Ebooks Prevail Over Print Sales in January

It might be a sad day for bookstores, but it’s a great day for readers. According to the Association of American Publishers, ebook sales rose 115% in January beating out both paperback and hardcover sales in the same month.

Paperback sales in January were dismal, dropping to 39 million, well below ebooks’ 69.9 million sales figure. Adult hardcover books pulled in $49.1 million which is an 11.3%  drop. The only kind of book beating ebooks were trade paperbacks which pulled in $83.6 million.

Marketers have long used ebooks as a reward in return for a potential client’s email address, but now that people have shown they’re willing to buy ebooks, why not look at ebooks as an opportunity to bring in some income.

comScore Looks at Who is Searching for What, Why and When

Most people use a search engine because they’re looking for an answer to a question, but counter intuitively, most people won’t type an actual question into the query field.

“Who originally sang If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” becomes original, singer, If You Don’t Know. “What can I do on a visit to California?” becomes tourist, California.

But the Q&A format is the basis for Ask.com and it ties in to content sites such as eHow and Yahoo Answers so comScore decided to take a closer look at the folks who do use Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How in their queries.

When comparing January 2011 to January 2010, their survey found that “How” was the most often used qualifier from the list. How accounted for 431 million searches up 27% from the prior year. And then there’s How’s close cousin, How To.

The Gamification of Mobile Marketing

The gamification of the digital world was an idea that popped up quite a few times at last week’s SXSW conference. Much of the discussion revolved around a presentation by SCVNGR creator Seth Priebatsch who was quoted as saying, “Game dynamics are too powerful to leave bottled up in games.”

Think about the amount of time the digitally connected adult spends playing games on his phone, online or on a game system. People have been known to spend an entire weekend working their way through the World of Warcraft and have you had enough of those Farmville updates you keep getting from your Facebook friends?

Oliver Burkeman of The Guardian says;

Eventbrite Looks at Why and When We Share

Last year, Eventbrite took a stab at putting a dollar figure on the worth of Facebook and Twitter followers. Now, five months later, they’re digging a little deeper into the data to discover why and when we share.

To begin with, let’s look at the data from October of 2010. Eventbrite sells tickets online and what they’re measuring is social ecommerce through the use of “Dollars Per Share” (DPS). Back in 2010, they found that a share on Facebook generated an average of $2.53 in sales, Twitter was $0.43 and Linkedin was $0.90. Factoring in email sharing, they figured that their average DPS for all social media combined was $1.78. Not bad for a campaign that only costs you the man-hours.

Kantar Media Reports 6.5 Percent Growth in 2010 Ad Economy


Kantar Media calls it the “feel good headline” and it’s likely that everyone but the newspapers would agree. According to their new report, ad expenditures across the board rose 6.5% in 2010 for a total of $131.1 billion. The downside is that not everyone benefited from the growth.

Have a look at the chart:

Kantar says that political advertising and a fresh push by the car companies helped lift TV advertising. Auto ads alone, rose 19.8% over last year while Direct Response and Pharma both dropped by 5 to 8%.

Running a close second in growth is Internet Display advertising which rose 9.9%. A bit surprisingly, Outdoor was right there with 9.6% growth.

Majority of SMB’s Say They Would Have a Hard Time Managing Without Wireless

In a recent survey conducted by AT&T,  65% of small businesses surveyed said they could not survive — or it would be a major challenge to survive — without wireless technology.

The respondents felt that wireless technology helped them be more flexible and it allowed them to keep in constant touch even when they were away from the office. In fact, they found wireless to be so essential that even when faced with budgetary issues, 80% of owners said they wouldn’t cut back on wireless. 49% (versus only 16% in 2007) said that wireless was key to staying competitive.

A large part of the reason for the rise in wireless use is the proliferation of easily affordable devices. More than 80% of those surveyed said they used a smartphone for business including:

Canada Uses Google Maps to Enhance Tourism Ads

The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) is hoping to encourage new visitors with a unique new display ad that puts the consumer right in the middle of a famous city.

When you click on the ad, you’re taken through a Google Maps display and down into the street view. From there, still navigating inside the ad box, potential tourists can spin the camera 360 degrees while sampling close-ups of shops and other attractions.

After a few seconds, an overlay appears over the street view with a link for more information. In this case it invites you to Explore More of Canada with a Plan Your Trip clickable banner. From there, you go on to a full Canadian tourism website which features videos and slide shows highlighting the features of the city.