Archive for November, 2011

Netflix’s Bad Stock Timing (NFLX)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-netflix-2011-11

Netflix “is showing investors how not to buy and sell stock,” says the Bespoke Investment Group.

Last night it sold $200 million worth of stock at $70 a share. It had to sell that stock as part of a deal to raise another $200 million in the form of convertible notes. The financial moves will dilute shareholders by about 10%, according to Credit Suisse.

The timing is really embarrassing for Netflix because it spent $200 million buying back shares at an average price of $218 during the first half of the year.

Buying high and selling low is not how you should do it.

For what it’s worth, as you can see in the chart below, Netflix’s timing wasn’t always terrible! It was pretty smart buyer until the second quarter of 2011.

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 news No Comments

A Few Insights Drawn From The Facebook Pages Of Abercrombie, Aeropostale And More (AEO, ANF, ARO)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/insight-facebook-abercrombie-2011-11


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“Although Abercrombie fans agree this Skyler cami is cute, a few refuse to pay $88 for it.”

That’s the kind of insight Brean Murray’s Eric Beder drew from comments on the Facebook pages of retail brands. Here are some more:

A&F fans also love the new warm and comfy sweats.

AE fans love the spread in People magazine and they’re digging the “Friends & Family Additional 30% Off” deal, but they’re bad about web tech problems.

Aeropostale “are going crazy” over the 40% off for “Friends & Family” and they’re also excited about the fee $25 gift card after they spend $100.

Hollister fans are buying the new sweaters, though a few object to the prices. The Huntington Beach cardigan is a “must have.”

Urban Outfitters is pissing off its target consumers with the latest fashion line. And everyone thinks those platform heels are “hideous and unoriginal.”

Now take a sneak peak at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show >

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 news No Comments

This Bakery Had To Make 102,000 Cupcakes Because Of A Groupon Deal And Lost A Ton Of Money

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/london-baker-makes-102000-cupcakes-groupon-deal-2011-11


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A London bakery recently experienced the worst-case scenario of offering a Groupon for a small business, and it cost the owner thousands (via NBC Chicago).

Need a Cake bakery owner Rachel Brown decided to put up a 75% discount on a dozen cupcakes on the site, which dropped the price down to $10 from $40.

Apparently, people really love getting cupcakes cheap, because she was rushed by throngs of customers in a cupcake frenzy. 8,500 people signed up, and her crew of eight had to make 102,000 cupcakes to meet the orders.

Brown lost $3 per batch because she had to hire 25 extra workers to help, and she ended up losing $20,000 because of it, which a ton for a small biz. It wiped out her profits for the year, reports the Daily Mail.

“Without doubt, it was my worst ever business decision,” she told the BBC. “We had thousands of orders pouring in that really we hadn’t expected to have. A much larger company would have difficulty coping.”

This is just the latest in Groupon small business horror stories. A story popped up in September about a Portland cafe losing $8,000 because of a Groupon, which prompted a personal letter from founder and CEO Andrew Mason.

It brings up the always-present question about the daily deals site: does Groupon suck for small businesses?

Well, it looks like most small businesses think so. An overwhelming majority of 70% hate Groupon, if the latest survey from iContact is to be believed.

As for Brown and her bakery, the experience may have cost her 20 grand, but what about all the exposure she’s getting for her store? Great, right? It doesn’t hurt, but it probably wasn’t worth the cost.

Small businesses like this bakery thrive on relationships with their local customers, not crowds of outsiders coming in to snatch up a free lunch.

Getting new customers is great, but in this case, the bakery rewarded the wrong customers. Those 8,500 people that rushed for the Groupon probably won’t be coming back to pay for the same cupcakes at quadruple the price.

Only those the store has nurtured relationships with for a long time (in Brown’s case, 25 years), should be the ones rewarded. They’re the ones that keep coming back for more.

NOW SEE: The 10 Largest Family Businesses In The US >

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 news No Comments

How The NBA Lockout Is Killing Businesses

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/nba-lockout-infographic-2011-11


nba lockout infographic

The NBA lockout a bummer for a fans, but a back-breaker for businesses.

Jane Hendrick put together a nifty infographic for G+ on who the lockout is hurting, and how badly.

It’s pretty concise, and does a nice job illustrating the collateral damage of the dispute.

The NBA lockout, where nobody scores and everybody loses. Let’s take a look at how bad…

Here are the five players who are losing the most: more than $1.5 million per bi-weekly paycheck

Cities are getting hammered too, especially small ones where NBA teams have a huge impact on the local economy

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 news No Comments

How The NBA Lockout Is Killing Businesses

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/nba-lockout-infographic-2011-11


nba lockout infographic

The NBA lockout a bummer for a fans, but a back-breaker for businesses.

Jane Hendrick put together a nifty infographic for G+ on who the lockout is hurting, and how badly.

It’s pretty concise, and does a nice job illustrating the collateral damage of the dispute.

The NBA lockout, where nobody scores and everybody loses. Let’s take a look at how bad…

Here are the five players who are losing the most: more than $1.5 million per bi-weekly paycheck

Cities are getting hammered too, especially small ones where NBA teams have a huge impact on the local economy

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 news No Comments

Android Can’t Even Keep Up With Apple’s Three-Year-Old iPhone Camera On Flickr (AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/click-apples-iphone-4s-is-the-second-most-popular-camera-phone-on-flickr-2011-11


flickr camera log

The iPhone 4S is now the second-most popular camera phone on Flickr after coming out just more than a month ago.

The iPhone 4 is still the most popular camera phone on Flickr. It’s also the most popular camera overall. There’s only one Android-powered phone that even comes close to competing with Apple’s phones. Even the iPhone 3G, which is now three generations old, is still crushing it.

The iPhone 4S sports a better camera with improved sensor and a revamped lens.

Keep in mind Apple only has a few models of phones while there are dozens running Android.

 

 

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 news No Comments

Android Can’t Even Keep Up With Apple’s Three-Year-Old iPhone Camera On Flickr (AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/click-apples-iphone-4s-is-the-second-most-popular-camera-phone-on-flickr-2011-11


flickr camera log

The iPhone 4S is now the second-most popular camera phone on Flickr after coming out just more than a month ago.

The iPhone 4 is still the most popular camera phone on Flickr. It’s also the most popular camera overall. There’s only one Android-powered phone that even comes close to competing with Apple’s phones. Even the iPhone 3G, which is now three generations old, is still crushing it.

The iPhone 4S sports a better camera with improved sensor and a revamped lens.

Keep in mind Apple only has a few models of phones while there are dozens running Android.

 

 

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 news No Comments

YouTube’s Upcoming New Interface

 

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Monday, November 21st, 2011 news No Comments

TV broadcasters hope to dominate the second screen with ConnecTV

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/19/tv-broadcasters-hope-to-dominate-the-second-screen-with-connectv/

ConnecTV on an iPad

No one has quite figured it out yet, but there seems to be little doubt that tablet devices have their place on the couch to serve as a second screen while American’s enjoy their favorite past time — watching TV. In addition to many independent startups we’ve discussed in the past, the old guard, that already owns most of broadcast TV stateside, has a startup of its own called ConnecTV. In development for two years already, ConnecTV is currently in beta and has the hopes to go live in January. The idea is of course to put what you might want to see on your second screen while you watch the main action on the big screen. This includes sports scores, statistics, as well as what your friends may or may-not be saying on Twitter or Facebook — and of course advertising. We’d be shocked if most tablet owners weren’t already using their slate in front of the TV and can imagine how many more might if there was a great app that brought it all together.

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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 news No Comments

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