Experian Marketing Services data shows that iPhone 5s received 4 times as many online searches than iPhone 5c

Experian Marketing Services data shows that iPhone 5s received 4 times as many
                        online searches than iPhone 5c

Among accessory searches, cases come out on top

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2013

NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The energy and excitement of the Apple
launch events never fail to create a buzz amongst consumers, technologists and
marketers alike and the most recent launch on September 10^thwas no
exception. Experian Marketing Services, a global provider of integrated
consumer insights, targeting, data quality and cross-channel marketing,
analyzed the consumer search behavior post launch to see how consumers have
reacted. The full analysis is available at http://ex.pn/1f6iJDa.

Looking at online consumer behavior usingHitwise data, interest and
speculation over the latest Apple product release started slowly in March as
rumors of the next iPhone and iOS started. There was a further lift in search
activity in June around the time of the iOS7 beta release as Apple developers
and enthusiasts scrambled to gain access to the test platform. By August,
search activity was really gaining momentum with the largest peak (an increase
of 212% from the previous week) during the week ending September 14, 2013,
coinciding with the launch event on September 10^th.

Despite the long anticipation and demand for a cheaper iPhone, the $99 iPhone
5c failed to generate the level of search activity seen for the iPhone 5s.
During the week ending September 14^th, searches[1] for iPhone 5s were 4 times
more prevalent than searches for iPhone 5c.

Searches for the currently theoretical iPhone 6 were also popular. In some
cases people were looking to understand whether this release was for the
iPhone 6 whereas others were looking for advice on whether to buy the 5c or 5s
or hold out for the '6'. Searches for 'iPhone fingerprint', which is arguably
the most innovative difference between the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, were the
most common feature-related search.

Surprising was the speed with which the gold iPhone 5s sold out because
searches for 'gold' iPhones only accounted for less than 1 percent of
searches. It is also interesting to note that searches comparing various
iPhone models were twice as frequent as comparisons between iPhones and
Androids, which speaks to the continued loyalty of Apple fans.

The top recipient of traffic from the iPhone release search terms was
Apple.com and most of the traffic was the result of clicks on paid links. The
Apple iPhone product page and Apple Store were other obvious recipients of the
search traffic. Many of the other sites to receive this traffic were content
heavy sites such as YouTube, Yahoo and CBSNews as people scoured the Internet
for news, images and video of the new phones and the launch event.

iPhone users saved their searches for iPhone accessories until the week after
the launch. This is likely the result of a push by accessories manufacturers
maximizing on the increased iPhone interest and relishing the fact that the
specs of the new phone still align with their current inventory of cases. For
those wanting to catch additional search traffic from Apple fans searching for
cases, try incorporating 'covers' in to your keywords since many people search
using this naming alternative. It seems that battery extending cases are
gaining in demand as users become more "fidgetal" and reliant on their phones
and the instance of "nomophobia" (fear of being out of mobile phone contact)
becomes more common.

Make sure to register for the Experian Marketing Services'holiday webinaron
October 24^thwhere we'll cover similar retail trends for the holiday season.

About Experian Marketing Services
Experian Marketing Services is a global provider of integrated consumer
insights and targeting, data quality and cross-channel marketing. We help
organizations around the world intelligently interact with today's dynamic,
empowered and hyperconnected customers. By coordinating seamless interactions
across all marketing channels, marketers are able to plan and execute superior
brand experiences that deepen customer loyalty, strengthen brand advocacy and
maximize profits.

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About Experian

Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data
and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses
to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate
decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report
and credit score, and protect against identity theft.

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constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31,
2013 was US$4.7 billion. Experian employs approximately 17,000 people in 40
countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with
operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and Sao Paulo,
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[1] Searches included terms like iPhone 5s, 5c, iOS7, new/next iPhone and
iPhone 6.

Contact:
Matt Tatham
Experian Marketing Services Public Relations
1 212 380 2939
matt.tatham@experian.com

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