Here’s how big the iPhone is as a business, according to Bloomberg: If the iPhone were its own company, its revenues would be greater than Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs, Google and Microsoft.
On its own, the iPhone is the ninth biggest stock in the Dow, and has bigger sales than 474 S&P 500 companies. (Apple sold 9 million new iPhone 5S’s and iPhone 5C’s just last weekend.)
A big part of those giant revenues come from margin, or course. ZDNet notes that up to 74% of the full price $849 iPhone 5S can be margin over the actual $218 cost it takes to build an iPhone.
You can read Bloomberg’s full story here, but here’s one of its charts showing iPhone’s revenues compared to other blue-chip companies:
Google’s U.S. desktop audience shrunk slightly in August, allowing Yahoo to stretch its lead as the largest desktop site, with more than 196 million monthly active users.
Although Yahoo’s desktop audience has remained flat since July, other top Web properties such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and AOL have all seen a decline on desktop.
Facebook’s has seen one of the largest declines — 10% fewer monthly active users in August 2013 compared to one year ago.
(Of course desktop audience leaves out the large gains on mobile many of these properties have made.)
So what’s driving Yahoo’s audience growth?
We don’t credit Yahoo’s resurgence to any single event or acquisition, but rather its overall strategy. but rather its overall strategy. Marissa Mayer is an accomplished product manager. She helped build some of Google’s most-used products, such as Search and Maps. And now, at the helm of Yahoo she has helped redesign Yahoo’s Weather, News, and My Yahoo.
“When you look at the products that Yahoo has redesigned recently, you see a trend: they all involve the daily habits of users,” Lisa Giacosa, senior vice president and global director at Starcom MediaVest Group, told us over the phone. “I think Marissa is really smart and she understands people and how Web products touch on certain emotions.”
In an interview with Charlie Rose earl! ier this week, Mayer said Yahoo’s new strategy is to focus on mobile, personalization, and partnerships. That strategy appears to be hitting a chord with users.
Earlier this month, Mayer said Yahoo now has 800 million users worldwide (not including Tumblr traffic), a 20% increase since she was hired as CEO 15 months prior. For comparison, Facebook had 1.15 billion users worldwide as of July.
Wondering how Samsung managed to quash Motorola, HTC, and just about every other major Android rival? Start with this chart from analyst Benedict Evans.
Evans notes that Samsung’s run-rate for marketing is $12.7 billion based on marketing tin Q2. That’s more than Google paid to buy all of Motorola. It’s 3X HTC’s entire market cap.
It’s just an insane budget that no other company can keep pace with. Samsung’s final bill could be higher. Evans says that based on historical patterns, it will spend $4.5 billion in the fourth quarter. (He also says that it tends to spend more in Q3, though less in Q1.)
drag2share: How The Founders Of Warby Parker Disrupted The Eyewear Industry By Going Against Their Original Idea
When Neil Blumenthal and his friends started Warby Parker, they wanted to disrupt the optical industry.
But they never expected to do it so quickly.
In three years, Warby Parker has built a recognizable brand with over 300 employees managing a successful online business and retail stores and showrooms in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Despite the fast-changing company dynamics, the four co-founders – Andrew Hunt, Jeffrey Raider, David Gilboa and Blumenthal – came up with ways to keep each other in check, and to make sure they made collective decisions about the direction of the company.
We interviewed Blumenthal about the strategies his team used to get exposure and expand the company, and how betting against their original idea about an online-only business has paid off tremendously.
You can now rent a Tesla Model S from Hertz in California, the rental car company announced today.
The all-electric, award-winning sedan will join the company’s “Dream Cars” program, which it launched in June.
Customers already have access to luxury cars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.
According to Hertz, the high-end program has been a hit.
“Customer and industry support for Hertz’s Dream Cars has been overwhelming, so adding the Tesla Model S to the already outstanding fleet was an easy choice,” said Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and CEO, said in a press release.
Naturally, it will cost more to rent Motor Trend’s Car of the Year than an old Chevy Impala. The Model S will cost $500 per day, and cost $.49 per mile after 75 miles.
Here are the rates for some of the other cars in the Dream fleet:
- Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Bentley: $1,500 per day, plus $3 per mile after 75 miles
- Aston Martin Vantage and Audi R8: $1,000 per day, plus $3 per mile after 75 miles
- Porsche and Mercedes: $350 per day, plus $.49 per mile after 75 miles
Hertz does not disclose how many of each car it has in its national fleet.
Men are increasingly more likely to spend money to look good.
Products like hair serum and exfoliating scrubs are being sold to more men than ever, reports Matthew Boyle at Bloomberg News.
Global sales of men’s toiletries, not including razors, blades and shaving creams, will be up 5% to $17.5 billion this year, Boyle writes.
Companies are using clever marketing tricks to convince men their skin requires more maintenance.
“As a L’Oreal ad once warned: ‘You think you’re aging well? She thinks you’re letting yourself go,'” Boyle writes.
And even fashion designer Tom Ford is getting in on the trend.
Ford, who is a favorite of Justin Timberlake, recently introduced a purifying mask for men.
drag2share: The Mobile Payments Rush Is On, And The Winners Will Shape The Future Of Transactions And Commerce
PayPal is close to a deal to acquire Braintree, a company that specializes in powering mobile transactions. Meanwhile, Facebook announced that it’s pairing up with payment companies to roll out “Autofill,” which makes it easier for its users to buy things straight from their phones.
Mobile devices are edging closer to fulfilling their long-delayed promise as digital wallets, and tech and financial services players do not want to be left out.
Consumers and merchants are beginning to see the advantage of channeling offline payments through mobile devices, rather than transacting in coins and cash, credit cards — or clunky register systems.
In a new report from BI Intelligence, we explain the main reasons why mobile payments are poised for takeoff, provide proprietary estimates for the growth and size of the mobile payments market in the years to come, and analyze the specific trends that will help shape the growth in mobile payments, including user concerns around security. We track the demographic and geographic nature of ! the cons umers who will drive the growth, merchant-side adoption, and the mobile payments solutions that will lead the charge.
App catalogs are flush with titles that allow users to play doctor, but according to the FDA, most of them are harmless and don’t warrant regulatory oversight. Instead, the agency has announced that it’ll take a more reactive, risk-based approach and will only require approval for mobile apps that “present a greater risk to patients if they do not work as intended.” Specifically, the FDA will scrutinize apps that perform the functions of regulated medical devices — such as an ECG monitor — along with those that are used as accessories to regulated medical equipment. As a telling statistic, only 100 mobile apps have received FDA clearance within the past decade, so imagine what would happen to the agency’s workload if it tried to exercise control over the Apple App Store and Google Play Store combined.
The day many SEO professionals hoped would never come, but feared eventually would, apparently has arrived today. It appears that Google has cut off keyword data altogether.
Nearly two years after making one of the biggest changes to secure search that resulted in a steady rise in “(not provided)” data, Google has switched all searches over to encrypted searches using HTTPS. This means no more keyword data will be passed to site owners.
Encrypted Google searches don’t pass the keyword data through to websites, thereby eliminating the ability to track users by their keyword searches. The biggest impact for many site owners has been not being able to segment users by keywords within their web analytics software.
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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