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Amazon Pantry to take on Costco- makes perfect sense in the big picture for Amazon via @usatoday

Amazon Pantry to take on Costco- makes perfect sense in the big picture for Amazon via @usatoday | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Pantry will help Amazon expand more in the huge consumer package goods market and take on warehouse club stores Costco and Wal-Mart's Sam's Club, sources say
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Alone this sounds like the dummest idea on the planet: go compete on low cost, low margin, high volume, bulky and heavy products (read difficult to ship) against the lowest price market leaders (Costco, Sam's). True in isolation.


Step back and consider those facts:

1- Amazon does not have retail stores, but is building warehouses close to its customers to reduce delivery costs

2- You can only do #1 when you have volume

3- How do you build volume? staples, stuff that people order on a regular basis

4- Amazon has a Prime programme where delivery is free for a yearly membership

5- Amazon is build Fresh to deliver groceries to home - easy to tag Pantry products in the same vans - additional cost in marginal

6- Amazon has a very successful replenishment programme - and what do you replenish most? pantry items!


After careful consideration, Amazon Pantry makes perfect sense, doesn't it?!

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A selection of documents, articles, papers, videos and other content for those interested in the transformation that is required when going 100% digital in an organization. I also try to highlight the impacts, both positives and negatives of that transformation. Like it? Please click "Recommend".
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#Video shows How High-Speed #Robots prepare online orders in "Human Exclusion Zone" Warehouses via @wired

#Video shows How High-Speed #Robots prepare online orders in "Human Exclusion Zone" Warehouses via @wired | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Get a bots'-eye view of the "human exclusion zone" in a massive warehouse where an army of high-tech robots finds and fulfills up to 30,000 orders a day.
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Provides an inside view of the world of automated warehouses.

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Greg Scott's curator insight, Today, 6:49 AM

Amazing insight into the future of warehouses

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The Four Horsemen: Amazon/Apple/Facebook/Google--Who Wins/Loses @DLD15 @ScottGalloway

Many factors come into play when you want to win a horserace. Next to the fastest horse, there’s a need for the best team, perfect daily condition, an extrao...
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Best 15 min (or 10 if you listen to it at 1.5x) of your time today is to listen to this speech which predicts:

- amazon to open a store

- facebook is your best bet to build a brand

- apple is now a luxury company

and more all delivered with facts, data, and other insights. I love this.


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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 26, 8:09 PM

Great analysis from Scott Galloway on the future of these "Big Data" companies.  There's no doubt that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google will soon control the way information is generated, stored, and distributed.  That translates as enormous power in the marketplace and even in the realm of politics.  Aloha, Russ.

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56 Top Social Media Tools for Business #Infographic via @iNeoMarketing

56 Top Social Media Tools for Business #Infographic via @iNeoMarketing | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

This scoop comes to you compliments of ineomarketing.com.                                           


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Social Media Réunion's curator insight, April 23, 9:23 AM

Une liste très intéressante des outils indispensables pour la gestion de vos réseaux sociaux !

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 24, 11:31 AM

A helpful infographic that can help you choose the best social media tools for your business website or personal blog.  Aloha, Russ.

Calvin Denton's curator insight, April 24, 12:24 PM

Off Topic.  Interesting content generation tools....

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The full-stack employee: what it is like to be a "new" kind of employee

The full-stack employee: what it is like to be a "new" kind of employee | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Defining a new class of hybrid worker.
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Must read to understand what it means to be an employee in the new digital world...

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Google Is the New Microsoft. Uh-Oh.

Google Is the New Microsoft. Uh-Oh. | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Google prints money. It made $56 billion in revenue and earned $13 billion in its last full fiscal year.

All of that cash has kept Google shareholders happy for a very long time, so happy that they didn’t seem to care when the company opened up the door to competitors or missed a few pivotal trends. Even as Google's growth slows and the company matures, I’m sure that shareholders could stay happy for a little while longer. Analysts say the company will add $31 billion in search revenue alone over the next five years.

But money doesn’t mean that all is well in Mountain View, California. Tiny fissures have appeared in Google's façade. Its share of the U.S. search market fell to 75.2 percent in December from 79.3 percent a year ago. That piece of the pie could get smaller this year if Apple cancels its deal to use Google as its default mobile search engine. That would be a big loss. Citigroup analyst Mark May says that 60 percent of Google's mobile search revenue in 2014 came from the Apple deal.

Google stock has underperformed. It’s down 11 percent over the last year, versus a 14 percent gain for the Nasdaq and a 36 percent gain for Facebook.

The Google of 2015 is not unlike the early 2000s Microsoft – a hugely profitable company that is having a hard time innovating around its core product. Unless something is done, it will likely go through spasms of flailing and discontent that will be familiar to longtime veterans of the Redmond, Washington software giant.

For all of its innovation, best captured by Eric Schmidt’s “How Google Works,” Google is a 55,000-person behemoth, and it’s nearly impossible for any company to move quickly and creatively at that size. Among tech giants, only Apple has managed to innovate after becoming so big. Hewlett Packard? Nope. IBM? No way.

Despite all the talk about Google’s much vaunted moonshots - self-driving cars and Google Glass, internet-connected balloons and drone deliveries - the company is still basically a purveyor of cheap online ads that it sells at massive volume against the things that we search for online. Advertising accounted for $51 billion of the company’s $56 billion in revenue last year.

The most valuable thing that the official moonshot incubator, Google X, has produced isn’t innovative products that will maintain Google’s search dominance. It’s good PR. It codified the idea that Google is always trying new stuff and failing because that’s what true, crazy, bountiful innovation looks like.

With the Google X mythology, Google has cover for all sorts of (sometimes expensive) failures, including the aforementioned smart glasses. It also has cover for failed products that could be more germane to the core business' success, like social networks (R.I.P. Google Plus and Google Buzz), payments (Google Wallet, in remembrance) and storage (wither Google Cloud Platform?).

The willingness to fund a division like Google X means that Google wants to test the boundaries in lines of business where success doesn’t really count in the here and now. But that hasn’t saved Google from stagnating in ways that do.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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A similar viewpoint from yesterday'S article in Forbes.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 16, 2:02 AM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this penatrating analysis of data giant, Google, from http://www.bloomberg.com.  The article contends that Google is falling into the same trap that snared Microsoft in the early 2000s--"a hugely profitable company that is having a hard time innovating around its core products...only Apple has managed to innovate after being so big."  So, the warning is out for Google and its shareholders.  Sheer size and product line are no guarantee of success.  A company must antipate trends and meet the needs of its customers.  Google has certainly tried, but several of its products, including Google Glass, its moonshot incubator (Google X), and its storage platform (Google Cloud Platform) haven't turned out as profitable as planned.  Google is beginning to stagnate.  That's a bad sign for Google, but a good opening for aggressive companies such as Apple, Samsung, and a host of Asian digital companies.  Aloha de Russ.

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How IT Can Change For the Digital Era and What Leaders Can Do About It

How IT Can Change For the Digital Era and What Leaders Can Do About It | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
I've recently come to believe that we're at a watershed moment in technology as it's applied to business. The aging, creaky model of centralized IT departments has been increasingly challenged by w...
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More reading about the new role of the CIOs.


Also read about Disrupt IT, a book about the subject

http://amzn.to/1FBZsSB

or a previous blog post

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Jean-Marie Grange's curator insight, April 14, 10:47 AM

It is getting more and more obvious that centralized IT is not the model of the future...

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Crash-Testing #Driverless Cars in a Robot City

Crash-Testing #Driverless Cars in a Robot City | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Automakers are eager to test their robot cars in the $6.5 million driverless city being built by the University of Michigan.
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driverless cars will soon be very popular and require completely news ways to tests the systems before they are deemed road worthy. Nice chart that shows the projected number of fully and partially autonomous cars we should expect to see on roads. Let's come back to it in a few years to see if reality will line up to this chart or blow past it...

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 12, 10:54 PM

Thanks to reporter Farid Mheir for this intriguing article from http://www.bloomberg.com.  According to this chart, there will be nearly 32 million partially and fully autonomous vehicles on the world's roads by the year 2035.  With those kind of projections in hand, it's little wonder that automakers are eager to evaluate their designs at a driverless city being erected by the University of Michigan.  Apparently, this is the future of personal transportation.  Much remains to be done, however, before such vehicles are allowed on our roads and highways.  An interesting peak at the future of the automobile.  Aloha, Russ.

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Is Amazon Prime Still a Good Deal at $99? Let's Run Some Numbers

Is Amazon Prime Still a Good Deal at $99? Let's Run Some Numbers | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
I’ve paid $79 per year for an Amazon Prime membership for the past five years or so, and I’ve always wondered how much (if any) it’s saved me. Now that the price is going up to $99 a year, I thought I’d run through all my purchases from 2013 to see what the difference would have been if I hadn’t shelled out for Prime last year.
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A good benchmark to see if you should spring for an amazon prime membership.

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Amazon’s Dash Button Is Not a Hoax, It’s Phase One

Amazon’s Dash Button Is Not a Hoax, It’s Phase One | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Amazon's Dash Button is the first step in automating how, when and where you shop online.
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Not sure this is the right thing - I can't imagine having 1500 of these buttons around the house - but would make sense say in a business environment for seldom ordered products that you are not sure needs to order them. I am thinking about printer ink cartridges or some lubricant in a machine shop.


Fits perfectly with Amazon subscribe & save auto replenishment solution http://sco.lt/7hBku1

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 8, 1:57 AM

A neat concept from Amazon.com. The idea is fascinating, if we can control the number of buttons we must push to get the products we need for home and office.  Aloha, Russ.

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The @RedMonk Programming Language Rankings

The @RedMonk Programming Language Rankings | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
With two quarters having passed since our last snapshot, it's time to update our programming language rankings. Since Drew Conway and John Myles White originally performed this analysis late in 201...
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no surprise here, but interesting to see for comparison purpose.

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The best interface is no interface: why we don't always need An App for That via @competia

AVOIDING A DIGITAL INTERFACE MEANS YOU DON'T WASTE TIME USING A SCREEN YOU DON'T NEED TO BE USING ANYWAY
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May help explain (in part) why mobile apps have such low retention rates.

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7 Effective Ecommerce Product Pages: How to Turn Visitors into Customers via @Shopify

7 Effective Ecommerce Product Pages: How to Turn Visitors into Customers via @Shopify | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A blog about ecommerce marketing, running an online business and updates to Shopify's ecommerce community.
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Simple recommendations on how to improve your eCommerce site and sell more. Applies to big retailers and smaller one as well.

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We know where you’ve been: Ars acquires 4.6M license plate scans from the cops

We know where you’ve been: Ars acquires 4.6M license plate scans from the cops | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
One citizen demands: "Do you know why Oakland is spying on me and my wife?"
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And to think people are scared of being spied on because of digital technology, mobile phones and web browsers. Looks like just driving around is now sufficient... ;-)

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, March 30, 12:01 PM

Another link in the growing chain of personal identification technology.  Privacy is disappearing. The question from an Oakland man is too late.  "They" are spying on me because they can. ..... shades of Orwell's "1984."  Welcome to the new age of continuous monitoring...a new way to control our lives.  Aloha, Russ. 

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Tech Trends 2015: Marketing = Digital

Tech Trends 2015: Marketing = Digital | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
The modern era for marketing is being formed around four new dimensions: customer engagement, connectivity, information, and next-generation technology.
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Not sure a CEO would place marketing at the center of its organization but a CMO surely will and this paper makes the case that CMOs have become the digital leaders in many organization. Often, this is because CIOs are not up to the challenge.


In any case, I feel this is similar to what McKinsey has labelled the Consumer Decision Journey a while back.

http://sco.lt/8c19ov

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Oliver Durrer's curator insight, April 27, 12:28 PM

Marketing is being reshaped and becoming an increasingly key activity and function within many businesses (again).

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Top #Skills on LinkedIn

Top #Skills on LinkedIn | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

iNeoMarketing’s Outsourcing delivers the vetted talent you need under your complete management and control. Contact us to see how.


Via iNeoMarketing
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Top skills on LinkedIn and for Marketing sound like software development and math/statistics: tell your kids to learn software development and be good in Science in school!

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iNeoMarketing's curator insight, April 23, 8:16 PM

I really don't understand #9 as it is an umbrella. Regardless, this is a nice comparison between LI's top skills vs. Marketing skills.

Scott Borhauer's curator insight, April 24, 12:42 AM

Are you looking for marketing talent on your team. If not, you should be. Take a look at this information.


Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 26, 8:14 PM

A nice compilation of essential business and marketing skills necessary to succeed in this digital world.  Students would be well advised to excel in mathematics, programming, data analysis, and science if they want a promising future.  Aloha, Russ.

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31 Continuous Delivery Reference Architectures via @weekstweets @szaroubi

There are numerous examples of reference architectures available, and each of them vary in levels of detail, tools highlighted, and processes followed. Yet, t…
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anyone interested in devOps and continuous integration, this is a pretty good list of different architectures deployed in both large and small organizations.

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In-flight Wi-Fi is “direct link” to hackers

In-flight Wi-Fi is “direct link” to hackers | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Report: Planes could be targeted by a malicious hacker on the ground.
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I wrote about this in 2013 when the conference happened http://sco.lt/97hSPx but it remains a concern today. Scary.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 17, 10:32 PM

Reporter Fred Mheir warned about this dangerous hacker at a 2013 conference.  Apparently, this malicious hacker hasn't been found.  A cautionary tale for all of us who travel by air.  The world is becoming a very dangerous place.  Aloha, Russ.

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Microsoft Is The New Google, Google Is The Old Microsoft

Microsoft Is The New Google, Google Is The Old Microsoft | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A stunning role reversal is under way...
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Never really thought we'd get there but reading the article you wonder if this may not be the truth... May you live in interesting times. I think we are....

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Disrupt IT – a book about the transformation of the CIO Role

Disrupt IT – a book about the transformation of the CIO Role | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
A year ago I published the book Disrupt IT in which I defined a new model for IT that meets the needs of the digital business. The book also described seven principles that provide CIOs and Boards ...
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Sounds like a good read for new CIOs, and those in position today.

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Domino's is an e-commerce company that sells pizza- technology innovation or marketing stunt?

Domino's is an e-commerce company that sells pizza- technology innovation or marketing stunt? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Domino's, which has had a history of smart tech innovation, has launched ordering through many different platforms, from smartphones to smartwatches to smart TVs. More than a third of its employees now work in tech and IT, the biggest department at the company's world HQ in Ann Arbor, Michigan. And just like a tech company, Domino's isn't afraid to fail. “We’re starting to think of ourselves as an e-commerce company that sells pizza. So we can take a few more risks and lean forward a little more
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Not sure where I stand on whether this is for real or just fancy marketing. But reading that they have over 200 people focussed on technology innovation makes me think this is for real. So what does it mean for other fast food chains and retailers?...

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Out of Toilet Paper? Amazon subscribe & save to the Rescue!

Out of Toilet Paper? Amazon subscribe & save to the Rescue! | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Amazon’s Subscribe & Save
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Auto replenishment sounds like a great idea. This data provides some isights on how people are actually using the service and its popularity - although it dates back to 2011. Grocers and CPC should take notice...


Also see

- Amazon subscribe & save auto replenishment solution http://sco.lt/7hBku1

- Amazon Dash button announcement

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Amazon Subscribe & Save gives 15% discount: the future of #ecommerce?

Amazon Subscribe & Save gives 15% discount: the future of #ecommerce? | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
  • Save up to 15% on your entire order when you receive 5 or more subscriptions on your delivery day in the same calendar month at the same address
  • Receive free shipping on every Subscribe & Save shipment that arrives by your delivery day
  • There are no commitments, obligations, or additional fees and you can cancel at any time
  • Pay only when the item is shipped
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amazon has been offering this service since 2011 with little fanfare. Why is this service not standard in every eCommerce website?

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The Path to Success as a New CIO via @Accenture

The Path to Success as a New CIO via @Accenture | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it

Key areas of focus for the early months of a CIO’s tenure should be:

  1. Understanding the impact of digital on every aspect of the business.
  2. Positioning oneself as the architect of innovation.
  3. Embracing the “We Economy” and understanding how to pull various internal and external pieces together into an effective digital ecosystem.
  4. Getting the IT team on board—with the right skills, and a solid understanding of the company’s current needs and future direction.
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This pretty much spell "digital transformation" for a new CIO

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François DEMONGEOT's curator insight, April 5, 12:33 PM

Without 4 (the It team) you risk to very quickly isolate your self. Digital is not yet the whole of IT , remember as well to have credentials in the 'old world'

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How IT sourcing for digital is different than traditional via @jeanfdeschenes @McKinsey

How IT sourcing for digital is different than traditional via @jeanfdeschenes @McKinsey | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
Some of the talent and tools won’t necessarily be found in-house. Here’s how to create a sustainable strategy for sourcing the right people and products. A McKinsey & Company article.
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I love this as it makes clear why digital is different and in what respects.

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Most mobiles apps have very bad retention rates, except messaging apps via @flurry

Most mobiles apps have very bad retention rates, except messaging apps via @flurry | Digital Transformation of Businesses | Scoop.it
In our latest analysis, we found that retention rates of messaging apps out-performed the average of all apps. Messaging app retention is 1.9 times better than the average for one-month retention and 5.6 times better than the average for 12-month retention. The chart below shows the average retention of messaging apps compared with the the average retention of all apps over one month, two month, three months, six months and 12 months. Here we define retention as users who launched the app “n” months after install. The below chart considers new user cohorts from from January 2014 - January 2015.
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I would argue the real message in these charts is that most mobile apps have failed to deliver a good user experience or are very badly created/updated. With every company going mobile, this chart should speak volume to any executive about to spend 100K$ or more for its next app.


Read this post to understand why retention rate is so low

Why pixels is not always the answer http://bit.ly/1MvzvNy via @Estelle Metayer

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