Wednesday, 26 June 2013

More than 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute

"Today, more than 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s more than four days of video uploaded each minute! Every month, more than 1 billion people come to YouTube to access news, answer questions and have a little fun. That’s almost one out of every two people on the Internet."
Source:  YouTube's blog, 19th May 2013
Earlier - 72 hours per minute reported in May 2012

Why people like brands on Facebook

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Source:  Mashable, 26th June 2013, using data from Syncapse
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Frequency of activities like texting carried out on smartphones and mobiles in the UK

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Source:  The Deloitte Consumer Review - Beyond The Hype: The True Potential of Mobile, June 2013 (UK data only)
Note - lots more stats in the full report - although I'd treat their assertion that 72% of the population has a smartphone with caution

Monday, 24 June 2013

93% of Apple devices are using iOS 6

"As measured by the App Store during a 14-day period ending June 3, 2013"
Source:  Apple developer page, retrieved 24th June 2013

WhatsApp has more than 250 million monthly active users

"WhatsApp tells The Wall Street Journal it has more than 250 million monthly active users, the first time it has revealed a rough number of users for its popular smartphone messaging app.
The figure is impressive for a company that launched its app just four years ago and that spends no money marketing itself. It makes WhatsApp one of the largest messaging platforms and possibly bigger than Twitter, which in December announced it had eclipsed 200 million monthly active users. Microsoft MSFT -0.67% in October said its video-chat service Skype had 280 million monthly active users."

Sunday, 23 June 2013

5 million Instagram videos were uploaded in the first 24 hours

"Instagram Video turned out to be quite popular, with users uploading as many as 5 million videos within the first 24 hours of the feature's launch.
Facebook owns Instagram, which until now was a photo-sharing app. Twitter owns Vine, which allows users to share short videos. Facebook and Twitter are always competing with each other, and Facebook just launched Instagram Video to challenge Twitter's Vine."
Source:  Mobile&Apps, 22nd June 2013

Friday, 21 June 2013

The top organic result in Google search gets 35% of the traffic on average

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Source:  Data from Chitika, reported by Search Engine Watch, 19th June 2013

Apple sells more than 800,000 TV episodes and 350,000 films every day

"Apple on Wednesday announced that it sells more than 800,000 TV episodes and 350,000 movies every day on iTunes, bringing its combined total to 1.38bn downloads since video first arrived on iTunes, way back in 2005.
Apple charges anywhere between 99c for movie rentals and $20 for new releases, while TV shows are typically $3 for HD episodes, suggesting a range of $3m to $4m in revenues (before the studios take their cut) everyday."
Source:  Financial Times, 19th June 2013

The average iTunes member spends $12 a year on music

"According to research just published by Asymco analyst Horace Dediu, the average iTunes user now spends just $12 on music, a year, down from $42 five years ago.  
Other categories like software and books are also declining, which makes sense given an iTunes registered user base that is ballooning towards 600 million worldwide.  Sounds like that would naturally drive the average down, except for the inconvenient truth that apps are still increasing quite comfortably.
Which means: not only is there more stuff for 'music fans' to buy, they're buying more of that other stuff."
Note - Click on the link to see a graph of the data

Tablet or smartphone activities while watching TV

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Source:  NielsenWire, 17th June 2013

Instagram has 130 million monthly active users; 45m photos are uploaded per day

"130M Monthly Active Users
50%+ People Outside U.S.
16B Photos Shared
1B Likes Daily
45M Photos Per Day."

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The ten most popular users on Pinterest

Top 10 Pinners
#1Joy Cho / Oh Joy!14,397,613 followers
#2Maryann Rizzo9,952,668 followers
#3Bekka Palmer9,780,081 followers
#4Jane Wang8,410,884 followers
#5Jan of Poppytalk8,308,101 followers
#6Evelyn ~8,195,410 followers
#7Bonnie Tsang8,035,689 followers
#8molly pickering7,931,821 followers
#9pejper // anna k.7,634,982 followers
#10HonestlyWTF6,514,328 followers
Source:  Repinly, retrieved 20th June 2013

Facebook has more than a million advertisers

"Over the past year I’ve had the privilege of meeting and learning from many amazing business owners who use Facebook. Some have just set up their Facebook Pages while others are experts who share their tips with others. I’ve learned from companies like Ministry of Retail in Singapore, Springwools in Ireland, and Scene75 Entertainment Center in Ohio…and many more around the world.
I know business owners like these invest their hard earned money and time into running their companies. So today, on behalf of everyone at Facebook, I want to say thank you to them and to the over one million businesses like them who are active advertisers. You have chosen Facebook as a partner to grow your business. We appreciate the chance to work with you, and we celebrate your success.
The more than one million active advertisers on Facebook are real people with stories that inspire us and each other. I’d love to hear your stories. And I know you like to learn from each other. I invite you to share your stories at, so that you can inspire more entrepreneurs to turn their passions into reality. We all start small. And whether you’re reaching your first customer or your millionth, I’m thankful that we’re a part of your business."
Source:  Note from Facebook, 18th June 2013

Update - Screenwerk has more data:
"Here are some additional local/SMB stats revealed at the event:
There are more than two billion connections between local businesses and people
In an average week, there are over 645 million views of, and 13 million comments on, local business Facebook Pages
Approximately 70% of monthly active users in the U.S. and Canada are connected to a local business on Facebook"

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Half of the visits to the House of Fraser website come from mobile devices

"House of Fraser believes it has become the first [British] online retailer to see 50 per cent of its online traffic coming from mobile devices. ASOS, by comparison, saw 20 per cent of its traffic come from mobile in January.
Although the company already has a mobile site, it is redesigning this and its desktop platform to offer more of the services that have been successful on its iOS app. This includes a stock locator function, which gives users the option to buy online or go in store. It is will also be extending its buy and collect hours to accommodate these shoppers."
Source:  Mobile Marketing, 19th June 2013

The average UK mother spends 9.7 hours a month on Facebook

"The very first thing that half of all mums do when they wake up in the morning is check Facebook, according to new research.
According to BabyCentre’s 2013 Social Mum Report, produced in partnership with ComScore, mothers are more addicted to their morning Facebook fix than the general population.
By contrast, just a quarter of the general population check Facebook first thing in the morning.
The average mum spends 9.7 hours a month on Facebook. A growing number of  year on year among mothers.
Unveiling the report at the British Museum yesterday, Mike Fogarty, senior- vice president and global publisher at BabyCentre, said: "More than any other audience group, social media is so much a part of a mum’s life, that checking her various social platforms comes even before enjoying her first cup of coffee in the morning. Social media has become so pervasive, it’s now fundamental to the way today’s mums live their lives."
The report supports the view that niche and special interest networks are poised to become a core marketing channel for brands. It also reveals that, while posts from a friend are considered 27% more influential than posts from a brand, posts from another mum are 73% more influential than posts from a brand.
2013 Social Mum Report: Key Statistics
Mums are 15% more likely to use social media regularly compared to the general population and on average will spend 8.0 hours a month on Facebook, 5.1 hours a month on YouTube and 4.4 hours a month on Tumblr.
Tablet ownership rates amongst mums have seen a 183% growth year on year and smartphone ownership is also up (by 13%)
Mums are 34% more likely to spend online that the average online adult
Half of mums have bought something because a brand posted a voucher or shared an offer on a social network, and over a quarter of mums say that they have made a purchase because they saw a sponsored ad on a social network."
Source:  Marketing Magazine, 12th June 2013
More -
Full UK Presentation
Full US Presentation
Full Canadian Presentation

Renting accommodation on airbnb in America is significantly cheaper than staying in a hotel

"But is it actually less expensive to stay at an Airbnb than a hotel? Can you rent an entire apartment for less than the cost of a hotel? We suspected that Airbnb rentals are less expensive than hotels, but are they really?
So, we decide to find out. We looked at every major city in America and compared the cost of a hotel to the cost of renting an apartment on Airbnb. We discovered that Airbnb apartment rentals cost 21.2% less than staying at a hotel. And if you’re on a budget, you can save 49.5% if you decide to stay in a private room at a host’s house instead of staying in a hotel."
Source:  Research by Priceonomics, 17th June 2013
Note - lots more stats given in the full report

The economic impact of airbnb on Paris & San Francisco

"Highlights from these first two reports cover just one year and include the following.
Airbnb produces significant economy benefits
Airbnb generated approximately $240 million in economic activity in Paris
Airbnb generated approximately $56 million in economic activity in San Francisco
Guests on Airbnb stay longer and spend more
The average Paris hotel guest visits for 2.3 nights and spends $584 during their stay. The average Paris Airbnb guest, on the other hand, visits for 5.2 nights and spends $1,151 during their stay.
The average San Francisco hotel guest visits for 3.5 days and spends $840. The average San Francisco Airbnb guest visits for 5.5 days and spends $1,045.
Airbnb hosts rent out the homes they live in
83 percent of Airbnb hosts in Paris use Airbnb to rent the home they live in.
90 percent of Airbnb hosts in San Francisco use Airbnb to rent the home they live in.\
Airbnb hosts use their income to make ends meet
56 percent of Airbnb hosts in San Francisco said they use their Airbnb income to help pay their mortgage or rent.
46 percent of Airbnb hosts in Paris said they use income for essential living expenses such as rent and mortgage payments.
Airbnb brings tourists to new neighborhoods
72 percent of Airbnb properties in San Francisco are located outside the central hotel district.
70 percent of Airbnb properties in Paris are located outside the main hotel districts.
The San Francisco study was conducted in 2012 and the Paris study was conducted in 2013. The Airbnb community has only gotten bigger since the studies were conducted, so we expect these numbers will increase as Airbnb continues to have a positive economic impact in cities around the world"
Source:  airbnb Public Policy blog, 12th June 2013
Press release - San Francisco Study
Press release - Paris Study

140 million NFC-enabled handsets were shipped in 2012

"According to a new research report by Berg Insight, global sales of handsets featuring Near Field Communication (NFC) grew 300 percent in 2012 to reach 140 million units. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48.2 percent, annual shipments are forecasted to reach 1 billion units by 2017.
Wider adoption of NFC in mobile phones began in 2011 and accelerated in 2012 when the top-ten handset vendors released nearly 100 NFC-enabled models. NFC technology enables numerous applications such as information exchange, device pairing for establishing Bluetooth or WLAN connections, access control, electronic ticketing and secure contactless payments."

Monday, 17 June 2013

Groupon has sold a million event tickets

"Groupon, the online deal making company from Chicago, said Saturday that it had passed a 1 million customer milestone for its G-Pass ticket sales.
"G-Pass simply allows customers to worry less about getting into the venue and focus more on enjoying the event. And at the same time, it helps alleviate stress on box office partners," said Groupon vice president and general manager Greg Rudin in statement.
Groupon said the G-Pass has been used for consumers "to enjoy their favorite band, take in an off-Broadway show or cheer on the home team."
Out of the 1 million tickets sold, 700,000 of those were sold this year, which lead the company to say the G-Pass option was "gaining momentum."
The G-Pass option has sold tickets for events as varied as the Bon Jovi "Because We Can" tour, the Joffrey Ballet and Seattle Mariners ball games, the company said."

Key mobile figures Q1 2013

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Source:  Ericsson Mobility Report, June 2013

Mobile subscriptions & growth by region Q1 2013

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Source:  Ericsson Mobility Report, June 2013

FMCG companies are the biggest online video advertisers in the UK

"FMCG advertisers overtook entertainment as the biggest spenders in online video with impressions surging 66 per cent quarter on quarter, according to figures from addressable audience platform Videology.
The report, which marks the third in a series of Videology-led research that will be published exclusively on The Drum, is based on 553,197,168 video impressions in the UK during the first quarter of 2013 – up from the 465m impressions tracked in the previous quarter."
Note - Ad tracking based on tracked impressions may be a bit arbitrary - see also Nielsen's Ad Relevance

One third of Americans own a tablet

"A third (34%) of American adults ages 18 and older own a tablet computer like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus, or Kindle Fire—almost twice as many as the 18% who owned a tablet a year ago.1
Demographic groups most likely to own tablets include:
Those living in households earning at least $75,000 per year (56%), compared with lower income brackets
Adults ages 35-44 (49%), compared with younger and older adults
College graduates (49%), compared with adults with lower levels of education
The following chart shows the increase in general tablet ownership over time, beginning with May 2010 when just 3% of adults said they owned a tablet computer."

WhatsApp has handled 27 billion messages in a day

"new daily record: 10B+ msgs sent (inbound) and 17B+ msgs received (outbound) by our users = 27 Billion msgs handled in just 24 hours!"
Source:  Tweet by WhatsApp, 12th June 2013

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Google bought Waze for $1.3 Billion

"In a bid to outsmart traffic, Google has bought the crowd-sourced navigation app Waze, a Tel Aviv-based start-up.
The search giant reportedly paid $1.3bn (£835m), according to Reuters, although the firm did not disclose the financial terms for the deal.
The Waze app combines online maps with updates from other users about traffic jams, road works and accidents.
It is believed that Facebook and Apple were also interested in purchasing the Israeli firm.
The takeover could help Google improve the accuracy of its own navigation system, Google Maps."

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The Apple App Store has 575m accounts

"In opening the keynote, Cook noted that the company's online App Store has served up 50 billion downloads in its five years of existence. He said there are 900,000 apps in the store, 375,000 of which were designed for the iPad.
"Just a few hundred from those other guys," he said, in an apparent swipe at rival tablets that run Google's Android system and others.
He also said the App Store has 575 million accounts, "more accounts with credit cards than any store on the Internet that we're aware of.""

Monday, 10 June 2013

Mobile (inc tablets) accounts for 40% of YouTube views in the US

"Mobile is quickly becoming the new normal for YouTube, and it’s starting to pay off: 40 percent of all of the service’s video views in the U.S. are now coming from mobile devices, a YouTube spokesperson told GigaOM on Wednesday. Worldwide, mobile is now responsible for 25 percent of all of YouTube’s video views."
Source:  Paid Content, 5th June 2013

Vine posts are shared more often on Twitter than Instagram posts

"Only five days after launching on Android, Vine has surpassed Instagram in its total daily shares on Twitter, according to metrics by Topsy. While Instagram's numbers have been fairly flat over the past month, Vine has continued to grow — and there's a good chance that opening the app up to another large segment of the market had an impact on that. On Friday, links to were shared over 2.5 million times, with links hovering just below 2.2 million."
Source:  The Verge, 8th June 2013
Note - I think lots of people have stopped sharing Instagram posts on Twitter since Instagram stopped you from expanding to see the full picture in the feed.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

At least 2 million Tweets about the Turkish protests were posted on 31st May 2013

"The social media response to and the role of social media in the protests has been phenomenal. Since 4pm local time yesterday, at least 2 million tweets mentioning hashtags related to the protest, such as #direngezipark? (950,000 tweets), #occupygezi (170,000 tweets) or #geziparki (50,000 tweets) have been sent. As we show in the plot below, the activity on Twitter was constant throughout the day (Friday, May 31). Even after midnight local time last night more than 3,000 tweets about the protest were published every minute."
Source:  AlJazeera, 1st June 2013

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Chinese ecommerce exceeded 8 trillion RMB in 2012

"Chinese e-commerce transactions grew four times faster than the country's overall GDP growth in 2012, with total gross merchandise volume (GMV) increasing 31.7% YoY to break RMB 8 trln, according to a report released by China's Ministry of Commerce."
Source:  Sootoo, via Marbridge Daily, 29th May 2013
Note - According the is is approx USD1.3 trillion

37% of smartphones shipped in 2012 cost less than $250

"According to data from global research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) released to The Globe and Mail, smartphones costing less than $250 made up 37 per cent of all units shipped in 2012, up from 27 per cent in 2011. An even cheaper segment – smartphones priced between $75 and $100 – grew by 750 per cent. Meanwhile, the highest-priced phones showed slowing or negative worldwide growth, the research shows.
“The world is awash in low-cost smartphones,” says Kevin Restivo, an IDC mobile device analyst."

Chinese mobile internet users access the internet on their phones for over 2 hours a day

"According to a recent report from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China had 330 mln smartphone-based mobile internet users as of the end of February 2013, up by 140 mln from December 2011, accounting for 79% of China's mobile internet users. The number of mobile internet users rose by 18.1% YoY to total 420 mln users as of the end of December 2012, representing 74.5% of overall internet users.
Among mobile handset users who had never used their phones to go online, 10.7% said that it was because their phones were incapable of internet access, while 52.8% said it was because they simply didn't know how.
On average, the study found, Chinese mobile internet users spend 124 minutes per day using their phones for mobile internet access. 22% of users fall into the "heavy user" category, with four or more hours per day of mobile internet use. Smartphone users spend an average of 131 minutes per day using mobile internet services, compared with 103 minutes for non-smartphone users.
84.6% of mobile internet users said they had not paid for any mobile internet products in the past six months. Willingness to pay was even lower among smartphone users, with a paltry 14.7% of mobile internet users saying they had paid for mobile apps or content. Among these, 63.7% had paid for mobile games, and 30.3% had paid for mobile novels."

There are 125 NFC transactions in the UK every minute

"Visa has announced that contactless payments have reached “tipping point”, with 1.5 million contactless bus fare payments made in London since December. One in four of the 26.9 million UK Visa cards now uses contactless technology and use grows by 22 per cent every quarter.
“We have seen cases of mischarging in just a dozen instances,” explains The UK Cards Association’s head of policy, Richard Koch. “There are 125 NFC transactions every minute, or about 70 million a year, meaning these cases are really few and far between.”
Some of the problem is lack of consumer awareness. Although contactless payments are on the rise, ePayments software company Compass Plus says its surveys show 40 per cent of British consumers still have no idea about the technology.
Cash payments are being displaced. The UK Cards Association says the average debit card transaction is £40, while on a contactless card it is £5.50, with many payments of much lower amounts."
Note - this article is all about card payments (& potential errors in charging), not mobile payments