Monthly Archives: December 2016


30
Dec 2016

The Extraordinary Size of Amazon in One Chart It’s bigger than most brick and mortar retailers together The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. What has more value: all major publicly traded department stores in the United States, or Amazon? Amazon takes the cake, and its no contest. Add together the market caps of Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Sears, and Macy’s, and they amount to a significant $297.8 billion: Brick & Mortar Store 2016 Value ($B) Total $297.8 Sears $1.1 JCPenney $2.6 Nordstrom......

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30
Dec 2016

I know your pain.  You’re looking for free images for your website.  You’ve looked far and wide for gorgeous, free images to use online, but keep running into cheesy pictures of people laughing at their salad. The good news is there are ton of different free and paid images for commercial use available online if you just know where to look. Free Video Series: SEO Strategies for Beginner Want to rank higher in search results? Get access to our free, 7-part video series on search engine optimization. Get the free video series In this......

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29
Dec 2016

Pop the champagne, because 2016 is soon to be history. And with that, we are proud to wrap up the year with 16 of the best infographics, charts, and data visualizations that we posted over the course of 2016. Just like in last year’s edition, some of the posts below were handpicked by our staff, while others received notably high amounts of shares, views, and comments from our audience. If you’re new to Visual Capitalist, this countdown is one of the best ways to get acquainted with what we do. It rounds......

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29
Dec 2016

Getting featured in the press isn’t just a way to drive traffic to your store or create interest in your products. Each PR win builds your business’ credibility, which can do a lot for earning a customer’s trust if you can incorporate these mentions into your website and marketing. On this episode of Shopify Masters, you’ll hear from Dave Venn and Praj Karmacharya, the husband and wife entrepreneur team behind Corala Cashmere, a luxury Canadian boutique offering premium quality scarves, shawls and hats handwoven from the world’s finest cashmere. Find out how they earned coverage in......

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28
Dec 2016

Have you ever wondered which currencies receive the most trading action? The data for the following chart comes from a survey done every three years by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS). Note that trading volume adds up to 200%, because each currency trade has a pairing. Chart courtesy of: Datashown The Chinese yuan is now the 8th most traded currency in the world, for a total share of 4.0%. That means its share has doubled since the 2013 BIS report: Rank Symbol Currency 2013 Share 1 USD U.S. Dollar 87.0% 2......

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28
Dec 2016

The transition from text-based to visual marketing is already well underway, as customer demand drives organizations to rethink how people communicate on the most basic level. Cisco estimates video will constitute 80% of all consumer Internet traffic by 2019, and although marketers are racing to catch up, they’re still behind the times: in 2015, 52% of senior marketing executives believed that visual assets such as infographics, photos, videos and illustration could help them tell their brand story. But given that human attention spans dropped a whopping 33% between 2000 and 2015, from......

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28
Dec 2016

There are a ton of marketing blogs on the Internet. People write about a wide range of marketing topics and they share their best practices for digital marketing – even though they might not be experts in the subject. It’s hard to keep up with all the information out there. How do you decide which advice is reliable and which tips aren’t worth following? We’re here to help! In this article we’ve gathered some of the worst pieces of marketing advice you should definitely NOT follow in 2017. By avoiding these mistakes,......

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28
Dec 2016

As usual, we wrote a lot of articles in 2016. Whether you’re a new reader or you’ve been with us for a while, chances are, you’ve probably missed a few articles along the way. To make sure you get a chance to read all the best stuff, we created this list of 2016’s most popular articles. Top 10 Articles in 2016 Below, you’ll find a list of handy time management apps, tips for driving more sales with Facebook and Pinterest, step-by-step advice on importing or dropshipping products from China, and much much......

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28
Dec 2016

The biggest casualty in 2016 was grocery delivery startup PepperTap, which was dubbed the biggest competition to BigBasket last year. BENGALURU: While 2015 was a year of big-ticket funding rounds, 2016 is a year of harsh reality for the country’s startup ecosystem: 212 startups have not survived to see 2017. And the number is 50% higher than last year, when about 140 startups were shut down, according to data analytics firm Tracxn. The biggest casualty in 2016 was grocery delivery startup PepperTap, which was dubbed the biggest competition to BigBasket last year.......

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27
Dec 2016

Interactive: Least Affordable Housing in the U.S. It doesn’t always make sense to measure affordability by a price in absolute dollars. With real estate in particular, every county is different and value may be relative depending on the area in question. A ranch that seems expensive to a farmer in Nebraska may be a drop in the bucket for a lawyer from Manhattan. Today’s interactive chart from Overflow Data shows median home values plotted against median household income, which helps give you a feel for where the least affordable housing in the......

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27
Dec 2016

An Instameet is a community event for Instagrammers to meet up at a certain spot to shoot photos and videos together. Naturally, these meetups, encouraged by Instagram, attract all kinds of photographers and influencers that you could potentially work with. On this episode of Shopify Masters, you’ll learn from an entrepreneur who built a $2 million dollar business by working with influencers he met through these in-person Instagram meetups. Meet Chase Fisher of Blenders Eyewear: your first stop for fresh, vibrant and comfortable sunglasses. We’ll discuss: How to network with photographers to get great......

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26
Dec 2016

Until recently, Siri remained the undisputed champion in the battle of smartphone personal assistants. Siri was first introduced on mobile via the iPhone 4S in 2011, and it has remained a staple of Apple products for years. Over this span of time, Siri has been able to understand more commands through better voice recognition, while also integrating into additional apps and products. Today, you can even use Siri to queue up your next Uber, transfer money to a friend through Square, or help navigate new shows on Apple TV. The Challenger: Google......

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26
Dec 2016

Shopify Masters is a podcast where Shopify merchants share their stories, mistakes, and learning experiences on their journey from startup to success.  Twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday, our host Felix Thea interviews a different entrepreneur to tap into their knowledge so that you—the listener—can walk away with actionable insights to apply to your own ecommerce store. From the co-founder of JM&Sons who earned PR mentions by turning a shipping container into a furniture showroom, to the entrepreneur who bought Potato Parcel and now makes $20K a month selling “potato-grams”, Shopify Masters explores......

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23
Dec 2016

The Changing Anatomy of U.S. Oil Imports In 10 short years, Canada has replaced the once mighty OPEC The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. OPEC was once a name that made world leaders shake in their boots. In the early 1970s, the infamous oil cartel controlled more than 50% of global market share. The power of the cartel was also clear – in response to the Yom Kippur War of 1973, many OPEC countries (that were a part of OAPEC – the Organization for Arab......

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23
Dec 2016

Once every few years, during the holiday season, it seems like one ridiculous idea for a product or toy becomes insanely popular. This is the story of those unlikely ideas and how they went from a brilliant spark of inspiration—or even a coincidental discovery—to something that was purchased, enjoyed, and loved by millions.   Let’s dive into three different Christmas crazes and examine why they took off. Maybe the stars aligned just right to make them all possible. Or perhaps it was just an accident.  1. Slinky In 1943, Naval engineer Richard James......

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