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SBF Annual National Business Survey Shows Singaporean Companies Responding to Changing Landscape

January 15th, 2018 Posted in Blackbox in the Media

Blackbox Research collaborated with the Singapore Business Federation on the annual National Business Survey, polling local large enterprises and SMEs to find out their concerns and outlook for the upcoming year. The study was covered across key Singapore-based publications including The Straits Times and The Business Times.

The findings reveal that a third (33%) of companies have been investing significantly in business transformation. A quarter (25%) however, remain “slow starters” which are out of touch with technology and trends.

David Black, managing director, Blackbox Research, was quoted saying, “Slow starters appear to be far less responsive to some of the things happening in the business landscape…We also found that their self-reported performance (was poorer).”


Inaugural ASEAN-wide Survey Reveals Singapore Perspectives on the Association

January 15th, 2018 Posted in Blackbox in the Media

The Straits Times carried results from a first-of-its-kind ASEAN-wide survey conducted by Blackbox Research to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Asean regional bloc this year.

Almost nine in 10 (89 per cent) of respondents said they had a favourable, rather than unfavourable, opinion of Asean. But Singapore was the country with the lowest percentage of respondents, at 15 per cent, who said they had a very favourable opinion of Asean, below the average of 38 per cent.

Also citing the study was Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large in Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a professor of law at the National University of Singapore. In his opinion editorial here, Prof Koh expressed the disappointment that “the Singapore public ranks last in its favourable attitude towards Asean”, while explaining the importance of Asean to Singaporeans further on in the essay.

Inaugural ASEAN-wide Study: Southeast Asians Positive About ASEAN But Want To See Faster Pace In The Future

December 15th, 2017 Posted in Blackbox in the Media

A survey conducted by Singapore-based independent research consultancy, Blackbox Research, to coincide with ASEAN’s 50th anniversary, reveals that 78% of Southeast Asians have a positive view of ASEAN.

In the first major public survey of citizens conducted across all ten ASEAN nations, findings show that while most Southeast Asians are both positive and optimistic about ASEAN and its future, nearly 3 in 4 (74%) believe ASEAN’s future development should be faster than it has been to date.

Topline findings from the study were covered in major news outlets including TODAY and Lianhe Zaobao. Please find the stories linked here, here and here.

The fuller report will be released later in December.

NDR Speech 2017: Catch Up Nation?

August 22nd, 2017 Posted in Blackbox in the Media

Yahoo published findings from a Blackbox study conducted amongst 500 Singaporeans to find out their perspectives on Prime Minister Lee’s National Day Rally speech this year.

The Smart Nation segment was viewed as the highlight by 40 per cent of Singaporeans, followed by diabetes at 34 per cent and preschools at 12 per cent.

The integrated national sensor network, the “eat less and healthily” message and the new centralised training institute for preschool teachers were singled as the most relevant messages within their respective themes.

Blackbox survey shows that 86 percent of online shoppers will likely purchase from Amazon’s new local app

July 30th, 2017 Posted in Blackbox in the Media

Blackbox’s survey on Amazon and other key players in the Singapore e-commerce landscape was revisited by TechinAsia. Commenting on the competition between Amazon and Alibaba-backed Lazada, Blackbox Managing Director David Black said, “It is a West meets East crossroads so other big global players will also be looking closely to see if the Amazon bandwagon can be halted by a Chinese giant with genuine global aspirations. It really is a fight for the future.”

Lee Family Dispute Survey Results in the News

July 3rd, 2017 Posted in Blackbox in the Media

Findings from a Blackbox study conducted regarding the Oxley Road issue were reported in various Singapore and international media outlets including South China Morning Post, Yahoo News and TODAY.

Fake News Continues to Concern Singaporeans

June 19th, 2017 Posted in Blackbox in the Media

In an article entitled “The Big Read: In an era of fake news, the truth may not always be out there” by TODAY which addresses the flourishing of fake news, Blackbox managing director and founder David Black shares his thoughts on what is fake news, and why its growing prevalence matters to Singaporeans. Select excerpts below:

Speaking to TODAY, Blackbox Research managing director David Black said a fake news item tends to be picked up and shared if it is perceived as “threatening the community or accepted moral standards”. Information on purported flouting of health and food regulations typically gains instant traction, said Mr Black, referring to the hoax circulating in January that FairPrice’s house brand of rice was made of plastic. The supermarket chain subsequently debunked the hoax on its Facebook page. “Singaporeans, like everyone on social media, typically assume prima facie accuracy when reading news within their personal and social space – on Facebook and Twitter news feeds as well as messaging apps,” Mr Black said. “People tend to trust their connections, which in turn diminishes their cognitive filters and critical thinking abilities, making social media feeds fertile ground for fake news to breed.”

Mr Black argued that bringing regulations up to speed with the new media environment was “inevitable”. “Unfortunately, technology is not yet at a point where it weeds out plain untruths,” he said. “The truth is that self-regulation and media literacy are ineffective tools against propaganda whose sole aim is to manipulate the truth.”

Fake News Also a Growing Worry in Singapore

May 3rd, 2017 Posted in Blackbox in the Media

An independent study conducted by Blackbox Research revealed that many Singaporeans are concerned about fake news, especially online and on social media sites. About 42% of all Singaporeans polled commented that they regularly wonder if the news they read online is true or false.

The proliferation of fake news also worries Singaporeans. Around 61% of those polled say they worry about reading fake news online to “some” extent, with one-third of them concerned about fake news “a lot”.

Nearly half of the survey population (47%) believe that at least “some” of the local news on social media is fake. Mainstream media news sites such as SPH, MediaCorp and Yahoo are seen as being far less likely to publish fake or misleading news compared to emerging online news outlets.

Some of the findings were published in The Straits Times on 1 May 2017. For the full report, please see below.

YKA -Apr-2017-Poll Findings – Fake News

Over 2 in 5 Singaporeans Willing to Change Jobs for More Vacation Time

October 3rd, 2016 Posted in Blackbox in the Media


In a Fiji Airways study conducted by Blackbox, more than two in every five Singaporeans (42%) were found to be willing to change jobs, retire earlier (44%), switch industries (37%) and have smaller families (32%), all in order to have more holidays.

General stress (33%) and work-related stress (26%) were found to be their biggest happiness barriers. Whilst on holiday, however, Singaporeans were found to relax most with leisure activities (75%), over cultural actives (69%) and active experiences (56%).

The findings were published by Human Resources Online. Click on the image below to read more.


Blackbox Finds “In Singapore, Older Users Tap Facebook, But When It Comes to Messaging, Everyone Still Uses Whatsapp, and Often”

September 19th, 2016 Posted in Blackbox in the Media

eMarketer - September 15th 2016


Blackbox’s findings on smartphones and apps in Singapore were recently published in the lead Asia-Pacific article of eMarketer’s newsletter.
For the full article, please click here.