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Valuing Technology Fairly – Case Study In Seamless And Grubhub

seamless delivery guy on a bike

Quartz news recently posted an analysis of the commission GrubHub and Seamless charge to restaurants that participate in their advertising network. Working backward from a claimed billion dollars in delivery orders, QZ calculated that GrubHub and Seamless collected $137 million in revenue through an average commission that approaches 14 percent.

This is completely coconuts, of course, and it got me thinking about how to fairly value technology. Technology can do wonderful things to improve our lives, but most often it seems improve the fortunes of those who are already well off. In this case, technological profit seems to come at the cost of those already marginalized.

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29. April 2014 by jamesfacts
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Better than real-time – event-driven email marketing from J. Crew

I’ve noticed a trend with quasi-real-time marketing content. Not so spontaneous to seem slightly desperate, not so pre-planned to appear out of touch. Nice job, J. Crew. I’d be curious to learn more about how this email performed compared to non-event-triggered messaging. It certainly got my interest through a timely subject and intro line, and the event (snowstorm) ties in nicely with the purpose (ecommerce shopping).

Photo of the email blast in question after the jump.
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13. February 2014 by jamesfacts
Categories: Email Marketing | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment