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What influences you to download an app?

From June - November 2011 we asked you, 'What influences you to download an app?' 1203 of you responded with the following results:

Never Sometimes Almost always Every time
It needs to be free 9% 27% 38% 26%
It needs to be cheap (less than 1.50) 16% 27% 31% 25%
Recommended by a friend 18% 64% 13% 5%
In top 25 in an app store 24% 51% 18% 7%
Click through from a company website 39% 47% 8% 5%
Top of the list when I search specifically due to a need 13% 44% 31% 11%
Looks fun 15% 42% 28% 15%
Good description so I know what it does & how it will work 7% 17% 34% 42%

Which one of the following would make you more likely to book a holiday online?

From January - May 2011 we asked you, 'Which one of the following would make you more likely to book a holiday online?' 1054 of you responded with the following results:

  • Cheap deals/Internet prices   401 votes (38%)
  • Reputable 'brand' airline or agent   136 votes (13%)
  • Availability of flights/accommodation   97 votes (9%)
  • Inspirational information & new ideas   115 votes (11%)
  • Positive reviews on sites like TripAdvisor   305 votes (29%)

When & how will you do most of your Christmas shopping?

From August - December 2010 we asked you, 'When & how will you do most of your Christmas shopping?' 1017 of you responded with the following results:

  • September, online   60 votes (6%)
  • September, on the high street   31 votes (3%)
  • October, online   48 votes (5%)
  • October, on the high street   31 votes (3%)
  • November, online   130 votes (13%)
  • November, on the high street   117 votes (12%)
  • December, online   203 votes (20%)
  • December, on the high street   397 votes (39%)

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When starting university what would be the most useful online activity?

From June - August 2010 we asked you, 'When starting university what would be the most useful online activity?' 542 of you responded with the following results:

  • Applying for student loan   126 votes (23%)
  • Applying for clearing places   42 votes (8%)
  • Applying for accommodation   66 votes (12%)
  • Meeting fellow students   71 votes (13%)
  • Choosing course units   132 votes (24%)
  • Applying for student bank account   15 votes (3%)
  • Other   40 votes (7%)
  • None, it should all be offline   50 votes (9%)

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Why would you abandon an order when shopping online?

From March - May 2010 we asked you, 'Why would you abandon an order when shopping online?' 1267 of you responded with the following results:

  • Having to register before buying   371 votes (29%)
  • Hidden charges at the checkout   523 votes (41%)
  • Lengthy checkout process   122 votes (10%)
  • No clear delivery details   144 votes (11%)
  • Phone number not provided on website   107 votes (8%)

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Which social networking site do you find easiest to use?

From January - March 2010 we asked you, 'Which social networking site do you find easiest to use?' 1154 of you responded with the following results:

  • Myspace   48 votes (4%)
  • Facebook   582 votes (50%)
  • Twitter   223 votes (19%)
  • Bebo   14 votes (1%)
  • Friends Reunited   14 votes (1%)
  • LinkedIn   59 votes (5%)
  • Other   76 votes (7%)
  • None of them are easy to use   138 votes (12%)

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Which industry sector has the most difficult to use websites?

From September 2009 - December 2009 we asked you, 'Which industry sector has the most difficult to use websites?' 1006 of you responded with the following results:

  • Retail/ecommerce   133 votes (13%)
  • Financial services   164 votes (16%)
  • Local authority/government   342 votes (34%)
  • Travel   91 votes (9%)
  • Utilities   116 votes (12%)
  • News/media companies   69 votes (7%)
  • Other   91 votes (9%)

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What would be the key factor in purchasing a content management system?

From June 2009 - September 2009 we asked you, 'What would be the key factor in purchasing a content management system?' 1021 of you responded with the following results:

  • Brand name   131 votes (13%)
  • Functionality/feature set   226 votes (22%)
  • Support on offer   15 votes (1%)
  • Price   78 votes (8%)
  • Ease of use   214 votes (21%)
  • Ability to customise functionality   161 votes (16%)
  • License (open source/proprietary)   94 votes (9%)
  • Security   47 votes (5%)
  • None of the above   55 votes (5%)

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What is most likely to persuade you to make a purchase from an online retailer?

From April 2009 - June 2009 we asked you, 'What is most likely to persuade you to make a purchase from an online retailer?' 1382 of you responded with the following results:

  • Look of the site   221 votes (16%)
  • Ease of use   204 votes (15%)
  • Price   360 votes (26%)
  • Reputation of retailer   389 votes (28%)
  • Appearance on search listings   31 votes (2%)
  • Special offers   61 votes (4%)
  • Delivery flexibility   41 votes (3%)
  • None of the above   75 votes (5%)

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Which do you most often do on your mobile/cell phone?

From February 2009 - April 2009 we asked you, 'Other than calls and text messages, which do you most often do on your mobile/cell phone?' 1132 of you responded with the following results:

  • Download ringtones   93 votes (8%)
  • Read news or sport content   78 votes (7%)
  • Check your email   227 votes (20%)
  • Use social networks (Facebook etc.)   97 votes (9%)
  • Use maps or get directions   71 votes (6%)
  • Look for local info or transport news   21 votes (2%)
  • None of the above   545 votes (48%)

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How will the digital sector be affected by the credit crunch?

From December 2008 - February 2009 we asked you, 'How will the digital sector be affected by the credit crunch?' 1118 of you responded with the following results:

  • Thrive as other sectors feel the pinch   190 votes (17%)
  • Take a greater share of limited budgets   348 votes (31%)
  • Suffer the same as other sectors   339 votes (30%)
  • Suffer worse than other sectors   111 votes (10%)
  • Have no effect   130 votes (12%)

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When & how will you do most of your Christmas shopping?

From September - December 2008 we asked you, 'When & how will you do most of your Christmas shopping?' 1018 of you responded with the following results:

  • September, online   114 votes (11%)
  • September, on the high street   23 votes (2%)
  • October, online   48 votes (5%)
  • October, on the high street   28 votes (3%)
  • November, online   162 votes (16%)
  • November, on the high street   98 votes (10%)
  • December, online   200 votes (20%)
  • December, on the high street   340 votes (33%)

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Which of these would you potentially buy online?

From June - August 2008 we asked you, 'Which of these would you potentially buy online?' 1256 of you responded with the following results:

Never Very unlikely Might consider it Would buy it Have bought this
Car 48% 21% 17% 7% 7%
Garden shed 33% 21% 28% 15% 4%
Diamond ring 53% 20% 16% 8% 3%
Groceries 20% 13% 23% 20% 24%
Prescription drugs 38% 17% 20% 18% 7%
Wallpaper 29% 22% 26% 18% 5%
Pets 69% 14% 9% 4% 3%
Clothes 12% 7% 18% 18% 45%
Books 6% 3% 7% 16% 68%
Antiques & artwork 27% 21% 23% 14% 15%

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Which describes your use of local government (council) websites? (2008)

From February - May 2008 we asked you, 'Which describes your use of local government (council) websites?' 1091 of you responded with the following results:

  • Never used them   293 votes (27%)
  • Used occasionally to find information   371 votes (34%)
  • Used often for information only   96 votes (9%)
  • Used, would consider doing transactions   110 votes (10%)
  • Used for information & transactions   219 votes (20%)

Transactions include paying parking fines, making an application etc.

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Which would you use on your mobile/cell phone if speed & quality weren't an issue?

From November 2007 - January 2008 we asked you, 'Which would you use on your mobile/cell phone if speed & quality weren't an issue?' 1010 of you responded with the following results:

  • Social networks   254 votes (25%)
  • Travel information/planning   135 votes (13%)
  • Email   335 votes (33%)
  • Local information - what's around you   199 votes (20%)
  • Online shopping   87 votes (9%)

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Which do you most often do on your mobile/cell phone?

From August - October 2007 we asked you, 'Which do you most often do on your mobile/cell phone?' 1169 of you responded with the following results:

  • Download ringtones   283 votes (24%)
  • Read news or sports content   98 votes (8%)
  • Check your email   137 votes (12%)
  • Use maps or get directions   39 votes (3%)
  • Use search engines to find information   95 votes (8%)
  • I don't do any of the above   517 votes (44%)

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Which describes your use of local government (council) websites? (2007)

From May - July 2007 we asked you, 'Which describes your use of local government (council) websites?' 947 of you responded with the following results:

  • Never used them   296 votes (31%)
  • Used occasionally to find information   308 votes (32%)
  • Used often for information only   99 votes (10%)
  • Used, would consider doing transactions   88 votes (9%)
  • Used for information & transactions   156 votes (16%)

Transactions include paying parking fines, making an application etc.

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When looking for insurance which would you do online?

From January - April 2007 we asked you, 'When looking for insurance which would you do online?' 874 of you responded with the following results:

  • Nothing - I'd phone them instead   240 votes (27%)
  • Initial research of policies only   109 votes (12%)
  • Get a quote for a policy   182 votes (21%)
  • Apply for the policy (and pay offline)   33 votes (4%)
  • Apply and pay online for a policy   310 votes (35%)

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What makes you trust a website when buying online?

From December 2006 - January 2007 we asked you, 'What makes you trust a website when buying online?' 1162 of you responded with the following results:

  • https in web address   474 votes (40%)
  • Security assurances on the page   76 votes (6%)
  • Dealing with a reputable brand   336 votes (28%)
  • Contact phone number readily available   86 votes (7%)
  • Professional look and feel   190 votes (16%)

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Why would you abandon an order when shopping online?

From November - December 2006 we asked you, 'Why would you abandon an order when shopping online?' 1035 of you responded with the following results:

  • Having to register before buying   319 votes (31%)
  • Hidden charges at the checkout   379 votes (36%)
  • Lengthy checkout process   92 votes (9%)
  • No clear delivery details   137 votes (13%)
  • Phone number not provided on website   108 votes (10%)

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How do you feel about adverts on websites?

From September - November 2006 we asked you, 'How do you feel about adverts on websites?' 1042 of you responded with the following results:

  • I enjoy looking at them   72 votes (7%)
  • They're OK if not too intrusive   254 votes (24%)
  • They're OK if related to the site I'm on   249 votes (24%)
  • I find them annoying   467 votes (45%)

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What annoys you the most about websites?

From June - August 2006 we asked you, 'What annoys you the most about websites?' 1208 of you responded with the following results:

  • Not being able to find what you need   354 votes (29%)
  • Pages taking a long time to load   171 votes (14%)
  • Poorly written content   106 votes (9%)
  • Intrusive adverts (e.g. pop-ups)   496 votes (41%)
  • Poor search results   81 votes (7%)

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