Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Smashwords Adds Daily Sales Reporting for iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and OverDrive
The reports include daily and total order accumulation numbers for iBooks preorders.
The reports provide authors and publishers unprecedented insight into recent sales performance across the largest Smashwords retailers. Authors can use the reports to gain rapid feedback on the effectiveness of marketing and promotion campaigns.
You can view your aggregated performance over the prior seven day or 30 day period, with drill-down views by retailer, title or series. There are also one-click filters to view priced books, free books, all books and accumulated preorders (iBooks only). Publishers and literary agents who manage multiple authors can drill down and view author-specific performance.
If you want to compare the performance of two or three series across different retailers, you can do it. If you want to measure the impact of a blog tour, an advertisement, a price change, a new cover image, a new release in a series or a new free series starter or anything else, the results are now at your fingertips.
Each chart is also accompanied by a table that shows how the recent 7- or 30-day period compares to the prior 7- or 30-day period.
Reports are updated same-day daily every three hours for Barnes & Noble; next-day daily for iBooks and Kobo; and same-day daily every 30 minutes for the Smashwords store.
Sales data can be downloaded as a spreadsheet.
Find the new charts in your Dashboard via the Daily Sales link. Learn more about daily charting in our Daily Reporting FAQ.
What's coming next with Daily Sales: We'll continue to add more retailers to the daily charts as retailers make their data available to us. Also, in the months ahead as we begin archiving more daily trending data, and we'll add options for longer analysis periods such as 60 days, 90 days and longer.
Consolidate Your Distribution with Smashwords
If you're uploading direct to any of our major retailers such as Barnes & Noble, iBooks or Kobo, consider consolidating your distribution with Smashwords. We help you spend more time writing and less time managing multiple upload platforms. By aggregating your sales analytics at Smashwords, we make it easier for you to spot trends, measure performance and adjust your marketing. If you want to change a price, or update your book description or upload a new cover, you do it once at Smashwords and we get it out to all our retailer and library partners. All Smashwords authors enjoy centralized pricing and metadata management, aggregrated sales reporting, exclusive sales and merchandising tools, access to a growing network of retail and library sales channels, and consolidated payments and year-end tax reporting.
At Smashwords, we're always working to bring you the tools, distribution and knowledge that will give your books a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Smashwords Daily Reports joins other powerful tools at Smashwords including Smashwords Coupon Manager (custom coupon codes), Preorder Distribution (preorder listings at iBooks, B&N and Kobo), Smashwords Series Manager (enhanced series discoverability), Pricing Manager (centralized pricing control and custom library pricing), Smashwords Interviews (fun self-inteviewing tool helps readers learn the story behind the author). More tools are coming!
Click here to learn how to publish and distribute with Smashwords.
Kudos to Case Talbot on the Smashwords engineering team for leading this exciting project. She's also the engineer behind Smashwords Interviews, Dropbox integration and the responsive website redesign. Thanks also to the rest of the Smashwords engineering team who assisted her, and thanks to our beta testers who provided us wonderful feedback on this feature.