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PlayStation 4 The Clear Choice For Holiday Shoppers

With the latest generation of gaming consoles hot off the assembly line, qSample surveyed more than 500 respondents from its consumer panel who planned to purchase video gaming systems in the days leading up to Christmas. The Infographic below illustrates the results of the survey.

The survey revealed that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the clear choice for holiday shoppers, beating the closest competitor by 22 percent. PS4 is also the overwhelming choice for those who were looking to upgrade their current system.

More than 37 percent of the respondents indicated they had planned to purchase a PS4. Of those who planned to purchase PS4s, 47 percent were upgrading their current video game console.

Coming in second with a little more than 15 percent was not Microsoft’s Xbox One, which launched one week after PS4 in late November, but its previous generation’s model Xbox 360 (released in 2005). Slightly more than 13 percent of respondents planned to buy an Xbox One. Xbox 360 was more attractive than Xbox One to first-time buyers.

Nintendo’s Wii U is having a hard time keeping pace with PS4 and Xbox One with only seven percent of gamers polled planning to purchase them. However, first time buyers are more likely to buy Nintendo’s Wii. This might be correlated with first-time buyers valuing price more than those planning to upgrade their video game console. The Wii sells for $129 compared to $299 for the Wii U, PS4 for $399 and Xbox One for $499.

While brand name seems to be a factor when considering a video game console, more than 44 percent said their purchasing decision was based on game quality offered. PS4 also beat the competition among gamers who indicated that they value game quality when it comes to making decisions on upgrading their video game console.

Nearly half of the respondents said they were upgrading their video game console compared to almost 25 percent first-time buyers.

Respondents are all part of qSample’s General population and Video Gamer Panel. All have been carefully recruited to target true gamers and light gamers while taking into account key industry tendencies.


An Ivy League Of Their Own

What do 5 of the last 7 presidents and 100% of the Supreme Court Justices have in common?  They graduated from Ivy League universities.  Ivy League graduates are truly in a league of their own.  With a median household income of over $190,000 and a median net worth of $900,000, Ivies are a uniquely influential and affluent demographic, making them particularly appealing to marketers.

This November, the Ivy League Magazine Network and qSample teamed up to survey readers from the eight Ivy League Magazines. Partial results from the survey is depicted in the infographic below. The online study consists of data collected from more than 1500 survey participants. Each reader panel is comprised entirely of graduates from Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania and Yale.

Readers of the Ivy League Magazines find real value in the alumni publication, with over 85% indicating that the magazine has helped them to become successful.  The relationship of mutual respect between panelists and publication fosters high response rates and honest responses from participants.

Over 75% of respondents are active on social media.  Facebook and LinkedIn are the 2 most popular social media sites among participants, with 60% on Facebook and 56% on LinkedIn.  However, usage of social media varied from panel-to-panel with Brown Alumni more like to use Facebook 69%.

Giving back is important to the Ivy League Panel participants with 77% indicating that they volunteer in their community, while 43% do so on a regular basis.

Ivy League Magazine Panel respondents are both affluent and influential among peers in consumer spending categories such as personal technology, automobiles, travel and financial services.

Over the next 12 months, 76% of participants own or plan to purchase a smartphone and 70% own or plan to purchase a tablet computer.  Among smartphone users, iPhone and Android operating systems are the most popular operating systems with 63% of respondents using iPhones and 20% Android.

Ivy League Magazine Panel respondents have the real spending power to make luxury purchases such as high-end vehicles and international travel.  Over the next 12 months, 21% of respondents own or plan to purchase a hybrid or electric vehicle and 34% own or plan to purchase a luxury automobile.

Panelists are frequent travelers with 99% of respondents planning to travel for either business or leisure within the United States this year.  Fifty-eight percent plan to travel to Europe, 17% to Asia and 20% plan to take a cruise.

With a median net worth of over $900,000, Ivy League Magazine readers strategically invest and protect their finances.  Over the next 12 months, 84% of respondents own or plan to invest in mutual funds, 80% own or plan to invest in stocks, 73% own or plan to purchase money market accounts and 71% own or plan to purchase life insurance.

In an Ivy League of their own, Ivy League Magazine Panel men and women have a uniquely affluent profile, difficult to find in any research panel.  The Ivy League survey is part of qSample’s EDU Intelligence series on educational research. The survey consists of more than 30 questions ranging from smart phone usage, financial investment, travel, philanthropy, social media, etc. To learn more about the EDU Intelligence series, email


Louisiana Statewide Survey

qSample’s pulse report is a collection of short research studies conducted each month, using one of the ten specialty panels currently owned and managed by qSample. We believe the survey results from these studies are of interest and we want to share them with you. The reports will be presented in an infographic, depicting research results on various topics. The monthly infographics will always reflect current events and topics of interest.

This past month, we tapped our Likely Voter panel to gauge Louisiana residents’ attitudes towards topics that affect them. The survey was deployed to our Louisiana Panel.


by Rudly Raphael