Executive Director, Industry Analyst - Consumer Electronics
Ben Arnold is an industry analyst for The NPD Group, covering consumer electronics with an emphasis on video and audio products. A veteran analyst, he has covered the media and technology industries for over 10 years with an eye on trends in consumer habits and usage.
Ben is available to offer expert insight and commentary on these and other industry-related topics.
- Audio and video electronics sales and trends
- Demographic and usage profiles of consumers
- Consumer attitudes at retail
- Trends in device feature sets
Ben’s work has been featured extensively in industry publications TWICE andDealerscope, and he has been quoted in news and business outlets such as theAP, Financial Times, MSNBC.com, PCMag, The Washington Post, and Forbes. He has presented and served on panels at industry events including CES, Digital Media Conference, and Product Returns. In 2014, Ben was named one of Dealerscope’s “40 under 40.”
Prior to joining NPD, Ben was a senior analyst at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), serving as the principal analyst on video, audio, and mobile computing research initiatives. In that role he also led analyst briefings with association members, the press, and government officials. Before CEA, he worked as a senior analyst at USA TODAY, supporting business development and new digital property acquisition.
Ben has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Virginia.
Earlier this month, HomePod pre-orders began shipping, and as of February 9, excited new owners began receiving their speakers.
Technology Analyst Ben Arnold examines totally wireless earbuds, a new headphone segment that has come out of the emergence of Bluetooth.
This year my family spent Thanksgiving in Manhattan, making for a memorable post-dinner technology shopping tour in the city. Among the handful of stores I visited Thursday night, a trip to Best Buy on the Upper East Side really stood out. This wasn’t the big store I’m used to in Virginia; this smaller, city-sized Best Buy boasted a club-like atmosphere. It was packed at 10:00 p.m., long after the opening rush at 5:00 p.m., and an in-store Sonos system played Rihanna and Future throughout the building. A Beats mini-store on the lower level featured several headphones to demo. It felt more like a technology shopping party than a post-Thanksgiving bargain hunt.
- Holiday Shoppers Get the Best of Both Worlds – In-Store Spirit with Online Ease, Reports NPD
- Unit Sales of Voice-Enabled Speakers in the U.S. Were Up 36 Percent Heading Into the Holiday Season
- An Increasing Number of Restaurant Meals Are Being Eaten At Home Because That’s Where U.S. Consumers Want to Be
- Growth in Fragrance Sales Bodes Well for the Market During Holiday 2018, Reports NPD
- Hooking Them Young(er)
- Fashion Accessory Rebound Driven By Changing Consumer Priorities, Reports NPD