Posts tagged: Blurb

Google Chromecast: Turning the Connected TV Market Upside-down?

Alan Bullock
 Aug 7, 2013

If it’s possible to disrupt a still-emerging market, Google Chromecast has the potential to do just that for Connected TV. Read more »

Print is “Slow Food”

David Haueter
 Sep 13, 2012

The inaugural Luminance conference, a show put on by PhotoShelter, was held in New York City, this week on September 12-13 at the Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in Tribeca. The conference had a good crowd on the day I was there and featured interesting speakers that touched on a variety of photography-related subjects. Topics covered on the first day included the increased skepticism of digital photography due to the popularity of advanced image editing tools at our disposal today (presentation by Kevin Connor from Fourandsix Technologies, Inc), photo retouching (presented by leading retoucher Amy Dresser) and social photography (with presentations by Facebook’s Cory West and Hipstamatic’s Lucas Buick).

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There’s Nothing Stationary about Stationery

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 Jun 6, 2012

The National Stationery Show (NSS) marked its 66th anniversary on May 20-23rd. The NSS is one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of stationery and related lifestyle products. The show brought together over 11,000 buyers and 800 exhibiting companies, who were showing greeting cards, invitations, imprintables, giftwrap/ribbons, stationery, party supplies, paper tableware, customized/personalized products, paper-crafting supplies, calendars, and more.

The stationery market is an attractive market for service providers looking to expand their revenue channels. For manufacturers, these print centric products fit well within existing workflows and production infrastructures. For retailers, these products can become complementary to existing products. Read more »

Mobile Imaging: A Photo Merchandise Prediction

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 Aug 24, 2011

The future of photo publishing and merchandise looks bright. This year, InfoTrends conducted a number of in-depth studies that leads us to believe that the photo merchandise market will experience a bump in the number of consumers making photo merchandise purchases in the coming years. Part of this growth is going to come from the convergence of smartphone camera adoption, advancements in camera phone imaging, and the development of photo creation apps for the mobile phone.

In 2010, according to the U.S. Census, there were over 73.2 million people that fit into the age demographic of 18-34 years old (22% of the U.S. population). The  2011 InfoTrends U.S. Mobile Imaging End-User Survey highlights that close to 40% of this age demographic has a smartphone, in addition the 2010 InfoTrends U.S. Photo Merchandise End Customer Survey highlights that this age demographic is the largest segment of photo merchandise purchasers (with over 50% having made a photo merchandise purchase in the last 12 months). This combination of a high propensity to purchase photo merchandise combined with a high propensity to own a smartphone creates an atmosphere ready for an upsurge in consumers leveraging their mobile images to create and purchase photo merchandise.

Source:
InfoTrends 2011: U.S. Mobile Imaging End-User Survey
InfoTrends 2010: U.S. Photo Merchandise End Customer Survey

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On Demand Printing, Bankruptcy, and iPads – Irony and Innovation

Jeff Hayes
 Feb 16, 2011

Yesterday, Xerox announced that it is ready to ship its Espresso Book Machine which can print books on demand at retail locations like your corner book store. Today, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, Borders Group — the second largest U.S. chain of retail book stores — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Are these two items related? Probably not, but I see some irony in the timing of the announcements.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Espresso Book Machine is supposed to be a liberator of content, a new revenue stream for traditional brick & mortar bookstores, a solution for the busy consumer that wants a hard copy book. Just install one of these machines and watch the customers come in and print their own books on demand. Xerox proclaims, “Self-publishers can print their latest manuscripts at the corner bookstore, classical books are now available for purchase on demand at libraries, cruise-goers can leave their books at home and print reading materials on the ship.”

The reality is that the number of bookstores has been dropping steadily as buyers shift to on-line purchasing through Amazon.com and other sites.  Why? e-Commerce is a more efficient business model with a better value proposition for most consumers. Read more »

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