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Coke vs Pepsi in Social Media

Coca-Cola has almost 20 Million Facebook Fans  while Pepsi is way behind with just 2.5 Million Fans.

Even on Twitter, @Coca-Cola has 150,000+ Followers while @Pepsi has less than 50,000 Followers.

Coke vs Pepsi

Coke vs Pepsi

Coke is easily the best loved soft drink brand on the planet.

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Ad Magnet: Largest Indian Ad Network

Ad Magnet has become the largest Indian Media property online reaching 18.5 Million Unique Visitors in India (basis comScore April 2010 data release). This means Ad Magnet’s publisher network reaches almost HALF of all Indian web users. If we include global properties, Ad Magnet is the 4th largest behind only Google, Yahoo & Tribal Fusion, all US based. Google was founded 13 years ago, Yahoo started even earlier, almost 15 years ago and Tribal Fusion is 9 years old. Ad Magnet in comparison was started just 2 YEARS ago! A phenomenal achievement. Ad Magnet is  funded by Sequoia Capital which has also been an early investor in Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Apple and Cisco amongst many path breaking  Silicon Valley companies.

largest indian ad network

comscore April 2010 report

Ad Magnet has also now been featured amongst India’s hottest startups in Business Today magazine (India’s premier business magazine published by the India Today Group).

Ad Magnet CEO, Ratish Nair in India's Business Today magazine (June 27 edition).

Ad Magnet is featured as one of the hottest startups according to Business Today.

Disclosure:  I work in Ad Magnet.

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iPhone 4 launch by Steve Jobs

Update  June 2010:

Check out the iOS 4 Launch here:  WWDC 2010 Keynote by Steve Jobs

Highlights:

1. WWDC 2010 stats – 5200 attendees from 57 countries. Seats sold out in 8 days.

2. Apple has over 2m iPads (one every three seconds).

3. There are now 8.5k native iPad apps in the App Store, downloaded 35 million times (17 apps per iPad).

4. First 2 months,  users have downloaded over 5 Million books from iBooks app (2.5 books per iPad). And for five of the six biggest publishers in the US, share of iBooks is up to about 22%.

5.  eBAY APP stats: 10m downloads, $600 Million  sales  volume in year 1. Grew to $1.5 Billion in 2010.

6. The iTunes App store has crossed 5 BILLION DOWNLOADS.  At 70% revenue share with Apple, over $1 Billion cash has paid to App Developers.

7. Nielson market research for US:  RIM is #1 with 35%. iPhone is #2 with 28%, WinMo #3 with 19%, Android 9%.  iPhone is over 3x that of Android.  As for the US mobile browser usage — 58.2% is via iPhone. That’s almost 2.5x that of #2, Android.

8. iAds gets $60 Million commitment from 16 advertisers second half of 2010. iAds now has 48% of Mobile Display Advertising market share

9. New features of iOS4: FaceTime, Multitasking,  Retina Display, HD Video Recording & Editing, 5-megapixel camera with built-in LED flash, 3 Axis Gyroscope, iMovie app, Folders, iBooks enhancement, deeper mail and enterprise support and tons of new features. Read in detail here:  iPhone4 / iOS4 Features

10. BING added to iphone search.

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iAd demo (Posted 12 April 2010):

Steve Jobs & Apple have completely turned mobile advertising upside down with the launch of Apple iAds. These have more impact than TV, look and sound better than TV, have more interaction and engagement. Very intuitive & consumer friendly. This is what ADS should be like. Not stupid boring text links or 15 secs interruption.

They are also App Developer friendly (users don’t have to leave the App if they browse the ad).
Apple says they will sell the ads and share 60% revenue with App Developers.

Overnight, Apple has made Google/Admob obsolete in the mobile space. The fact that iPhone 4 also has the word “Google” removed and replaced by the word “search”, clearly means Apple/Jobs don’t even want Google in the Apple iUniverse. As Jobs said, iPhone users search for Apps not search the web (as they do in desktops). In the battle for Mobile space between Google vs Apple, the clear winner is Apple.

Watch the iAd Demo here:

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The Immortals of Meluha: India’s first Video Promo for a Fiction Novel

UPDATE – 11 July 2011:  According to Outlook Magazine, within a week of launch, The Immortals of Meluha hit the bestseller charts and within four months, it sold 45,000 copies! Last month, the total sales touched an astounding 125,000 copies (and these are only the legal sales… there are thousands of pirated copies being sold in the streets as well).

These are mind-boggling stats for English fiction sales of the Action genre in India, that too by a débutante author.

Crosswords Book Launch saw 128 books sold the very day, a record for a single bookstore launch. You can now buy the book online here (Free Shipping for India): Flipkart.com

It was selling more than 600 copies a week at Crosswords alone. Probably 1000+ a week if we include Landmark.

For those curious about what “Meluha” means, here’s some light on the region: Indus Valley Civilization & Mehluha

India’s first Video Promo for a Fiction Novel

An amazing new Indian thriller “The Immortals of Meluha” written by Amish Tripathi has used a Video Trailer as a promotion tool which is quite a first in India. Videos are usually the reserve of movies. A Fiction novel? Never seen a video promo for it.  Watch the trailer below:

The background music has been composed by Taufiq Qureshi who is none other than the son of maestro Ustad Allahrakha & brother of tabla wizard Ustad Zakir Hussain!

Those who can’t wait for the book to come in stores, can get a sneak peak here: Chapter 1 download

You can check out reviews here: Mayavi.info and at Shivatrilogy.com

I find it is a sign that Indian writing in English in the thriller/action genre is being accepted by the mainstream. Salman Rushdie, V.S.Naipaul, Vikram Seth, Jhumpa Lahiri and now Aravind Adiga wrote a different kind of fiction. Chetan Bhagat and Shobaa De were pretty successful commercially in India too, but again, no one wrote a successful action thriller. If the preview is anything to go by, this could be India’s first bestselling action trilogy. “The Immortals of Meluha”, the first part of what is known as The Shiva Trilogy will be available in bookstores like Landmark/Crosswords on Feb 28th.

About the book:

“The IMMORTALS OF MELUHA” is the first book in the Shiva trilogy.
It is set in 1900 BC, in what the modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilization. The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha – a near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived.

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GORDON GEKKO is BACK!

Greed is not just Good, its Legal!

Michael Douglas is back as Gordon Gekko, legendary Wall Street trader in Oliver Stone’s sequel: Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.

Check out the official  teaser trailer here and the new poster below:

"Wall Street 2 Money Never Sleeps"

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