Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Social Media statistics

The following video shows interesting statistics regarding the current usage of Social sites. Have a look:

Some relevant numbers regarding the current use of Facebook:

Every 20 Minutes on Facebook:
  • 2.7 million photographs were uploaded
  • 1 million links were shared
  • 7.6 million pages were “liked”
  • 1.3 million photos were tagged
  • 1.4 million invites were sent out
  • 1.5 million wall posts were made
  • 1.9 million friend requests were accepted
  • 10.2 million comments were made
  • 4.6 million messages were sent average user figures and facts:
  • Average user has 130 friends on the site
  • Average user sends 8 friend requests per month
  • Average user spends an average 15 hours and 33 minutes on Facebook per month
  • Average user visits the site 40 times per month
  • Average user spends an 23 minutes (23:20 to be precise) on each visit
  • Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events
  • Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month
  • 200 million people access Facebook via a mobile device each day
  • More than 30 billion pieces of content are shared each day
  • Users that access Facebook on mobile devices are twice as active on Facebook compared to non-mobile users
  • Facebook generates a staggering 770 billion page views per month

The following videos show you Facebook statistics in a cool way:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Google Analytics Training Book

I just got my certification on Google Analytics IQ... with 90% score ... :p

For those interested in learning on Google Analytics I have compiled in the following book all the information available from Google to prepare the exam.

Here you have, I hope you enjoy it:

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Browsers usage statistics

The following data comes from Statcounter. Statcounter statistics are directly derived from hits (not unique visitors) from 3 million sites using Statcounter totalling more than 15 billion hits per month.







February 2011 45.44% 30.37% 16.54% 5.08% 2.00% 4.45%
January 2011 46.00% 30.68% 15.68% 5.09% 2.00% 4.30%
December 2010 46.94% 30.76% 14.85% 4.79% 2.07% 4.10%
November 2010 48.16% 31.17% 13.35% 4.70% 2.01% 4.02%
October 2010 49.21% 31.24% 12.39% 4.56% 2.00% 3.81%

From View Trends, this is the Web Browser Market Share in February 2011:

Web Browsers
1 Internet Explorer 8 26.35%
2 Firefox 3.6 25.97%
3 Chrome 9 12.01%
4 Internet Explorer 7 9.75%
5 Safari 5 5.08%
6 Internet Explorer 6 3.59%
7 Firefox 3.5 2.35%
8 Chrome 8 2.09%
9 Opera 11 1.17%
10 Firefox 3 1.04%

Other related statistics below.

Operating Systems
1 Windows XP 41.47%
2 Windows 7 28.27%
3 Windows Vista 13.52%
4 Mac OS X 8.75%
5 iPhone OSX 2.02%
6 Linux 1.44%
7 Android 0.59%
8 BlackBerry 0.41%
9 Windows 2003 0.19%
10 Windows 2000 0.18%

Screen Resolutions
1 1024x768 20.10%
2 1280x800 17.50%
3 1366x768 11.42%
4 1280x1024 9.13%
5 1440x900 7.74%
6 1680x1050 4.78%
7 1920x1080 3.59%
8 1600x900 2.47%
9 800x600 2.46%
10 1024x600 2.01%

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A/B Tests. Check your intuition

In the web "Which Test Won?" by Anne Holland you can find interesting A/B Test cases where you can check your intuition.

Basically you will find different real A/B test cases implemented by different companies in websites, and you can choose which variant was the winner. Example:

Once you choose which version you think was the most successful then you get information on what really happened with this test and which variant was generating more conversions. You can also see how many people who voted were wrong or right. So you can feel better knowing that you were not the only one who failed :)

To be honest, I have tried myself in multiple tests and also with my colleagues, people that we have been working already some years doing this type of work, and we were easily failing. So I think this site shows very good demonstrations that, even if you have very good experience deciding what to have in a web page, or how to design it, you still should measure objectively and try different options because you can get a nice surprise about which option is the favorite for your audience or works better for your conversion goals.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Replacing Cookies with Device Fingerprints

New products from companies like BlueCava and Ringleader Digital will allow advertisers to link and track individual consumers on their mobile phones, desktop PCs, tablet devices, games consoles, TVs - even their cars - and serve them ads based on activity across those devices.

They will do so using a process often referred to as device fingerprinting, an emerging device identification technique which could eventually replace the cornerstone of online measurement and data collection, the cookie.

When a connected device accesses content or services, it transmits bits of information about its properties and settings. For example, a smartphone might communicate details of which operating system and browser versions it's running, its time zone, and which carrier network it’s using, to name but a few.

These individual signals can be collected and pieced together to form a unique, persistent "fingerprint" for that specific device. That fingerprint can then be assigned an identifying number, and used for similar purposes as a cookie, such as ad targeting, frequency capping, and other forms of tracking.

In the following video, the CEO of BlueCava explains this new technology.

Replacing the Cookie

The technology applies not only to mobile devices, however, but also to desktop computers, tablet devices, and potentially any device with a data connection.

"Our ultimate goal is to replace the cookie," David Norris, BlueCava's chairman and CEO, told ClickZ. "Cookies are temporary tattoos that fade away, but [fingerprints] don't fade away. Cookies had their point in time, but we've moved far enough along for a more sophisticated system now."

Because cookies reside on users' machines they are subject to deletion and expiration, and are rendered useless if a user decides to switch to a new browser, for example.

Fingerprints, however, track devices themselves, rather than the cookies placed on them. Even if the characteristics of a device change, its fingerprint is simply updated to reflect those changes. If, for example, a user upgrades his browser, the device can still be uniquely identified using other characteristics, and its fingerprint is simply altered to reflect the changes.

To illustrate the process Norris used an analogy of a person walking into a small grocery store two days in a row. The second time the person visits the store he might have changed his shirt, but the storeowner will still recognize him based on other characteristics such as height, hair color, and numerous other variables. In theory, just as no two shoppers are the same, neither are two devices.

Based on this principle, Norris said BlueCava's technology can uniquely identify a device 99.9 percent of the time using around 50 pieces of data broadcast from a desktop browser.

Mobile Devices, Tracking and Targeting

Besides desktop computers, fingerprinting technology has arguably more potential for mobile and tablet devices, which typically can't be tracked easily using cookies.

In light of that opportunity, Ringleader Digital has developed a similar technology to BlueCava, but is focusing its efforts squarely on the mobile ad market. Dubbing its Media Stamp product "the mobile equivalent of the desktop cookie," it can be used for similar purposes such as frequency capping, conversion tracking, and potentially behavioral and data-driven media buying opportunities also.

"We can uniquely and persistently identify the top 100 U.S. devices 100 percent of the time," Bob Walczak, CEO of Ringleader Digital, told ClickZ. "The issue in mobile has been that third party cookies work on less than 60 percent of devices, based on our testing. This is because the carriers strip them off at the gateway, the devices can't accept them, or they are shipped with third-party cookies turned off. There are so many different, fragmented market standards, so our aim was to create a single, simple solution," he said.

Ringleader has positioned itself as a technology provider, licensing its wares to publishers, ad networks, ad servers, and essentially any party with a use for them. Meanwhile stealth startup TapAd is in the process of developing a similar solution, but plans to focus more heavily on the direct provision of real-time bidded, data-driven opportunities for advertisers.