Archives for January 2011

Indian languages on internet, the tipping point has arrived

Today’s Financial Express article “INDIAN LANGUAGES IN THE DIGITAL WORLD: Language No Barrier” talks about the Indian languages in various mediums – print, TV and internet mobile. Read more on Indian languages on internet, the tipping point has arrived…

Email usage: Web-based down, mobile up says comScore

According to comscore’s latest report on Email evolution in US (Nov 2010), Read more on Email usage: Web-based down, mobile up says comScore…

Column: Ecommerce – save on group buying sites

My 14th column in “Vijay Next” newspaper (Kannada) was about Group Buying in India. Main points were,

  • The year 2010 has seen very good ecommerce activity in India. We saw one of the leading ecommerce companies, Makemytrip.com, got listed in the US stock exchange successfully.
  • Bulk buying is nothing new. In Bangalore the rates in city market are cheaper because a lot more people buy from them. Retail users (families) get vegetables at almost whole sale rate.
  • Group buying has become very popular in the US. Sites in India have been inspired by US major Groupon.com
  • Group buying sites promote just one deal for each city every day. For e.g. if a Pizza costs Rs 200, it will be available for Rs 100 on their site provided a certain number of Pizzas are sold.
  • The famous ones are Taggle.com, DealsAndYou.com, Mydala.com.
  • There are sites that don’t insist on group buying but yet offer products at great discounts. One such site is snapdeal.com.
  • At times you save 60% on MRP! What more do you want? And when you buy a product you don’t have to use it the very same day. For e.g. if you buy a coupon for a restaurant, you don’t have to go the very same day.
  • You can save anywhere from 20-60% on some products.

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India Browser War: Firefox flat, Chrome gains

Many of you must have seen advertisements of Chrome in print (and few hoardings too). Is it paying off? The latest survey does show Chrome gaining ground on the great Indian browser war.

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Wish List 2011: Indian Online Publishers

An extract of my wish list from “Wish List 2011: Indian Online PublishersRead more on Wish List 2011: Indian Online Publishers…