Get your apps ready: Holiday procrastinators still exist and spend more

In spite of all the early Black Friday promotions, procrastinators still exist in large numbers with many planning to wait until the week before Christmas to do most of their shopping, according to a new study by Cardlytics, as reported by FierceRetail. This could be good news for photo retailers and online photofinishers who offer fast and affordable shipping or have apps featuring retail pick up.

Cardlytics divides shoppers into four groups based on bank transaction data: early birds, Black Friday deal hunters, last-minute shoppers, and the slow and steady. While many are indeed shopping earlier—last week the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported 60 percent had already begun whittling down their gift lists—and Black Friday sales and staggered deals replace the morning rush, this group is small and spends the least, according to Cardlytics.

The last-minute holiday shopper spends more than those who plan ahead

Roughly 36 percent of shoppers buy the bulk of their gifts at the last minute, the report said. This holiday shopper segment is the largest and still growing, and they also spend more than those who shop early in the season. They visit stores more frequently as the holiday deadline looms and contribute to 34 percent of overall holiday spending, with an average transaction of $64.34.

The promise of fast and free shipping is making it easier for procrastinators, who can easily wait until the week before Christmas. FierceRetail says this is good news for Amazon as it seeks to grow its Prime membership because the lure of free two-day or same-day delivery could drive shoppers to sign up for the annual service, but it’s also a good sign for photo companies offering convenient retail pick-up through their mobile apps.

Smartphone have won the everyday picture-taking battle, but traditional cameras cling to special occasions

InfoTrends Survey shows smartphones dominate everyday photos

InfoTrends Survey shows smartphones dominate everyday photos

InfoTrends analyst Carrie Sylvester reports respondents to the company’s annual mobile imaging survey are relying more and more on their smartphone cameras for everyday pictures, relegating their standalone camera to special events and holidays.

“For many years InfoTrends has been conducting an annual mobile imaging survey to understand what camera people turn to when taking pictures in various scenarios –overall, every day, and special occasions,” she writes. “The survey first asks what cameras, mobile and/or traditional, are owned by people. Then a series of questions is asked of people that own multiple types of cameras to find out what is their go to camera in a variety of situations – overall, every day, and for special occasions. The smartphone is dominating overall and every day photos, while the digital camera holds onto special occasions.”

InfoTrends recommends handset manufacturers focus on other aspects of the camera experience, including low-light capture, optical zoom, and improved flash. As mobile videography gets more popular, advanced video capabilities, like easy editing videos and 4K capture, will take mobile video to the next level, she added. Traditional cameras need to change this smartphone most often photo taking scenario or else they will stay packed away until someone remembers to take it out for a special occasion. Click here to learn more about the U.S. Mobile Imaging End User report.


PPA national survey reveals more than 40% of consumers no longer print photos

According to a nationwide survey conducted by Professional Photographers of America (PPA), 42% of people (ages 30-44) will likely look back and wonder where photos of their childhood, holiday get-togethers, relatives and friends have gone decades from now. Why? They are no longer printing photographs or creating photo albums. In fact, 67% store their photos solely in digital form on a computer or phone. The recent survey of more than 1,500 consumers nationwide about their photography habits.

“I think time will prove that we have gambled away our family histories – trusting too much in our ability to protect our memories on our phones, tablets and other devices,” says David Trust, CEO, PPA. “It is a failed notion that we will all pay for. On the other hand, this unfortunate reality is giving PPA an opportunity to make a difference by creating a program that will help the consuming public understand the importance of purchasing printed photographs.”

Additional highlights – or rather, “low-light” –  from the survey include:

  • 41.8% of people no longer create photo albums, and an additional 27% say they have the desire but it’s too time consuming. Translation: nearly 70% of people no longer have photo albums.
  • 53% of people said they haven’t printed a photo in 12 months or longer.
  • 46% of people use their smartphone or tablet to take family photos
  • 57% of people store their photos on their phone or computer.


Dscoop opens registration for Dscoop San Antonio

Steve Wozniak, Kevin O’Leary are headline speakers for event

Dscoop, the largest digital printing user group in the graphics industry, announced registration for its annual conference is officially open at  The conference, which will be held April 14-16 in San Antonio, Texas, is open to all HP Graphics Solutions users. Keynote speakers include Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, and Kevin O’Leary from ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

The 2016 event has been reimagined to accommodate Dscoop’s continuous worldwide membership growth and further enhance the attendee experience.

“We have completely reimagined the 2016 event to to accommodate Dscoop’s growth and further enhance the attendee experience,” says Mike Duggal, Dscoop Conference Chairman and CEO of Duggal Visual Solutions. “We are thrilled to have speakers of the renown and quality of Wozniak and O’Leary, which will be a big draw this year. Our members, who are innovators and progressive business owners, will certainly be inspired and motivated by these two incredible successful business leaders as well as everything else we have in store for them.”

With more than 2,000 anticipated attendees, 120 solution showcase partners, and 100-plus educational sessions – including an entire track devoted to collaboration among members-  this year’s conference will again prove to be the most valuable event Dscoop members attend all year, the organizers claim.

Dscoop will be hosting the Jetcomm users as part of their conference again this year. The Jetcomm group will kick off the day before Dscoop San Antonio, at an adjacent hotel. Dscoop attendees interested in learning about high-speed production inkjet printing are invited to attend the Jetcomm conference. Jetcomm is the user group for HP PageWide Web Press customers.

Conference registration can be accessed by visiting With Early Bird registration, members will save $250 by registering before Nov 30th.

About Dscoop
Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative), is an independent community of HP Graphic Solutions business owners and technical professionals who use HP Indigo, Scitex, High-End Latex and PageWide inkjet equipment. Founded in 2005, Dscoop membership now supports HP Graphic Solutions users throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Japan.


How to solve the “drowning in photos” consumer problem? Change photo behavior

With versatile photo organizing solutions coming to market, Suite 48 Analytics study foresees significant increase in photo editing, sharing, taking and ordering photo print products

What if consumers were nImpact of image editing on mobileo longer doomed to drown in their ever-growing pool of photos? What if they could easily find the photos they care about in a matter of seconds? These are the core questions addressed in the new “Photos at your Fingertips” study, conducted by mobile photo research firm Suite 48 Analytics. The firm asked 1009 North American smartphone and digital camera photographers to assess various photo organizing methods, as well as the expected impact hypothetical “Photos at your Fingertips” solutions would have on their photo organizing headaches.

The short answer: consumers would do a lot more with their photos. Editing and sharing would see the largest increase, followed by taking photos and turning photos into prints. 41% of the respondents expect to edit more and 12 % “way more” photos when such Photos at your Fingertips solutions become available.

The study also describes a range of approaches to solving the “drowning in photos” problem:

Photo consolidation solutions, such as personal in-home device syncing solutions, family in-home device aggregation solutions, cloud device syncing, cloud device aggregation, and cloud services aggregation solutions

Photo classifying solutions, such as image metadata solutions and image content analysis solutions (image recognition, face recognition)

Auto-curation solutions, such as photo story apps

Subjective context analysis solutions, such as behavior-based classification

Hans Hartman, principal author of the study, believes that the checkerboard of photo organizing solutions currently on the market could be improved relatively easily through developers treating their solutions less as silos and instead connecting more with other photo organizing solutions or non-photo data sources.

“If a solution can identify when and where the photo is taken, why not pull up third party weather information so that the user could find photos taken on occasions when the weather was hot, freezing, cloudy, or rainy? Or find photos taken during a specific sports game, concert, or a certain Twitter hashtag explosion?”

He also recommends that photo organizing solutions think creatively about study findings that indicate consumers are not necessarily as technically advanced or inclined as developers might believe.

“For many respondents organizing photos into folders on their computer is the ingrained method of choice. They might hate it or they might think they don’t have enough time to do it, but that’s where they are coming from. Developers should keep this in mind and be creative in building solutions that don’t assume everyone is familiar with tags, let alone auto-generated tags.”

The Photos at your Fingertips report includes 27 charts and 13 tables. The premium version of the report also includes 1,158 verbatim respondent comments and counts 89 pages.  The report can be ordered at

The report addresses the following topics:

Solutions for Solving the Problem

Consolidating photos

Classifying photos

Taking and Finding Photos

Photo taking devices

Number of photos taken

“Long life” vs. “short life” photos

Storing photos in the cloud

Difficulty of locating specific photos

Respondent quotes

Photos at Your Fingertips – Features

Importance of search criteria

Importance of search enhancers

Willingness to trade off

Respondent quotes

Photos at Your Fingertips – Behavioral Impact

Taking photos, editing photos, sharing photos, ordering photo products

Respondent quotes

About Suite 48 Analytics

Suite 48 Analytics, the leading research and analysis firm for the mobile photography market, conducts app market analysis and research among smartphone and tablet users.

Reports include the Photo Output App Market report, the Multi-device Photo World – an Ecosystem in Flux report, the Dispersed Photo Challenge Study, the Photo Output Product Survey Among Mobile Photographers, and the Photo/Video App Market Analysis Report.

Suite 48 Analytics also organizes the annual Mobile Photo Connect conference, an executive conference focused on promoting innovation and partnerships in the mobile photography ecosystem.