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Digital Entertainment – solid market research from MetaFacts Technology User Profile

Extensive information about Digital Entertainment is available in TUP – Technology User Profile.

Technology marketers and researchers know what Johnny Carson pointed out many years ago: “People will pay more to be entertained than educated.”

As fickle consumers continue to change their tastes and preferences, entertainment has been core. In particular, Digital Entertainment has been the closest thing to the fabled silver bullet that will increase market adoption with some products and services becoming hits while others fail and become tech industry footnotes.

Below are a few examples of questions addressed in TUP related to digital entertainment. The full TUP service enables drilling down beyond the answers to these questions to identify which other technologies and services are disruptive and to profile which market segments are and aren’t adopting. TUP is much more than a one-dimensional market view or opinion piece.

  • Which segments are the most music-intensive? What is the overlap of music-centered products and services by segment?
  • How are Facebook users different from users of other Social Networks? Beside demographics, what else distinguishes these from each other?
  • Entertainment primacy – what is the center of the user’s home entertainment world? Is it one device or many? Which devices and services, and among which segments?
  • How much have PC users integrated PCs into their personal lives?
  • Are PC users primarily accessing the Internet at home, in the workplace, using friends or neighbor’s computers, or in public places such as libraries or cybercafés? Which users use other’s PCs and which have many to choose from? Are smartphones or netbooks changing this?
  • How many and which segments are watching and renting movies on which platforms?
  • Do game players bring their gaming with them into the workplace? To what extent? Which market segment does this the most?
  • What other activities are just outside the box for gamers? Online dating? Social Networking? Music? Movies? Entertainment in general?
  • How central is game-playing to the general population? How about within certain key market segments?
  • To what extent does game-playing drive online usage specifically and tech usage overall?
  • How social-network active are the various tiers of gamers?
  • Is social networking only for certain age groups?
  • How many screens do people view? Which market segments view more screens than other segments?
  • How tech-experienced are game-players?
  • What do most people do with their mobile phone as compared to their PC? Which user segments align with which platforms?
  • Which social networking sites are used most frequently by which segments?
  • Who spends the most hours online?
  • Which smartphone OS is leading, and with which market segments?
  • What is the tech-owning profile of active gamers? Many consumer electronics entertainment products or focused on gaming? Many computers or few? How does this vary by segment?
  • Which market segments are blogging? How do they compare to social networkers?
  • What is the status of mobile phone transition, from basic feature phones to smartphones and non-users?
  • What types and combinations of consumer electronics are homes using?
  • Which segments have recently paid for a downloaded mobile phone app?
  • Which market segments are dating online? What else do they frequently do online?
  • Have game-players been the first to adopt new products such as the Apple iPhone? Or, are they generally later adopters?
  • What are the attitudes about texting and driving? Who is most supportive and who is mostly opposed?
  • Which combination of tech devices is the most popular today? How large is each segment? Who are in each segment? Which direction are they headed with their buying plans?
  • What is the impact on privacy concerns on use of social networking?
  • Which social networks show the most growth-oriented activity? Which segments show signs of losing interest or withdrawing?
  • How has the division of work vs. personal use of technology products continued to blur?
  • Who are the biggest tech spenders? Which segments spend the most and least for devices? How does spending for tech services differ?
  • Which market segments interact with their social network using their mobile phone, and which do not? What else stands out about these connected users?
  • Multitasking – who’s using many devices for many activities, versus few devices for many activities? How do user segments vary by quadrant?

If solid answers to any of these questions would help your work in creating the future, please contact MetaFacts.

MetaFacts, Inc. helps technology marketers find and measure their best and future customers.

Current subscribers of the Technology User Profile Global Insights Edition may obtain this information directly from MetaFacts, as well as additional customized drilling down into the full dataset.

For more information on the results delivered in TUP and about how to subscribe, please contact MetaFacts.

The above questions are answered with the TUP 2012 edition, and most are also answered in the TUP 2011 edition for ready trend comparison.

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Gaming with PCs, Consoles, and Handhelds — solid market research from MetaFacts Technology User Profile

Extensive information about gaming is available in TUP – Technology User Profile.

It’s so easy when you know the rules – so goes Queen’s 1980 power ballad.  These days the rules may be changing all the time, with gamers able to play on all types of platforms.  Gaming technology can often lead the way for other multi-platform behaviors as well, allowing for wide-market adoption of technologies that might otherwise remain outside the box for most consumers.

Below are a few examples of questions addressed in TUP related to gaming. The full TUP service enables drilling down beyond the answers to these questions to identify which other technologies, services and behaviors are disruptive and to profile which market segments are and aren’t adopting. TUP is much more than a one-dimensional market view or opinion piece, since it delivers answers to these and many other questions.

  • How central is game-playing to the general population? How about within certain key market segments?
  • How tech-experienced are game-players?
  • What other activities are just outside the box for gamers? Online dating? Social Networking? Music? Movies? Entertainment in general?
  • How tech-sophisticated are game-players, within key gaming segments?
  • To what extent does game-playing drive online usage specifically and tech usage overall?
  • How much of the game-playing population is older versus younger?
  • What is the tech-owning profile of active gamers? Many consumer electronics entertainment products or focused on gaming? Many computers or few? How does this vary by segment?
  • Do game players bring their gaming with them into the workplace? To what extent? Which market segment does this the most?
  • How social-network active are the various tiers of gamers?
  • Entertainment primacy – what is the center of the user’s home entertainment world? Is it one device or many? Which devices and services, and among which segments
  • Have game-players been the first to adopt new products such as the Apple iPhone? Or, are they generally later adopters?
  • What do most people do with their mobile phone as compared to their PC? Which user segments align with which platforms?
  • How much have PC users integrated PCs into their personal lives?
  • Which market segments interact with their social network using their mobile phone, and which do not? What else stands out about these connected users?
  • Which segments have recently paid for a downloaded mobile phone app?
  • Which smartphone OS is leading, and with which market segments?
  • What is the status of mobile phone transition, from basic feature phones to smartphones and non-users?
  • Are PC users primarily accessing the Internet at home, in the workplace, using friends or neighbor’s computers, or in public places such as libraries or cybercafés? Which users use other’s PCs and which have many to choose from? Are smartphones or netbooks changing this?
  • Who spends the most hours online?
  • Which social networking sites are used most frequently by which segments?
  • How are Facebook users different from users of other Social Networks? Beside demographics, what else distinguishes these from each other?
  • What about the anti-social – those that aren’t in an online social network? Who are they? In what other ways are they actively communicating and having fun? How does their spending profile compare?
  • Which combination of tech devices is the most popular today? How large is each segment? Who are in each segment? Which direction are they headed with their buying plans?
  • What is the impact on privacy concerns on use of social networking?
  • Who are the biggest tech spenders? Which segments spend the most and least for devices? How does spending for tech services differ?

If solid answers to any of these questions would help your work in creating the future, please contact MetaFacts.

MetaFacts, Inc. helps technology marketers find and measure their best and future customers.

Current subscribers of Technology User Profile may obtain this information directly from MetaFacts, as well as additional customized drilling down into the full dataset.

For more information on the results delivered in TUP and about how to subscribe, please contact MetaFacts.

The above questions are answered with the TUP 2012 edition, and most are also answered in the TUP 2011 edition for ready trend comparison.

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Are Smartphones really for fun, not communicating?

Are Smartphones really for fun, not communicating?

A MetaFacts TUPdate by Dan Ness, Principal Analyst

Are Smartphone subscribers more about fun than communication? Is entertainment that much stronger for Smartphone subscribers than for users of Basic Mobile Phones? Is the lack of a boss key because mobile phone users feel freer to have fun with their handsets than their PCs?

For Smartphone users, it’s not only playing games like Angry Birds that is widespread. Activities such as listening to music, watching movies, and checking sports and weather also are prevalent.

These fun activities are much more popular on Smartphones than on Basic Mobile Phones. For most key entertainment activities, more than three times the rate of Smartphone users find ways to play than the percentage of Basic Mobile Phone users.

Entertainment Activities by Mobile Phone Type-MetaFacts

Playing Games and Listening to Music are activities for more than half of Smartphone users, and for only one-fifth or less of Basic Mobile Phone users.

High-end app developers may be amazed that any Basic Mobile Phone users find ways to use their simpler phones to have any fun at all. That might be considered a glass half-full view, with the prospect that someone eager enough to struggle with the limited games and web access on most Basic Mobile Phones may be a great candidate to switch to a smartphone. The half-empty types may see this as a reality that for many consumers, good enough is good enough. They may be satisfied with simple games for casual play, and may be less prone to upgrade their platform. In either case, this highlights that app developers, handset makers and carriers need to look at the demand across multiple platforms so they don’t miss out on market opportunity or dissatisfy important customers.

Diving a little deeper into the Technology User Profile survey responses, fun is also age-linked. The game-playing rate among age 18-34 mobile phone users is 42% versus half that (21%) among those aged 35+. Although to a great extent, Smartphones have been more strongly adopted among younger than older adults, taking age into account; Smartphone users are simply more fun-oriented than users of Basic Mobile Phones.

Fun isn’t the only driver for Smartphones; communication does rate more highly for Smartphones than for Basic Mobile Phones, with usage broadly spanning phone calls, text messages, voicemail, and email for two-thirds or more of Smartphone users. For Basic Mobile Phone users, only phone calls and text messaging are used by over half of the users.

Looking ahead, bandwidth-hogs such as multi-player games and video calls are likely to drive demand for Smartphones as well as underlying wireless networks. However, as carriers seek to optimize their spectrum and profits, data caps or throttled apps may discourage the most active subscribers. Then, these users will either revert to other devices, or app makers and service providers will find ways to further optimize precious bandwidth, likely increasing supply to satisfy the demand driven by so many consumers.

Source

The results in this TUPdate are drawn from the MetaFacts Technology User Profile Survey. In our most recent wave of Technology User Profile, we surveyed American adults about their use of mobile phones, technology attitudes, and many other behavioral and socioeconomic factors. Current TUP subscribers can access and drill down more deeply into this phenomenon using TUP Interactive Access or with their datasets.

We started this analysis by first looking at the answers from 8,175 U.S. respondents in the Technology User Profile service and then drilled down further into their profiles to get a more complete picture.

Contact MetaFacts to access the MetaFacts Technology User Profile Overview Edition report, which covers the broader range of key trends. View findings in 25 pages of executive summary analysis, 200+ pages of charts and graphs, all supported by 95+ pages of detailed tables. The complete, 300+ page report is delivered to you electronically.

These editions are for the U.S. based on the 2010 wave of Technology User Profile gathered among a scrupulously selected set of representative respondents, surveyed both online and offline.

To see other research coverage of Internet products and activities  – from smartphones to feature phones, desktops to notebooks, social networking, demographics, and attitudes – see the many other questions TUP answers on www.technologyuser.com. Tech market research professionals who want a solid resource they can use immediately after industry events such as mergers, or even use prior to anticipated events, can license direct access to TUP.

About TUPdates

MetaFacts releases ongoing research on the market shifts and profiles for Smartphones, Netbooks, Mobile PCs, Workplace PCs, Home PCs, Web Creators, Broadband, and many other technology industry trends and facts. These TUPdates are short analytical articles in a series of specific topics utilizing the Technology User Profile Annual Edition study, which reveals the changing patterns of technology adoption around the world. Interested technology professionals can sign up at http://technologyuser.com/contact/ for complimentary TUPdates – periodic snapshots of technology markets.

About MetaFacts

MetaFacts helps technology marketers find and measure their best and future customers. MetaFacts’ Technology User Profile (TUP) survey is the longest-running, large-scale comprehensive study of its kind, conducted continuously since 1983, the year before Apple released the Apple Macintosh. The detailed results are a primary market sizing and segmentation resource for leading companies providing consumer-oriented technology products and services, such as PCs, printers, software applications, peripherals, consumer electronics, mobile computing, and related services and products. TUP analyzes key trends and the data-rich source can be dived into more deeply for custom analysis. For more information about the syndicated research service, analysis tools, publications and datasets, contact MetaFacts at 1-760-635-4300.

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Amazon Cloud Drive may rain on Apple while lightening load for consumers

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Today, Amazon announced the Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player for Web. This game-changing move will likely bring a boost to the decades-old online file storage services. It may even have the effect of reining in music listeners who may have strayed, since the player will evidently only support purchased songs.

We took a quick look into the MetaFacts Technology User Profile research and discovered several challenges ahead for Amazon and others planning to follow suit, as well as some elements that show Amazon is in the right place at the right time with the right offering.

First of all, more Amazon shoppers alread use online cloud storage than non-shoppers. This means these consumers may be predisposed to cloud-based storage which is an advantage for Amazon. However, if the consumers currently using cloud storage are focused more on file backup and file/folder synchronization services, these don’t appear to be in Amazon’s initial offering.

Also, more Amazon shoppers use a portable MP3 player than online onsumers who don’t regularly shop on Amazon. While Apple’s iPod has the highest share among MP3 players, it’s share isn’t markedly different among Amazon’s shoppers than non-shoppers

In fact, Amazon’s shoppers are already active music-listeners, being well above average in music downloading and listening to streaming audio.

They are also more active using social networks, as well as sharing photos and videos through networks like Facebook, or through sites like HP Snapfish.

Meanwhile, among users of cloud storage services, Apple’s footprint is substantially higher than among non-cloud users. Further, users of cloud storage skew younger than Amazon’s current clientele. This could have the effect of drawing in younger customers to Amazon’s customer base, or may be ignored by Amazon’s relatively older and less cloud-savvy customers.

Cloud storage users have a higher share of Smartphone use than non-users, with higher shares for use of RIM Blackberry, Windows Phone, Apple iPhones and Android Smartphones.

Because most consumers may not know that Amazon has supported back-end cloud storage for many other technology firms, consumers are likely to raise concerns about Amazon’s experience and security capabilities.

Interested tech marketers and researchers may contact MetaFacts for licensing information.

Source

The results in this TUPdate are drawn from the MetaFacts Technology User Profile Survey. Results specific to this topic can be obtained through customized report. Also, you may obtain the related MetaFacts Technology User Profile Overview Edition Report, which covers the broader range of key trends, by contacting MetaFacts. View findings in 25 pages of executive summary analysis, 200+ pages of charts and graphs, all supported by 95+ pages of detailed tables. The complete, 300+ page report is delivered to you electronically. This edition is for the U.S. based on the 2010 wave of Technology User Profile gathered among a scrupulously selected set of representative respondents, surveyed both online and offline.

To see other research coverage of Internet products and activities – from smartphones to feature phones, desktops to notebooks, social networking, demographics, and attitudes – see the many other questions TUP answers on www.technologyuser.com. Tech market research professionals who want a solid resource they can use immediately after industry events such as mergers, or even use prior to anticipated events, can license direct access to TUP.

About TUPdates

MetaFacts releases ongoing research on the market shifts and profiles for Smartphones, Netbooks, Mobile PCs, Workplace PCs, Home PCs, Web Creators, Broadband, and many other technology industry trends and facts. These TUPdates are short analytical articles in a series of specific topics utilizing the Technology User Profile Annual Edition study, which reveals the changing patterns of technology adoption around the world. Interested technology professionals can sign up at http://technologyuser.com/contact/ for complimentary TUPdates – periodic snapshots of technology markets.

About MetaFacts

MetaFacts, Inc. is a market research firm focusing exclusively on the technology industries. MetaFacts’ Technology User Profile (TUP) survey is the longest-running, large-scale comprehensive study of its kind, conducted continuously since 1983, the year before Apple released the Apple Macintosh. The detailed results are a primary market sizing and segmentation resource for leading companies providing consumer-oriented technology products and services, such as PCs, printers, software applications, peripherals, consumer electronics, mobile computing, and related services and products. TUP analyzes key trends and the data-rich source can be dived into more deeply for custom analysis. For more information about the syndicated research service, analysis tools, publications and datasets, contact MetaFacts at 1-760-635-4300.

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Internet – solid market research from MetaFacts Technology User Profile

Extensive information about the internet and the ways people use it is available in TUP – Technology User Profile.

Not all access to the Internet is equal and consumers know it – voting with their fingers. In today’s multi-platform age, computers are not the only way online, and email may be losing ground as the king of activities.  Are fun, compelling, and emerging technologies making PCs a thing of the past?  Is social networking replacing snailish email?

Below are a few examples of questions addressed in TUP related to internet use. The full TUP service enables drilling down beyond the answers to these questions to identify which other technologies, services and behaviors are disruptive and to profile which market segments are and aren’t adopting. TUP is much more than a one-dimensional market view or opinion piece, since it provides a comprehensive source to answer the following questions, as well as many others.

  • How many and which segments are watching and renting movies on which platforms?
  • Which activities are different for dial-up than broadband? What’s driving bandwidth needs?
  • What is the mix of communication products and services – landline, wireless, email, IM, etc. – by segment?
  • Who is videoconferencing, and using which platform?
  • What are the overall future trends for the Internet?
  • Which segments are keeping their files, calendars, or other information synchronized or backed up online?
  • How have PC/Online & Mobile Phone activities changed? How might this affect apps?
  • iPhone users – who are they really? How do they compare with Droid and blackberry users?
  • To what extent does game-playing drive online usage specifically and tech usage overall?
  • Are PC users primarily accessing the Internet at home, in the workplace, using friends or neighbor’s computers, or in public places such as libraries or cybercafés? Which users use other’s PCs and which have many to choose from? Are smartphones or netbooks changing this?
  • Netbooks – how soon and with which market segments?
  • Is email dying because of ads? Being replaced by alternatives such as social networking, texting, or IM?
  • Which industry groups have varied levels of adoption?
  • Most-mobile customers – where do they go and what do they do?
  • Who is using mobile payments?
  • Who’s busiest – desktop users or notebook users? How do their profiles differ?
  • What is the impact on privacy in use of social networking?
  • How much have PC users integrated PCs into their personal lives?
  • What about the unemployed? Are they more or are they less tech-focused?
  • What makes a smartphone a smartphone in the consumer’s eyes? How does usage compare to basic mobile phones? What are the user segments?
  • What do most people do with their mobile phone as compared to their PC? Which align with which platforms?
  • What do users sync or “store” in the cloud? How does this differ between mobile phones and PCs? How do users share images – social networking sites or photo-specific sites? Which users are the most active?
  • Which market segments are dating online? What else do they frequently do online?
  • How do ad volumes affect usage?
  • How are smartphones challenging mobile PCs? Which market segments are coalescing around which platforms?
  • Is social networking only for certain age groups?
  • How are users communicating, given all their communication options?
  • What is the tech-owning profile of active gamers? High-bandwidth or dial-up? Many consumer electronics entertainment products or focused on gaming? Many computers or few? How does this vary by segment?
  • Which segments have recently paid for a downloaded mobile phone app?
  • Do PC users behave differently as they gain more experience? Are Newbies or Vets mostly focusing on certain activities versus a broad mixture?
  • Age-related market adoption – which products and services are age-skewed? Which are skewed toward older rather than younger users?
  • Multitasking – who’s using lots of devices for lots of apps, few devices many apps, etc.?
  • Which market segments are blogging? How do they compare to social networkers?
  • Netbooks – are they replacing notebooks? Stalling smartphones? Withering?
  • What other activities are just outside the box for gamers? Online dating? Social Networking? Music? Movies? Entertainment in general?
  • Which segments are using which devices & carriers?  For which activities?
  • Which segments are the most music-intensive? What is the overlap of music-centered products and services by segment?
  • Who is buying the highest-end PCs? Are there brand differences? What else do users buy and what else do they use?
  • How prominent is printing images from mobile phones?
  • How many people use calendars on their PC, their mobile phone, or both? Which types of people are these?
  • Entertainment primacy – what is the center of the user’s home entertainment world? Is it one device or many?
  • Which devices and services, and among which segments?
  • Which segments are utilizing the cloud? For which activities?
  • Which tech buyers focus more on retail than shopping online and vice versa?
  • Primacy – what is the center of the user’s world? Their home PC, work PC, mobile phone? Is it one device or many?
  • How much of the game-playing population is older versus younger?
  • How social-network active are the various tiers of gamers?
  • In reality, how deeply has the Apple iPod penetrated the market, and into which market segments?
  • What types and combinations of consumer electronics are homes using and planning to use?
  • How are users incorporating digital images, through the use of digital cameras, scanners, downloading images, as well as how are they producing output?
  • How has the division of work vs. personal use of technology products continued to blur?
  • Which market segments are renting movies? Are they renting DVDs at a retailer, by mail, or at a kiosk? Do they watch them online?
  • Which types of software (packages and SaaS) are used and intended for near-term use? (apps, appstore)
  • Special printer paper? Who uses it and what for? Is it only photos, or something else?
  • What are consumers planning to buy? (in consumer electronics, connected home, computers, Internet, etc.)
  • Online shoppers – are they everyone, or unique?
  • How do online shopping activities differ between Hewlett Packard, Apple and Dell customers?
  • What about the anti-social – those that aren’t in an online social network? Who are they?
  • How does the life and lifespan of a PC vary by form factor? Does it vary by brand? By user segment?
  • How many seniors are online? How is their behavior different than younger online users?
  • Tech adoption cycles may not be as fast as the tech-focused think. How many and which users still use film cameras?
  • Is the smartphone killing PC shopping?
  • Is it really one to a customer? How often are PCs shared? Which market segments use more than one PC?
  • Which social networking sites are used most frequently by which segments?
  • Do users find their PCs to be more useful or less useful? Which users are the most practically-oriented?
  • Who are the people who shop for technology products on the web, but purchase at a local retail outlet?
  • Which smartphone OS is leading, and with which market segments?
  • How tech-sophisticated are game-players, within key gaming segments?
  • Do game players bring their gaming with them into the workplace? To what extent? Which market segment does this the most?
  • Who are the true early adopters and laggards? How does this vary by actual usage of specific products and technologies?
  • How rich is the user’s printing experience? Do they use only one printer or more than one? For multi-printer users, which ones do they use? Who are the most-active printer users?
  • How do the market segments of mobile phone platforms vary?
  • How tech-experienced are game-players?
  • How many screens do people view? Which market segments view more screens than other segments?

If solid answers to any of these questions would help your work in creating the future, please contact MetaFacts.

MetaFacts, Inc. helps technology marketers find and measure their best and future customers.

Current subscribers of Technology User Profile may obtain this information directly from MetaFacts, as well as additional customized drilling down into the full dataset.

For more information on the results delivered in TUP and about how to subscribe, please contact MetaFacts.

The above questions are answered with the TUP 2010 edition, and even more questions are answered in the TUP 2011 edition.

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