big To Fail

The number one concern about Apple is how future versions of the iPhone will sell. Will the company be able to add enough features and functionality that current owners will want to upgrade? Will Android users switch? Will feature phone users buy Apple vs. Android? A longer term concern is will another company introduce something that changes the landscape like Apple did to Blackberry that instead of a slow erosion that sales fall quickly. Parks Associates’ recent study of consu more

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Why Walmart Pay Doesn't Measure Up To CVS, Starbucks And Taco Bell

Indeed, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and even Taco Bell have all associated significant sales boosts with their mobile payment apps. Now major retailers outside of food service are testing the technology – CVS Pay recently launched in select markets. In fact, more than 25% of smartphone users rely on a payment app at least once a month, according to recent research from Parks Associates. And while Apple Pay may come quickly to mind, the report states that consumers use retailer-spe more

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Apple TV Doubles Sales But Still Trails Google, Roku And Amazon

This suggests that Apple is actually doing nicely when it comes to its share of just the external set-top box streaming media player market; indeed, Parks Associates reveals that Apple TV is pretty much matching market leader Roku when it comes to external box sales. Which kind of makes me wonder – not for the first time – why Apple is yet to offer a streaming stick solution. Unless it just doesn’t want to dirty its hands with the relatively low end of the streaming media player more

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Apple Investor Weekly: iPhone 7 Concerns Hit Stock, Investing $1 Billion In A Chinese Company

Parks Associates research shows that 23% of U.S. smartphone owners also own a smart home device and over three-fourths of those consumers use their smartphone, tablet, or PC to control their smart home devices at least once per month.

From the article "Apple Investor Weekly: iPhone 7 Concerns Hit Stock, Investing $1 Billion In A Chinese Company" by Chuck Jones.

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