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Yahoo reportedly launching YouTube rival


Reports are circulating that Yahoo is looking to launch a video site that would go up against Google’s behemoth YouTube.

The rumors largely stem from a Re/Code report late last week that cited anonymous sources saying Yahoo is looking to not only launch a YouTube competitor in the next few months but also is trying to pluck some of the video-sharing site’s stars and favorite networks.

A Yahoo spokeswoman declined to comment on the report.

However, Yahoo, and its CEO Marissa Mayer, have been trying to gain some traction in the online world, pulling the company back to the top where it started years ago. Yahoo was once an Internet pioneer but the years, and competitors like Google and Facebook, pushed the company back into the shadows.

Mayer, who was a top executive at Google before coming to Yahoo, wants to turn that slide around. Grabbing some of the audience from YouTube would be a huge step in making that happen.

“If Yahoo wants to be at the center of people’s entertainment, they need a video service,” said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy. “YouTube is a free-for-all video service from cat videos to trailers to real content. Yahoo has a chance to provide less, but better content.”

Earlier this month, Mayer, speaking at the annual 4As conference, said she is focusing the company’s time and money on search, mail, mobile, social media and video.

There have been earlier signs that Yahoo wants to step up its presence in video. Last May, reports circulated that Yahoo was in talks to acquire Hulu, a video site known for streaming TV shows and movies, for as much as $800 million. The purchase never came through as Hulu’s owners canceled plans to sell the company.

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YouTube sees money in gaming-video eyeballs


To imagine how YouTube might one day become a money-spinner for content producers, consider the power of the irreverent video gamer and online star PewDiePie over his young, free-spending audience.

Each time the wildly popular YouTube impresario has donned Razer headphones in one of the many zany videos that feature him playing games, the product has sold out.

PewDiePie, who is not paid to endorse the brand, “really helped us in terms of getting traction on a much larger audience,” said Min-Liang Tan, chief executive of San Diego-based Razer, which makes gaming hardware. “It’s incredible that YouTube personalities are coming up … and I think it can only grow.”

PewDiePie’s uncanny trendsetting talent highlights the potential that content related to video games holds for Google Inc as it looks for ways to build its YouTube video platform into a powerful new revenue stream.

Advertisers and media companies are indeed already placing big bets on the likes of PewDiePie and others creating gaming-related content in a bid for the prime but underserved audience of 18- to 34-year-olds that devour video games.

Just last week Walt Disney Co agreed to fork over as much as $950 million to buy Maker Studios, one of YouTube’s largest production and distribution networks. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, is Maker’s biggest star.

The success of the 24-year-old, with his profanity laced improvisational videos, matches the explosive growth of video-game-based channels on YouTube. His channel has more than 25 million subscribers who can view his content for free, more than Beyonce’s and PresidentBarack Obama’s channels combined.

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Google+: just 35% of users are active


Google+ has achieved 1.15bn users, but only 35% of those use are active monthly.

These figures come from We Are Social, after analysing the growth trends for Google+ year on year, globally and locally.

Is this data a damning insight into the general malaise around Google+ or is this merely reflective of general social media sign up trends?

Registered user numbers for Google+ have shown extraordinary growth between Q4 2012 and Q4 2013, rising from 359m users to 1.15bn.

However, the percentage of actual active users has been left far behind. Currently only 35% of registered users are active on a monthly basis.

By Q4 2012 Google+ had the much higher registered user to monthly active percentage of 51%, but then it only had 435m users. This figure has now doubled.

It’s a similar ratio for the UK.  30% of registered users in the UK are active monthly users.  Let’s compare this to the active versus registered figures of other social media networks.

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Global Research: Mobile for Work and Shopping


By Christina Carstensen

As both a founding supporter of the IAB Mobile Center of Excellence and a technology media company, IDG has a special interest in trying to better understand buyers and sellers.  Numerous research reports have chronicled the explosive adoption of mobile devices but for mobile advertising to accelerate, it is critical to identify buyer behaviors and, most importantly, buyer preferences. To that end, a recent IDG Global Solutions (IGS) online survey asked people in 43 countries how they use their mobile devices at work and when shopping.
The IGS survey of more than 25,000 tech professionals and tech enthusiasts provides revealing insights into the importance of mobile in the buying process, the perception of mobile advertising, and the behavioral shifts brought on by rapid adoption rates for both tablets and smartphones. The spring 2013 online research reveals that today’s mobile audience is highly engaged, always on, is increasingly receptive to mobile ads, and uses tablets and smartphones at each stage of the purchase process including buying!


Personal and Work Lives Converge
Much has been written about the dramatic adoption rates for connected devices and mobile becoming the preferred channel for the tech savvy. However, the mobile momentum and ever-changing interaction with technology has led to major behavioral shifts. Users have migrated from the established separation of work and play toward an “always on” mentality reflected in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work trend. Today, the lines between private lives and work are being erased with 41% of smartphone users and 37% of tablet users saying that they use privately purchased smartphones and tablets as business devices. The figures rise steeply in emerging regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America where over 60% of respondents use their own devices on their work networks. Many of the respondents are among the most tech savvy, a group that serves as an early indicator of what is to come with the general population.

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Infographic: Marketer and Audience Insights on Social Media Worldwide

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See how the continued growth of social media is fueling a fundamental change in the way marketers leverage audience engagements. When it comes to a global audience, social media is increasingly used as a trusted source of insights, information & opinion. For marketers, their investment in social media increases to help maximize engagement. View the infographic below for more statistics…

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Google Points to Major Trends in B2B Space


Mike Miller works closely with business-to-business (B2B) marketers across a variety of industry verticals—ranging from oil/energy and manufacturing/industrial to business services—that are using Google’s digital platforms in order to advertise. He spoke with eMarketer’s Tobi Elkin for the B2B Perspective Series about trends he’s seeing in the B2B marketing space.

eMarketer: What digital platforms and advertising services are Google’s B2B customers using?

Mike Miller: We still see a very strong orientation around search. We see some customers using display advertising and some moving into social, although they’re still trying to figure some of that out. We’ve also seen some customers starting to make use of video platforms. For us, that’s YouTube. Mobile is also a theme, although that cuts across each of those platforms.

We did some research last year with Compete, and we saw a sea change in terms of internet usage within the B2B space. Typically, you see incremental change from one year to the next, but in our research we saw a jump from 71% usage in 2011 to 88% in 2012 in terms of researching business purchases in the B2B space. That is a huge jump in one year. We also asked B2B marketers how they’ve used search to research business purchases and saw a 23% change year over year—it went from 67% of B2B marketers who relied on search for their business purchases to 90%.

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The Rise Of Social Media Analytics (And The Demand For Measurable ROI) [INFOGRAPHIC]

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If you’re in the business of using social media for business then, like many, you’ll have faced a specific problem: how do you measure ROI? It’s proven to be a particularly difficult nut to crack, largely because the tried-and-tested methods of measuring return on investment that marketers and brands have used in the past (for example, sales and footfall) don’t necessarily apply well to social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook, which present a range of metrics that are somewhat unique to them, such as digital engagement, social proof and cross-channel impact (i.e., mobile). And as the demand to better understand and measure social media ROI has grown, so too has the need for bespoke social media analytics software, apps and tools.

This visual from Quintly looks at how the rise in the interest in social media analytics, which has quickly grown from a want to a need, can be measured over the past half-decade, on a platform-by-platform basis – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest – and across countries, too.

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How Social Media Is Used Around The World


Australia, England, Portugal, and a dozen other countries each use social media a little differently. Since a huge number of Edudemic readers are from these countries, I thought this infographic was important to share. It showcases how social media is used around the world and highlights some various statistics that are of note for each location.

The stats are organized by each country’s flag colors and are elegantly laid out in a fun infographic. If you don’t know the colors, read the text and it’ll tell you which country the stat is about. Great for printing out and / or sharing with your PLN around the world. After all, we’re living in a digitally connected world where PLN members are from around the globe.

The infographic is a bit market-y but still useful as it includes some curious stats and trends about the growth of mobile in the world of social media and connectivity.

Key Takeaways

  • The number of smartphone users in Canada is nearly the same as the U.S.
  • There is an overwhelming push onto doing everything mobile. Smartphones are key in most of the below countries.
  • In Spain, ‘power’ social media users are on Facebook while ‘casual’ users are on YouTube.
  • There are many other social networks other than Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Read below for a quick look at what those might be.


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The 25th Annual Computerworld Honors Program Celebrates Positive Business and World Change through IT Innovation

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FRAMINGHAM, MASS.—IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program— honoring and documenting visionary applications of information technology moving businesses forward and benefiting society—announces the 2013 21st Century Achievement Award winners recognized during last night’s award ceremony. One Laureate from each of the eleven categories was singled out for special recognition by the Program Judges as the best in their category. In all, 267 Laureates from more than 25 countries were honored.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Computerworld Honors Program, Vinton Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist from Google addressed the audience, congratulating the 2013 Laureate class for harnessing technology’s immense potential to benefit mankind. “The men and women being celebrated this evening went beyond ideas and beyond technology,” Cerf said. “They executed on extraordinary projects.” The evening continued with the recognition of the 21st Century Achievement Award winners. The recipients were:

For a brief video retrospective of Computerworld Honors, click here

Click to read more about the honorees for 2013

Most B2B marketers describe their social media strategy as ‘ad hoc’


There’s plenty of great information available when it comes to social media marketing for consumer products, but business-to-business (B2B) presents a much larger challenge.  Part of that may have something to do with the fact that 61 percent of B2B marketers describe their social media strategy as “ad hoc,” according to the B2B Marketing Social Media Benchmarking Report. Also, only 44 percent say they calculate ROI “rarely or not at all.”

The most popular platform for B2B marketers is Twitter at 85 percent, followed by LinkedIn (82 percent) and YouTube (77 percent).

For more B2B social stats, check out this infographic…