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People Who “Check-in” Are Young, Most Likely Android or iPhone Owners People Who “Check-in” Are Young, Most Likely Android or iPhone Owners

A study put out today by comScore sheds some light on who is doing the majority of the “checking-in” in the U.S. The statistics were derived from the 16.7 million mobile users than use location-based services and check-in with Facebook …

Mobile Banking Reaches 30 Million Americans
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The number of Americans who accessed financial accounts (bank, credit card, or brokerage) via mobile devices reached 29.8 million at the end of 2010, a 54 percent increase over 2009, according to a new report from comScore. “More people are …

U.K. Leads Europe In Online Retail Visits

In January 2011, 270.6 million unique visitors in Europe visited sites in the retail category, representing a market reach of 74.5 percent of Internet users, an increase of 8.5 percent over the previous year, according to a new report from …

Microsoft Jumps Five Spots In Online Video Rankings

With respect to the online video industry, new data from comScore indicates that February was an eventful month.  Sites gained and lost millions of unique visitors, causing the top ten list of online video properties to change in significant ways …

Social Networks Consume 22% Of Australians’ Time Online
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Facebook (along with a few other social media sites) exerts a strong pull in many countries all over the world, and new stats from comScore confirm that one of them is Australia.  comScore’s found that Australians dedicated almost 22 percent of their time online in December 2010 to social networks, versus 16.6 percent a year earlier.

A quick note with regards to the timing of this report: don’t blame us.  comScore released it today (or actually tomorrow, since it came out of Sydney), so we haven’t been sitting on it since early January or anything like that.

Smartphones Driving Mobile Media Consumption

Smartphones aggressively saturated the mobile market in 2010, driving an increase in mobile media consumption by users worldwide, according to a new report from comScore.

“2010 was a game-changing year for the mobile industry,” said Mark Donovan, comScore senior vice president of mobile. “Smartphone adoption, 3G penetration and unlimited data plans drove a surge of mobile media consumption across geographies and deepened the integration of mobile devices into everyday life.”

comScore: Android Close To Taking Mobile OS Lead

This may not come as a surprise, but the end of 2010 didn’t pose much of a stumbling block for Google’s mobile operating system.  New numbers from comScore are out, and Android continued to make significant gains in December.

comScore pegged Google’s share of American smartphone subscribers at 28.7 percent in December, up from 26.0 percent in November.  That’s a big rise, suggesting Android devices were a go-to holiday present.

Online Retail Spending Tops Record $40 Billion

U.S. online retail spending reached a record $43.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of 11 percent over a year ago, according to a new report from comScore.

This growth rate is the fifth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and second quarter of double-digit growth rates in the past year.

Newspaper Websites Attracted More Than 100 Million Visitors In Q4
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Newspaper websites saw large amounts of traffic in the fourth quarter of 2010, attracting an average monthly audience of 105.3 million unique visitors or 62 percent of all adult Internet users.

The analysis, by comScore for the Newspaper Association of America, also indicates that newspaper websites continue to attract key demographics, reaching 58 percent of 25-to-34-year-olds and 73 percent of individuals in households earning more than $100,000 a year on average through out the quarter.

Hulu Recaptures Spot On List Of Top Video Sites

New numbers are out with respect to the U.S. online video landscape, and, to be perfectly honest, they’re quite similar to the old numbers.  But according to comScore, at least one noteworthy thing happened in December: Hulu made its way back onto a top ten list.

Hulu’s been on the edge as of late.  In October, it came in tenth among video sites in terms of total unique viewers.  Then Hulu, despite all the backing it’s received from ABC, Fox, and NBC, was absent from the November list.

Mobile Email Usage Sees Significant Growth
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In November 2010, the number of U.S. visitors to web-based email sites decreased 6 percent compared to the previous year, while email engagement declined at a greater rate, according to a new report from comScore.

During the same time period, the number of users accessing email via their mobile devices grew by 36 percent.

comScore Assigns Gains To Google, Bing In December
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New stats from comScore are out, and as seen by the research firm, it seems the December search market was an eventful place.  Google and Bing both managed to increase their market shares, while Yahoo saw a somewhat substantial drop occur.

Let’s start at the top.  According to comScore, Google’s market share rose to 66.6 percent, putting it a rounded decimal point away from being the search engine used by two-thirds of Americans (if you figure that 66 and two-thirds would round up to 66.7).

Google Android Edges Apple In Smartphone Market
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Samsung was the top handset maker in the U.S. for the three month period ending in November, accounting for 24.5 percent of the market, while RIM led among smartphones with 33.5 percent market share, according to comScore.

Online Holiday Spending Hits Record $32 Billion
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Online retail spending for the 2010 holiday season reached $32.6 billion, representing  an increase of 12 percent compared to last year and an all-time record, according to the latest report from comScore.

comScore Documents Record Online Retail Holiday Season

Heading into the holiday season, many economic experts seemed to fear that the average present would be a homemade scarf or coffee mug.  Instead, the latest (and probably last) comScore data concerning the holiday shopping season shows that U.S. online spending hit a record $30.8 billion.

That works out to an increase of 13 percent compared to the same period (November 2nd through December 27th) in 2009, which isn’t at all bad.  It certainly beats the rate of inflation and hints that people weren’t trying to be tightfisted.

The Top Web Properties and Gaining Web Trends
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comScore released its monthly update on the traffic activity at the top web properties for the month of November. 

Free Shipping Drives Online Holiday Spending

Online holiday spending has reached $27.46 billion this season, marking a 12 percent increase over the same time period versus last year, according to a new report from comScore.

comScore: Facebook, Hulu Lost Video Viewers In Nov.

Facebook and Hulu, while doing fine in many respects, couldn’t quite hold online video viewers’ interest in November as they’ve done before.  New stats from comScore indicate that both companies failed to match past performances last month, with Facebook losing a spot on a top ten list and Hulu falling off it.

To delve into the numbers: Facebook saw its unique user count fall from 47.4 million individuals in October to 42.5 million in November, which caused it to drop from fifth place to sixth in terms of attracting unique video viewers.

Bing Gains On Yahoo, Google In November
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Microsoft employees should know that setting off fireworks would be neither seasonally appropriate nor entirely in proportion to the small search gains Bing may have seen last month.  But a new comScore report indicates that Bing did indeed see its share of the search market increase in November, and that’s all the more significant since Google and Yahoo saw their shares go down.

Online Holiday Spending Hits $23 Billion

Online holiday spending has reached $23.82 billion, representing a 12 percent increase over the same time period last year, according to the latest report from comScore.

The most recent week (week ending Dec. 12) reached $5.31 billion in spending, an increase of 12 percent over the corresponding week last year. Monday, December 13, known as “Green Monday” (the second Monday in December when online spending has historically tended to peak), reached $954 million in spending, representing a 12-percent increase compared to last year.

Online Holiday Spending Nears $22 Billion
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U.S. online holiday spending has reached $21.95 billion during the first 40 days of the season, an increase of 12 percent over the same time period as last year, according to the latest report from comScore.

The most recent week (week ending Dec. 10) reached $5.15 billion in spending, an increase of 11 percent versus the corresponding week last year, as two individual days each surpassed $900 million.