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How Apple’s Magazine Subscription Plan Helped Sell More Copies Of Popular Science (AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-ipad-subs-2011-12

We’re still in the early days of magazines on tablets, but this chart from Peter Kafka at All Things D showing sales of Popular Science’s iPad app looks pretty decent for publishers.

As you can see sales have been steadily climbing and got a nice boost when Apple introduced the “newsstand,” which makes it easier for users to subscribe to magazines.

chart of the day, cumulative subscription sales through itunes, dec 23 2011

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Sunday, December 25th, 2011 news No Comments

Most Valuable Pitchman

Source: http://blog.compete.com/2011/10/25/tom-brady-most-valuable-pitchman/

I had been eagerly awaiting the start of the Patriots season since their heartbreaking loss at the start of the year. The first Monday night game in September I got to see my favorite team back in action, along with my favorite player. What I wasn’t expecting was to see Tom Brady off the field as well, advertising footwear during one of the game’s commercial breaks.

I loved the commercial, and not just because it made walking around aimlessly look incredibly cool. It brought a new dimension to a brand that I remember seeing only on girls walking around campus in the winter. Forgetting their origin as Australian surfers’ footwear, Uggs are now so tied to their classic boot look for the female demographic that I can’t imagine them breaking into the male market significantly.

Well after a month of walking around Boston seeing Brady’s image posted on buildings (and I’ve heard they’re in other cities, as well) I wondered what kind of boost the brand is getting from the campaign.

While the trend looks the same, with the traffic starting to pick up for the holiday season, uggsaustralia.com has a whopping 237,887 more unique visitors than it did in September last year, a 48% increase. There has been an overall increase in traffic year over year, but that difference was only 23% in July before the ad campaign started.

Also, more people online seem to be going to the site. The trend has steadily been on the rise, with some significant peaks since the commercial started airing in September.

The most important question, though, is what kind of effect is Brady having on driving the male demographic to the site? There isn’t a major increase during September, but it’s up 2% year over year in the male demographic. The beauty of the campaign is it may be targeting females just as much to get the shoes for their guys as gifts during the upcoming holiday season.

After all this, it’s still hard to tell if the campaign is having a significant effect—the next few months will give us a better idea.

But I think I might get a pair. If Tom wears them they must be cool, right?


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Friday, October 28th, 2011 news No Comments

What viral videos look like; what non-viral videos look like — by the stats

The first 2 are viral videos – notice the shape of the “total views curve” (quick rise and approaches the max asymptotically). The last 2 videos are not viral, and supported by paid advertising and promotion. It is a straight line that grows steadily over time. The 2 examples of non-viral videos were chosen simply to have similar view counts as the first and second examples.

Viral video examples – notice the asymptotic curve towards the max on the total views chart.

Frozen Grand Central ImprovEverywhere viral video – 18 million views – added on Jan 31, 2009.  “Other/viral” gave it its first big boost and embedded views gave it another big push.
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No Pants Subway Ride ImprovEverywhere viral video – 9 million views – uploaded January 13, 2009; got onto YouTube homepage and got a major boost from it.

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NON-viral video examples – notice the straight line of the total views chart.

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Perfect example of NON-viral video that had help with paid media – in this case, GoDaddy supported these videos with costly Superbowl ads — which led to nice bumps-up in total views.

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In the case of Smirnoff’s Tea Partay, it was not supported by paid media so it took longer to grow and the shape of the curve is a nice blend between the straight line of a non-viral video and the asymptotic line of a viral video.

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Finally, blatant ads don’t go viral – Sony’s grand central product demo stunt. And even if they are discussed in dozens of blogs it is not enough to get past the first tipping point.

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How the JKWedding Viral Video was A Manufactured Success

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