Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/06/comscore-android-extends-lead-over-apple-holds-44-percent-of-s/

Gather ’round, everyone, because a fresh batch of ComScore numbers has just arrived. According to the research firm, Android remains in firm control of the smartphone platform market, commanding 43.7 percent, followed by Apple (27.3 percent) and RIM (19.7 percent). In fact, Google extended its share by nearly two points over last month’s figures, while Apple’s iOS grew by just 0.3 points, but further distanced itself from RIM, which now sits 7.6 points behind. On the manufacturing side of the equation, Samsung remains top dog, accounting for 25.3 percent of all mobile subscribers (including both smartphone and feature phone users), followed by LG (21 percent) and Motorola (14 percent). Apple, meanwhile, sits a distant fourth, at 9.8 percent, followed by RIM, which rounds out the top five with 7.1 percent market share. Number crunchers can find more fodder in the full PR, after the break.

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-average-duration-of-unemployment-2011-8

We used to say that the chart showing the pace of this jobs “recovery” vs. all other jobs recoveries was the scariest jobs chart ever (see here for example).

But we’ve since changed our mind.

It’s the average duration of unemployment — which surges without any sign of slowing down — that’s really scary right now. Not only is this number taking off like a rocket, but it potentially represents people permanently and structurally kept out of the jobs market.

Be afraid.

chart of the day, duration of unemployment, aug 2011

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-news-feed-apps-2011-7

Facebook users spend most of their time in the News Feed, the river of information about your friends, and comparatively very little (just 10%) using apps according to a comScore report on how people use Facebook. 

This is interesting because the biggest app company, Zynga, filed to go public, and more generally because tons of Facebook apps are getting zillions of VC money all the time.

If people spend so little time on Facebook apps, why the excitement?

First of all, 10% of usage on Facebook, the second biggest site in the world, is still a huge market.

And also almost certainly because those who do use apps, use them a lot. Social games are a perfect example: not everyone plays them, but those who do, play them a lot. And a smaller minority pay for virtual goods in those games, but that minority pays enough to fund a thriving social games industry.

It’s definitely possible to build big businesses on the Facebook platform. But those numbers are a useful reality check: Facebook isn’t becoming a new internet, with Facebook apps replacing websites, as some fear. People still overwhelmingly use Facebook for what it’s designed for: knowing what our friends are up to.

chart of the day, time spent on facebook, may 2011

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Source: http://blog.compete.com/2011/07/15/scion-seeks-soul-and-souls/

The Scion brand was among the first “alternative” automotive youth brands in the US.   Highest-ever monthly sales were 19,252 units in August 2006, but Scion may have lost its soul since.  In 2010 (before any earthquake-related shortages), sales averaged 3,800 units a month.  Compete assessed key drivers of Scion sales (shoppers and conversion) to help reveal the drivers of Scion’s off-pace results, and fielded a survey on consumer perceptions of Scion.

Missing the Shopper Recovery

The number of unique Scion shoppers at the brand level has trended down over the past 30 months.  (Unique means shoppers of more than one Scion model are counted only once at the brand level).  Fewer shoppers in 2009 could be related to the recession, which impacted everyone.  Through the first half of 2009, Scion’s Share of Market Interest (SMI) was fairly steady, meaning its shopper volumes tracked with the market.  But as market shopper volume has recovered since then, Scion’s has not: its SMI was near a period low in June 2011.  Keep in mind that vehicle shortages impact sales, not shopping.

Scion More Quirky than Youthful?

To shed light on possible reasons for Scion’s SMI decline, Compete fielded a digital general population survey in June on consumer perceptions of the brand.  Over 60% felt they did not know enough about Scion to have an opinion.  Of the 39% that offered an opinion, “quirky” and “economical” led results.  In a recession, “economical” would seem to help shopping and sales; perhaps “quirky” is overpowering “economical.” “Youthful” was a distant third, potentially leaving Scion with a market hinging on quirky but economical products not quite geared toward younger buyers.

Scion Soul in Context

Kia’s Soul was one of the models that followed in Scion’s footsteps.   It has distinctive styling in the boxy genre and a low base price, and its advertising has argualbly been youth-oriented.  For context, Compete compared shopper volume for Soul against Scion overall.  The volumes are surprisingly similar (meaning that Soul alone has about the same number of shoppers as Scion overall).   The strength of Soul may mean that some would-be Scion shoppers instead shopped Soul, or may have shopped Soul in addition to Scion.

Showdown in the Showroom

Despite similar shopper volumes, Soul monthly sales have averaged 37% higher than Scion’s, and have exceed 10,000 units in each of the past four months; Scion averaged 4,850 in the same period.   So while Scion and Soul each had the same potential for sales, Kia has been more effective at converting Soul shoppers into Soul buyers.  Soul conversion has better Scion’s in all months but one since February 2010.

Scion Redemption

The good news is that Scion today has the potential to sell more vehicles, based on current shopper volumes (or souls).  The bad news is that it has lost shoppers over time in absolute terms and relative to the market, and its ability to convert shoppers into buyers trails potential rivals, like Soul.

Of course there’s more to the story.  Logical next steps Scion can investigate to restore sales include the following.  These same steps can be used by others looking to launch Scion-compatible products to better understand Scion’s trajectory to date:

  • Understand why the market’s shopper growth is not reaching Scion
    • Ad effectiveness: Compare SMI to share of voice: coincident drops in both may simply mean Scion was outspent.
    • Avoiders: Field a shopper avoider study to in-market consumers of Scion rivals that are not shopping Scion and ask why (lack of awareness, lack of familiarity, etc.).
    • Spillover demand: Quantify reverse-cross-shop trends to reveal which rivals’ shoppers are cross-shopping Scion and which are not and how that has changed over time.
  • Understand Scion conversion inhibitors
    • Benchmarking: Compare Scion conversion trends by model against target rivals.
    • Influences: Evaluate conversion relative to core conversion influencers, such as inventory levels, incentives, and other conversion influencers.
    • Rival refinement: Evaluate Scion cross-shop data to help reveal the extent to which Scion’s actual rivals are not target rivals, and the extent to which conversion by target or true rivals is impacting Scion conversion.

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-smartphone-platforms-2011-7

Android’s share of the smartphone market is still blowing away all competitors in the U.S. according to new data from comScore. The only company that’s hanging on is Apple, which saw its share of the market tick up ever so slightly.

chart of the day, smartphone platforms, july 2011

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Source: http://gizmodo.com/5818321/its-official-there-are-more-iphones-than-blackberries

It's Official: There Are More iPhones Than BlackBerrys (But Android Still Dominates)Smartphones are finally outselling dumbphones, but not everyone’s a winner. ComScore’s latest numbers show that still aren’t looking good for RIM.

After losing 4.2 percent of their market share in the US, they’re down to 24.7 percent vs Apple’s 26.6 percent. Looks like their “superphone” can’t come soon enough.

On the other hand, it seems Google’s Android is doing quite well for itself. In that same 5 month period, it leapfrogged 5.1% to a whopping 38.1%.

It’s also worth noting that despite the launch of WP7, Microsoft lost 1.9% thus continuing it’s downward trajectory towards obsolesence. But who knows, maybe Mango will be sweet enough to lure customers from the shiny Apple. [All Things D]

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Source: http://lifehacker.com/5814945/everyone-wants-better-no-one-wants-change

"Everyone Wants Better. No One Wants Change"Jonathan Fields points out that often times we’re only interested in the result and want to ignore the hard work it takes to get it. The internet has created a culture based on immediacy, and that is good in many ways, but sometimes the hard way is better. Being healthy and happy isn’t just a decision to make. It takes concentrated, ongoing effort. It’s easy to see the hard stuff as bad, but it rarely is. Even positive change may be stressful, but it’s going to be better.

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Source: http://gizmodo.com/5811834/what-if-you-crammed-the-entire-human-population-into-a-single-city/gallery/

What If You Crammed The Entire Human Population Into a Single City?Here’s food for thought: Some cities are considerably more densely populated than others. Imagine packing all 6.9 billion people in the world into a city you know. How much space would that megacity take up?

Per Square Mile made these infographics to give you an idea of what you’d find. In the image above, they stuffed the world’s people into a city as dense as Houston. We’d take up most of the continental United States.
What If You Crammed The Entire Human Population Into a Single City?Now New York, with everyone fitting into Texas.
What If You Crammed The Entire Human Population Into a Single City?And now Paris. Kind of makes you wonder what life would be like. [Per Square Mile]

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Source: http://gizmodo.com/5807958/actually-we-have-no-idea-what-the-hell-our-drug-will-do-to-you

Actually, We Have No Idea What the Hell Our Drug Will Do to YouEveryone’s cracked wise about cheerful voices in commercials telling us that an erectile dysfunction drug might make you blind, but have you ever read the full list of side effects? Prescription medication labels average an insane 70 possible side effects, according to a new study.

The study examined 5,600 medications, and found the worst offenders to be antidepressants, antiviral medications, and restless leg syndrome medications treatments. One especially ridiculous drug listed 525. The exhaustive lists fly in the face of FDA guidelines asking drug companies to keep the lists manageable. Obviously, 525 is a preposterous number of side effects to list on a label, but isn’t it just as concerning that we’re prescribing drugs that could go wrong in 500 different ways? [Smart Planet, Image: Thirteen of Clubs/Flickr]

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-change-in-operating-earnings-in-q1-2011-4

The first week of earnings season is in the book!

This chart from UBS breaks it all down by sector.

So far, total operating earnings are up 12.6%, and not surprisingly the fastest-growing sectors are basic materials and energy.

Only telecom and utilities have seen a decline in operating earnings.

chart of the day, operating earnings, april 2011

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