Acquity Group Study Finds Top Retailers Leave 73% of Customer Tweets Unanswered

     Acquity Group Study Finds Top Retailers Leave 73% of Customer Tweets
                                  Unanswered

The research also revealed more than 75 percent of brands lack a cohesive
social media presence across all major platforms.

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Dec. 17, 2012

CHICAGO, Dec. 17,2012 /PRNewswire/ --Acquity Group (NYSE MKT: AQ), a leading
global Brand eCommerce® and digital marketing company, announced today the
social media findings from its 2012 Brand eCommerce Audit™, which evaluated
Interbrand's 2012 Best Retail Brands on customer engagement across major
digital channels, including big browser, social, and mobile.

While every brand on the list except one has a Facebook page, and 45 out of 50
are on Twitter, only 12 brands had a cohesive presence across all five of the
major social networks analyzed (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and
YouTube).

The audit revealed Twitter had the largest gap between usage and interaction.
With a 90 percent adoption rate among the brands, less than 27 percent
actively participate in Twitter conversations with consumers. In fact,
companies were least likely to respond to or engage with customers via Twitter
than any other social media channel evaluated.

"Although most brands are signed up for the major social networks, many
struggle to understand how they fit into their overarching business strategy.
As a result, our audit revealed several critical areas of improvement when it
comes to actually connecting with consumers across social channels," said Jay
Dettling, Executive Vice President at Acquity Group. "The important take away
for brands is to avoid haphazard or sporadic use of social media. When a new
social media channel is introduced, brands need to take the time to analyze
the potential impact and return, and develop a solid strategy from there."

Brands were most active on YouTube, with 80 percent of the brands leveraging
the channel at an 85 percent engagement rate. Even though the majority of
companies (56 percent) have yet to utilize Instagram, the brands with a
presence on this platform also had a high level of interaction (79 percent).
Pinterest was identified as the most popular up and coming social network,
with 60 percent adoption and 70 percent interaction. According to Dettling,
these findings demonstrate the growing importance of engaging consumers
through videos and visuals. 

The 10 brands scoring best overall in social interaction include, in order of
ranking: Target, Home Depot, RadioShack, Bath and Body Works, Nordstrom, Gap,
eBay, Coach, American Eagle Outfitters and Banana Republic.

To download the full Brand Audit report, visit
www.acquitygroup.com/brandaudit2012 .

The Acquity Group Brand Audit™ Methodology

As a leading provider of digital marketing, interactive design, and eCommerce
solutions, Acquity Group has worked with many well-known retailers to extend
and redefine their cross-channel capabilities for increased profits,
efficiency and customer engagement. Since Acquity Group is currently
developing omni-channel initiatives for various retailers, the company wanted
to obtain a better understanding of how well brands are engaging customers
across channels.

The Audit considered all companies listed on Interbrand's Best Retail Brands
2012 and looked at metrics across a variety of channels, which included
in-store, big browser, mobile, social, search and email. Companies were
awarded points based on their level of interaction with consumers across each
of these channels and were further evaluated on a qualitative scale to assess
consistency across marketing channels.

About Acquity Group:

Acquity Group is a leading global Brand eCommerce® and digital marketing
company, creating award-winning digital experiences for global brands. Our
multi-disciplinary approach brings together strategy, design, and technology
to create brand-unique experiences that build firm customer relationships.
Acquity Group works with leading brands like Adobe, AT&T, General Motors,
Motorola, and Saks Fifth Avenue through offices in North America and Asia.

Emily Johnson
Walker Sands Communications
(312) 267 2939
Emily.johnson@walkersands.com

SOURCE Acquity Group Ltd.

Website: http://www.acquitygroup.com