Top Apps Vary From Apple To Google To Amazon’s App Store

smartphone-shutterstock Earlier today, Apple published its list of top paid and free apps for 2013. Yesterday Nielsen reported its top US smartphone apps list (Android + iPhone). Now comes Distimo's "year in review" global ranking of apps, which also includes Amazon's tablet-only app store. What's striking is how different the app lists are from one another. For example there are only three apps common to all of the free lists: Candy Crush, Temple Run and Facebook. And only Minecraft and Where's My Water are present on all three paid app lists according to Distimo. Some of the discrepancies can probably be exp [...]


Apple: Games, Social And Video Dominate Top Apps Lists

Apple Best of 2013 Like everyone else Apple has released its year-end top lists. Below are the top iOS apps, including top free and top paid apps for both the iPhone and iPad. The lists are a mix of "incumbents" and "insurgents." Pandora remains in the top 10 (12 on the iPad list) and YouTube was number two on both free lists. The paid lists were all about games. On the top free iPhone list, social apps were clustered in the middle, with Twitter's Vine at number four and Twitter itself at 13. Google Maps, which saw a surge of downloads after it became available earlier this year, wound up at number five fo [...]


Facebook No. 1 Mobile App Of 2013 But Google Has 5 Of Top 10

facebook-mobile-pages-featured Nielsen published a range of year-end data today. Among other things the measurement firm said that 65 percent of American cell phone users now own smartphones. By comparison comScore says the figure is 62 percent. Regardless it means there are now more than 150 million smartphone users in the US. Nielsen also reported that 29 percent of US households have at least one tablet. If there are roughly 115 million US households that argues there are roughly 33 million tablets in American homes. However this number undercounts the actual number of tablets in the market. A previous Pew survey f [...]


Google Is Most Visited Site Of 2013, Despite Big Drops In Desktop Traffic [Nielsen]

google-g-logo-2012 Google was the most popular web brand of 2013, with an average monthly audience of almost 165 million unique visitors. That's according to Nielsen's look at the top digital brands of the year, just published today. The data covers U.S. desktop web traffic from January through October of this year. For Google, that average monthly audience is a six percent drop from 2012. Facebook, the second most popular website with an estimated 134 million monthly visitors, saw an even bigger drop in desktop traffic -- down 16 percent from 2012. And Yahoo, the same: third overall at about 130 millio [...]


Survey: Majority Use Smartphones In Stores, Not For E-Commerce

smartphone-mobile-shopping-showrooming-featured New research from Marketing Land and SurveyMonkey reflects that smartphones are heavily used by consumers for shopping research in stores but there's limited buying on the devices. This echoes a body of other findings in the market from a range of sources. Though the precise percentages vary in the different surveys, directionally the findings are very similar. Overall, 66 percent of respondents in our survey reported that they used smartphones in stores to compare prices, look for offers or deals, consult with friends/family about whether to buy and search for product reviews. "Which o [...]


Top 10 Most Shared Video Brands Of 2013: Samsung Takes The Lead, Followed By Beer, Babies & Pranks

samsung-featured Video marketing firm Unruly has assembled a top ten list of the most shared social video brands of 2013, with Samsung leading the pack. Earning 7.3 million shares for its "S4: Sound & Shot" social video campaign, Samsung holds the honor of being Unruly's top shared brand of 2013. [youtube width="560" height="315"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAEgmeiDbJo[/youtube] In second place is Geico, a new entrant on the list of most shared social video brands this year. Earning the distinct title of most viewed online video ad campaign of all time, Dove's record-breaking "Real Beauty Sk [...]


Smartphone Share: Apple, Google, Microsoft All Gain

smartphone-shutterstock ComScore released its September smartphone market share data for the US market.  Based on consumer surveys, the company estimated that nearly 150 million US mobile subscribers now own smartphones (149.2 million). Apple remains the top individual smartphone OEM; however Samsung has continued to gain and now controls 25.4 percent of the market. Motorola saw a slight bump, which is welcome news for the company. Interestingly there doesn't really appear to be any significant share gain for Apple from the new iPhones. I would have expected to see more than a 0.2 market share increase given e [...]


How Viral Is Ron Burgundy: The Top 20 Most Shared Anchorman Videos

ron-burgundy-featured Ron Burgundy is showing up everywhere in anticipation of Anchorman 2's December 18 release. Last weekend, Will Ferrell's Anchorman 2 character visited the news desk of a local newscast in Bismarck, North Dakota, and on Monday night he made an appearance in Winnipeg to cover Roar of the Rings, Canada's biggest curling event of the season. After declaring Winnipeg, "The Paris of Canada," Burgundy showed up in an ESPN video on Monday, interviewing Peyton Manning to promote his and Anchorman 2 cohort Champ Kind's appearance this Thursday night on SportsCenter. Adweek claims Anchorman 2 promo [...]


Facebook Most Used Mobile App, Google App 10th

smartphone-shutterstock Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has released US-based survey data about most frequently used mobile apps and top app publishers. Consistent with comScore data, CIRP found that Facebook was the leading and most frequently used mobile app. The firm asked mobile users to identify their "three most frequently used [mobile phone] apps." Facebook had four times the usage of the next app on the list, which was Twitter. That Twitter ranked so highly is something of a surprise, as are the relatively low rankings of Google (search) and Google Maps. An important caveat: these dat [...]


Report: Top 3 Video Ads Of 2013 Earned Nearly 50 Times More Shares Than Top Ads Of 2006

Video click According to video marketing firm Unruly, the top three video ads of 2006 earned a combined 244,395 shares. This year, the company says Dove's "Real Beauty Sketches," GEICO's "Hump Day," and Evian's "Baby and Me" video ads have generated a total of 11.6 million shares, representing 47.5 times more shares than the top three ads in 2006. "We've been tracking the most shared videos at Unruly - UGC and branded - since we launched the Unruly Viral Video Chart back in 2006," said the company's COO Sarah Wood, "Over that time, we've seen an explosion in both the number of videos brands are making [...]


Vimeo Reports 100 Million Users & 400K Paying Subscribers

vimeo-icon-logo Online video has become synonymous with YouTube, but IAC wants people to know its own video property, Vimeo, is doing pretty well, too. IAC revealed yesterday that Vimeo has passed the 100 million user plateau. For the sake of comparison, that puts it about one-tenth of YouTube's size. Google says YouTube sees more than a billion unique users each month. On the financial front, IAC told Reuters that Vimeo has about 400,000 paying subscribers and took in about $40 million in revenue over the past year. The company hopes to grow those numbers. Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor tells Reuters, "We [...]


Google Search “Reunion” Video Goes Viral With More Than 4 Million Views In 5 Days

Video click Google is doing its best to make everyone cry (in a good way) with its latest heartwarming "Reunion" ad for Google Search. The video has gone viral in the last five days with more than four million views on YouTube. It is ranked No. 4 on Unruly Media's Top 20 Viral Video Chart, and has received more than 665,000 Facebook shares and 11,400 Twitter shares. The ad highlights the power of Google Search on desktop and mobile, showing how a granddaughter is able to reunite her grandfather with his long-lost best friend, using only a few details from a story he tells about being a young boy in Lah [...]


E-Commerce To Cross $200 Billion Threshold This Year

ecommerce-online-sales-retail It's all but certain that when the smoke clears after Q4 holiday shopping in the US, e-commerce will have crossed the $200 billion threshold for the first time. That's based on extrapolating from data released today by comScore. The firm reported that e-commerce in the third quarter was $47.5 billion. That's up 13 percent vs. Q3 2012. We can probably expect fourth quarter e-commerce spending to be more than $60 billion, which would easily lift the full-year 2013 total to more than $200 billion. These are impressive figures and the market shows robust growth. However a much bigger an [...]


Mobile Market: iPhone Gains, Google’s Got Reach, Facebook Top App

smartphones Comscore reports that 62 percent of American adults now carry smartphones (Nielsen says it's 64 percent). The firm's latest smartphone tracking data show that the iPhone remains the top single smartphone, while Android retains its OS crown though it appears to have peaked in the US. While Android's market share is down slightly Samsung's is up. September data show Android with 51.8 percent of the smartphone market to Apple's 40.6 percent. Microsoft also gained slightly, perhaps at Android's expense, as the clear "third platform" now. The iPhone 5s was announced on September 10 and we [...]


YouTube Narrowing Traffic Gap With Facebook [Study]

facebook-youtube-logos-250px YouTube's US traffic is closing in on Facebook, and could eventually surpass the top social network in a matter of years. The data come from How Much Media? 2013, a new report from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. The study relies on Nielsen, comScore, analysts and company disclosures for its statistics, and suggests that Facebook's 31 million unique visitors lead from 2012 will drop to 14 million by 2015. Facebook reported declines in its US user base as far back as 2011. In its quarterly earnings reports, the company combines the US and Canada in rep [...]


Poll: Public Skeptical About Twitter IPO

Twitter logo A new Associated Press-CNBC poll reflects skepticism about Twitter's IPO prospects. The poll was conducted by telephone in late October among roughly 1,000 US adults. (It's unclear whether the poll included mobile users and thus how representative it is.) While most people believe that Twitter will be "successful" and continue to be around in five years, only 36 percent of respondents said that Twitter would be a good investment, while 47 percent disagreed. The remainder didn't know. How likely is it that each of the following will be successful in five years? Do you think that bu [...]


Study: Instagram Is The Fastest Growing Social Network, Top Brand Engagement Up 350% Since Last Year

instagram-featured Instagram is the fastest growing social network with 150 million users and 40 million photos being uploaded each day according to social analytics company Simply Measured.  A new report from Simply Measured shows that brand engagement and interaction is also thriving on the photo-based social network with 71% of top brands now participating. Brand adoption of Instagram is now rivaling Google+ and Pinterest that have 73% adoption and 74% adoption respectively. One of the exciting stats from the report is the fact that the number of active brands  is growing (55% more brands using the n [...]


Report: Facebook Dominates The Social Login Landscape Across All Website Verticals & Geographic Locations

gigya-logo-2013 After analyzing client social login data for Q3 2013, social technology provider Gigya confirmed Facebook remains the most popular social login service across website verticals, geographic locations and on mobile devices. Analyzing how consumers use social logins, Gigya found that among its clients, 51 percent relied on Facebook as an identity provider. The remaining 49 percent was distributed across a number of social media networks, with both Yahoo and Google/Google+ gaining ground as social login providers. Social Login Preferences For mobile social logins, Gigya's data revealed Fa [...]


Google+ Hits 300 Million Active Monthly “In-Stream” Users, 540 Million Across Google

google+ logo As expected, Google touted the growth of its "social layer" Google+ during a special event today that also saw the introduction of 18 new features. The big numbers that Google talked about are as follows: 540 million monthly active Google+ users: This is the number of people with Google accounts that interact with Google+ each month in some way on any Google property. That could include leaving a comment on a blog or website that has Google+ comments embedded, commenting on YouTube, or clicking the +1 button on an article or some other web content. Here's the chart Google used showing [...]


Yahoo #1 For Third Straight Month — comScore

yahoo-y-logo-2013 Yahoo was named the top US Internet site in July by comScore, for the first time since May 2011. That caused a minor sensation and couldn't fully be explained by comScore or others. It happened again in August. Yahoo is once again the top US internet site in terms of consumer reach and traffic for the third straight month. Tumblr is reported separately (at #30). If it were folded in to Yahoo's total the company would have more than 40 million more monthly uniques than #2 Google. Yahoo is also at the top of comScore's "Ad Focus" rankings, which measure the reach of online ad networks. [...]


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