Seventy-seven percent of online consumers have Internet, TV, and phone services. Data from our North American Technographics Mobile And Telecom Online Survey, Q3 2009 shows that of this group, about a third receive all three services within a bundle. Consumers who have a triple-play contract have a higher household income and are more likely to have children.
Payment preferences still vary widely across European countries. Data from our European Technographics Retail, Customer Experience, And Travel Online Survey, Q3 2009 shows that payment patterns are partly determined by whether domestic debit cards can be used to shop online. In markets where debit cards work online, they are the most popular online payment method. In markets where debit cards don’t work online, online shoppers seek alternatives. Online payment services like PayPal are on the rise in Europe: 36% of online buyers regularly used PayPal in 2009 compared with 26% in 2006, while cash on delivery is used less.
Social networking, watching user-created video, and listening to user-created audio online are at the top of social media activities that youth engage in at least monthly. Data from our Technographics online US Youth survey shows that boys and girls use social media in different ways.
Girls favor communication activities, such as posting comments on other people’s profiles, commenting on blogs, and contributing to online discussion groups and they are also more active at maintaining their own blogs and Web pages.
Affluent consumers have different expectations from their financial institution. Data from our Technographics online Affluent survey shows that while online affluent consumers prefer the Web over phone and in-person for getting balances and checking holdings, 58% prefer in-person meetings with their advisor for long-term financial goal planning.i
Affluent online consumers like to use the Web to update themselves on their investments, but they don't have a need for mobile tracking yet: A mere 6% of affluent consumers with a mobile phone are using mobile investing. The main reason: lack of urgency.
Many consumers put products in the shopping cart when researching and shopping online but never make the deal. Data from our North American Technographics online survey shows that shopping carts support consumers in their buying process, on the site and across sites.
Laptops and flat-panel TVs have seen the strongest growth over the past two years in absolute terms. Data from our Technographics European surveys shows that laptop penetration increased from 26% of households in 2007 to 38% in 2009, while flat-panel TVs more than doubled from 16% to 34%. Flat-panel TVs also rate highest on consumers' wish list. Seven percent of Europeans intend to buy a flat-panel TV in the next six months — mostly as a first-time purchase — making it the fastest-growing household device among Europeans.
There are many reasons why people are buying products online, but we wanted to understand the main driver. Data from our North American Technographics online survey shows that when consumers are forced to make a choice low price wins but is followed by high quality.
Companies are trying to get in touch and have a conversation with their customers through social networks, but customers' interaction with companies are mostly driven by promotions or personal gain. Data from our North American Technographics online survey shows that the majority of consumers reached out to companies to enter a sweepstake of to register for a promotion. .
Asian markets are leading the adoption of mobile Internet. Data from our global Technographics surveys shows that more than half of Japanese online consumers use mobile Internet at least once a month.
In Europe are the UK, the Netherlands, and Sweden topping the list with mobile Internet penetration reaching 16% of online consumers. Those who use mobile Internet are frequent users: Four in five mobile Internet users in the US, urban China, and Japan connect weekly.