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Challenging the status quo

The Hot 100 books, music and video retailers are each using the Internet to rethink the old ways of doing things.



Why They're Hot: The newly publicly traded e-retailer Chegg.com built its success as an online textbook rental company, but it’s progressively serving as much more to its customers. Chegg has acquired nine companies in total since its founding, most of which are now integrated onto the Chegg.com platform and designed to help users succeed in college and beyond. Internships.com is the latest company it acquired—for $10 million—and it brings two million registered users into the Chegg.com community. The merchant also has a Homework Help section that allows users to either ask a question in an online forum setting, or get linked up with a tutor who can provide personal help via video, audio or text. The new services are helping to boost revenue, as digital sales increased 102% for Chegg in the third quarter.
Key Statistics:
  • Date Launched:2007
  • Unique Visitors:2,113,649
  • Web-based Sales:Order the Hot 100 issue
Who They're Using: