Social commerce psychology

Freud81%

For millennia the human mind has been seen as a complex puzzle whose mysteries are waiting to be understood by the fortunate few who can unlock them.  Some of the greatest thinkers humanity has every produced have committed their lives to this pursuit.   Continue reading

Walt Disney World

Disney47.3 million (47,300,000)

Based on the most recent AECOM Theme Park Attendance report, the annual attendance for the four major parks that make up the Walt Disney World totaled approximately 47.3 million for 2010.   Continue reading

2011 YouTube rewind

1 trillion (1,000,000,000,000)

According to a new video from YouTube, over 1 trillion video views (i.e., “video playbacks”) on the video sharing site.  That’s 140 playbacks for every man, woman, and child on earth.   Continue reading

Facebook for Android

Android Facebook DAU58.3 million (58,300,000)

For the first time since its launch in September 2009, the Facebook app for Android has surpassed the daily active users of the Facebook app for iPhone.  As of December 17 the Android app captured 58.3 million users while the users of Facebook’s iPhone app totaled 900,000 less or 57.4 million users.   Continue reading

AOL’s media business

AOL logo$500 million ($500,000,000)

The oft ridiculed and always interesting Henry Blodget (who is still banned from the securities industry) posted and interesting piece yesterday about AOL’s media business on his business and news analysis site, The Business Insider.   Continue reading

Amazon Kindle sales

Kindle Fire1 million (1,000,000)

Over the past few weeks I have had a lot of conversations about how I like my Kindle Fire.  People want to know about the integration with Amazon’s robust media and e-commerce offerings.   Continue reading

Location-based applications

Mobile social87.5%

Earlier this month Forrester Research announced that only 6% of U.S. mobile phone owners use a location based application although that figure is up 3x from 2% in 2010 (coincidentally Foursquare announced the day prior that their user base had grown 3x from 2010 to 15 million). That said the word is clearly getting out among mobile users.   Continue reading

Google’s Zeitgeist 2011: Year In Review

I know this is a shameless promotion for Google’s portfolio of search, social, local, mobile, etc. services but you have to admit it is a great video.  It is hard to believe that 2011 is almost over and looking back at all of the amazing, wonderful, and tragic things that have happened in twelve short months – it is a powerful reminder of what an incredible time in which we are living.   Continue reading

2011 holiday season discounts

Holiday shopping30%

If it seemed like retailers are filling your inbox with deeper discounts than in prior holiday shopping seasons, that’s because they are.  Based on notes released by Experian CheetahMail, a unit of Experian Marketing Services, retailers are digging deeper to offer potential shoppers attractive discounts in an effort to gain a slice of what is a doubtlessly smaller pie than in prior non-recessionary years.   Continue reading

Apple’s share of mobile advertising

Apple iAd15%

Launched last year and touted by Apple’s then CEO the late (great) Steve Jobs, iAd was supposed to be their answer to Google’s AdMob mobile advertising platform.  With a relatively complicated and inflexible pricing schema, iAd confused and upset advertisers – all of whom initially had to commit to $1 million in advertising spend, although that number was dropped to $500,000 shortly thereafter.   Continue reading