Thursday, 24 April 2014

Facebook has 1,008 million monthly active users on mobile


Source:  Facebook Q1 2014 results, reported by Business Insider, 23rd April 2014
Total MAUs - 1,276m, total on mobile only - 341m

Ten times more marketers are using Facebook Custom Audiences than a year ago

"Facebook said it had seen strong advertising revenue growth in the mobile gaming, e-commerce and consumer-packaged goods sectors, as well as from small and medium businesses, and in direct response advertising.
The site plans to invest in its ad products as a "high priority" and developing its targeting tools is one of three key areas.
Facebook claims that ten times more marketers are now using its ‘Custom Audiences’ targeting feature compared to the same period last year. It gives Ben & Jerry’s as an example, after the ice cream brand targeted premium buyers with Facebook tools and attributed an 8.1 per cent sales uplift to the campaign."

Writer Peter Jukes raised over £20,000 on Indiegogo to fund his Tweeting of the phone hacking trial

"After publishing my book I started to work as a freelance writer. I was covering the phone hacking pre-trials and hoping to do the same for the trial itself. But I quickly realized freelance work wasn’t going to cover my costs.
In the three days of the opening I tweeted as much as I could. I had planned to write articles too, but I realised I could provide more comprehensive coverage if I focused on live tweeting. I started to build a big following very quickly.
But, after three days I had to tell my Twitter followers that I couldn’t afford to keep reporting. It was then someone on Twitter suggested crowdfunding.
Initially I wasn’t keen on the idea, it felt a little like begging. But my Twitter followers encouraged me and I set up an indigogo page with a target of £4,000. I was astounded when people helped me to raise £6,362. I’ve since raised another £14,500 to help me keep tweeting until the end of the trial."
Source:  Twitter blog, 21st April 2014
See his Indiegogo page here

Apple sold 43.7m iPhones and 16.3m iPads in Q2 2014

"Today's earning report out of Cupertino suggests that the iPhone is still increasingly popular among consumers and that declining iPad sales make room for the next big thing from Apple.
Apple managed to sell 43.7 million iPhones and 16.3 million iPads in the second fiscal quarter, beating Wall Street estimates for iPhone sales of 37.7 million.
The iPhone 5S certainly helped prop up its year-over-year revenue boost. Apple CEO Tim Cook said during an earnings call that each of its three iPhones were better than their predecessors."

Mobile accounts for 59% of Facebook's advertising revenue

"Social networking giant Facebook has reported profits of $642m (£383m) during the first quarter of 2014, beating analyst expectations.
The firm said that a surge in mobile advertising helped push revenues 72% higher, to $2.5bn in the January-to-March period.
Mobile now makes up 59% of advertising revenue, from 30% a year ago.
[...]
"Facebook's business is strong and growing, and this quarter was a great start to 2014," said founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in a statement.
"We've made some long term bets on the future while staying focused on executing and improving our core products and business. We're in great position to continue making progress towards our mission."
Shares of Facebook rose as much as 4.3% in after-hours trading.
The firm said it reached 1.28 billion users during the period, with more than a billion of those accessing the site through a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet.
The company has taken steps to further grow its mobile business - which barely used to generate any advertising revenue a few years ago - by expanding its product offerings.
This includes launching the Facebook Messenger service and news application Paper."
Source:  BBC News, 23rd April 2014

Amazon Prime members spend an average of $1,224 a year

"Prime members are great customers for Amazon. In 2012, they were about 4 percent of Amazon's 182 million active customer base. But they accounted for nearly 10 percent of purchases, because they spend more than twice as much as non-prime customers—$1,224 a year versus $505."
Source:  Business Insider, 11th March 2013

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Xiaomi spent $577,000 for the mi.com domain name

"Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has ambitious plans to expand beyond Asia, and as part of its efforts to do so, it has simplified its website domain to Mi.com.
“The new domain is simpler and more accessible to an international audience,” the company said. It added that the newly launched domain also gives a more succinct meaning to the “Mi” brand, which stands for Mobile Internet.
Li Wanqiang, co-founder and VP of Xiaomi, revealed on Weibo that Xiaomi spent CNY3.6 million ($577,000) to purchase the Web domain."

Uber is now in more than 100 cities around the world

"Moving people in more than 100 cities around the world."
Source:  Uber, retrieved 23rd April 2014

10 million torrents have been uploaded to The Pirate Bay

"Last summer The Pirate Bay celebrated its tenth anniversary, and today the site reached another noteworthy milestone.
Just a few hours ago the 10 millionth torrent was uploaded to the notorious torrent site. Considering all the legal trouble and outside pressure the site has been subjected to, this is quite an achievement.
The torrent in question is a pirated copy of a video from the “IntimateLesbians” series, and was uploaded to the site by VIP uploader “Drarbg.” "

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Taobao has about 800 million product listings

"Taobao, a website dreamed up in Mr. Ma's apartment a decade ago, has about 800 million product listings from seven million sellers who pay Alibaba for advertising and other services. In 2013, the combined transaction volume of Taobao and another Alibaba-run shopping site called Tmall reached $240 billion, says a person with knowledge of the figure.
The total is more than double the size of Amazon.com Inc., triple the size of eBay Inc. and one-third larger than the value of all the transactions last year at the two U.S.-based e-commerce giants combined."

Netflix has 48 million subscribers

"Another quarter, more stellar results for Netflix, which ended the first quarter (ended March 31) adding 2.25 million domestic subscribers to a global base of more than 48 million subs (35.7 million in the United States).
Netflix added 1.75 million subs internationally to a base of 11.76 paid members. In a letter to investors, CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells said Netflix's current global operations (Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia) would become profitable in fiscal 2014."

Airbnb has 23,000 residences listed in Britain

"Britain’s bed and breakfast and hotel operators are calling for the authorities to create a level playing field on safety regulations and inspections amid intense competition from people renting spare rooms on the cheap via the website Airbnb.
The site founded in 2008 has 23,000 residences listed in Britain, offering spare rooms or whole flats to tourists looking for alternatives to hotels. The American website’s parent company was valued at an estimated $10 billion by a recent fundraising, which makes it more valuable than Intercontinental Group, the world's biggest operator by number of rooms."
Source:  The Times, 19th April 2014
Note - It also said that the average UK host makes £3,000 in revenue from Airbnb, but I couldn't c&p that bit because it's behind the paywall