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December 6th, 2012

Which tablets do you take? And is the mouse a squeak away from extinction?

Which tablets do you take? And is the mouse a squeak away from extinction?

Prompt Communications Tech SurveyRegular market research is essential to ensure that you are still tapping the correct markets for your products and services. At Prompt, we undertake all aspects of research, data collection and statistical analysis. Perhaps the easiest and quickest way to take a rapid snapshot of market opinions, is to conduct a survey.

One recent survey we conducted across US and UK tech consumers proved to be a great example of rapid opinion gathering. The survey was conducted online and in-person. It revealed that Apple is still far more sought after than its competitors in the tablet world, and remains better thought of than its competitors in terms of innovation, design, usability, retail and marketing effort.

Perhaps most tellingly, despite significant launches from Microsoft, Samsung, Google and Amazon in 2012, more survey respondents are hoping for iPads, iPad minis and iPhones in their stockings this year, over other tablet-like devices!

In the tablet and smartphone market, companies are constantly looking for ways to become more innovative and to aggressively increase their market share. A responsibility lies with these vendors to be clearer about specs, features and benefits, and to help consumers to navigate the maze of new mobile devices. Clarity, common English and transparency are crucial. Meanwhile consumers are becoming increasingly aware of what products are available and the features they are looking for, while gaining a deeper understanding of comparable benefits.

In the same survey, we also found that although losing popularity with the rise of tablets, the computer mouse isn’t headed for extinction just yet.  That finding probably surprised me the most – personally I work at a touchscreen computer, a laptop with a touchpad, a tablet and a smartphone – all without a mouse in sight. I still carry one around in my handbag though, so perhaps I’m just sentimental…

Would you like to weigh in with your own opinions? Perhaps you’d like to add your own support for Apple, provide some vocal backing for other tablet brands, or just stick up for the mouse? We’d love to hear from you. The survey is still open. Please just click here to share views on tablets, mice and your holiday wish-list.

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December 5th, 2012

Prompt survey: Why do consumers favor Apple over Microsoft? And is the computer mouse heading for extinction?

Prompt survey: Why do consumers favor Apple over Microsoft? And is the computer mouse heading for extinction?

Mobile device survey finds Apple iPad 2, iPad mini and iPhone 5 rank above competing devices from Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Samsung, while the mouse is alive and well

5 December 2012 – Prompt Communications, a transatlantic copywriting, PR and social digital communications agency, has conducted a survey of consumers to unveil opinions of mobile devices, brands, computer mice and Windows 8.

The survey, conducted online and in-person, asked consumers which brands they preferred, which brands they considered to be the most ‘innovative’, and which products they thought were the most exciting launches of 2012. Respondents were given the opportunity to provide opinions on product features, their personal tablet wish-list, and the future of the mouse.

Apple was named as the most popular and innovative technology company, beating industry rivals Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Samsung, with 40% of respondents naming Apple’s iPad 2, iPad mini or the iPhone 5 as the most exciting launch of 2012. Apple was followed by Samsung, with almost a fifth of respondents (18%) voting for its Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note, followed by 14% in favor of Microsoft’s new Surface tablets.

When told they could “ask Santa for one tablet-like device for Christmas”, 40% said they would put an Apple iPad on their list, 18% opted for a Microsoft Surface; 15% chose an Apple iPad mini, and just 6% said they’d ask Santa for a Google Nexus. On the topic of the computer mouse and whether it is heading for extinction, a surprising 69% said that they didn’t think it was, although a third of respondents (29%) did believe the mouse was living on borrowed time.

The survey also asked consumers to score Apple and Microsoft in a range of categories spanning products, services and reputation, and found:

  • In retail Apple ranked highest against Microsoft thanks to its App Store with 96% of consumers choosing Apple, compared to just 4% of users selecting Microsoft
  • In marketing Apple scored 93% against Microsoft’s 7%
  • For hardware design 78% chose Apple compared to just over a fifth (22%) opting for Microsoft
  • For operating systems, 62% of consumers said Apple’s OS was best, with 38% voting for Microsoft
  • In usability 60% of consumers preferred the Apple, compared to Microsoft’s 40%
  • However, Microsoft was favored over Apple when it came to corporate compatibility with 77% of respondents preferring Microsoft devices for ‘business use’.   

When asked about Microsoft’s new Windows 8 launch, around two-thirds (61%) said it was “just another ordinary Windows update”, while almost a quarter of respondents said it was “a big fuss about nothing”. However, 15% did say they thought the launch was “revolutionary”.

The device market looks set to swell further through fresh partnerships, such as that recently forged by Google and Samsung. Apple may have 100 million tablets on the market today, but it’s estimated that by the end of 2014 Android shipments will exceed that of iOS devices. With further market complexity, any resulting buyer confusion could mean a black mark not only for one vendor, but for an OS, or the market itself.

Hazel Butters, CEO of Prompt, said: “In the tablet and smartphone market, companies are constantly looking for ways to become more innovative and to aggressively increase their market share. Meanwhile consumers are becoming increasingly aware of what products are available and the features they are looking for, while gaining a deeper understanding of comparable benefits. A responsibility lies with vendors to be clearer about specs, features and benefits, and to help consumers to navigate the maze of new mobile devices. Clarity, common English and transparency are crucial.”

Hazel concluded: “The one thing that surprises me is that more people didn’t say that the mouse is headed for extinction. Perhaps computer users have an emotional attachment – personally I work at a touchscreen computer, a laptop with a touchpad, a tablet and a smartphone – all without a mouse in sight. But I still carry one around in my handbag – perhaps I’m just sentimental.”

Would you like to weigh in with your own opinions? We’d love to hear them, and the survey is still open. Please click here to share views on tablets, mice and your holiday wish-list.

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November 6th, 2012

Microsoft vs Apple: Prompt Survey Smackdown!

Microsoft vs Apple: Prompt Survey Smackdown!

If you’ve read our blog or our newsletter, you’ll know that we love technology launches. We’re also kind of nosey, and like to hear other people’s opinions. So with the launch of Microsoft Surface, Windows 8 and Apple’s iPad Mini, we’d like to know what you think.

* Can Windows 8 really live up to Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer’s hype and “shatter perceptions of what a PC truly is”, or is it just another upgrade?

* Is Surface a “compromised, confusing product”, as claimed by Apple CEO Tim Cook,  or genuine competition for his iPad?

* Will techies continue camping outside Apple Stores every time an ‘iSomething’ is launched?

* When will they ever get that excited about launches from Redmond?

* Is a new era for Microsoft dawning?

We have so many questions that we’ve put them all into our Microsoft vs. Apple: Prompt Survey Smackdown, and it’s already well underway. The PromptBoston team has been out asking folks their thoughts in the Boston and Cambridge area. We’ve also been quizzing fellow tech aficionados at Prompt’s Boston offices in the Cambridge Innovation Center, while our UK counterparts @PromptLondon are surveying Londoners to get their take.

Microsoft or Apple? Have your say today. There are only six questions, so please take a few minutes, click here and let us know which side of the Apple / Microsoft fence you stand on.

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October 25th, 2012

LinkedIn vs. Pinterest

LinkedIn vs. Pinterest

Prompt Poll:

As a high tech PR, copywriting and social media agency, we’re naturally fascinated with how people use social media – and recently wrote about the changes that LinkedIn and Pinterest underwent.  But, given the choice, which do people prefer?….

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December 10th, 2009

Facebook is more popular than email or SMS to keep in touch

Facebook is more popular than email or SMS to keep in touch

Today, we announced the results of our survey on trends in communications [read the whole release here]. Our findings were surprising to say the least.

First, Facebook was the most common tool for communication with friends and family, with 96% of users citing their use of it to stay in touch – slightly edging SMS and email. In just the few years Facebook has been around, it has become a central part of many people’s everyday lives.

Yet, people are ambivalent towards the way that technology and social media are impacting society. 60% of people believe that they rely too much on technology, and 71% believe social media is making communication less personal. This indicates that even though they are using social media more, they feel they are having real human interaction less. But they are addicts – over 52% claim they couldn’t last a week without social media.


It is important to be aware of these trends when working in communications. Even though social media tools are growing and are a great avenue for interaction, people still crave real in-person human interaction. We like hearing each other’s voices and seeing expressions on faces. So don’t be afraid to pick up the phone, call an old friend or a journalist, and meet with them. And then you can let your friends know how great it was on Facebook when you get back.

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