Despite investor disappointment at a surprising fourth-quarter sales miss, a January consumer survey shows Amazon.com (AMZN) riding a wave of momentum in the new year, according to ChangeWave Research, a service of 451 Research.
The survey of 2,607 North American consumers shows Amazon continuing to grab share in the Home Entertainment market and in overall online sales.
Moreover, the new Kindle Fire tablet – which was on sale for just six weeks during the fourth quarter – shows tremendous potential to bring in additional revenue for Amazon, based on the survey results.
Amazon gains share in home entertainment
Amazon has increased its share of the home entertainment and computer networking market by 14 points over the past six months, and is now just 1 point below its December all-time high in a ChangeWave survey.
At the same time, Best Buy has fallen during this period – and is down 5 points in January alone to its all-time low in a ChangeWave survey.
Amazon still outperforms other online retailers
ChangeWave also asked shoppers where they’ll be spending their online shopping dollars over the next 90 days, and found Amazon continues to outperform all of the other major online retailers included in the survey combined:
We want to learn more about how you will be spending your online shopping dollars over the next 90 days. For each of the following websites, please tell us if you will be spending more money, about the same amount, or less money over the next 90 days compared with the previous 90 days.
One in five respondents (20%) say they’ll spend more money online at Amazon.com vs. 11% less – numbers that dwarf the other online retailers surveyed.
Kindle Fire owners vs. non-owners
A closer look at the Amazon results shows that nearly three in ten consumers who own Kindle Fire tablets (29%) say they’ll spend More Money at Amazon over the next 90 days, compared to 19% of non-owners.
The considerable difference in planned spending between Kindle Fire owners and non-owners highlights the tremendous potential for additional realized revenue that the new tablet brings to Amazon, above and beyond initial sales of the device.
Kindle owners: The price was right
Since the mid-November launch of the Kindle Fire, consumer demand for the tablet has been nothing less than explosive. In the January survey 6% of respondents reported they own a Kindle Fire – double the percentage of a month ago.
ChangeWave asked 254 new Kindle Fire owners a series of questions regarding their overall satisfaction and key likes and dislikes, to gauge their reaction to the new tablet device.
Customer Satisfaction. When asked how satisfied they are with their new tablet device, better than one-in-two Kindle Fire owners (54%) say they are Very Satisfied. Another 38% say they are Somewhat Satisfied.
In previous ChangeWave surveys we’ve found that the percentage of tablet owners who say they are Very Satisfied with a particular device is highly predictive of future demand for that device. So how does the Amazon tablet rating match up against other tablet devices?
While the 54% Very Satisfied rating for the Kindle Fire is considerably below the 74% rating of the industry leading Apple (AAPL) iPad*, it is higher than the 49% average rating for all of the other tablet devices combined.
*Apple iPad and Other Tablet Device ratings are from a November 2011 ChangeWave consumer tablet survey.
The survey also asked owners what they like best and dislike most about the new Kindle Fire.
Owner Likes. The Cost of the Kindle Fire (59%) is by far the thing new owners like best about their device, followed by the Color Screen (31%) and its Ease of Use (27%). Other top responses include the device’s Selection of Books and its Size/Weight.
Owner Dislikes. The top dislikes reported by Kindle Fire owners are No Volume Up/Down Button (27%), the fact it has No Camera (21%), and that the Battery Life is Too Short (15%). Other dislikes include Lack of 3G/4G Capability and Number of Apps Available.
About ChangeWave Research, a service of 451 Research, is a survey research firm that identifies and quantifies change in consumer spending and electronics trends, telecom trends and corporate buying and business trends. This is accomplished through a weekly series of large sample surveys to its network of 25,000 accredited business and technology professionals, and early-adopter consumers, working in more than 20 industries. To learn more visit www.changewaveresearch.com.
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