Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers
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Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers
This is a curation site for rapidly changing social media company valuations and the various causal factors as I see them.
Curated by Tim Fernback
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How Do Brits Use Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC] - Social Media London

How Do Brits Use Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC] - Social Media London | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Social media is now used everywhere, all the time, but not just to share -in fact, more and more people are using it to find content and some of us even prefer to to do it this way rather than Googling.
Tim Fernback's insight:

British Use of Social Media - important for the international expansion of social media networking companies

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Instagram Exposure Is Higher Than Other Social Media Sites - Jenn's Trends

Instagram Exposure Is Higher Than Other Social Media Sites - Jenn's Trends | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Instagram encourages more exposure, engagement, and interaction than other social media sites. So it's really no wonder that Instagram exposure is higher.
Tim Fernback's insight:

Engagement differences across different social media platforms.  Instagram compared to Facebook and Twitter.

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Study: Teens Rule Tumblr, Women Love Instagram, Men Like Google+

Study: Teens Rule Tumblr, Women Love Instagram, Men Like Google+ | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
We all have hunches about who dominates certain social media networks, but now we have some statistics to back up — or defy — those assumptions. Business Insider has compiled a report on the demographics of the major social media platforms.
Tim Fernback's insight:

User demographics affect value in social media.  Here is an article that articulates what platforms are more powerful with different demographics.

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LinkedIn Cashing In: Social Network To Raise $1B In Share Offering As Stock Flies High

LinkedIn Cashing In: Social Network To Raise $1B In Share Offering As Stock Flies High | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
LnikedIn announced plans to sell $1 billion worth of stock as it has seen its shares hit record highs amid buoying markets. The company co-founded by Reid Hoffman is looking to bolster its balance sheet and strengthen its financial position.
Tim Fernback's insight:

LinkedIN's valuation is over 700 X EBITDA

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[Press Release] HootSuite Raises $165 Million to Fuel Growth and Innovation

[Press Release] HootSuite Raises $165 Million to Fuel Growth and Innovation | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
The following is a press release announcing Series B Financing investments from Insight Venture Partners, Accel Partners, and OMERS Ventures.
Tim Fernback's insight:

Hootsuite is private but has close to 10M users and is profitable.  3.5% of the users are paid.  This follows a $20M round completed a year ago.

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The money never stopped flowing in Silicon Valley

The money never stopped flowing in Silicon Valley | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
San Francisco and Silicon Valley were barely touched by the financial crisis, reports Christopher Williams.
    
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Silicon Valley Update

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Twitter, in a tweet, says it has filed for its initial public offering

Twitter, in a tweet, says it has filed for its initial public offering | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Twitter said it has confidentially submitted paperwork to the SEC to begin the process for an initial public offering. Goldman Sachs is the lead underwriter.
Tim Fernback's insight:

More on Twitter's IPO price - potential valuation.  

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Twitter Preparing For $15 Billion 2014 IPO

Twitter Preparing For $15 Billion 2014 IPO | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Twitter is preparing itself for an initial public offering (IPO) that could value the company as highly as $15 billion, reports say, citing anonymous (but nonetheless compelling) senior banking source...
Tim Fernback's insight:

Twitter's valuation $15B on $1B revenue (next year).

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Foursquare now lets you search 43 million menu items from over 500,000 restaurants

Foursquare now lets you search 43 million menu items from over 500,000 restaurants | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Foursquare today announced a small but very useful update to its mobile apps. The company has expanded its Explore search to include full menus.

That means if you're looking for ...

Via Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com
Tim Fernback's insight:

This increases foursquares reach and therefore valuation based on traffic which will generate advertising and other revenue.

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The Ecosystem of Linkedin

The Ecosystem of Linkedin | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
LinkedIn has reached over 200 million members worldwide, making it the world’s largest professional network. The Ecosystem of LinkedIn infographic from Dynamic Search explains why LinkedIn is a must have tool for everyone.

Via Lauren Moss
Tim Fernback's insight:

This is the basis for LinkedIn's value of 700 times EBITDA.

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Phil Lauterjung's curator insight, October 4, 2013 2:38 PM

Great visual for anyone wanting to know more about using LinkedIn.

 

 
Authentis Formations's curator insight, October 15, 2013 7:42 AM

Mieux comprendre Linkedin pour mieux l'utiliser !

Jerome D. Simon's curator insight, October 21, 2013 3:36 AM

Infographie très claire

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Foursquare for millions more people around the world | Foursquare ...

Foursquare for millions more people around the world | Foursquare ... | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Today, we're releasing an all-new Foursquare app for the full range of Nokia's S40 phones, including all the new Asha devices. Hundreds of millions of people around the world use Nokia S40 phones, and now they'll all have ...
Tim Fernback's insight:

Further extension of Foursquare's valuation by increasing its mobile reach by the consumer.

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Celebrating our 40,000 Foursquare Superusers and a places ...

Celebrating our 40,000 Foursquare Superusers and a places ... | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
If you've ever wondered how Foursquare's crowd-sourced database of 55 million places is always up-to-date, a lot of the credit goes to our amazing community of superusers. And this week, it hit a major milestone: we now ...
Tim Fernback's insight:

55 Million Places = increased company valuation due to its market reach.

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Sponsored Job Listings Now Appearing In LinkedIn's Main Feed ...

Sponsored Job Listings Now Appearing In LinkedIn's Main Feed ... | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
LinkedIn's Sponsored Jobs listings are getting increased visibility today, with a move that has them now appearing in LinkedIn's main feed on the me..
Tim Fernback's insight:

LinkedIn's revenue streams are increasing, linking it to higher valuations.

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Taiwanese attachment to social media interests Facebook, Twitter | ZDNet

Taiwanese attachment to social media interests Facebook, Twitter  | ZDNet | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Nation's dynamic free society and apparent addiction to all things social offer a high potential growth market for social media companies including Facebook and Twitter.
Tim Fernback's insight:

International Expansion of these social brands increase value.  Taiwan is a leading market for expansion of social media in Asia.  Other social media networking companies will follow (LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, Hootsuite etc.)

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Why Google+ is Sneaking up on Facebook

Why Google+ is Sneaking up on Facebook | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Last week, Google+ announced some small updates to its platform. The news hasn’t made huge waves, but these two new features could spark some big changes in the way people create and find
Tim Fernback's insight:

Comparison of Google+ and Facebook.  Two social media titans.

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Yahoo details Tumblr’s valuation and David Karp’s $81 million retention package

Yahoo details Tumblr’s valuation and David Karp’s $81 million retention package | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Tumblr owes three-quarters of its value to how cool it is. The blogging startup sold to Yahoo in May for nearly a billion dollars, a staggering price even by the standards of the overheated American tech market.
Tim Fernback's insight:

Tumblr's valuation

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Tim Fernback's comment, September 25, 2013 6:53 PM
Tumblr bought for approx. $1B.
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What HootSuite's $165 Million Investment Round Tells Us About The Size Of Twitter's Ad Business

What HootSuite's $165 Million Investment Round Tells Us About The Size Of Twitter's Ad Business | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
It's a lot of money.
Tim Fernback's insight:

Good article about valuations linked to Ad revenue

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HowAboutWe raises $4.2M to help you fall and stay in love

HowAboutWe raises $4.2M to help you fall and stay in love | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Nimo JiHowAboutWe has raised $4.2 million to keep the flames of love alive.
An SEC filing reveals that HowAboutWe’s parent company, ThisLife Inc., has closed $4.2 million of a $5 million round.
Tim Fernback's insight:

HowAboutWe valuation information.  The closed on $4.2M out of a possible $5M.

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Can Twitter turn its popularity into profits?

Can Twitter turn its popularity into profits? | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Some high-flying internet start-ups have proved financially successful in the past. Will Twitter fly?
    
Tim Fernback's insight:

Profits (or rather EBITDA) for Twitter will equal valuation.  The question is what multiple.

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Facebook shares hit record high - Telegraph

Facebook shares hit record high - Telegraph | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Shares in Facebook finally climbed above the $45 threshold on Wednesday, briefly surpassing the record set on the day the social network first went public.
Tim Fernback's insight:

Facebook hits $45/share  - 165 X EBITDA

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Hearsay Social raises $30M more to play catch up with Hootsuite

Hearsay Social raises $30M more to play catch up with Hootsuite | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Hearsay Social, the startup that helps sales people avoid those dreaded cold calls, just raised $30 million in its third round of funding.
Tim Fernback's insight:

Hootsuite's competitor - recent financing.

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Outlook For IT Channel Leveraged Buyout Valuations Looking Up - CRN

Outlook For IT Channel Leveraged Buyout Valuations Looking Up - CRN | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Outlook For IT Channel Leveraged Buyout Valuations Looking Up
CRN
Conditions for leveraged buyouts in the IT channel have improved, but it would be a mistake to think we are on the brink of another heyday for debt-financed acquisitions.
Tim Fernback's insight:

Leveraged Buyout article.

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Foursquare and Potential Investors | Social Media Today

Foursquare and Potential Investors | Social Media Today | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
In 2011, investors gave Foursquare a value of $600 million. Unfortunately, up until now, Foursquare has failed to deliver on predictions of their success, bringing in only $2 million for sales in 2012.
Tim Fernback's insight:

Foursquare valuation.  $600M 

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HootSuite adds enterprise social media security so Weinergate won't happen to ... - VentureBeat

HootSuite adds enterprise social media security so Weinergate won't happen to ... - VentureBeat | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
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HootSuite adds enterprise social media security so Weinergate won't happen to ...
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Security features are important to increase the valuation of a gateway technology like Hootsuite's social media dashboard.

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Foursquare Automates Process Of Becoming A 'Superuser' - TechCrunch

Foursquare Automates Process Of Becoming A 'Superuser' - TechCrunch | Social Media Company Valuations and Value Drivers | Scoop.it
Foursquare Automates Process Of Becoming A 'Superuser' TechCrunch Today, Foursquare is announcing an update that should streamline the process of keeping that information organized and up to date: It is automating the process of becoming a...
Tim Fernback's insight:

Creating the superuser will increase adoption and following, which will lead to additional revenues thereby increasing Foursquare valuations.

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