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Nielsen: More Time On Internet Through Smartphones Than PCs

Mobile Nielsen report Nielsen has released a smörgåsbord of data on "the new digital consumer." The just released report covers a variety of categories, from device ownership and video streaming to mobile's impact on social media usage. One of the standout findings in the report is that US adults spent on average 34 hours per month using the mobile internet on smartphones. By comparison, they spend 27 hours on the PC internet. Of that smartphone internet time, apps capture 86 percent of usage. Only 14 percent of smartphone internet access time comes via the mobile web. TV is still the top screen. Consum [...]


Infographic: How Location-Based Marketing Delivers Ads To In-Store Shoppers

Imagine a shopper in a store getting a coupon delivered to their phone for a product, because a marketer knows they're actually shopping. It's not just future fiction. It's part of the growing proximity and micro-location targeting that's already happening now. The folks from MDG Advertising have put together an infographics that explains some of the location-based marketing systems out there, and how they tap into wifi, GPS, NFC and other technologies to detect location and help deliver ads: Want the infographic for yourself? You'll find it here: The Future of Proximity & Micro-Loc [...]


The Viral Rise & Fall Of Flappy Bird

flappy-bird-featured Flappy Bird, the maddening free app that seemed to appeared out of nowhere two weeks ago, is a great lesson on how a simple "Share" button may help an app go viral or at least continue to generate buzz. And, on the eve of Flappy Bird going away forever, it also demonstrates how novelty can also quickly wear off. The Unexpected Number One For those unfamiliar, Flappy Bird requires those playing the iOS and Android game to tap, tap, tap to keep their bird flying through a series of obstacles. Tough obstacles. The game recently shot to the top of the iTunes and Google Play charts, where it s [...]


20 More Essential Business Apps For Your Smartphone

shutterstock_106278554 About a year ago, I wrote a post featuring 30 essential business apps for the smartphone. It was a fun post to write -- and, even better, I got a ton of new app recommendations from my ecosystem of smart friends. Given the fact that a lot happens in the mobile space in a year, it felt like it was high time to create a list of 25 more essential apps. It's worth noting that while this column is dedicated to helping marketers with their mobile and location-based marketing needs, marketers (and other business people) are also consumers of mobile technology. And hell, if they can make their l [...]


Smartphone Market: Apple, Samsung And The Benchwarmers

smartphone-shutterstock The US smartphone market share story is starting to get a little boring. For well over a year it has been a two horse race. Apple is the single top smartphone maker while Samsung dominates globally and has made incremental gains in the US. Android is hovering at just above 50 percent penetration in the US. Apple/iOS is growing and has reached a new high of nearly 42 percent. By comparison, BlackBerry has fallen off a cliff. It has gone from a share of more than 31 percent in 2010 to 3.4 percent today. Top US Smartphone Operating Systems 2010 - 2013 Source: comScore These data c [...]


Yahoo Strikes Deal With Mocean Mobile To Form New Premium Mobile Marketplace

yahoo-purple-y-logo In an ad coup for Yahoo, its new Ad Exchange, launched at CES, will now power the new Mocean Mobile Marketplace. The nearly 5-year-old mobile ad serving platform, Mocean Mobile, will gain RTB capabilities and Yahoo gets access to Mocean's deep mobile ad inventory. Yahoo announced the deal, saying, "We are combining Mocean Mobile’s premium mobile inventory with our real-time programmatic buying and precise targeting capabilities. Mocean Mobile brings top-tier publishers to the Yahoo Ad Exchange -- from Nokia to Univision -- reaching more than one billion mobile devices." Brian Silver, V [...]


Adobe Predicts “Most Mobile Super Bowl Ever” With Advertisers Winning A 60% Jump In Mobile Traffic

adobe-logo-180px Based on record playoff audience numbers combined with growing social media mentions, Adobe is predicting this year's Super Bowl to draw the largest US television audience of all time and be, "the most mobile Super Bowl ever." According to Adobe Digital Index (ADI) analysis, the company claims Super Bowl advertisers can expect a 60 percent increase in mobile traffic on game day, with a third of web site visits happening on a mobile device. From Adobe's report: More than 50 percent of viewers will have a smartphone in their hands at some point during the Super Bowl. One in three of them [...]


The Big Smartphone Market Share Data Roundup

smartphones There are now so many sources of mobile and market share data that no one of them can or should be seen as entirely authoritative. We now have perhaps a dozen firms pushing out smartphone data on a regular basis, using shipments, survey data or traffic as measures of market share. Below are a selection of these sources and their most recent numbers. Kantar US smartphone market share (survey based, December 2013) Android -- 50.6 percent iPhone -- 43.9 percent Windows -- 4.3 percent BlackBerry -- 0.4 percent Other -- 0.8 percent Comscore US smartphone market share (survey [...]


Paper: News Reader, Home 2.0 Or Facebook Replacement?

Facebook Paper This morning Facebook announced its "Paper" app, which combines news from established sources and feeds from your friends. It has Flipboard-like page-turning functionality and seeks to enable users to "tell beautiful stories" to one another. The project is from Facebook's app-development team, Facebook Creative Labs. It's said to be the pet project of Facebook VP Chis Cox. It's also part of Facebook's new strategy to develop a range of "stand alone" mobile apps, of which Instagram and Messenger are two others. Yesterday Facebook reported that 53 percent of its Q4 ad revenue was generate [...]


The “Real Reason” Google Sold Motorola To Lenovo

Google Motorola In the wake of yesterday's Reuters story and later confirmation of the $2.91 billion sale of Google's Motorola hardware unit to Lenovo there were many theories presented about why the deal happened. Here is a summary of those theories and ideas: Google is simply "cutting its loses" and recovering what money it can on a generally bad deal (perhaps save the patents) Google wants the best for Motorola and Lenovo is a better home for the unit Google is "making peace" with Samsung, its most important Android partner, by no longer being a direct competitor Google is appeasing European regu [...]


The Mobile Makeover Of Digital Marketing

mobile-devices-featured As far as classic channels go, search and display are Internet advertising legends. They arose in the proverbial stone age of digital technology, when ad capabilities were limited to standard banner ads that screamed, "Click Here!" Simply put, innovations at the industry's disposal today, including online video and mobile executions, were once easily dismissed as pipe dreams. The commonplace use of mobile devices and smartphones had not yet become an integral part of everyday life. Today, innovation across channels has saturated the mainstream, and mobile devices are now ubiquitous. It's [...]


Google Selling Motorola Handset Business To Lenovo For $2.9 Billion

google-g-logo-2012 Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in late 2011 and is apparently going to sell it to Lenovo for billions less than that. Reuters is reporting that Google and the Chinese computer maker are in talks to transfer the Motorola business for roughly $3 billion. [Update: The deal has now been officially confirmed. More in the postscript below.] According to Reuters at least some of the patent portfolio, which has proven less valuable than Google anticipated, is part of the transaction. Reuters says that a deal is imminent and an announcement could come as early as today. In A [...]


1 Billion Smartphones: Samsung On Top But China Rising

iphone-android-ios-phones-featured Samsung finished 2013 as the undisputed global smartphone leader, increasing its marketshare lead over arch-rival Apple. However Chinese handset makers such as Huawei and Lenovo gained ground on the Korean giant. Propelled by lower-cost handsets in emerging markets, global smartphone shipments hit or exceeded a billion units according to Strategy Analytics and IDC (their numbers disagree). According to the IDC data Apple maintained its number two position (Strategy Analytics says Apple is number three). Samsung had nearly one third of the global smartphone shipments market. Apple capt [...]


Samsung, Surface Tablets Gain Traffic But iPad Still 78 Percent

surface Following its immediate post-Xmas tablet traffic report, ad network Chitika has released new data showing the relative positions of the various tablet makers in North America. The iPad has lost roughly three points since a year ago, but it remains dominant. Samsung tablets and Microsoft Surface appear to be the "big gainers" on the list vs. a year ago. However Amazon Kindle is the number two tablet overall, by traffic, according to Chitika. After an initial post-Xmas lift Kindle traffic is flat year-over-year. Source: Chitika  The data were compiled from millions of North Ameri [...]


Samsung And Google Sign Patent Deal, Will It Help End The Madness?

android-mascot-featured According to a statement yesterday, Samsung and Google have "furthered their long-term cooperative partnership with a global patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of technologies and business areas." The agreement covers existing patents and those filed over the course of the next decade. It's being hailed by some as a breakthrough. However that remains to be seen. Unless or until Apple and Microsoft/Nokia enter into similar agreements we can expect the global patent litigation frenzy to continue. The agreement is really no surprise. Google and Samsung are close par [...]


Report: Majority Of Car Buyers Showrooming On Dealer Lots

smartphone-map-checkin Showrooming has come to the automotive industry. Would-be car buyers have long used the PC internet for research during the purchase process; however a new study says that retail-style showrooming is now happening on car dealer lots. The data were collected in October and November 2013. According to a new study commissioned by Cars.com and conducted by location analytics provider Placed, "63% of auto shoppers researched and shopped online while at a dealership using their mobile device." Most of what these auto-showroomers are doing on the lot involves price research. However they're also [...]


Push Mobile Marketing — App Notifications Vs. Messaging

Iris Mobile's - Mobile Apps Every day, marketers are finding new and innovative strategies to reach their target audience and build loyal relationships. Luckily, through mobile, we have a channel that allows us to get even more up close and personal with consumers. To have a balanced mobile strategy, it is important to leverage both push and pull techniques. We are all very familiar with pull mobile techniques like responsive mobile sites and mobile applications where customers proactively attain the goods or information they need. In this article, we will delve into some of the more innovative push marketing techniqu [...]


Facebook To Start Running Ads In Mobile Apps, Building Foundation For Mobile Ad Network

facebook Facebook announced today on its developer blog that it will begin running ads in third-party mobile apps, laying the foundation for what will likely become the site's mobile ad network. From the announcement: We are running a small test to explore showing Facebook ads in third-party mobile apps. In this test, we'll be extending Facebook's rich targeting to improve the relevancy of the ads people see, provide even greater reach for Facebook advertisers, and help developers better monetize their apps. Facebook says it's working "directly" with a small number of advertisers and publishers [...]


Opera: Android Has Reach But iPhones Drive More Revenue

android-apple-ios Fourth quarter 2013 data from Opera Mediaworks (and its AdMarvel unit) show that Android handsets have greater reach than the iPhone on a global basis (35.9 percent vs. 28.7 percent). However iPhones generate more ad revenue than their Android counterparts. When tablets/connected devices are factored in iOS reclaims the total traffic lead as well. Source: Opera Mediaworks StatCounter shows the global traffic breakdown (phones + tablets) being 39 percent to 32 percent in favor of Android. In North America iOS dominates: 59 percent to 32 percent for Android devices. In terms of [...]


How Many iPhones Did Apple Sell Last Quarter: 50 Million Or More?

Apple logo On January 27 Apple will release its fiscal Q1 and full-year results. We'll find out the answer to a question and game that pundits and financial analysts play each quarter: how many devices did the company sell? A year ago Apple announced sales of 47.8 million iPhones and 22.9 million iPads. It recorded $54.5 billion in gross revenue. Over the past several weeks there has been a flood of third party data, suggesting that iPhones sold well. The outlook for the iPad is a bit murkier. As a matter of routine, financial analysts issue revenue and sales predictions for companies they cov [...]


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