Brexit has affected consumer fears not spending

Spending confidence at highest level on record but huge rise sees economy become #1 concern

British consumer spending confidence has hit its highest level on record but a huge rise in concern about the economy saw it overtake terrorism and immigration as the nation’s biggest concern.

The latest Nielsen Global Survey of Consumer Confidence and Spending Intentions revealed that across 2016, the economy saw the biggest rise in the amount of Britons citing it as their 1st or 2nd biggest concern. The proportion doing so rose 12 percentage points to 28%. Political stability saw the next biggest rise, jumping eight points to 10% – five times higher than at the end of 2015.

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The Search Elite Conference has a lineup of speakers that have each led outstanding success in search marketing. If you are an in-house marketer, work for an agency, or if you are a digital marketing consultant then this is a conference which promises no fuss and no time wasting. 

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"Automate or Die" by David Iwanow
"Don't Waste Money Buying Traffic" by Jim Banks
"The Power of GTM" by Gerry White



The Search Elite Speakers: 


Sam Noble
Director Of Koozai and Search Personality Of The Year and Founder of State of Digital and Internationally renowned marketing specialist.

Bas van den Beld
Online marketing strategist and founder of State of Digital


David Iwanow
Director Of Strategy at BlueGlass

Jim Banks
CEO Spades Media and Google Adwords master


Judith Lewis 
Founder deCabbitt Consultancy

Jono Anderson
Principal Consultant at Distilled


Russell McAthy
CEO at Cubed

Gerry White
Analytics and SEO Consultant


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Search Elite
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Advertisers wasted over £600m on non-viewable ads last year ... Meetrics.

Viewability situation “not really improving”

UK advertisers spent about £606 million on online ads last year that didn’t meet minimum viewability thresholds, according to the latest quarterly benchmark report from ad verification company Meetrics.

In the final quarter of 2016, only 49% of banner ads served met the IAB and Media Ratings Council’s recommendation that 50% of the ad was in view for at least 1 second. This was the same figure as Q3, which itself was a marginal improvement on the 47% in Q2, but a noticeable drop from the 54% viewability level in Q1 2016.

A quick-guide to Live Streaming and promotions ... PromoVeritas

A quick-guide to Live Streaming and promotions

A recent trend on social media has been the explosion of live streaming capability. Periscope, Facebook Live, Meerkat and YouTube have proven to be hugely successful ways to access live streaming due it being a cheap and instant way to interact with mass audiences and individuals alike.

British women among most likely to find Christmas stressful

Women in Britain are among the most likely in Europe to associate Christmas with stress, according to a 25-country study by Lidl and Nielsen on men and women’s attitudes and roles around Christmas.

Over six-in-10 (61%) British women say Christmas means stress – only women in three countries find it more stressful (Sweden, Slovakia and the Czech Republic). This compares to 54% of British men. 

In all 25 countries, except Switzerland, women find Christmas more stressful than men. 

Christmas preparations and planning are still done mostly by women: 66% said they organise the Christmas food, 75% buy the gifts while 78% take care of the Christmas decorations, including dressing the tree.

"As a retail company active in 30 countries, Lidl wanted to ask shoppers what is important to them at Christmas, what makes them feel stressed, and where they could use some help", says Mike Watkins, Nielsen’s UK head of retailer and business insight. “Indeed, retailers have a major role to play in helping reduce stress levels around Christmas as purchasing is such a major part of it. Consequently, advertising and services that tap into this often-unspoken aspect are likely to resonate strongly with people.”

The cost of Christmas is unlikely to help stress levels. Nielsen Homescan data reveals the typical December grocery shopping bill is 20% higher (£371) than the average bill across the 11 other months, while the number of shopping trips increases 6%.

Christmas is obviously good news for retailers and brands. Alcohol sees the biggest increase in spend (62%) in December compared to the average month, followed by confectionery (up 33%) and Health & Beauty (up 20%).

How December salescompare to rest of year

Although total grocery sales in December are 20% higher than the average month, online grocery sales only rise 6%. Watkins notes this may look low in comparison but the differential is “more about the surge in sales that the larger out-of-town stores see in December, particularly people buying fresh produce in the final few days before Christmas.”