What’s happened this week:
- Amazon has updated the Kindle range with paper white displays for the e-readers and new versions of the Kindle Fire HD to compete with the iPad.
- eBay bought svpply.com to add a layer of social curation, which is rapidly becoming a must have feature for all major online retailers.
- The IFA 2012 technology trade show has just ended in Germany with buzz around hybrid laptops, tablets and phones as well as enormous 4k Ultra HD TV sets.
What we have learned:
- Mobile is forecast to account for one in five UK online sales by Christmas 2012.
- The UK Digital retail sector as a whole is growing by around 17% year on year led by growth in electrical and health/beauty products.
- 90% of US media time is in front of a screen and an ever growing proportion of that is simultaneous usage across several devices ~The New Multi-screen World from Google.
- Google Glass appeared on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week not only associating it with high end fashion but creating a unique model’s eye perspective of the show.
- Levi’s has a novel flipboard catalogue that plays to the visual and social strengths of the platform.
- Mitsubishi USA has created a clever Facebook app to fight against pretentious posting from friends.
Where to find more:
- The 2012 Gartner Hype Cycle was recently released tracking how long term technologies are developing along the well-worn path.
- Retail in 2020: BCGs perspective on the major changes in retail worldwide driven an informed multichannel customer.
- How Facebook Edge Rank and Graph Rank works.