Casual Friday: Decide


Are you in the market for a new TV, laptop, or camera but can't decide if this is the right time to buy? Will a new bigger, badder, lighter, faster model be coming out tomorrow? Is this really the lowest price or will the price fall next week? With these tough questions looming, it can be hard to decide when to buy. These are big purchases that we tend to keep around for a few years. Gain the confidence you need to decide when and what to buy using Decide. Decide uses fancy models to predict product releases. The predict future product releases "by matching hundreds of thousands of devices to their model lineages and applying advanced machine learning and text mining algorithms." Their price predictions will save you a ton of money by looking at billions of price movements in over 40 distinct factors. Use their mobile site in the store as you shop or set up alerts so you'll know exactly when to pull the trigger on that big purchase.

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Ad Spend Forecast


According to new eMarketer reports, US spending on major media will continue its slow recovery from the recession. Total ad spending won’t come back to 2007 levels in the next few years, but TV ad spending is making a better-than-average comeback and will surpass 2007 spending levels by 2012. TV still retains the greatest share of US major media ad spending, at 39% and is expected to keep that hold through 2015. This means the increases in online ad spending—set to grow from 15% to 26% of the total by 2015—will come at the expense of print.

Online already represents the second-biggest advertising medium after television, after surpassing print newspaper ad spending in 2010. By 2013, online ad spending will be greater than print spending on both magazines and newspapers combined.

Even though online advertising is projected to increase its share of US major media ad spend, overall spending on digital, including internet and mobile, still hasn't risen to match consumption patterns. The internet took up 25% of adults’ daily media time in 2010, but received just 19% of US ad spend. Mobile is also behind. It claims 8% of media time, but most of that is devoted to communications activities marketers are not looking to interrupt.

Average Time Spent vs Ad $ Spent