Acquity Group, a brand e-commerce and digital marketing company, part of Accenture Interactive, has surveyed 2,035 Americans of 18 y.o.+ to research their shopping decisions made as a result of digital engagement with the brand. Particularly, the study answers the question whether branded content “sells”, and if so—which channels are the most trustworthy.

Despite the hype about the ever-growing role of social-media marketing in business strategy of B2C organizations, the latest research by Simply Measured shows that on average American brands spend just 9.9% of their allocated digital marketing budget in 2015. However, it is to double and reach 22.5% in the next five years, according to projections of the survey participants.