Tablets and smartphones will not completely displace PCs. But they will quickly overwhelm them in terms of unit sales. When, where, how and to what degree this occurs will have tremendous implications across many businesses and industries.
Here are some of the growth drivers:
- The average sales price of tablets are falling: Through the first six months of the year, tablet prices have seen a pretty steep drop off, despite the iPad’s continued dominance. The ASP of the iPad is down more than 11% from its 2011 price. The introduction of mini tablets, beginning with the Kindle Fire, disrupted the pricing dynamics of the market and will drive the huge drop in ASP over the next few years.
- Increased penetration in existing markets: Penetration will increase in markets where tablets already have a foothold. Increased adoption will be driven by falling prices and the tablet market’s subsumption of the e-reader market, which sold more than 20 million devices in 2011. The replacement rate of tablets is also somewhere between smartphones and PCs, indicating that sales can scale and grow rapidly.
- Tablets are disruptive: Tablets are poor substitute for PCs if you are trying to run data intensive spreadsheets, but they vastly improve upon the media consumption experience. Tablet owners consume a huge amount of content, from news to magazines to movies to TV shows. And again, they are cheaper and getting even cheaper every day.
- Multiple emerging markets are ripe for tablet disruption: As we discuss in! our mob ile enterprise report, tablets have only started making their way into the enterprise — a hardware market that will top $420 billion this year. Education is another opportunity; U.S. K-12 schools spend about $5.5 billion on textbooks in 2010, and college students spend hundreds of dollars per semester on textbooks they’ll only use once.
In full, the report:
- Explains why the average selling price of tablets has fallen, and will continue to fall
- Analyzes why tablets will benefit from increased penetration in existing markets
- Details why tablets are indeed a disruptive technology
- Explores the growth opportunities that exist in enterprise, education, and emerging markets
You can save a boatload of money by buying eyeglasses online, but it’s a bit of a gamble because you can’t actually try them on. That is, until now. Previously mentioned Warby Parker will now ship you five pairs to try for five days, no obligation to buy.
Select any 5 pairs of glasses that you’d like to try and the company will send them to you for free. (For those wondering, the program is available for contiguous US residents only.) You can try them on in the comfort of your home and ask your friends and family for their opinions or get feedback from Warby Parker experts on Facebook over the next five days.
Send the glasses back (return shipping is free), and if you like any of them, order the frame(s) with your prescription. Glasses cost $95 including prescription lenses.
As an added feel good bonus, for every pair Warby Parker sells, the company donates a pair of glasses to a person in need.
Warby Parker Home Try-On Program | Warby Parker
The account dovetails with BI’s May 16 report, which noted that General Motors wasn’t executing the basics — posting compelling content for free on its Brand Pages — of its Facebook strategy correctly.
Facebook may only have itself to blame for why General Motors rained on its IPO parade this week.
… During the meeting with GM, Facebook officials emphasized the lure of free posted content on their website, the sources said. By contrast, the ads looked “kind of meager and perhaps expensive by comparison,” one source said.
Dr. Augustine Fou is Digital Consigliere to marketing executives, advising them on digital strategy and Unified Marketing(tm). Dr Fou has over 17 years of in-the-trenches, hands-on experience, which enables him to provide objective, in-depth assessments of their current marketing programs and recommendations for improving business impact and ROI using digital insights.
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