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US Total, Digital Ad Spend See Solid Expansion

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/US-Total-Digital-Ad-Spend-See-Solid-Expansion/1010217

AT&T tops L’Oréal as second-place advertiser

For the first half of 2013, Kantar Media estimated that the total US ad spend market rose 2.0%, compared with the same period one year earlier. But Q2 2013 was notable for an even faster rate of increase, at 3.5% over Q2 2012, suggesting that the ad spend market may be gaining some momentum.

TV ad spend expanded even faster than digital display spend in Q2 2013, growing 6.4%, vs. 4.1% for digital display. Big winners among the TV segments included cable TV, which jumped up 10.1% in H1 2013 over that period in 2012, and Spanish-language TV, which grew 9.4%.

For H1 2013, digital display ads saw a 5.3% increase. But this estimate excludes video and mobile ads, two digital formats that are seeing among the biggest bumps in investment, suggesting that total digital spending rose by significantly more than the figure cited for display only.

Retail remained the top spending ad category, but growth in Q2 2013 was minimal compared to a year prior, at only 0.1%. The telecom industry grew fastest, at a 19.5% rate, and restaurants and insurance also grew ad spend by double-digit percentages.

As for which companies were shelling out the most cash for ads, Procter & Gamble was the top spender, putting up $804.8 million in Q2 2013, and it was also No. 2 for growth, increasing outlays over Q2 2012 by 35.3%. Only Pfizer, the No. 10 advertiser, increased spending by a greater 54.0%. AT&T made a significant ad investment in Q2, upping spending by 33.2% to become the No. 2 advertiser in the US, edging out L’Oréal, whi! ch was No. 2 a year earlier. L’Oréal increased spending by a relatively meager 4.6% in Q2 2013 over Q2 2012.

eMarketer estimates that total US ad spending will grow 3.6% this year, which is in keeping with Kantar’s estimate of Q2 performance, but ahead of its half-year projections. eMarketer’s inclusion of all digital formats may account for some of this difference in spending estimates. Kantar put total ad spending for the year at $68.9 billion. eMarketer expects full-year 2013 ad spending to reach $171.0 billion.

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Monday, September 16th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Google+ Is Regaining Momentum, Proving Its Many Skeptics Wrong

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/bnPk-fbSEK4/google-is-regaining-momentum-2013-8

bii social desktop visitors comscoreWhy Google+ Isn’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon (L2 Think Tank)
Google+, which gained momentum after a successful launch in 2011 but then suffered from a slowdown in growth, is now surging in popularity, defying the predictions of many pundits who said it would fade away. L2 Think Tank Founder Scott Galloway says that’s because Google has effectively integrated Google+ with its most popular products, such as Search and Gmail, which places the social network in front of Google users throughout the day.

We noted in our recent analysis that Google+ has surpassed Twitter in monthly unique visitors on PCs.


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drag2share: Android Tablets Zoom Past The iPad (AAPL, GOOG)

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/SKolZAmRqqM/chart-of-the-day-android-tablet-market-share-2013-7

t appears Google’s Android is blowing past Apple not just in smartphone market share, but also tablet market share.

According to Strategy Analytics, Android tablets now make up 67% of all devices in the category. Apple’s iOS, which powers the iPad, accounted for 28% of tablets. Other operating systems like Microsoft’s Windows 8 still barely register, but they’re gaining a little momentum.

This mirrors what we’ve seen with smartphone operating systems. Since Google gives its Android OS away for free, manufacturers are able to pump out as many devices running it as they can. As a result, it’s pretty easy for Android to flood the market.

But what’s really interesting is how the gap in tablet platform market share has widened over the past year. Here’s the breakdown.

Chart of the day shows iOS and Android tablet marketshare for Q2 '12 and Q2 '13, july 2013


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Monday, July 29th, 2013 news No Comments

Netflix officially announces UK, Ireland launch

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/09/netflix-officially-announces-uk-ireland-launch/

While it was already live for many, Netflix has made its launch in the United Kingdom and Ireland officially official, streaming its catalog of entertainment for 5.99 pounds / 6.99 euros a month. Residents can queue for a one month free trial at the website right now, and at launch it works not only on PCs, but also the usual suite of game consoles, Blu-ray players from LG, Samsung Smart TV, iOS and Android phones plus smart TV adaptors from Philips, Western Digital and Roku. As for content, it’s sourcing from All3Media, the BBC, CBS, Channel 4’s 4oD, Disney UK & Ireland, ITV, Lionsgate UK, MGM, Miramax, Momentum Pictures, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Viacom International Media Networks. Like the Latin American service, it also includes Open Graph Facebook tie-ins that are apparently held back in the US due to regulatory concerns. Check the official press release for more details on what’s currently available after the break, or just hit Netflix to sign up and give the streaming a shot no matter which side of the pond you’re on.

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Monday, January 9th, 2012 news No Comments

Will Groupon Thrive Or Tank In Q4? This Chart Holds The Key (GRPN)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/this-chart-tells-you-whether-groupon-will-thrive-or-tank-in-q4-2011-12


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Groupon’s Q4 2011 couldn’t be more crucial: Will it see the revenue bump it needs from holiday shoppers to justify its business model? Or will sales collapse following CEO Andrew Mason’s promised pullback on marketing and customer acquisition spending?

The Wall Street Journal reports that gross billings at the company rose just 1.5 percent from September to October, and not 22 percent as previously estimated.

Has the company reached a plateau before falling of a cliff? Or is it merely taking a pre-Thanksgiving breather before continuing its climb up the Christmas sales ladder?

The company could go either way. Until recently, the company has been dependent on a cash float (and the money it raised in its IPO, of course) to stay in business. Groupon generally makes a loss each quarter. It funds its operations by taking revenues from customers’ credit cards immediately and then delaying for 30 days or so the share of those sales it owes to the merchants who made the offers. As long as there is a greater amount of new money coming in than old money owed, Groupon continues to function.

But what happens if Groupon enters a period in which its revenues decline? At most companies that isn’t too problematic — management can cut expenses to remain profitable. But at Groupon the company’s marketing and customer acquisition expenses are closely related to its revenues. It is not at all clear whether Groupon’s revenues will continue to rise if Mason cuts costs. ! Here’s a chart showing Groupon’s net revenues plotted against its total operating expenses:

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As you can see, in Q3 Mason pulled back on expenses (the green line) in hopes of seeing a profit, but revenue growth (the red line) began to lose steam. The WSJ report suggests it hasn’t regained momentum since, but the October sales period doesn’t include the Christmas run-up.

In Q4, this chart is all you will need to understand whether Groupon can mature into a business that isn’t funded by stock sales. If Mason can get the red line above the green line, or if he can keep the red line moving upward, then he should be congratulated.

If he cannot, then the company — and its investors — will need to do some serious thinking about whether their daily deal business model is viable or not.

SEE ALSO: Groupon Allegedly Hacked Merchant’s Email To Alter Contract

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Monday, December 12th, 2011 news No Comments

How to make a viral video – a 5-step guide

1. select a product that is a low consideration product (e.g. a song) whose primary missing link is awareness

2. create a funny and entertaining video that features that product or a key attribute of the product

3. [ contact us for the “secret sauce” of step 3 ]

4. continue to build the momentum and build further social amplification by real people (won’t happen if the content is not funny, entertaining, useful, or unexpected)

5. use analytics to determine how to further optimize the content itself to match what characteristics actually went viral (based on how people talked about it when they passed it along)

Examples of videos whose viral effects were successfully manufactured over time. Obama Girl; Lonelygirl15 Brea Olson; Notice the shape of the stats curve of the more recent lonelygirl15 video from 2008. It is much flatter, which is a characteristic of non-viral videos. This is after they revealed that the original lonelygirl15 was a fake; now they have to support the view count through traditional paid media and continuous PR to accumulate the views.

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How the JKWedding Viral Video was A Manufactured Success

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