Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Apple products leading in multiple CE categories this holiday season, displacing Dell desktops for the first time

Parks Associates Holiday CE Shopping Research Compares Brand Purchase Intentions among Consumers

Parks Associates announced new research today showing Apple has expanded its dominance this year as the top CE brand for planned holiday purchases, topping Dell for the first time as the most popular brand for desktops. Apple is also the top brand for tablets, laptops, smartphones, home networking routers, MP3 players, and streaming media devices (Apple TV).

“Apple topped the list of intended brands for desktop purchases for the first time this year,” said John Barrett, director, Consumer Analytics, Parks Associates. “In 2011 and 2012, Dell was the top desktop brand, but Apple has displaced it, making Apple now the most popular brand across even more key CE categories.”

The research shows the top-five intended brands for desktops:

1. Apple

2. Dell

3. HP

4. Acer

5. Asus

The most popular brands among tablet shoppers are as follows:

1. Apple

2. Amazon (Kindle)

3. Samsung

4. Microsoft (Surface)

5. Acer

For streaming media devices, top brands are the following:

1. Apple TV

2. Roku

3. Buffalo

4. D-Link (Boxee Box)

5. NETGEAR

"Being the ‘preferred’ brand is certainly an advantage, but consumers can still change their minds," Barrett said. "For example, with streaming media players, Apple is the preferred brand, but many shoppers ultimately end up getting a Roku. Last year, among younger (18-34) shoppers for this device, 34% planned to buy an Apple, and 15% planned to buy a Roku. In a later survey of actual purchases, we found 24% bought an Apple TV and 29% bought a Roku player."

Parks Associates released research last month showing Sony beats Microsoft for game console purchase intentions this holiday season. Samsung is the top brand for flat-panel TVs, and Amazon is the top e-book reader brand.

2013 Holiday CE Purchase Intentions features consumer research from a nationwide survey of 2,500 U.S. broadband households fielded in 4Q 2013. Data on other CE devices are also available. Contact Holly Sprague at 720.987.6614, hsprague@gmail.com for more information on Parks Associates' CE holiday shopping research.

For information, visit www.parksassociates.com or contact sales@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-owned and woman-led internationally recognized market research and consulting company, specializes in emerging technology solutions serving the consumer and small to medium business (SMB) markets. Celebrating its 35th year in 2021, Parks Associates is a partner to companies navigating the changing consumer technology landscapes through data-driven market insights, extensive consumer and industry intelligence, custom marketing services, and executive networking experiences and conferences.

The company's expertise includes home automation, control systems and security, digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, internet and video services, connected health and independent living solutions, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer electronics, and energy management solutions.

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