Nov 22, 2013
Flickr announced this week the addition of Flickr Photo Books, which allows users to create printed photo books from the photo sets they have on their Flickr site. It’s the first time the Yahoo-owned site has offered a printed product directly to their users, though users have had the option of sending their Flickr photos to the HP Snapfish site for creating printed products since 2009. The new book option was announced just in time for the busy Holiday season, which is when most consumers order photo products.
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The past few years have been difficult for Sharp. The company has experienced a significant decline in revenue and profits primarily from its domestic business (down 37% in FY 2013 from its peak in 2011), intense competition in the LCD market, and high cost structure. As Sharp restructures its business portfolio, there has been industry talk about whether or not they would stay in the office products and solutions market. Doug Albregts, President, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America spoke candidly about Sharp’s financial status and made several important announcements at their recent national dealer meeting in Orlando, FL that indicate Sharp is committed to the Business Solutions Division.
While Sharp’s revenue is down 18% since FY 2011, Albregts noted that through the first six months of 2013 fiscal year improved significantly versus the same period in 2012. In the first six months of 2013 Sharp Corporation posted revenues of $13.7 billion which was 22% better than 2013. Operating income has been positive for four consecutive quarters and in the first half of 2013 was $340 million versus a loss of $1.7B in 2012. Operating efficiencies and increased revenues are the primary drivers of the improvement in operating income. In addition, Sharp Corporation’s worldwide Business Solutions Division achieved revenues of $1.6 billion in FY 2013, a 14% increase over 2012.
Sharp appears to have weathered the storm by making necessary cuts (R&D, staff, underperforming businesses), focusing on the Asian market, and benefitting from a weaker Japanese Yen. The company is now focusing more on its core product development and go-to-market capabilities. In these areas, Albregts and his management team highlighted several important initiatives about the company’s distribution, product line, and cloud services.
Nov 13, 2013
As more people share their photos online, fewer people opt to print their photos. Social networking sites have become the destination for many of our photos. But can social media really be to blame for the declining print market? It might be fair to say that the photo print market was in trouble the moment photography went digital. For some years consumers persisted with printing habits adopted from the analogue era. However it seems inevitable that digital would eventually get the best of prints.
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Nov 8, 2013
It’s been a rough week for startups in the photo aggregation space. On Tuesday, November 5, Everpix notified users that it was shutting down. Today, November 8, Linea made a similar announcement. While there may be a silver lining for Linea (the shutdown letter to users says that its “core technology will be deployed in a new platform in the future”), there was no such optimism coming from Everpix. Its demise is well documented in this article on The Verge.
This news comes in the wake of Shutterfly’s recent beta launch of ThisLife, its new “Enhanced Cloud Service” for gathering and organizing photo and video content from multiple sources. Read more »
Nov 7, 2013
InfoTrends recently published the Capture-enabled Devices: A New Market Segmentationreport and an associated blog, which describes our thoughts on how the imaging market will develop in the near future. The capture market is now divided into four segments: Slow Photography, Casual Photography, Fast Photography, and Intelligent Photography. Intelligent photography is the segment that we believe represents the most growth opportunities in the future.
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Nov 5, 2013
Nikon Df DSLR
Feeling a little nostalgic today? I know I am and it’s thanks to the introduction of the Nikon Df a new DSLR with all the modern bells and whistles but with the retro look of a film SLR. It not only looks like a film SLR but if you listen closely, it evens sounds like one. Until I heard the unmistakable shutter click again I hadn’t realized how much I loved and missed that sound.
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Oct 25, 2013
Back in August, Contour abruptly closed its doors, leaving the space to market leader GoPro, Sony, Ion, and newcomer Garmin. Contour was one of the pioneers in the action camera space and was founded in 2004 by Jason Green and Marc Barros. Read more »
Oct 24, 2013
The account consolidation and mobile bill payments markets continue to heat up, with a variety of innovative services and growing consumer interest creating pressure on billers to support consolidation and provide mobile options. One of the most active players has been Check, which announced in September a $24 million Series C investment—from Menlo Ventures, Morgenthaler Ventures, and Pitango Venture Capital—bringing the total investment to $49 million. Already with millions of active users, Check is now offering its mobile bill pay service to billers who want to fill this gap within their payment options.
As a refresher on Check, here is what you need to know:
- Free mobile app to pay and track bills
- Changed its name from Pageonce in May
- Founded in 2007 to provide online account consolidation and tracking
- Expanded into bill payments with an emphasis on mobile (98% of usage)
- Cites 10 million users and averages $2 million/day in bill payments processed
- Users have access to 8,000+ billers by entering user ID and password
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Oct 11, 2013
Back in February of this year, I blogged about my mission to replace the Nikon D200 DSLR I’ve been shooting with for the past several years. That search would have been easy if Nikon had replaced the D300s SLR (introduced well over five years ago) with a new D400 model, but they haven’t and there don’t seem to be any indications that they will, so I’ve spent this year testing the FX-format full-frame D800 (see the D800 blog), and D600 cameras, and most recently the D7100 DX-format model.
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Oct 4, 2013
Whilst the photo merchandise market is showing good growth, there remains a great deal of opportunity to be seized. InfoTrends’ research shows that the percentage of respondents that have purchased photo merchandise, over the period of a year, has remained stable since 2011.
Illustrated in the chart below are respondents who have purchased photo merchandise in the past year (buyers) and those who have not purchased any photo merchandise in the past year (non-buyers).
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