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HMV goes bankrupt after 91 years in the disc-selling business

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/15/hmv-goes-into-administration/

HMV hits bankruptcy after 91 years in the discselling business

The first time we mentioned HMV on Engadget was back in 2009, when the British retailer discounted the PSP Go — ironically, one of the earliest devices to do away with disc-shaped media. As the picture above shows though, HMV’s history goes back much further than that. Its first store opened in 1921 under an elaborate neon sign featuring the company’s emblem of a dog listening to a gramophone beneath the words “His Master’s Voice.”

Fast forward to today and the old-school seller has suffered gravely from the same online shift that has affected many others. It has called in administrators after failing to negotiate new terms over its bank debt, and unless a buyer steps up to take over the chain’s 240 stores then as many as 4,350 people will be let go.

According to Metro, the many HMV gift vouchers that would have been given and received over Christmas are now effectively “worthless.” On the other hand, the British personal finance guru Martin Lewis reckons gift vouchers shouldn’t be thrown away as they may be redeemable one day, or there may be a chargeback option if they were purchased with a credit card.

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Source: Martin Lewis (Twitter), Metro, Guardian

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 news No Comments

Santa crammed more tablets than smartphones into Christmas stockings

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/28/more-tablets-than-smartphones-activated-christmas/

Santa wedged more tablets than smartphones into Christmas stockings Flurry Analytics

Assuming you were a non-naughty-lister who didn’t get the proverbial coal lump, it looks like that gift under the tree was more likely a tablet than a phone this No

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Friday, December 28th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Android Has 47% Of The Mobile Market (GOOG, AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/android-market-share-2011-12


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The Android platform reaches just under half the mobile market at 47%, according to the latest numbers from comScore.

iOS is sitting pretty in second place at 28.7%, followed by BlackBerry at 16.6% and Windows Phone at 5.2%.

comScore’s numbers also reflect a growing population of smartphone users — for the 3-month period ending in November, 91.4 million people owned smartphones, up 8% from the previous 3-month period.

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Friday, December 30th, 2011 news No Comments

Apple And Google Get A Record Breaking Christmas (AAPL, GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-apple-and-google-get-a-record-breaking-christmas-2011-12


Apple and Google activated a record breaking number of mobile devices this Christmas, according to Flurry analytics, which delivers mobile analytics to developers. Flurry has 140,000 apps running its software, and believes it can track every new Android or iOS device activated.

Between December 1 and 20, 1.5 million Android and iOS devices were activated daily on average. On Christmas day, a record breaking 6.8 million devices were activated, a 353% increase over the rest of the month. It’s also much better than 2010, when 2.8 million devices were activated.

Don’t miss: The First 15 iPhone Apps You Must Download

chart of the day, iphone android acrtiviations on christmas, dec 27 2011

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 news No Comments

The End Of Google Search Is In The Palm Of Your Hand (GOOG, AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-end-of-google-search-is-in-the-palm-of-your-hand-2011-12


The funny thing about anti-trust cases against technology businesses is that technology businesses may sometimes monopolize a platform – but the platforms they monopolize are always on fire.

In the 1990s, Microsoft came under attack because Windows dominated the PC. 

But then the Internet made the operating system you use to access it from your PC irrelevant.

Now Google is getting scrutiny in Washington and in Europe because it owns so much of the search market.

But did you know that you hold the end of Google search is already in the palm of your hand?

Google makes money because people search the Web for stuff they want to buy (or for information about stuff they want to buy). Google brings them back a list of Web pages and ads. The ads are often as relevant to these commercial Web searches and the links, and so users click on them, ringing Google’s cash register.

But here’s the thing. I buy lots of stuff on the Internet, almost. I buy groceries. I buy movie tickets. I buy plane tickets. I book golf tee times. I order pizza. I buy Christmas presents from Amazon.

Google doesn’t take part in any of the transactions at all.

That’s because I do all this commerce not through the Web or through Google search; I do it through apps on my phone.

Check it out:

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Now, at some point, I do search for these apps, just like I would search for Web pages. But I don’t use Google search to find them. I use Apple’s Apple Store.

My search results look like this. 

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Right now, Apple isn’t showing any ads in them, but that’ll change. When it does, it will mean less money for Google ads.

The good news for Google is that its mobile operating system, Android, owns a healthy slice of the smartphone market. It will be able to put ads in its own app store.

The bad news is that share is much smaller than its market share in search, where it also faces much weaker competition.

SplatF’s Dan Frommer made an awesome chart illustrating this:

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Monday, December 12th, 2011 news No Comments

A False Groupon Offer Ruined Christmas In This British City

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/groupon-uk-christmas-york-2011-12


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A false Groupon offer for a Santa’s grotto in the English city of York has lead to the resignation of one of Santa’s elves, reports the Telegraph.

Groupon mistakenly sent out an email to parents saying that the grotto would be offering a festive train ride. It wasn’t, and when 2,000 families turned up with vouchers from the website and learned of no train ride, it wasn’t a pretty scene.

It is reported that the grotto’s staff received so much abuse from angry parents that one of Santa’s elves resigned, unhappy at the treatment he had been subject to.

It is thought that Groupon may have confused the grotto in York with another one in the nearby city of Hull, which did have a train ride.

The mistake comes as Groupon is under investigation by the British Office of Fair Trade with the company reportedly violating 50 advertising regulations this year.

The Telegraph reports that the company could be taken to court over the violations and may face both criminal and civil charges.

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Friday, December 2nd, 2011 news No Comments

Comparing Watch Brands via Search Volume

Two insights from this chart:

1. people buy watches for Christmas

2. overall search volume has been on the decline consistently for years

3. only watch brands which are mainly watches (vs Cartier which also makes jewelry, etc.) and also not generic words (e.g. omega) are detectable

Watch brands which are generic words like “omega” or “citizen” are hard to distinguish from the search volume for the generic word.

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 digital 1 Comment

What can search volume tell you?

When people shop for luxury goods like Tiffany, jewelry, rings, etc.- Christmas, Valentines, and Mother’s Day, respectively.

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Is it a good idea to try to sell your house in the winter? (probably not)

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When the government’s “cash for clunkers” was launched (August 2009)

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Whether people are getting more involved in their personal finance? (looks like it)

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Whether people think the economy has turned around? (probably not yet)

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Monday, March 22nd, 2010 analytics 1 Comment

Interesting Search Observations – chocolate covered cherries vs chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate covered cherries are more popular (more searched) at Christmas; but chocolate covered strawberries are more popular at Valentines.  By observing what people pull for, we can derive insights that are useful in business strategy, inventory planning, and marketing (by ads around chocolate covered strawberries for valentines but cherries for christmas)

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Source:  Google External Keyword Tool – Search Volume Trends

via Niall McKinney, uTalk Marketing. At Valentines, women need more help picking gifts (search volume for “gifts for guys” consistently higher every February for the past 5 years). But “gifts for girls” shows dramatically higher volume every Christmas.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2009 analytics, trends No Comments

Best Buy / Circuit City stores physically touching each other

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this is on Fifth Avenue between 43rd and 44th streets in New York City.

In thinking about retail … this helps illustrate the tremendous challenges they face.

– online switching costs are pretty much zero — just type another URL; these two stores are physically touching — just walk next door

– they carry much of the same inventory from plasma TVs to computers to home stereo equipment to software, CDs, DVDs, etc.

– they both sell Apple iPods; consumers have already decided to buy an iPod for Christmas (for some reason), which store do they walk into? what differentiates the store with the blue awning from the one with silver letters? they both have “black friday” discounts but the price ended up to be about $1 from each other; both have geeks on staff, one called Geek Squad and the other Fire Dog

– and then there’s Amazon.com which is tax free and offers free 2nd day shipping.

THIS is a challenging marketing problem for retailers such as the ones pictured!

 

UPDATED:  December 2013

best buy circuit city search volume

 

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