Why Readers Lose Interest in Your Email Marketing [Infographic]

Marketers spend so much time creating content, building landing pages, and generating leads. As they should!

With a boatload of leads, you can also send a boatload of amazing email marketing messages to nurture those leads into customers.

Problem is, the enthusiasm your email subscribers once felt can dwindle. And sometimes, no matter how amazing your email marketing is, some recipients will stop clicking, stop opening, and eventually unsubscribe.

Women Are Bigger Fans of Social Media than Men, Survey Says

If social media sites ceased to exist, you would miss them — unless you’re a man living in the U.K., according to a recent survey by British Telecom.

More than 2,000 Brits were questioned for a survey commissioned by BT about the social media habits of men and women. The results showed that more than half of the women surveyed (54%) use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, compared to 34% of men.

And of those social media users, more women than men reported they would miss those sites if the Internet ceased to exist. So, women rocks!

Mobile Performance Barometer

      313 percent growth in revenues via mobile devices

 One transaction every 15 seconds in Europe via a mobile device

      iPad is the motor for mobile commerce in Europe

Based on over 1,000 advertiser programmes in the European core markets of Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Benelux, Scandinavia and Poland, Europe’s leading performance advertising network shows that mobile commerce is already living reality for consumers. In an annual comparison of 4th quarter 2010 to 2011, there was a 313-percent increase in revenues generated via mobile devices . In 2011, for example, more than two million transactions were made via mobile devices. During the process, a sales volume of 120 million Euro was generated in 2011.




Russian online retail, its present and future

Do you want to explore Russia market, a huge market with many opportunities. Hereby  an online survey conducted by Romir for PwC last autumn, 92 percent of Russian Internet users living in cities with a population over a million people have shopped online. 70 percent of those who responded make online purchases at least one to three times a month. Russians are still behind many Western nations: in the UK, 28 percent respondents say they buy things in web stores once a week (compared to only 12 percent in Russia).
Russia’s online retail market is growing and developing, but is still far from saturation, explains PwC’s Anna Davydova. Consumer base is growing thanks to both broadening geography of the services and to appearance of more and more new players, including those working in the previously unrepresented segments. PwC experts say that as competition is increasing, the quality of services will inevitably improve.

Shopper Profile

Two groups are the most active online shoppers: young people under the age of 25 and those between 31 and 40 who work in executive positions or own businesses. Research data links online purchases frequency with income levels: the more a person earns, the more they tend to buy online.
Wealthier respondents usually have less free time to visit conventional shops, and they also more likely to have access to the Internet and are more skilled in using it.
Moscow is, understandably, the leader of Russia’s online retail market, followed by St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Rostov-on-Don. St. Petersburg is the last in line in terms of people who use mobile devices and not computers, to shop online: only 25 percent of smartphone or tablet owners buy on the Internet, compared to 32 percent in Moscow, 34 — in Yekaterinburg and 31 in Rostov-on-Don.
Household appliances, books, mobile phones, computer and software are the most sought-after products in online retail. Segments that have the fastest growth rate include: clothing and footwear (13 percent), video and audio records (12 percent), airline tickets and travel services (11 percent) and entertainment activities (10 percent).
Cash on delivery is still the payment method most popular with Russians, as 60 percent choose it. 50 percent use virtual currencies, and 32 percent prefer credit cards (compared to only 20 percent in 2009). Interestingly, men tend to trust online payments much more (24 percent) then women do. 23 percent of survey participants choose new payment methods such as via text messages or self-service terminals.

Choosing the Store

Russians named low prices (58 percent) and wide product range (54 percent) as their key criteria in choosing an online store, some (44 percent) also mentioned delivery conditions. Wealthier and more active shoppers are also influenced by how trustworthy a shop is, promptness of its delivery service and its product return policy.
44 to 49 percent of online shoppers between the ages of 25 and 50 tend to look for the product they need on aggregator sites such as Yandex. Market, before visiting vendor websites. Those with higher income use aggregators even more actively (55 percent), while these services are less popular among people under the age of 24, with only 39 percent of the young users visiting them before making a purchase. 24 percent of all respondents said they like to read web stores’ forum entries on the products they are considering to buy.
While half of Russians say they always plan their online purchases ahead, almost 20 percent, mostly users who have less experience in web shopping, admit they sometimes shop on the web spontaneously.
Online supermarkets are the most popular store type: 22 percent Russians prefer to shop there, and only 13 percent buy from specialized online stores.
Russians are reasonably well-informed of coupon shopping: 80 percent know of them, with 36 percent buying coupons «regularly» and 14 percent «sometimes». Young shoppers (18 to 24 years old) are the most active coupon users: 18 percent in this group admit they buy coupons regularly and 26 percent — sometimes, compared to 15 and 25 percent in the 25–50 age group.
Unexpectedly, people with higher income levels tend to buy more coupons, and this fact has a few explanations. Firstly, less wealthy shoppers are also less active Internet users, so their knowledge of coupon services and their trust in them is also lower. Secondly, discount offers often cover entertainment and services that are more popular among the richer customers, such as restaurants and beauty salons

Russia on Rise: DLD comes to Moscow

Market leaders Mail.ru, Vkontakte and Yandex, together with a further 40 speakers and 400 guests, will debate Russia’s digital future at the digital conference, DLD Moscow, taking place from 27-29 May 2012, and is being held in the Russian metropolis for the first time. Russia is one of the fastest growing and leading European digital markets, as demonstrated by the user numbers and the capitalisation of internet giants such as :

Mail.ru, Vkontakte and Yandex. Among the 40 speakers will be Dmitry Grishin (CEO, Mail.Ru Group), Pavel Durov (CEO, Vkontakte) and Arkady Volozh (CEO, Yandex), Other speakers (a selection) include: Paul-Bernhard Kallen (CEO, Hubert Burda Media), Yossi Vardi (DLD Chairman, Israeli Entrepreneur and Investor),Viktor Vekselberg (President, Skolkovo Foundation), Maelle Gavet (CEO, Ozon), Alexander Galitsky (Managing Partner, Almaz-Cisco Fund), Cindy Padnos (Founder, Illuminate Ventures), Gene Sokolov (Head of Russia, Badoo), Eric Hazan (Partner, McKinsey & Company), Oskar Hartmann (CEO, KupiVIP), Svetlana Mironyuk (Editor-in-Chief of RIA Novosti) and Ludwig Siegele (Deputy International Editor, Economist). 

The first DLD Moscow conference will take place in the “Digital October Center” at the heart of Moscow. The even will be hosted by The Skolkovo Foundation, which has played an essential part in bringing digital innovation to the country. DLD is the international conference and innovation platform of Hubert Burda Media. DLD Media organises Europe’s leading digital conference DLD, the women’s conference DLDwomen as well as international network events in places like Palo Alto, New York, London, Tel Aviv, Rio de Janeiro and Beijing. DLD produces media publications, online and video formats as well as studies on the content of the various conferences. It also advises DLD partner companies, start-ups, investors and institutions. Its managing directors are Stephanie Czerny and Dr. Marcel Reichart, who founded the DLD Conference in 2005.

Facebook Wants to Buy Opera (Rumor)

Are you ready for a Facebook browser? As we are curious for Facebook Mobile nowadays, a web browser from Facebook might be fun too. It can really happen soon, if Mark Zuckerberg decides it one night, he can buy it before asking CFO or Facebook Board.

That’s exactly what could be on the way soon, according to one report from Mashable today. A  “trusted source” that Facebook wants to buy Opera Software — manufacturers of the Opera web browser, which claims more than 200 million users worldwide.

The Facebook browser would include default menu bar plugins, further permeating Facebook into users’ general web experience, according to the report.

A custom browser would be a significant step toward Facebook becoming your web, as opposed to just an Internet site you visit and service you use. Opera’s mobile browser has received strong reviews online, meaning a functional Facebook browser using it could be even more powerful. Facebook has struggled to penetrate mobile use as deeply as many think it should be able to — and will need to in order to sustain long-term growth.

A Facebook browser would also bolster the newly public company’s competition with Google. Google Chrome recently became the web’s most-used browser, but Facebook’s gigantic user base of more than 900 million people would present a potential serious threat down the line. It would be interesting to see Facebook try to battle Google for browser dominance as Google+ struggles to play catchup in social networking.

Things You Missed at TechCrunch Disrupt

Who’s buying Facebook stock, the CEO that thinks Dropbox is overvalued, Tumblr’s growing pains, and more from today’s TechCrunch Disrupt. Which companies should Yahoo acquire next? What’s the secret to a successful start-up ecosystem in New York city? When is Facebook stock worth the buy? Which companies should Yahoo acquire next? What’s the secret to a successful start-up ecosystem in New York city? When is Facebook stock worth the buy? These were just a few of the big questions discussed this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt in Manhattan’s Pier 94, a cavernous former ship terminal (complete with draft and sparrows flying overhead) that functions this week as the event’s home. Monday’s panels and presentations consisted of a veritable who’s-who of the tech and start-up world—with a big focus on the growing New York City start-up scene. On the investment side, Fred Wilson and David Tisch chatted about Facebook’s IPO and New York City innovation. Jason Goldberg, the founder of Fab.com, said he wants to create the next Ikea—not just the next Zappos-sized company. Michael Arrington said he’ll be buying Facebook stock today. And Brad Garlinghouse, a former executive at AOL, admitted to hearing rumors that Arianna Huffington was almost fired from The Huffington Post. Gossip or real, it is up to you to believe!