The Power of Nudges, for Good and Bad – NYTimes.com – how loss aversion and other behavioural traits (or nudges) can be used as methods for social change and political change. These elements have already been used in UK government projects and the advertising world. They are the reason why games are addictive and so is swiping on Tinder. (paywall) – more on consumer behaviour including the impact of nudges here.
Chat App Firm Line Focuses On Services After Adding Just 1M MAUs In 3 Months | TechCrunch – I don’t think that this is as bad as the TechCrunch seems to think. US focused services and China focused services are about the advertising eco-system and scale. LINE hasn’t really tried to blow out the market penetration beyond Asian markets yet. It does really well in places like Thailand, Taiwan and Japan. It is also a media franchise rather like Sanrio, given the licenceable nature of its sticker characters like Brown. Also ARPU (average revenue per user) is as important as numbers – profit share vs. market share. This has been demonstrated in other sectors such as the smartphone market, where Apple has historically earned 70 to 90 percent of smartphone profits from just 15 percent market share.
U.S. Technology Device Ownership 2015 | Pew Research Center – good data points on device usage by US consumers.
Hong Kong pupils at risk of ‘becoming like Foxconn workers’ in education system, says former principal – it is problematic for two reasons. Firstly, that kids will be put in such a high stress position by the Hong Kong education system. The second reason is that Foxconn as become a verb for stressful conditions. That is damaging for both Hon Hai Electronics and their customer base. The idea of damaging stressful conditions being so tightly linked with the company name is damaging. It’s like a really bad version of ‘Hoover’ and vacuum cleaner linkage. (paywall)