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Blog Sep. 16, 2016 | Share

Part 2: Why the Power of Habit Drives Power Law Distributions in Mobile App Usage

Power Law Distribution

In the first part of this blog post, we discussed the power of habit in driving smartphone app usage and how the biggest names in digital media generally have an advantage as more media consumption shifts to digital. One of the ways we see this advantage manifest is the prevalence of power law distributions in examining usage patterns. A power law distribution... Read more

Blog Sep. 14, 2016 | Share

Part 1: Why the Power of Habit Drives Power Law Distributions in Mobile App Usage

Power Law Distribution

A few years ago I read the Charles Duhigg’s excellent book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. In it he discusses the notion of a “habit loop” governing many of our day-to-day behaviors, which consists of three elements: a cue, a routine, and a reward. The cue is something that serves as a sensory trigger to begin the... Read more

Blog Sep. 13, 2016 | Share

Have We Reached ‘Peak App’?

Have We Reached Peak App

Recently there’s been quite a bit of talk in the tech and media industries that the app boom is over. The narrative is that consumers already have all the apps they need, that the market is mature, that the introduction of new apps is no longer exciting, that people may even start deleting some of their current ones, and that breaking through as a... Read more

Blog Sep. 25, 2015 | Share

Good News for Digital Publishers: Audiences Are on the Rise Thanks to Mobile

Good News for Digital Publishers: Audiences Are on the Rise Thanks to Mobile

Earlier this week comScore released our 2015 U.S. Mobile App Report, which is full of interesting new findings on the importance of apps to the digital landscape and how consumers are engaging with them. If there was one single finding that has the most far-reaching implications, it’s that in the past year multi-platform digital audiences for the... Read more

Blog Sep. 23, 2015 | Share

How the Power of Habit Drives Mobile App Usage

How the Power of Habit Drives Mobile App Usage

Earlier this week comScore released our 2015 U.S. Mobile App Report, which is full of interesting new findings on the importance of apps to the digital landscape and how consumers are engaging with them. Through our thorough investigation of how people use apps, one of the most common themes that cropped up was just how important the power of habit... Read more

Blog Apr. 2, 2015 | Share

Which Social Networks Have the Most Engaged Audience?

Multi-Platform Audience Penetration vs. Engagement of Leading Social Networks

Last week comScore released the 2015 U.S. Digital Future in Focus, our annual report highlighting the key digital trends of 2014 with an eye towards what they mean for the coming year. Social media remains one of the paramount digital topics, as leading platforms continue to attract huge audiences and account for an increasingly large share of consumers’... Read more

Blog Oct. 29, 2014 | Share

Facebook Messenger Climbs Mobile App Rankings After Unbundling from the Big Blue App

Mobile Messaging Apps

In August, Facebook disabled the messaging feature on its flagship app in a strategic move that shifted all mobile messaging activity on the social network to its standalone Facebook Messenger app. This tactic of building out separate standalone apps for different product features has become more commonplace among larger digital media companies in pursuit... Read more

Blog Aug. 8, 2014 | Share

Does Snapchat’s Strength Among Millennials Predict Eventual Mainstream Success?

Snapchat

Snapchat made headlines last November by reportedly turning down a $3 billion acquisition bid, which left digital armchair quarterbacks everywhere questioning the decision. For a company with no revenue and uncertain long term prospects, taking the money would’ve been understandable. Recent reports that Snapchat is raising new funding at an even more... Read more

Blog Jun. 25, 2014 | Share

Major Mobile Milestones in May: Apps Now Drive Half of All Time Spent on Digital

Major Mobile Milestones in May Apps Now Drive Half of All Time Spent on Digital

May turned out to be a banner month for mobile as it delivered on some huge milestones which underscored just how impressive the medium’s ascendance has been in the past few years. Mobile platforms – smartphones and tablets – combined to account for 60% of total digital media time spent, up from 50% a year ago. And perhaps more impressively, mobile... Read more

Blog Nov. 18, 2013 | Share

Measuring What Matters in Social Media

Measuring What Matters in Social Media

Rather than focusing on potential fans, savvy social brands hone in on quality activity and interactions. By using audience-centric social media metrics and competitive benchmarking, brands can better understand their performance and identify oppo rtunities to improve their social impact. Read more