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 [...]


Google Announces Open Auto Alliance To Bring Android Into The “Connected Car”

android-mascot-featured Echoing its early "Open Handset Alliance" to promote Android development and adoption, Google and a number of car makers this morning announced the "Open Automotive Alliance" (OAA). The objective is to build Android into the "connected car." Members of the OAA currently include Audi, GM, Hyundai and NVIDIA. In June 2012, Apple announced partnerships with a number of car manufacturers including BMW, GM, Mercedes, Jaguar, Audi, Land Rover, Toyota, Chrysler and Honda to incorporate "eyes free" Siri-compatibility into the car. However, the OAA is more sweeping and ambitious than Apple's in [...]


Report: Apple Gains Smartphone Share But The iPad Slips

mobile-chart-growth-analytics-featured Ad network Chitika is out this morning with a post-holiday analysis of smartphone and tablet traffic. Based on "tens of millions of smartphone and tablet online ad impressions from the Chitika network," the study looked at North American internet traffic from December 20 to December 29, 2013. According to the study, the iPhone saw a nearly 2 point traffic-share gain while Android grew about 0.7 percent (Nexus devices). From the data below I infer that there's no mobile traffic growth for Windows Phones. It will take a little time to see if these traffic-percentage figures are mirrore [...]


Google’s Eric Schmidt: “Mobile Has Won”

mobile-devices-analytics-featured In an "ask a billionaire" interview with Bloomberg, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt makes a number of predictions about the coming year and beyond. Among them he says, "Mobile has won." What does he mean? The simple meaning of his remark -- and the one he intends -- is that there are more tablets and smartphones being sold than consumer PCs now. Schmidt also makes the relatively safe assertion that almost all consumers will have smartphones in the near future. This year, 2014, we'll probably see US smartphone penetration hit 75 percent (from 65 percent today). It's possible that [...]


New To Mobile SEO? 5 To-Dos To Help You Start 2014 With A Bang

mobile-websites-smartphones-featured Even though I made a resolution at the beginning of the year to stop talking about responsive web design and SEO, many readers asked me to keep it up, so I did, in a pretty big way. Being a digital marketer I keep track of social engagement of the articles that I write, and use it as a proxy for interest. My top three articles of all time in terms of social engagement are three I wrote this year on responsive web design. That being said, I’m sure many of you reading this column aren’t ready for the nuances of responsive web design versus adaptive web design and are just freaking out [...]


Mobile/Location-Based Marketing Predictions For 2014 From 10 Experts

piperjaffray As we close in on the end of the year, it is helpful for us marketers to think ahead to what the coming year will offer. While I plan to do another "trends" post in early January (see what I had to say for 2013), in this post, I've asked several of my mobile-savvy colleagues to weigh in on what 2014 has in store when it comes to mobile and location-based marketing. What's interesting is that a few key themes started to emerge, including context, wearables and location moving away from being a platform and becoming a data play. Given the fact that there are five book authors (five inc [...]


Google’s Official Mobile Webmaster Checklist & Videos

google-mobile-featured Google's Maile Ohye, Developer Programs Tech Lead, posted on the Google Webmaster Blog that they have published their official checklist for mobile website improvement today. The checklist is broken down into three steps, companied by content and videos that help you accomplish each step. The steps include: Stop frustrating your customers Facilitate task completion Convert customers into fans The content is not specific to search or marketing but encompasses several topics and are explained through businesses cases or studies. Here is one of the many videos part of the over [...]


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 [...]


Top 5 Ways To Use Reviews For Better App Store Optimization (ASO)

3 App store optimization (ASO) is the process of improving an app's rank in an app store for search results related to the app. It's the app store equivalent of SEO for Web pages. Just like SEO, ASO involves working to build up a great search ranking to drive downloads. One of the best app store features to help app marketers with ASO is the reviews section. Never before have marketers had the ability to see exactly what their users are saying about their product in a single place, nicely sorted by their level of satisfaction. Reviews have clear use cases for app publishers in product dev [...]


With Celebrity Directions Waze Becomes Vehicle For “Ride Along” Film Promotion

Waze logo Last week, Universal Pictures announced that comedian Kevin Hart would be "the very first celebrity voice featured in U.S. versions of [Waze]." Universal is hoping to use the tie-in to promote an upcoming film in which Hart is starring, called "Ride Along." Ride Along also stars rapper-actor Ice Cube and appears aimed primarily at African-American US audiences, but with potentially broader appeal. Google acquired Waze for approximately $1.3 billion in June after a failed acquisition attempt by Facebook. Google bought Waze in part to tap its community of engaged users and help improve the [...]


Why Matt Cutts Is Wrong About Responsive Web Design

mobile-responsive-design-featured Like most white hat SEOs in our industry, I respect and appreciate what Matt Cutts has done for SEO. So much so that, though I've never met the man, I recently donated to help him fight Cancer in the Dana Farber Boston Marathon challenge (you should, too). More than anyone, he has been a tireless referee and champion of those who play fairly in this game of gaining visibility in the search results that we call SEO. When I first started doing SEO, there were no rules for gaining visibility in a way that was fair to clients, search engines and search engine users -- but Matt changed all that, [...]


5 Reasons QR Codes May Not Be As Dead As We Think

qrcodes It's always difficult to admit when you are wrong about something, especially when you have spent a lot of time publicly railing against it. In this case, while I'm not quite going so far as to admit that I'm wrong about the death of the QR code (I waxed poetically about this several months ago), I am willing to take another look at the technology. In fairness to my original assertion that QR codes were dead, I was clear to pin a majority of blame on marketers and their misuse of QR codes versus the technology itself. I also spelled out several reasons why QR codes hadn't succeeded. [...]


Google’s Moto G Smartphone Carries Radically Low Price: $179

Moto G If Motorola's Moto X smartphone is a sales disappointment, the forthcoming Moto G may rock the house. Moto G could do to the smartphone market what Kindle Fire did to the 7-inch tablet market -- put massive price pressure on competitors. In a blog post today Google/Motorola formally introduces the phone and discusses the radical pricing of the new device. Here are the specs (in Google's words): A brilliant 4.5-inch HD display Quad-core CPU "All-day battery life." Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) . . . with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat at the beginning of 2014. Comes in 5 c [...]


Android On A Whopping 80 Percent Of Smartphones Shipped In Q3 2013

android-mascot-featured Hardware tracker IDC reported today that the Android OS was on 80 percent of the smartphones shipped in the third quarter, globally. Quarterly shipments are not the same as sales to consumers. However, they are directionally consistent with sales. Losing share vs. a year ago, the iPhone captured just under 13 percent of all smartphone shipments. And, Windows Phone grew to 3.6 percent in Q3 from 2 percent of shipments last year. Source: IDC (2013) Windows Phone's shipments share grew 156 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Nokia accounted for more than 93 percent of tho [...]


Google Quietly Testing Offline Store Visits Tracking

smartphone-map-checkin Last month Google announced a program called "Estimated Total Conversions." That program is intended to report or provide visibility into cross-device and offline conversions by tracking the activities of signed-in Chrome users and extrapolating that data to the broader Google user population. The offline component of conversion tracking wasn't supposed to begin until 2014. However, according to a report in Digiday, Google is currently experimenting with tracking offline store visits, using smartphone location, and trying to connect that back to mobile ad exposures: Google is beta-testing [...]


Google Brings Local Search To Digital Displays Across London

Google Outside Google has undertaken a novel marketing experiment in London. Called "Google Outside," and first reported by the website Campaign, Google and agency R/GA have deployed 160 digital displays at bus stops and underground stations across London. The electronic displays offer "local search" information on tourist attractions, businesses and entertainment. As far as we can tell from the available information users cannot directly interact with the displays but they will change based on weather conditions and other variables. Apparently Google Now technology is involved. The pictured image (cre [...]


Mobile Market: iPhone Gains, Google’s Got Reach, Facebook Top App

smartphones Comscore reports that 62 percent of American adults now carry smartphones (Nielsen says it's 64 percent). The firm's latest smartphone tracking data show that the iPhone remains the top single smartphone, while Android retains its OS crown though it appears to have peaked in the US. While Android's market share is down slightly Samsung's is up. September data show Android with 51.8 percent of the smartphone market to Apple's 40.6 percent. Microsoft also gained slightly, perhaps at Android's expense, as the clear "third platform" now. The iPhone 5s was announced on September 10 and we [...]


Google Releases Nexus 5 & Android 4.4 “KitKat”

google-kitkat-nexus5-featured The latest Google-branded "Nexus" phone is now out, as well as the latest Android operating system. Google shared the news with no big event, no fanfare -- just a simple blog post welcoming the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 to the world. The Nexus 5 The Nexus 5 is now available for order through Google Play, for the US and several other counties. It comes unlocked, starting at $349 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 32GB version. Unlike its predecessor, the Nexus 4, it supports 4G LTE. It also supports touchless "OK Google" commands similar to the Moto X, though only if you've apparently got the [...]


Google Replacing “Android ID” With “Advertising ID” Similar To Apple’s IDFA

Android KitKat This morning, as part of a cluster of other announcements including the Android OS update, KitKat and Nexus 5, Google is replacing the unique Android ID (similar to Apple's old UDID) with a new "Advertising ID." The latter largely duplicates the approach of Apple's Identifier For Advertising (IDFA). Google's new Advertising ID (for apps but not the mobile browser) is a long, anonymous string of digits that will allow tracking and ad targeting without relying on an identifier uniquely married to the device. It abstracts targeting up a level and introduces additional user control. It wil [...]


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