December 9, 2015 Last Updated 9:32 am

In tech path to purchase, content is king says study from digital media firm Purch and comScore

The digital media company Purch has released a study it conducted with comScore on tech path to purchase. The study looked at “over 3,000 qualifying purchase events in a 90 day period” during the summer of this year to determine its findings.

Purch, which publishes sites such as Top Ten Reviews and Tom’s Guide, obviously has an interest in the results, and promoting its findings. But I think there are some interesting findings here, some being pretty obvious. For instance, reviews have more impact over purchases than news stories. This seems obvious to me in that reviews are often searched for at the time of a purchase, whereas a news story is a less efficient way for a potential buyer to get useful information before a purchase. I would state, however, that news content builds credibility for reviews, though that may only be my own bias.

Here is the announcement for the study. You can find more information in the form of an infographic here.


CONTENT IS CRITICAL IN THE TECH PATH TO PURCHASE:
PURCH AND COMSCORE REPORT EXAMINES KEY CONSUMER INFLUENCERS

52 Percent of Tech Product Advertisements Are Served to Consumers
Who Have Already Made the Purchase

NEW YORK, NY – December 9, 2015 — When it comes to online shopping, conversions are king. But what kinds of searches, ads and content are consumers interacting with before and after a tech purchase? Purch, a digital content and commerce company, and comScore, a global media measurement and analytics company, partnered to determine the answer in a new study released today—PURCHase Report: Consumer Technology. The research examines more than 3,000 qualifying purchases over a 90 day period to track key influences and behaviors of U.S consumers before, during and after a technology purchase. Purchases tracked include popular products such as mobile devices, tablets and wearables from top online retailers and brands including Samsung, Apple and HP. Findings point to inefficiencies in ad delivery and consumer focus on tech reviews and content both ahead of and after making a purchase.

topbrands-780“It’s critical for brands and marketers to gain a detailed understanding of the many factors that influence a consumer shopping for a tech product,” said Erin Kaczynski, Vice President of Marketing at Purch. “The Purch and comScore PURCHase Report goes a long way toward providing a more comprehensive understanding of the consumer path to purchase and helps marketers and publishers better service them via advertising, search, and editorial. The media landscape is saturated, but tech content stands out as a go-to resource in the month before consumers land directly at online retail destinations to make purchases.”

Data sources analyzed in the study include search, ad exposure, visitation, mobile and e-commerce. Key findings from the PURCHase Report include:

OVER HALF OF IMPRESSIONS OCCUR AFTER A PURCHASE

The majority (52 percent) of relevant ad impressions took place after the consumer had already made a purchase. This indicates significant opportunity to retune ad strategy and messaging to consumers for tech items such as smartphones, laptops and storage devices – to place the right ads at the right phase in the consumer journey.

TECH MEDIA IS CONTENT KING

On the content side, tech media sites are the most widely consumed content throughout the purchase journey (pre- and post-purchase), pointing to trust in product reviews and testing by neutral parties that relay accessible information. Tech media site consumption is followed by multi-category retailer and tech retailer sites.

TECH REVIEWS TRUMP NEWS

On tech media sites, buyers read 80% more reviews/buying guide pages than news pages. Both reviews and news article readership were split fairly evenly by platform, with 53 percent of pages views on PCs and 47 percent of pages viewed on mobile devices.

TECH RETAILER SEARCHES RISE AS PURCHASE APPROACHES

As consumers move into the final phases of their research and look to complete purchases, they shift their search behavior to retailers’ sites. The majority of their searches —67 percent – took place on retail sites rather than search engines on the day of purchase.

BEHAVIORS VARY BY DEMOGRAPHIC

Men dominate tech forums and women consume a slight majority of tech how-to pages, but the genders are split evenly when it comes to time spent on reviews/buying guides – indicating that reviews play an equal role in both genders’ decision making processes.

GEN X-ERS BUY MORE TECH PRODUCTS, BUT MILLENIALS OUTSPEND

Gen X consumers (age 35-54) accounted for 45 percent of the tech purchases in this research. Millennials however, were the big spenders, spending an average of 8% more per purchase than older consumers.


The PURCHase Report uniquely provides in-depth information about relevant online behavior leading up to and following actual tech purchases. The research considers digital influencers holistically, with a look at ad exposure and other types of content important to consumers as they research products, i.e. reviews, news and searches across retailers’ sites, search engines and deals resources. The insight gleaned from this data is a valuable tool for advertisers and marketers seeking to connect with consumers in the right way during the purchase process. View the full report [hyperlink].

Study Methodology:

Purch and comScore partnered on an in-depth analysis of relevant digital activity on desktop and mobile devices by comScore U.S. panelists who purchased a consumer tech product online. comScore’s behavioral measurement software on panelist PCs identified over 3,000 qualifying purchase events in a 90 day period (May 2015 – July 2015), in any of 11 tech product categories ranging from laptops and mobile phones to wearable fitness devices.

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