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:
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.
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.
Apple sold 9 million iPhones over the weekend, a record for the company. To put it in context, we’ve charted out the company’s opening weekend sales since the iPhone 3G, which is the first time it announced opening weekend sales.
The big change for Apple this year was the introduction of the iPhone 5C, a colorful, plastic-cased iPhone. Apple didn’t break out what portion of iPhone sales were 5C, and what portion were 5S. It seems likely the new 5C model boosted sales.
When it comes to buying online ads, the rise of programmatic advertising is letting small agencies compete with the big boys like never before.
Once upon a time media buying was all about scale. Agencies aggregated their clients’ dollars and used the resulting spending power to negotiate bulk discounts and preferential treatment from media sellers. It’s a model that persists in “traditional” media like TV and print.
But advertising technology is changing that dynamic when it comes to digital, smaller media buying operations say. Scale itself is no longer a differentiator, and thanks to automated trading and exchanges, virtually any agency can access the same pools of inventory as the biggest media buyers in the world. The playing field has been leveled.
Speaking at the Digiday Exchange Summit in Austin last week, R/GA’s vp of media & connections, Tony Effik, spoke about the issue at length. Known mostly for its creative and technology capabilities, his agency has spotted an opportunity in what he calls “creative” technology-driven media buying.
R/GA has a potential advantage over big media operations, he said, because it can be more nimble and creative in the way it approaches buying on behalf of its clients. In fact, working with smaller budgets actually allows it to be less wasteful than its larger competitors.
“Big agencies waste more media budget than anyone else,” Effik said, adding that smaller media teams are the ones rolling up their sleeves and really getting into the data.
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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