Sandbox Issue 205: Merchandising and Swift Sales
Lead: In part two of our online and social media merchandise special, we go beyond Instagram to look at the wide variety of tools and platforms opening up here, how to best deploy them and where they can be used to make artist/fan...
May 30, 2018
2017 End of Year Special Report
With the year almost over, it’s time to look back, reflect on what we have learned in the music business in 2017, and consider how we’ll build on it in 2018. That’s a huge job, so we’ve tried to do some of the heavy...
December 14, 2017
Feeling friendly with your boss? Facebook at Work is coming
One of the non-music trends of 2014 was the emergence of workplace tools using the features of social networking (messaging, photo-sharing, news feeds etc) for corporate purposes. Slack was the Silicon Valley poster child...
January 28, 2015
Facebook prepared its next video moves
The growth of native video on Facebook was one of 2014’s more interesting trends bubbling away, even if it wasn’t until the end of the year that people started talking about rocketing views for videos uploaded directly...
January 6, 2015
Yes, popular music IS getting louder over the decades
The Echo Nest has published a series of blog posts in recent months analysing the 5,000 'hotttest' [sic] each year back to 1950, to see what trends emerge.
November 28, 2013
How Zynga makes much of its money from big-spending ‘whales’
Remember that music industry theory about '1,000 True Fans', which involves artists identifying the fans who'll spend lots of money on their music, gigs, merchandise and so on? Well, the social games industry has its own...
July 8, 2011
Average YouTube user watches five hours of video a month
comScore's latest online video stats have been published, and they reveal continued growth for YouTube. Google's video site attracted 147.2 million users in May, who watched an average of just over five hours (311 minutes...
June 20, 2011
Google Correlate could be a useful tool for the music industry
Google has launched a new service based around its search data, called Google Correlate. It's described as "a system that was like Google Trends but in reverse", in that it lets people upload their data...
May 26, 2011
NPD Group hails increase in US mobile music listening
2010 saw nine million new mobile music listeners in the US, according to a survey conducted by NPD Group. It says that 17% of US internet users listened to music on their phones in 2010, up from 12% in 2009...
May 26, 2011
Music Ally Report : Amazon-ing Grace
- Amazon-ing Grace - Piracy Research - Are Market Projections Bad For Digital Music? - Country Profile: Ireland - Comment: Kieron Donoghue, ShareMyPlaylists
March 31, 2011
VC Mary Meeker publishes her latest mobile trends presentation
We've written about Mary Meeker before: formerly an analyst and now a VC at Kleiner Perkins, she regularly gives influential presentations analysing trends in the mobile industry.
February 11, 2011