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Spotify Is Now The Second Biggest Source Of Revenue For Labels

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/spotify-revenue-labels-2012-6

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Spotify is now the No. 2 revenue source for the major music labels, a source close to the company tells us.

Spotify is an on-demand music service. There are free and subscription options. 23 million people used the service last month, according to AppData.

The No. 1 revenue source for labels is Apple’s iTunes.

iTunes paid approximately $3.2 billion to record labels in 2011, Business Insider Intelligence estimates.

The gap between Apple and Spotify remains extremely large, our source tells us.

“iTunes is way up here,” our source said, gesturing up high, “and everyone else is way down here.”

At this year’s SXSW conference in Austin, early Spotify investor Sean Parker said: “If we [Spotify] continue growing at our current rate in terms of subscriptions and downloads, we’ll overtake iTunes in terms of contributions to the recorded music business in under two years.”

Spotify, founded in Sweden in 2006, is currently raising $220 million at a $4 billion valuation. Goldman Sachs is investing $100 million in the round, Evelyn Rusli reported in the New York Times.

Spotify raised more than $100 million at a $1 billion valuation in 2011. 

We first heard about Spotify’s latest raise at a massive valuation back in March. Then, investors told us they were very skeptical of the company’s prospects. The reason: Spotify does not own the content it sells to consumers. The labels do. In this view, the music labels will be able to keep a close eye on Spotify’s margins and tax the startup’s (as-of-yet unrealized) profits heavily.

The more optimistic view is that the labels will support Spotify as an alternative to iTunes, which the labels view as too powerful. In this outcome, Spotify will become a revenue source the label come to depend on and it will be able to dictate terms.

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Monday, June 25th, 2012 news No Comments

Rakuten Strategy In Pinterest Coup

Source: https://intelligence.businessinsider.com/welcome

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The announcement that Pinterest raised a lot of money at a billion-plus valuation was expected; less expected was the name of the lead investor: Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce giant. 

This is a brilliant move for everybody involved. Here’s why:

  • Pinterest is building a monetization strategy based on driving ecommerce referrals: if you pin something you or someone else who follows you can buy it, and Pinterest gets a referral fee. From what we’ve been told, however, this still drives minimal revenue as Pinterest gets that referral income from a third party company, and because a lot of Pinterest activity is “aspirational” (you might “pin” a $20,000 wedding dress because it’s fabulous, but you’re not going to buy it). Turning Pinterest into a monetization engine would therefore require product optimizations, such as e.g. allowing brands to build stores inside Pinterest. That being said, Pinterest clearly has a lot of potential. As you can see from the chart above, from Capstone Investments’ Rory Maher, Pinterest already drives as much traffic as Twitter despite being years younger.
  • This is where Rakuten comes in. Rakuten not only has great e-commerce experience, being the biggest e-commerce company in Japan, it has experience at a very specific kind of e-commerce; what’s known as “B2B2C.” Rakuten’s website is like a “shopping mall” where thousands of small businesses set up storefronts that Rakuten manages and drives traffic to. Rakuten is not like Amazon, in that it’s not a store, but it’s also not like eBay, in that it’s not a pure marketplace. It’s something inbetween, that’s known as B2B2C, that allows businesses to sell to consumers via an intermediary. What’s more Rakuten, starved for growth in its home country, has been on an international warpath, buying leading European and American commerce startups for hundreds of millions of dollars and investing heavily in China.

In other words, Rakuten could teach Pinterest how to become this B2B2C powerhouse; how to become a fee-collecting intermediary for social commerce by figuring out how to connect shoppers and businesses and brands. This would be extremely profitable for everyone involved.

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012 news No Comments

Groupon Has Completely Collapsed (GRPN)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-groupon-stock-2012-4

Groupon’s stock has been absolutely crushed since the middle of February. The stock dropped another 5% today.

The bad news for shareholders is that it’s still arguably overpriced. With a $7 billion market cap, it’s trading at 3X revenue. It still has some room to fall.

The good news for shareholders is that it’s not going to zero. There’s a business in there, it just needs to find a proper valuation.

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Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 news No Comments

Facebook Will Show Ads To Its 425 Million Mobile Users

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/finally-facebook-will-show-ads-to-its-425-million-mobile-users-2012-2

 

facebook phoneFacebook had more than 425 million mobile users in December. So far, it makes zero money from those people.

That’ll change soon.

Today Faceobok announced that a new ad unit – called Reach Generator – will take posts from brand pages and stick them in users news feeds on the desktop AND on mobile.

Consider one big hole in Facebook’s business closed.

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 news No Comments

A Truly Embarrassing Chart For Wall Street Stock Analysts

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/this-chart-shows-why-wall-street-stock-ratings-are-a-joke-2012-2


Only five percent of ratings on companies in the S&P 500 are sell ratings.

That’s right: 95 percent of ratings tell investors to hold or buy and only 5 percent say you should sell.

The following chart comes from FactSet via Cullen Roche:

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Henry Blodget recently offered a few reasons why you rarely see sell ratings:

  • Most stocks–especially growth stocks–generally trend up over the long haul, so saying SELL often means betting against the odds and/or making a short-term timing call.
  • Stocks with excellent fundamentals don’t often go down just because they’re “expensive”–instead, they just get more expensive. So saying “SELL” based solely on valuation often sets the analyst up to be wrong.
  • The lack of SELL ratings makes SELL ratings sound like a complete condemnation of the company, to the point where it seems the analyst has a vendetta against it. The more polite way to tell people to sell, most folks on Wall Street whisper, is to say “hold”–or just ignore the stock altogether.
  • The issuance of a SELL rating often drives a stock down, hurting investors who own it. These investors will not usually say “thank you.” Instead, they’ll want your head.
  • Most investors are long-only, meaning they can only buy stocks, not short them. Thus, “SELL” ratings are only useful to hedge funds and investors who already own stocks.
  • Most companies refuse to talk to analysts who hit them with SELL ratings, thus reducing the analyst’s ability to gather information about the company.

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 news No Comments

The Rise Of Pinterest

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-the-rise-of-pinterest-2012-2


After less than two years in business, Pinterest is already one of the most popular social networks in the world, as measured by engagement, according to data from comScore, via BI Intelligence.

As you can see here, it’s ranked just below Facebook and Tumblr as the most popular site to hang out on.

One other thing of note on this chart is Twitter’s low engagement rate. It’s somewhat surprising, but we’d guess it’s a mix of factors. One being that mobile app usage is big for Twitter. The other being that clicking on links on Twitter takes you off of Twitter, unlike the other sites which encourage you to click to content they host.

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Friday, February 10th, 2012 news No Comments

Here’s Facebook’s Next Big Business

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-heres-facebooks-next-big-business-2012-2


Facebook’s ad revenue may not be growing fast enough to justify a $100 billion valuation. But ads are not the company’s only source of revenue.

Payments are becoming a big deal as well.

Last summer, Facebook started charging companies like Zynga 30 percent of each transaction — like purchasing a virtual good like a cow. (That’s a big reason why Zynga accounts for 12 percent of Facebook’s revenue, alhough that figure includes advertising as well.)

So although payments started as a tiny sliver of Facebook’s overall revenue, now it’s up to about 17 percent of the total.

As companies start to sell other kinds of goods through Facebook, like concert tickets, this percentage could grow.

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Here’s Facebook’s Next Big Business

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-heres-facebooks-next-big-business-2012-2


Facebook’s ad revenue may not be growing fast enough to justify a $100 billion valuation. But ads are not the company’s only source of revenue.

Payments are becoming a big deal as well.

Last summer, Facebook started charging companies like Zynga 30 percent of each transaction — like purchasing a virtual good like a cow. (That’s a big reason why Zynga accounts for 12 percent of Facebook’s revenue, alhough that figure includes advertising as well.)

So although payments started as a tiny sliver of Facebook’s overall revenue, now it’s up to about 17 percent of the total.

As companies start to sell other kinds of goods through Facebook, like concert tickets, this percentage could grow.

facebook ad revenue split 

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

The Super Bowl Is More Important Than Just About Anything To Americans

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/super-bowl-2012-1


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The Super Bowl is really important to Americans.

The year’s most highly-anticipated sporting event is so important, in fact, that 15 percent of adults would miss the birth of their own child to attend a Super Bowl game featuring their favorite NFL team, according to a recent survey by CouponCabin.com (via The Week).

Apparently funerals and weddings also become back-burner commitments when Super Bowl Sunday rolls around: Nineteen percent of participants said they would miss the funeral of a loved one to watch their team play and 20 percent said they would miss the wedding of a close family member. 

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Monday, January 30th, 2012 news No Comments

Here’s Who Owns Facebook

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-facebook-ownership-2011-12

There’s only one reason Facebook is going to IPO: To make its employees and investors rich. Otherwise, Mark Zuckerberg would (somewhat ironically) keep the company private forever.

Who’s getting rich when the company does IPO? Using information leaked to Ryan Tate at Gawker, we have a breakdown here. Assuming Facebook can get that $100 billion valuation being floated in the press, here’s who would be worth what.

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Friday, December 16th, 2011 news No Comments

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