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CEA Launches Consumer Outlook Research on Tablets
Arlington, VA – 03/13/2012 – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today launches a new quarterly tracking report on the tablet market, Consumer Outlook on Tablets, and issued the first report of the series for first quarter 2012. 

The Consumer Outlook on Tablets reports provide trend information on consumer behavior and sentiment, enabling the industry to track developments in the tablet market over time. Each report pulls together three important and complementary types of data:  1) the most recent CEA sales and forecast data for tablets; 2) consumer survey data; and 3) social media conversation. The consumer survey data is culled from a monthly online survey of U.S. adults that tracks consumer adoption, purchase intent and satisfaction regarding tablets and other computing platforms. CEA derives further insights by analyzing the volume, sentiment and subject of social media conversations about tablets. 

“Tablets are the fastest growing category in consumer electronics history,”  said Tara Hutton, director of market research, CEA. “CEA’s quarterly Consumer Outlook on Tablets offers an unmatched examination of what consumers think about tablets, how they’re using the devices, and what their future purchase intentions may be.”
The Consumer Outlook on Tablets reports will be released on the last Monday of every quarter. The reports will be free to CEA members and available for purchase to non-CEA members at the CEA store. The report for the first quarter of 2012 is already available. Analyzing data collected between October and December 2011, the Consumer Outlook on Tablets: Q1 2012 found that roughly two in three online consumers expect to purchase a tablet, but that there is no evidence to suggest tablets will cannibalize other computing platforms. Online conversations about tablets during the quarter mostly focused on news reports and product launches. A spike in online conversation about purchase intent was seen in mid-November 2011 as well as mid-December 2011, likely on the heels of new product launches and the holiday purchase season.

The release dates for upcoming reports are as follows:
Q2 2012 : Monday, April 23, 2012
Q3 2012 : Monday, July 23, 2012
Q4 2012: Monday, October 29, 2012

CEA will host a free webinar for CEA members to discuss the Consumer Outlook series in more depth and highlight an opportunity for members to gain access to brand and model-level social media conversation data through a proprietary data portal. The webinar will be on Thursday, May 3 from 2-3pm EDT. To register, email the Webinar team or call 703-907-4354.

The Consumer Outlook on Tablets serieswas designed and formulated by CEA Market Research, the most comprehensive source of sales data, forecasts, consumer research and historical trends for the consumer electronics industry. Please cite any information to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The complete study is available free to CEA member companies at Non-members may purchase the study at the CEA store.


About the Consumer Technology Assocation

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $195 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at, and through social media: CEA FacebookCEA TwitterDigital Dialogue.

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