Technology & Entertainment

Netflix and the Rise of Online Video Streaming

In late 2011, Netflix took a drastic turn for the worse. Amidst changes in its pricing structure and plans to separate the DVD-by-mail arm, Netflix lost an estimated 800,000 subscribers in one quarter. The stock plummeted and the outlook was grim. Fast-forward to two years later and Netflix has regained its position as the king of online on-demand streaming.

Cross-branding: Helping or Hurting Your Return on Investment?

Television and the internet are littered with reality-based shows. “Fast and Loud” is one of the newer programs in the automotive vein. It features two colorful main characters that buy older cars, enhance/hot rod them, and ideally sell them for profit. They’re backed by an entertaining support cast. The show covers the purchase, updating, and sales of vehicles, with enough “dramedy” to add flair.

Do Silver Screen Titles Lead To On Site Success?

A movie theater is a great place to cool off from the heat and enjoy a box office hit. So what new summer releases are driving traffic to the movie site imdb.com? Using Compete data, I looked at the top daily search referrals and found that many newly released movie titles are driving traffic.

How Much of Windows Phone’s Growth is Owed to Kik?

Kik messenger is a messaging app that has been growing in popularity over the past few years. In fact, if you visit their website, the front page touts in large bold lettering “80 million users love Kik.” Messaging apps have taken off in popularity over the past few years because they allow smartphone users to message their friends for free without the need for a messaging plan.

Sunday Series: Football Category Scores as Season Begins

Making the fast mover list before the pre-season began, the Football category was bound to move to the top of the list in August. Yes, football season has started and with it the flood of traffic to the various football oriented sites.

Blackberry 10, Windows Mobile, and the Race for Third

Earlier this year BlackBerry announced its BlackBerry 10 operating system and the Q10 and Z10 smartphones. These new BB10 phones came on the heels of Microsoft’s Windows Phone launch in early 2012, and the subsequent release the Windows Phone – powered Lumia smartphone lineup from Nokia. These phones – and the operating systems that powered them – were seen as critical, last-ditch efforts by Blackberry and Microsoft to stay relevant in a smartphone market that is becoming increasingly dominated by top players.

What is the Best Approach to Marketing a Mobile Payment Platform?

What difference is there between Square and LevelUp? They are mobile payment platforms, but I think the difference lies not in what they do, but how they do it. The brand names seem barely distinguishable, however, they actually describe the ways these companies are distinct. Square and LevelUp take completely different routes to acquire new business. But whose strategy is most effective?

Sunday Series: Which Football Teams Were Winning Before Pre-Season Began?

Image from: Football Stadium / Shutterstock Preseason is winding down, the first game is on the horizon, and despite a disappointing preseason for some teams, many fans are remaining optimistic for a playoff season. But which teams are winning online? We take a look at July’s data to see which team’s fans are the most engaged with their favorite team’s website. Using data from our behavioral category “Football Enthusiast,” we

Sunday Series: Fast Movers Among Fantasy Football

It’s that time of the year again. Summer is cooling down and football season is heating up. And with that comes one of the best things about the start of football season – the start of fantasy football season.

Sunday Series: MMA Fights Their Way to the Top of July’s Fast Movers

As we prepare for the impending football season, many sports fans are forced to look elsewhere for their fix. Although many would expect it to be in baseball, now in it’s second half of the season, we are surprised to find a new contender making a significant jump in traffic. This sport? Mixed martial arts.

Sunday Series: A Big Win for Tennis Sites in the Month of June

If you are a tennis fan then you will find no surprise in this week’s Sunday Series. Blowing all of the fast-moving categories out of the water, the amount of unique visitors (UVs) to sites in the tennis category increased by 84.7% from May to June.