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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. 1, 2016 | Share

Smartphone Apps Are Now 50% of All U.S. Digital Media Time Spent

Smartphone Apps Are Now 50% of All U.S. Digital Media Time Spent

Another major digital media milestone was reached this July. Smartphone apps, which have been playing an increasingly important role in consumers’ digital lives over the past several years, now account for more than half of all Americans’ time spent online, according to comScore Media Metrix® Multi-Platform and comScore Mobile Metrix®. While the... Read more

Blog Jul. 20, 2016 | Share

comScore Plan Metrix, Now with Mobile Data!

comScore Plan Metrix, Now with Mobile Data!

It’s no secret that new screens and ways of accessing media continue to disrupt consumption habits and business models. This disruption has introduced new challenges for our clients and our industry, such as understanding and harnessing advanced audience targets. Advertisers want and need to do more than target their campaigns based on age and gender.... Read more

Blog Jun. 3, 2016 | Share

Snapchat Breaking into the Mainstream as it Posts New Highs Across Age Segments

Snapchat Breaking into the Mainstream as it Posts New Highs Across Age Segments

Snapchat isn’t just for teens and college-age adults anymore. While still wildly popular among these younger demographic segments, the ephemeral photo and video sharing app is also rapidly growing its user base among older Millennials (Age 25-34) and those 35 years-and-older. Three years ago, Snapchat’s app was only being used by 5% of smartphone... Read more

Blog Mar. 22, 2016 | Share

iPhone 6 Series Now Represents Majority of U.S. iPhone Installed Base

iPhone 6 Series Now Represents Majority of U.S. iPhone Installed Base

Nine years since the introduction of the first iPhone, Apple remains America’s most popular smartphone original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in 2016. In light of Apple’s product event yesterday where they unveiled the latest iPhone SE, it seemed like the perfect time to look back at how iPhone ownership has evolved over the past year with respect... Read more

Blog Dec. 22, 2015 | Share

comScore in Journal of Advertising Research on Why the Gross Rating Point Metric Should Thrive in Today’s Fragmented Media World

comScore in Journal of Advertising Research on Why the Gross Rating Point Metric Should Thrive in Today’s Fragmented Media World

In the following article entitled “Is the GRP Really Dead in a Cross-Platform Ecosystem?” comScore Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus Gian Fulgoni argues that the GRP will remain vital in the measurement of unduplicated reach and frequency across platforms, as consumers’ consumption of television content continues to fragment in ways unimaginable... 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 Aug. 12, 2015 | Share

Millennials Boast Huge Social Networking Growth and Engagement on Smartphones, But Older Users Surprisingly Outpace Them on Tablets

Millennials Boast Huge Social Networking Growth and Engagement on Smartphones, But Older Users Surprisingly Outpace Them on Tablets

Usage of social networking platforms has become nearly universal. In May 2015, almost 90% of the U.S. digital media population visited social networks, which accounted for more than 300 billion minutes of users’ attention. As social networking penetration inches ever closer to reaching the total internet population, differences in how people engage... Read more

Blog Jul. 29, 2015 | Share

Are Smartphones the Swiss Army Knife of the Millennial Generation?

Are Smartphones the Swiss Army Knife of the Millennial Generation

By now everyone is aware how smartphones have ushered in a new digital age of mobile technology. Online engagement on mobile devices surpassed desktop in 2013, and the majority of our digital media consumption now takes place specifically on apps. Mobile, and the smartphone in particular, has already revolutionized the news, video, social media and... Read more