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first_imgtaylor hatmaker The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#e-commerce#email#Groupon Is There A Daily Deals Bubble?Ask anyone who’s opted out of email alerts for half-price spa days and dinners for two: daily deals served up to your inbox every day can get old — and fast. Most of tech blogging’s upper echelons have already made a case that the daily deals phenomenon is a fad that’ll come and go with the speed of a limited time Groupon offer, and we’re inclined to agree. Indeed the daily deals space boasts all the trappings of a true tech mini-bubble, from 2010’s sky-high early valuation to today’s ringing silence where there once was the clamor of companies scrambling to get a piece of the half-off pie. With the buzz waning, Groupon and its ilk (Living Social, Google Offers) have become little more than a fly buzzing around your inbox — and swatting it away is as easy as clicking unsubscribe.The ultimate sign your business model might have jumped the shark? There’s a startup that exists solely to help people get the hell away from your product.  Toss systemic daily deals fatigue on a heap of flaws ranging from understandably disgruntled vendors screwed over by the Groupon model to a green CEO prone to YouTubing naked yoga sessions — and making stockholders squirm — and you’ve got yourself a hard sell. The demise of Groupon isn’t hard to imagine. As our own Cormac Foster wrote a few months ago when Groupon made our Death Watch list:“Ultimately, it’s likely to become the biggest fish in a much less important pond. It could easily end up as no more than an obscure division of some much larger, more diversified company.”Groupon’s Euro-ProblemGroupon’s problems arguably run as deep as its business model, but last week CEO Andrew Mason blamed the company’s poor performance in Europe — and the European debt crisis — for its woebegone earnings report.  “We followed a different playbook in Europe, focusing on rapidly capturing market share at the cost of investing in technology and innovation and, too often, the satisfaction of our merchants and customers. With a weak European economy, we didn’t have the necessary runway to integrate our international business before reaching a plateau in growth earlier this year,” Mason said.The weirdo animal print accessory of your dreams awaits.Can Groupon Sell Itself Again?Groupon might be flatlining, but it’s not quite dead yet. The company did recently expand into new-ish territory with Groupon Goods, a Woot-like version of its extant group buying model that serves up deeply discounted products (Yoga leggings! Microfiber duvets! Facelift cream!) rather than less stuff-like stuff.Just today Groupon announced free shipping and returns for any items bought through Groupon Goods — not a bad little holiday season incentive. Groupon is also gunning for Square with a mobile payments system for local vendors that promises to be cheaper than the competition. According to Foster, “If Mason can find new ways to leverage these assets across other products and services (for example, cross-selling full-priced flights or shore excursions at the point of purchase for a discounted cruise), it could build out a convenience-based commerce system and open up new partnership opportunities and compensation structures. If it sticks to online couponing, though, right now is probably as good as things will ever get.”In other words, let the Groupon fire sale commence.  Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification After losing 90% of its value from its IPO heyday, daily deals guru Groupon is looking more and more like one of its own deep discount coupons. Founded in 2008, Groupon went public last fall among 2011’s flurry of IPOs from hot-to-trot tech companies like LinkedIn and Skype. Now, the company’s stock is tumbling after it failed to meet analyst expectations for the third quarter of 2012.After already reaching an all-time low last week, Groupon is now trading at a rock-bottom $2.69 — a plummet from its early November valuation that hovered around $4.00 a share and an absolute nosedive from its $28-per-share opening price one year ago.The company also recently laid off 80 sales employees “as part of an effort to automate the way it handles its deals,” according to The New York Times. They’ve cut 648 in the past six months. Yikes.In 2010, Groupon turned up its nose at a whopping $6 billion offer from Google. If Groupon had gone along for the ride, it would have made history as Google’s second largest acquisition ever at about half of the $12.5 billion Motorola buy and over three times as much as the price Google paid for YouTube back in 2006.Instead the company stayed the course, insisting on remaining independent and confident that it could continue raking in a rumored $2 billion in annual revenue. Talk about seller’s remorse. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

first_imgThe Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) have joined hands to set up the country’s first e-waste clinic here, that would enable segregation, processing and disposal of waste from both household and commercial units.Also Read Nearly 50,000 people make a living out of Seelampur’s e-waste  After inspecting the garbage and plastic recovery centres in Bhanpur here, CPCB officials discussed the clinic with BMC officials. A three-month pilot project, the clinic, if successful, would be replicated elsewhere in the country.“Electronic waste will be collected door-to-door or could be deposited directly at the clinic in exchange for a fee. The CPCB will provide technical support at the unit,” BMC Additional Commissioner Rajesh Rathore told The Hindu.At present, there was no estimate of the quantity of electronic waste generated in the city, he added. “Hazardous waste will be sent to Bengaluru for recycling,” he said.Door-to-door collection will happen in two ways. Either separate carts for the collection of e-waste will be designed, or separate bins will be attached to existing ones meant for solid and wet waste. The clinic is being conceived in compliance with the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.In the absence of a safe disposal mechanism, electronic waste at present is being disposed of along with other waste, said Mr. Rathore. “A suitable site for the unit is yet to be identified,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgThey aren’t exactly “begging” India to play against them but Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan says PCB is well within its rights to “push” the BCCI into honouring the Memorandum of Understanding for six bilateral series between the two countries.”We are not begging them to play us. Please don’t get that impression. But they (BCCI) signed a proper Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with us to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 and they didn’t meet their commitment,” Shaharyar told the media in Islamabad after attending a meeting of the national standing committee on sports.”It is our right as a cricket nation to push them to honour the MOU. They immediately owe us at least two home series as the last full bilateral series was played in India in 2007. In the MOU, Pakistan was to host four series between 2015 and 2023,” he said. (Pakistan will survive without playing India, says PCB chief Shaharyar Khan)Shaharyar, a former career diplomat, said that both countries have to play bilateral cricket according to the MOU signed in 2014 during the ICC meeting and the PCB depended on these series for huge financial boosts.He said Pakistan had lost huge revenue due to India’s refusal to play them and that was the reason the matter was also been taken up in the ICC executive board in Cape Town.”We have been consulting our lawyers on this issue of the MOU and we will be taking up this case of bilateral series at the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting this month,” he said.advertisementShaharyar was recently elected Chairman of the ACC and will chair the next meeting in Colombo on December 17.Though the ACC meet is being held to discuss development issues and future schedule of tournaments, the PCB chief said he will be discuss the MOU with India.last_img read more

first_imgTottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp delighted with full Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp was delighted with his full Premier League debut for victory over Burnley.Christian Eriksen fired Spurs’ injury-time winner on Saturday.With Jan Vertonghen missing with a thigh injury and Eric Dier suffering from a virus, left-back Ben Davies stepped in at centre-back while 18-year-old Academy product Oliver Skipp was handed his full Premier League debut. Fellow Academy starlet TJ Eyoma was on the bench as defensive cover.Skipp beamed, “It’s a great result to get the last-minute winner and it’s topped off a great day for me! “I was happy to have gained the manager’s trust.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Deschamps confirms Man Utd star Pogba will miss Liverpool clashby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance boss Didier Deschamps has admitted that Paul Pogba will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers for his side.Deschamps was hoping that Pogba would be involved in the upcoming national team games.But it appears the midfielder has suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury that has troubled him all season.Pogba is likely to miss game time for his club Manchester United as well.”It’s a new worry with his ankle,” Les Bleus coach Deschamps told reporters.”He played in the [Carabao] Cup, he played again on Monday against Arsenal. He again has a problem that’s going to keep him out of action for three weeks.”I’d prefer he was there like all the available players but unfortunately he isn’t in a physical state to be present.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle winger Saint-Maximin: We must build on Man Utd victoryby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin says they must build on victory over Manchester United.Saint-Maximin was impressive for the 1-0 win.He told nufc.co.uk: “It’s a great reaction after last week.“Everybody was very disappointed after losing against Leicester but we talked about it and said that this cannot happen again.“We are a good team with good players and we have to keep going and working hard. You always want to improve and play a great game against the great teams. We showed a lot of good things against Man United.“It’s a good time to win before the international break because everybody can now enjoy it a little bit before we play against Chelsea. We must make sure we keep going because we need to have good concentration and togetherness as a team to make sure we are ready for the next game.” last_img read more

first_imgSave the Rhino announces its annual Autumn Dinner.Held at the Honourable Artillery Company in London on Thursday 28 September 2017, the event will feature a drinks reception in the HAC’s medal rooms with the opportunity to explore its museum before enjoying a three course dinner with wine, and hearing from inspiring speakers who will address the evening’s audience with their own personal take on the theme of ‘Journeys’.Confirmed speakers include broadcaster Clive Anderson, adventurer and explorer Olly Hicks, wildlife photographer David Yarrow and Madelon Willemsen; Country Director for TRAFFIC in Viet Nam, whose team are changing consumer behaviour in Viet Nam to reduce demand for rhino horn.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation A great thing? Beanie’s seemingly poor usage of the word notwithstanding, it’s hard to see how something that got players suspended and Tressel fired to resign is actually great. Jim Tressel, seemingly under fire from every direction, has at least one supporter in one of his former players.Beanie Wells, now a running back for the Cardinals, has been outspoken in his defense for the former Ohio State coach.As Beanie explained on ESPN Tuesday, Tressel was just being a father protecting his kids.He wasn’t thinking about his legacy. He wasn’t thinking about how much money he made or about winning games. He was thinking about protecting those kids and their future. I personally think he did a great thing. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

first_imgCisco has used the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to unveil Videoscape Unity, its expanded Videoscape video services delivery platform.The new and expanded platform includes the elements of what will become three pre-integrated offerings: multiscreen cloud DVR, video everywhere, connected video to any device in the home and IP video over cable.Nick Thexton, chief technology officer at NDS, acquired by Cisco last year, said that the new platform brought a complete set of Cisco and NDS components together. He said the platform was designed to provide a degree of pre-integration that would enable service providers to get services off the ground more quickly.“There will be bespoke customisation added onto these [four elements], but there is a much higher level of pre-integration and because integration costs are the biggest cost element we hope this will give a benefit,” he said. He described the approach as a “middle ground” between offering complete packaged solutions from a single vendor and a looser system integrator-led model that involved coordinating the work of numerous third-party suppliers. Thexton said the four off-the-shelf offerings would be made available in the latter half of 2013 but elements from all four offerings were available as of today.Thexton said “one major MSO” would implement cloud DVR in the first half of this year. “Network DVR has become important because delivering video to all devices is important. People don’t want to invest in a system just for one device. You can also do personalisation much more easily, importing that knowledge across to any platform. It is one of the highest priority projects,” said Thexton.Thexton said the video everywhere solution had been targeted for delivery to one major European operator in the latter half of this year.IP video over cable was also attracting a lot of interest from MSOs, said Thexton. This could enable the delivery of video to low-cost IP devices in the home from the network rather than from a gateway device that would convert the QAM signal to IP.“What we are seeing is that customers still want to do mix and match, taking an IP overlay but adapting it to a gateway,” said Thexton. “All of Videoscape Unity is being assessed for portability and there are different ways we could move a lot to the cloud. We think some functionalities will be moved to the cloud and other things will be managed within operator’s own infrastructure.”last_img read more

first_img$188 $(56) 2011 $606 Cash & Equivalents Free Cash Flow $153 $1,000 Revenue 2010 $1,974 $(138) 2009 $66 $777 2008 $3,711 $3,908 $297 $(55) 2007 $(88) $470 Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or on MySpace) for the last two weeks, you’ve most likely heard that social networking giant Facebook filed for its IPO.   The form S-1 contains a plethora of information “the Street” had been mulling over for months. Most important was the company’s 2011 net income, which was up 65% annually to $1 billion.   Although the company had a net income loss for 2007 and 2008, its earnings growth since has been astounding. Since 2009, the company has averaged annual net income growth of 115%, while revenue has increased on average 80% over the same period. $272 $1,785 $229 $633 $305 Net Income The company has been amassing a treasure chest of cash. With nearly $4 billion at the end of 2011, Facebook can cover operating expenses for two years without any additional revenue, granting investors a wide margin of safety. Free cash flow has consistently grown since 2008, with an average annualized growth of 103%.   In addition to the income numbers, the public was able to peek inside Facebook’s user base for the first time. According to the form S-1, the company had 845 million monthly active users (MAUs) and 483 million daily active users (DAUs) at the end of 2011, up 39% and 48%, respectively.(Click on image to enlarge)However, as Andrew Sorkin points out, Facebook is very, should we say, generous when calculating its user base. The main point of contention is that Facebook counts users as “active” even if they didn’t actually visit Facebook.com, which skews the company’s reach and thus the amount advertisers would be willing to pay for ad space.To Facebook, a user is considered “active” if he or she “took an action to share content or activity with his or her Facebook friends or connections via a third-party Web site that is integrated with Facebook.”For example, if you clicked the “Like” button on a New York Times article, shared music on Spotify, or signed into the Wall Street Journal using your Facebook account and left a comment that was subsequently shared on Facebook, you’re counted as an active user, even though none of these actions actually took place on Facebook.com. The catch is that advertisers won’t have an opportunity to market products to these “active” users.Even though Facebook seems to have massaged its active users stats, Nielson estimates that Facebook had roughly 153 million MAUs in December, which is only 8 million off the prospectus estimate of 161 million MAUs. So, the company does have a healthy advertising base and appears to be fundamentally strong. Even so, there are other risks that the company will need to overcome in order to continue its success.Growth(Click on image to enlarge)As the graph above illustrates, growth in key markets such as North America and Europe is already tapering off. Sources claim the US market could already have a saturation rate of 75%. From the form S-1: “We believe that our rates of user and revenue growth will decline over time. For example, our annual revenue grew 154% from 2009 to 2010 and 88% from 2010 to 2011. Historically, our user growth has been a primary driver of growth in our revenue. Our user growth and revenue growth rates will inevitably slow as we achieve higher market penetration rates, as our revenue increases to higher levels, and as we experience increased competition.”Once Facebook’s user base inevitably plateaus, their performance will become increasingly dependent on their ability to increase levels of user engagement, which entails generating new, useful products. However, Facebook still has opportunities for user growth in emerging markets, such as Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.AdvertisingFor 2009, 2010, and 2011, advertising accounted for 98%, 95%, and 85%, respectively, of Facebook’s revenue.Working in their favor is Facebook’s vast knowledge of their users, which could allow the company to deliver ever-increasingly targeted ads. If they can increase the relevance of their ads, they’ll be able to increase their advertising base, along with the price they charge per click, thus providing an opportunity to raise revenues.One caveat to this opportunity is that Facebook is at the forefront of complex and evolving US and foreign laws and regulations regarding privacy and data protection, which could result in regulatory action in coming years. This could entail future restrictions on the data Facebook can gather and use to deliver targeted ads. MobileCurrently, Facebook’s mobile app does not carry advertisements. With more and more users accessing Facebook through mobile devices, the company will need to reevaluate its mobile strategy.Without any leverage in the mobile marketplace, an opportunity is created for Google to push its Google+ social network on Android devices, along with Apple’s recent affinity for Twitter on the iOS. Without a native mobile operating system, Facebook is at a clear disadvantage.However, Google+ has had difficulty gaining traction and currently has “only” 90 million users, while Facebook is still considered a mainstay in the social networking industry.Key-Man RiskLast but certainly not least, the company’s chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg poses a significant key-man risk for the company. Zuckerberg (who was mentioned 113 times in the S-1 filing) owns a large majority of the company’s voting stock and thus has control over key decisions. Placing this much emphasis on one person (regardless of how brilliant) is rarely a good idea.On the flip side, Zuckerberg’s track record proves he can lead a growing, profitable company. But the question is whether he’ll be able to keep it up.last_img read more