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December 2016

The Extraordinary Size of Amazon in One Chart

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, …Read More

22 Awesome Websites with Stunning Free Stock Images

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 …Read More

Our Top Infographics of 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 …Read More

How a Husband And Wife Team Used Local Print Media To Promote Their New Business

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 …Read More

Most Traded Currencies in 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%. …Read More

4 Design Terms Every Marketer Needs to Know

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 …Read More

5 Pieces of Marketing Advice You Need to Stop Following

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 …Read More

Over 200 startups closed down in 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 …Read More

Interactive: Least Affordable Housing in the U.S.

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 …Read More

How This Eyewear Brand Used Instagram Meetups to Hire Influencers In Person

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 …Read More

The Battle of Smartphone Assistants: Siri vs. Google Assistant

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 …Read More

The Best of Shopify Masters 2016: A Top 10 Roundup

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 …Read More

Christmas Crazes: How a Few Unlikely Ideas Changed the Toy Industry Forever

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 …Read More