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Without Fanfare, Facebook Releases Updated Android App, And It Still Has Chat

fb-new-android Facebook quietly released an updated Android app Thursday, and those attached to the ability to chat within the app will be happy. But that's likely to be a short-lived satisfaction, given confirmed news reports this week that Facebook will eventually remove chat from its mobile apps and force users who want to keep in instant contact with Facebook friends to download the Messenger app. The current update, available now in the Google Play store, isn't remarkable different than the old version. Facebook's very limited release notes say improvements have been made to reliability and sp [...]


Native Mobile Apps May Dominate Now, But The Mobile Web Will Endure

Time spent with apps If you’re lucky enough to be a huge brand marketer with unlimited budgets, what I’m about to say probably doesn’t apply to you. You have the good fortune to focus on providing not only a phenomenal mobile website experience, but a great experience in mobile apps, as well. Not or, but and, as it should be. So, you can feel free to use the contact info below to discuss how to take your campaigns to the next level and stop reading this column. For the other 99% of us, the recent announcement by app analytics provider Flurry that users are still spending more time in apps than the mo [...]


Google Has 49 Pct Of Mobile Ad Revs, Just 18 Pct Of Time Spent

mobile-payment-wallet-featured Google makes more than its "fair share" of mobile ad revenue based on time spent with Google mobile properties, whereas Facebook's revenues are in line with time spent. That's according to data published by Flurry, relying on ad revenue estimates from eMarketer. The chart below contains eMarketer's global revenue projection for mobile advertising. According to these estimates, Google will bring in more than $14.5 billion in mobile revenue in 2014, while Facebook will generate just under half of that or roughly $6.8 billion. Flurry's report found that mobile users spend 86 percent of [...]


Mobile First: Facebook Claims 1 Billion Active Mobile Users, 200 Million On Instagram

facebook-instagram-logos In answering questions about Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus, CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a couple of new user stats that show the company's mobile-first strategy is paying off. Zuckerberg told analysts on a conference call yesterday that Facebook now has 1 billion active monthly mobile users. That's up from 945 million in December. Facebook's mobile users surpassed those on PCs in Q4 2012. Instagram's user base has doubled since Facebook acquired the company in April 2012, boasting more than 200 million users. Two years ago, Instagram had 100 million users. Instagram intro [...]


Instagram Surpasses 200 Million Users & 20 Billion Photos

It appears that Instagram and their hefty one billion dollar price tag was one of the most valuable Facebook acquisitions over the past two years. The photo sharing network has officially topped 200 million users who have posted 20 billion photos to date. While Facebook has taken some slack recently for their perception in the young teen market, Instagram has seen great growth in this space. More than 90% of Instagram users are under the the age of 35 and the network is rapidly growing.  Of the total 200 million users 50 million of them have joined over the past 6 months. For the of [...]


Facebook Buys Virtual Reality “Platform Of Tomorrow” Oculus For $2 Billion In Cash And Stock

Oculus VR Facebook has just acquired "the platform of tomorrow." The company announced this afternoon that it was acquiring Oculus -- the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) gaming headset and platform -- for $2 billion in cash and stock: Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR, Inc., the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, for a total of approximately $2 billion. This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock (valued at $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of the 20 trading day [...]


Study: 60 Percent Of Adults Switch Screens During The Day

facebook-mobile-phones-featured Echoing a 2012 study by Google, Facebook this morning released findings from a new research about multiple device usage. While offering some different figures and percentages it essentially backs up the earlier Google results, which show that people use multiple devices throughout the day and for different purposes. GfK carried out the research among 2,000 US adults.  The research found that "more than 60 percent of online adults in the US use at least two devices everyday and almost one quarter use three devices." It also reported that in excess of 40 percent start on one device and [...]


Flipboard Buys Zite From CNN For Deeper Personalization

Flipboard Former Flipboard competitor and news aggregator Zite will soon become the algorithm behind a more personalized Flipboard. The latter is reportedly paying roughly $60 million to CNN for Zite. CNN acquired Zite in 2011 for just over $20 million. Zite emerged from the ashes of “discovery Engine Worio.” Worio used search technology to help users discover relevant or personalized content. In a sense it was a precursor to some of the "anticipatory search" and intelligent assistant technology on display today with Google Now and Expect Labs. Zite maintained a stand-alone identity during ro [...]


Digital Ad Spend Quickly Shifting To Mobile: Are You Ready?

mobile-devices-featured Recent projections from eMarketer show that mobile ad spending will surpass desktop spending by 2017, reaching more than $35 billion compared to desktop based advertising at $27B. The ultimate force behind the growth in ad spend is the massive increase in mobile web usage and smartphone activity by consumers. In order for the market to reach these lofty projections, it will be of paramount importance to work through key challenges such as fragmentation and cookie-based targeting. The Opportunity eMarketer reports that the global smartphone audience surpassed the 1 billion mark in 2012 [...]


What’s The Most Expensive (Per User) Acquisition? Hint: Not WhatsApp

money-cash-600 Last week when Facebook made its jaw-dropping $19 billion announcement that it was buying messenger WhatsApp many people, including me, marveled at the astonishing figure. But almost immediately others said, "Facebook got a deal; WhatsApp was actually cheap." I certainly wouldn't go that far but by some measures WhatsApp (even at $19 billion) is not the most expensive startup acquisition in memory. If one considers the price per user, WhatsApp does emerge as a relative bargain. This morning, I was pointed to a chart, based on public/third party data, created by Brightside that compares a [...]


HasOffers & Kontagent Respond To Facebook Partnership Terminations, To Lose Mobile Data On April 15

facebook-mobile-phones-featured Kontagent and HasOffers say they were caught off guard by Facebook's sudden termination of their Mobile Measurement Program partnerships for violating the terms of service agreement. Facebook has told the app developers that rely on the two companies for mobile app campaign analytics that they'll lose data access on April 15 and to find new partners. In an email to HasOffers customers (forwarded anonymously to Marketing Land) Facebook says as of the 15th, the mobile analytics company "will no longer have access to past or future mobile measurement data" and offers three suggestions for new [...]


Facebook Cuts HasOffers & Kontagent Out Of Mobile Marketing Partner Program

facebook-scissors-cuts-600 HasOffers and Kontagent are out of Facebook's mobile marketing partner program. The social network dropped the two companies for policy violations including holding onto data too long and not requiring advertisers to update their privacy policies to notify users of data collection, AdExhanger is reporting. According to the report, the app developers that rely on HasOffers and Kontagent for tracking downloads and monetization performance of their app install campaigns on Facebook will no longer have access to this data. Both companies have been removed from Facebook's list of mobile measurem [...]


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 [...]


Nielsen: All Top Brands Lost Web Users To Mobile In 2013

mobile-web-apps-featured According to data released last week by Nielsen, all the major web brands lost uniques on a year-over-year basis in 2013. The period measured was January through the end of October. The ranking of the top sites was more or less the same as we've seen in other data. However the relative loss of monthly uniques was not uniform. According to Nielsen, Ask lost the highest percentage of its monthly uniques. Next was Facebook and then YouTube. Nielsen broadly attributes the decline in "web" traffic to the rise of tablets and smartphones. However the company didn't provide a holistic vie [...]


What 2014 Holds For Mobile Marketing: 5 Predictions

2014 mobile predictions It's that time again. That's right, I'm talking about 2014 mobile marketing prediction time. A few weeks ago, I asked some of my smart friends in the mobile/location-based marketing space for their 2014 predictions. As promised, in this month's column, I am delivering a few of my own. If you want to look at last year's predictions, you can keep me honest (and see some of the stats for the space). To that end, I'm kicking off this post with additional current stats to set context around my 2014 predictions. Key Mobile/Social Statistics Global mobile subscriptions: 6,587.4 million (I [...]


Mobile Market: Windows Phone Flat, Pandora Now #2 App After Facebook

mobile-apps-featured ComScore released US November smartphone metrics today. The company says smartphone penetration in the US is 63.8 percent. By comparison Nielsen reports that it's 65 percent. As it has been for many months running, Apple remains the top individual smartphone OEM, followed by Samsung. All others, however, lost some share. Yet these numbers don't include the holiday period. We'll probably have to wait for late February or March to see those. Apple controlled 41.2 percent of the US smartphone market according to comScore, representing growth of 0.5 percent since last month. That's also [...]


Leaked: Facebook’s International Mobile Numbers Show Successful Global Adoption

facebook-mobile-phones-featured A leaked Facebook magazine was obtained by TechCrunch that touches on first ever breakdown of international mobile use. The verdict? Facebook's mobile adoption is quite healthy with most countries up over the 50% mark of total mobile users. Previous reports clumped this data by region, but this glimpse shows the breakdown across 7 countries. The report breaks down both the Daily Active Users (DAU) and Monthly Active Users (MAU). Here's a look at the specific data from the official Facebook document: Germany 43% of German Internet users are on Facebook 19 Million daily active us [...]


Top Apps Vary From Apple To Google To Amazon’s App Store

smartphone-shutterstock Earlier today, Apple published its list of top paid and free apps for 2013. Yesterday Nielsen reported its top US smartphone apps list (Android + iPhone). Now comes Distimo's "year in review" global ranking of apps, which also includes Amazon's tablet-only app store. What's striking is how different the app lists are from one another. For example there are only three apps common to all of the free lists: Candy Crush, Temple Run and Facebook. And only Minecraft and Where's My Water are present on all three paid app lists according to Distimo. Some of the discrepancies can probably be exp [...]


Facebook Most Used Mobile App, Google App 10th

smartphone-shutterstock Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has released US-based survey data about most frequently used mobile apps and top app publishers. Consistent with comScore data, CIRP found that Facebook was the leading and most frequently used mobile app. The firm asked mobile users to identify their "three most frequently used [mobile phone] apps." Facebook had four times the usage of the next app on the list, which was Twitter. That Twitter ranked so highly is something of a surprise, as are the relatively low rankings of Google (search) and Google Maps. An important caveat: these dat [...]


Ads Set To Appear On Instagram Next Week

instagram-featured Earlier this month Instagram told users that it was going to introduce advertising on the app in the coming weeks. That time has come and the Facebook unit just revealed some additional details about its strategy and the ad units we'll be seeing. Starting with a very small, select group of advertisers Instagram will begin introducing high quality brand-oriented ads into the news feed, these will include still imagery and video. The list of Instagram advertisers at launch include the following: Adidas Ben & Jerry's  Burberry GE Levi’s Lexus Macy's Michael Kors P [...]


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