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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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
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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.
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Music Ally Report : 2011 – A Happy New Year?

- 2011 Preview: Key trends for the year ahead - Notable quotes from 2010 - Opinion: Startups and innovation - Country Profile roundup - Data catch-up