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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Just Revealed A Lot Of Amazing Facts About LinkedIn’s Growth (LNKD)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/linkedin-ceo-jeff-weiner-enterprise-growth-2012-9

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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner just offered an amazing level of detail about LinkedIn’s business in an interview at the Citi Technology Conference.

LinkedIn is really targeting enterprises. Weiner wants to grow revenue by getting more customers, instead of raising prices for existing customers, at least for his flagship Recruiter product, he said.

That’s a more than reasonable idea, given that LinkedIn gave itself a pretty good price hike over a year ago.

But the company is also expanding its breath in every other way possible, so it can roll out new products to the enterprise too (plus other new users, like students).

LinkedIn is trying to grab the lion’s share of a $27 billion market for recruiting tools. Here’s how Weiner said it is doing so far:

  • Its flagship product, Recruiter, sells for $8,000/year per seat (per recruiter using it). That price was raised from rom $6,000 per seat and he’s not thinking of raising it again anytime soon (though he left the door open).
  • LinkedIn currently has 12,000 enterprise customers.
  • Some companies, like Citi and IBM, have over half a million followers of their company profiles on LinkedIn. (These might be employees, competitors, job seekers, or anyone else interested in the company.)
  • Its biggest enterprise customers, Weiner says, “are spending on the order of millions of dollars” a year with LinkedIn. On the other end, small companies might spend $25 a month.
  • LinkedIn now has 175 million members, worldwide and is seeing two new signups every second. There are over 600 million white-collar workers worldwide, so it still has a way to grow.
  • LinkedIn has more than 1 million groups, ranging in size from two people to more than a quarter of a million.
  • Over 75,000 developers are building applications for LinkedIn through its application programming interface (API), and they came on board within the last year.
  • It now has sales offices in 25 cities around the world, in countries like Singapore, its Asia-Pacific hub; Brazil; and India. It has multiple offices in Europe, its biggest region beyond the U.S.
  • It is running on 17 languages and will add more.
  • Mobile is growing fast in terms of engagement, though not so much in direct revenues. Last year 10% of unique visitors came to the site from its mobile apps. This year its 23%. (Last LinkedIn rolled out a new iPhone app, too). But because LinkedIn makes money primarily from subscriptions, it doesn’t really matter how users access the service.
  • Although 62% of its membership is international and growing faster than the U.S. yet, only about a third of the company’s revenue is coming from international sources. Ultimately he wants to see those numbers match better.

The biggest opportunity for growth, he says, is to get people more engaged in the site on a daily basis.

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“Peop le view the site more as a digital Rolodex or way to get a job,” Weiner says. “But its not just a way to find your dream job, but a way to be better at the job you are already in.”

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Thursday, September 6th, 2012 news No Comments

13 Amazing Facts About Smartphone Use Around The World

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/13-amazing-facts-about-smartphone-use-around-the-world-2012-5

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Google has been collecting tons of data about smartphone usage around the world, and today it updated that data on its Our Mobile Planet web site.

The site lets you dig down and find statistics on just about any aspect of smartphone usage, from apps to platforms, in 40 countries. You can also segment the results by age and gender.

Here are x of the most surprising and interesting facts we dug up:

  • Android is most popular in Japan, with 55% of respondents using it, versus 39% for iOS. Android is also number one in a few other countries, including New Zealand (41%), the US (40%), and China (38%), but it does not dominate in any other surveyed country except Argentina (33%, vs 18% for number-two Blackberry).
  • iOS is farthest ahead in Switzerland, with 52% usage vs. 23% for Android. Other countries where iOS is way ahead include Australia (49% vs 25% Android), Canada (45% vs 23% Android and 23% Blackberry), and France (43% vs 25% Android).
  • In Egypt, Windows Mobile is way more popular than the iPhone. 13% of survey respondents use the Microsoft smartphone platform, behind Symbian (19%) and Android (14%). iOS was way down at 4%.
  • In the United Arab Emirates, the Blackberry rules with 42%. iOS was a distant second at 25%.
  • More than half (52%) Chinese respondents said they use a smartphone because they can use it “without being seen easily.” That was also a big driver in Egypt (43%), Mexico (41%) and Brazil (39%).
  • Japanese users had the most apps on average, with 41. Saudi Arabia was second with 36.
  • Mobile social networking is biggest in Mexico and Argentina, where 74% and 73% of users visit a social network daily.
  • But mobile-social is weak in Japan where 34% of users never visit a social network on their phone. 
  • Watching video is most popular in Saudi Arabia, with 59% of respondents doing it daily. Number-two is Egypt, with 41%.
  • They’re really good at ignoring ads in the U.K. 50% of respondents said they noticed ads “never” (16%) or “rarely” (34%).
  • Chinese users shop from their phones. 59% of Chinese users did this, compared with only 41% in second-place Egypt.
  • Chinese users also love to write reviews. 41% of them wrote a review of a local business after looking it up on their smartphone. Number two, Japan, was way behind, with only 24% of respondents doing this.
  • North Americans use their phones to search for restaurants and bars. Exactly 50% of respondents in both the U.S. and Canadian respondents said they used their phone to search for grub or drinks.

There’s plenty more where that came from — dig in yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s update comes from new surveys conducted during Q1 in 26 of those countries. Google hired Ipsos MediaCT to ask questions of more than 1,000 smartphone Internet users between the ages of 18 and 64, and then weighted the results by population.

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