5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Location-Based Marketing – vía @BNDarticles


Opportunity awaits when you’re in the right place at the right time. That’s the exact principle behind location-driven marketing.

Location-driven marketing uses a customer’s current location to send tailored mobile marketing promotions at the most opportune place and time. Its goal is to increase open rates and redemption rates, giving companies a better return on their mobile marketing investment.

Locaid, a Location-as-a-Service (LaaS) provider, recently launched Locaid Campaigns, a cloud-based location campaign management platform that offers location-driven marketing tools to help optimize a company’s mobile marketing return on investment (ROI).

Using Locaid, businesses have access to real-time, location-based marketing and consumer behavior intelligence that can help them send hyper-relevant offers, increase store traffic, analyze text message marketing and push campaigns, and more.

According to the news release, location-enabled advertising spending accounted for 8 percent of total mobile advertising expenditures in 2012. By 2017, it is expected to reach 33 percent. Yet, companies are struggling to optimize their ROI.

[Location-Based Mobile Marketing Soars]

 

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5139-location-based-mobile-marketing.html

Mobile Banking on the Rise – vía @B2Community


MOBILE & APPS By Abby Mitcham

Banking has gone mobile. With over half of all American adults, about 56%, sporting smart phones, banks and other financial management tools have quickly adapted their systems to be compatible, secure and easy to use on mobile devices. Many smart phone users have already made the change from traditional to mobile banking and according to Consultants at the Aite Group, the number of people banking on their phones will triple by the year 2016.

Mobile wallets are smart phones or tablets that record consumers payments and transactions. While some large banks are attempting to break into this industry, other companies like Pay-Pal, Google and Apple have already shown interest in the industry. These mobile wallets and spending apps, make it easy for consumers to keep track of spending, but have little impact on how they save.

Just as the shift from traditional to online banking, the shift from online to mobile will not come without a few bumps. Consumer demands and use patterns will inevitably steer the path of mobile banking. Some apps will float, others will sink, but efficiency and speed are certain to increase. Never before have consumers had the capability to store and manage so many financial resources in the palm of their hands.

Vía http://www.business2community.com

How to get started in mobile marketing – thnxz to @qrcodepress


Mobile marketing has reached the point of explosion, and it is now perfectly clear to most marketers and businesses that taking part in it and using its techniques is no longer an option. It’s a necessity.

(Abstract)

To start, business owners must recognize that failing to begin a mobile strategy right now could be suicide.

The first step to getting started is to actually begin. It’s not enough to just know that you need to mobile optimize and start reaching out to smartphone and tablet users. You need to act. Just deciding isn’t going to make it happen. Begin to find out what types of approaches are available so that you can consider their implementation.

Full story >here<  🙂

Business owners should find an experienced, professional mobile marketer to help to build this strategy. 

Strategy must be discussed from the ground, up, and it should address the following components:

• Mobile web – optimization of the original website or the development of a new site designed specifically for the smaller screen.
• SMS (short message service) – also known as text messaging, which can send discounts, contests, and other promotions to consumers, regardless of whether they have smartphones or feature phones.
• Mobile ads – these are typically a hard sell, but in specific circumstances can be highly beneficial.
• QR codes – two dimensional barcodes help to bring the real world and mobile world together and are exceptionally inexpensive to create, implement, and use.
• Check-in apps – last year saw a skyrocketing use of these applications among users of smartphones.

Full story >here<  🙂

Mobile Marketing Isn’t About Devices, It’s About Behavior – thnxz to @annabager


Vía adage.com

Marketers can’t remember this often enough: Mobile is not one screen or two screens. Or three screens (smartphone, tablet, and e-reader). Or four (ultrabook). Or five (phablet). Or six (fill in the blank with whatever connected device consumers will be flocking to next.)

Google Glass? The Apple iWatch? Mobile is a behavior. The only common thread uniting the vast and diverse mobile arena is that consumers are taking a connected device with them on the go. 

By: Anna Bager

(Abstract…)

Some of the most forward-thinking creatives and mobile leaders have begun to answer these questions, creating campaigns and products that demonstrate “liquid creativity,” mobile creative that flows like a liquid across devices and fits flexibly into the distinct opportunities each has available. IAB is featuring these people and their accomplishments  at our June 18 session at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity entitled “Liquid Creativity: Secrets of the Mobile Superstars.”

(…) Full article? + INFO

Responsive design often comes up as an answer to liquid creativity. This is the idea that a web server can recognize the device in which it is supposed to render content, and make adjustments for qualities like screen size. But do we trust computers to make decisions about ad content? Do marketers still want to approve each permutation of an ad? Responsive design can disrupt long-held norms of digital advertising.

(…)

Flexibility is an pportunity. Marketers need to approach mobile not by device, but by their individual objectives. Select the ideal combination of right time, right environment and right consumer, and then incorporate whichever device or devices best serve the intention.

(…) Full article? + INFO

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anna Bager is Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence, IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau).

THE TEEN TRANSITION: ADOLESCENTS OF TODAY, ADULTS OF TOMORROW – ThnXz @Nielsen


Young adults are a crucial segment for businesses and advertisers. As the 18-24-year-old demographic expands faster than any other young age group, so does its viewing and purchasing power. Today’s 17-year-olds will play a significant role in the young adult segment of the future, which is why it’s crucial to get to know them now in order to better understand who they’ll be tomorrow.

WHO ARE TODAY’S TEENS?

Today’s teens and young adults are quite the multicultural bunch—with purchasing power to boot. In fact, the 12-17, 18-24 and 25-34 groups are almost identically multicultural, as 42 percent of each comprises Hispanics, African-Americans and Asian-Americans. This is only the tip of the iceberg—U.S. Census data shows that African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Hispanics will generate the vast majority of the U.S. population growth over the next few decades.

Teens have serious purchase potential. In 2012, 29 percent of U.S. teens lived in high-income homes ($100k+), while only 25 percent of young adults lived in households within this same income bracket. There were also more teen households with middle incomes ($30k-$100k) than those of young adults. Finally, fewer teens lived in lower-income homes ($30k) than their slightly older counterparts.

DEVICE OWNERSHIP DETERMINES VIEWING

Within teen households, smartphones and tablets are growing faster than any other device. From Q4 2011 to Q4 2012, smartphone penetration increased by 45 percent among teens, 32 percent among adults 18-24 and 22 percent among adults 25-34.

Laptop penetration increases as teens age into young adulthood, but begins to decline when young adults enter their late 20s. Laptop penetration is highest among young adults, but all three age groups (12-17, 18-24, 25-34) have increased their laptop ownership over the past year.

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Though young adults view most content on television, they are increasing their video watching
on other devices. According to Nielsen’s Fourth-Quarter 2012 Cross-Platform Report, all
consumers under the age of 34 increased their video consumption via mobile and the Internet
from Q4 2011 to Q4 2012.

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While everyone under 34 is spending less time in front of the TV, viewing preferences aren’t
consistent across the 12-17, 18-24 and 25-34 year old groups. For example, teens like to
watch on mobile more than anyone else. In fact, they watched 18 percent more video on their
mobile phones than persons 18-24 and 46 percent more than persons 25-34, in Q4 2012.
While teens are watching more content on mobile devices, they watch less video online than
young adults. In fact, persons 18-24 spent almost 3 times more time watching video on the
Internet than teens 12-17 in Q4 2012.
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Welcome to the Future of Advertising Insight Center // Thnx HBR Blog Network // @HarvardBiz



This HBR Insight Center on the future of advertising
 will explore the transformation. We’ll dig into the technologies that are reinventing how companies connect with customers, and look at how big data and new analytic tools are allowing advertisers to fine tune and microtarget their messaging in real time. Our bloggers will also examine the new breed of consumer that, increasingly, rejects interruptive messages and demands that advertising present itself only when invited — and then only if the message offers value. And we’ll look at consumers’ growing involvement in advertising, both as arbiters and creative collaborators. This exploration happens in tandem with our spotlight on advertising in the March issue of HBR.

by Gardiner Morse | blogs.hbr.org
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IAB and MMA Release: Download the Mobile Phone Creative Guidelines


IAB and MMA Release “Mobile Phone Creative Guidelines”

With the rapid evolution of the mobile marketplace, there is a demand for standards and guidelines to unify the advertising industry. To expand on current industry accepted ad units,the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) released “Mobile Phone Creative Guidelines” for public comment, simplifying the development of ad units across the industry.

The guidelines provide additional directives necessary to empower creative shops and publishers to use mobile for more dynamic, rich consumer experiences. Additionally, it also aligns across the IAB’s “Display Advertising Guidelines.”

The “Mobile Phone Creative Guidelines” incorporates input from marketing and media authorities to establish detailed specifications for mobile phone ad units. The guidelines address smartphone and feature phone devices and are relevant for both mobile web and in-app inventory. Additionally, they include ad specifications for both basic and rich media units.

Balancing the requirements of both the marketer and the consumer experience, the guidelines address varying factors such as different data connections (WIFI, 3G, 4G, etc.), carrier plans, Z-Index range and even the impact of the reduced processing power inherent in mobile device for file load size and web display.

Critical elements in the “Mobile Phone Creative Guidelines” include:
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‘Phablets’ | manualdeestilo.com


ESTILO, Manual de estilo para los nuevos medios
Manual de Estilo

Los titulares no dejan lugar a dudas: «Comienza la era phablet», «Losphablets son el futuro de los dispositivos móviles», «La phablet más fina y a un precio razonable» e, incluso, con ansiedad comprensible, «¿Veremos unphablet de Apple?». A lo que un despistado podría añadir: «Si no es mucha molestia, ¿alguien me explica qué es un phablet?».

Por supuesto, basta una consulta rápida para averiguar que esta palabra se emplea al designar a aquellos dispositivos móviles que combinan las prestaciones de un teléfono (phone) y una tableta (tablet). El resultado, no obstante, no es por completo castizo.Concretamente de términos que aspiran a traducir la voz inglesa original: ¿tabletófono?, ¿tablófono?, ¿alguien apuesta por tebleta o telebleta?
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Mobile economy report: 2012 stats, predictions and trends



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Mobile economy report: 2012 stats, predictions and trends
from ThinSlices Mobile Development

5 Apps That Protect Your Phone from Theft


Know that feeling of helplessness you get when you think you might have lost your phone? The sheer terror of thinking you might have lost all your contacts, photos, text messages – your very lifeline?

The good news is that you can take precautions against this unpleasant scenario. Many mobile apps offer features that protect your phone and can even help you retrieve it if it was lost, stolen or accidentally taken. Here are the five top recommended apps to consider:

 iHound

Anti-theft apps

This app uses geo-location to search for a lost or stolen device and accurately track down its whereabouts. But that’s not the only way it can help. The Android version allows you to remotely lock your mobile device and delete personal information. This way, if your Smartphone falls into the wrong hands, you can prevent them from causing real harm.

Another treat for Android users is remote messaging with your phone, so you can communicate with whomever has it. iPhone users get another great feature that lets you activate a loud alarm sound when you fear for your Smartphone’s fate.

GadgetTrak

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Understanding the Modern Gamer | thinkwithgoogle.com


This Google whitepaper examines the changes in video gamer digital behaviors through the lens of millions of tablet, desktop, and mobile searches. It also explores the meaningful link that exists between online engagement and game sales. Our research uncovers the following key trends:

  • More engagement: searches per gamer increased 20% year over year.
  • More research: 4 in 10 searches occur before a game releases.
  • More mobile: 1 in 10 searches happen on mobile devices.
  • More sales: 84% of game sales can be predicted by search clicks.

Intel working on 48-core chip for smartphones, tablets


A smartphone with 48 cores could change our concept of what it is and what it does


Computerworld –
 Intel researchers are working on a 48-core processor for smartphones and tablets, but it could be five to 10 years before it hits the market.

“If we’re going to have this technology in five to 10 years, we could finally do things that take way too much processing power today,” said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy. “This could really open up our concept of what is a computer… The phone would be smart enough to not just be a computer but it could be my computer.”

Enric Herrero, a research scientist at Intel Labs in Barcelona, said so far the lab has built a prototype of a 48-core chip designed to run different apps on different cores on a smartphone or tablet.

Today, some small mobile devices use multi-core chips. However, those multi-cores might be dual- or quad-core CPUs working with a few GPUs. Having a 48-core chip in a small mobile device would open up a whole new world of possibilities.

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What We Can Learn About Landing Page Optimization from the Presidential Candidates


 

ion interactive: The Best Landing Pages Start Here.

While others are discussing their politics, we at ion have been discussing their landing page strategy. There’s an important lesson to be learned from the presidential candidates regarding the role of landing page optimization in your overall campaign strategy. In a recent study, we identified landing page optimization wins and losses in both of the candidate campaigns race to the election.

ion’s study provides a detailed view into each candidate’s overall landing page strategy and spans social media, email marketing, search engine marketing, and mobile device integration.

It was a tight race on the landing page scorecard, but there’s a clear winner. Check out our latest infographic now and see what campaign wins ion’s landing page optimization review.

http://www.ioninteractive.com/post-click-marketing-blog/

 

 

The Brand New Printed Smashing Book: “The Mobile Book”


TABLE OF CONTENTS

When setting up the concept of the book, we worked hard to ensure a delicate balance between basic knowledge and the current state of the art. Please note that changes to chapter titles are still possible.

AUTHOR CHAPTER DETAILS
Jeremy Keith Foreword
Peter-Paul Koch What’s Going on in Mobile?
Stephanie Rieger The Future of Mobile
Trent Walton Responsive Design Strategies
Brad Frost Responsive Design Patterns
Dave Olsen Optimization For Mobile
Dennis Kardys Hands On Design for Mobile (UX Perspective)
Greg Nudelman
Rian van der Merwe
Mobile UX Design Patterns
Josh Clark Designing With Gestures and Touch

Jeremy Keith Peter-Paul Koch Stephanie Rieger Trent Walton Brad Frost Dave Olsen Dennis Kardys Greg Nudelman Rian van der Merwe Josh Clark
From left to right: Jeremy Keith, Peter-Paul Koch, Stephanie Rieger, Trent Walton, Brad Frost, Dave Olsen, Dennis Kardys, Greg Nudelman, Rian van der Merwe and Josh Clark.

 

What’s In The Book?

The Mobile Book

When it comes to mobile, there are more open questions than definitive answers. Due to its fragmentation, it’s not so easy to understand how the mobile market looks and works in general. How can you pick the right mobile strategy and select the right approach for your website? What design patterns and what UX techniques can assist you to design faster and more effectively for mobile devices? What design patterns do you need to be aware of when building responsive websites and what patterns will help you optimize the performance for mobile? When you design with mobile in mind, how exactly should your design process differ from a traditional design workflow?

Our new book attempts to answer these questions. Well-known experts such as Peter-Paul Koch, Stephanie Rieger, Trent Walton, Brad Frost, Dave Olsen, Josh Clark and Remy Sharp have contributed to the book to present the most relevant and valuable insights. To ensure the quality of the material, the chapters have been reviewed by Scott Jenson, Bryan Rieger, Tim Kadlec, Bruce Lawson and other active members of the mobile design community. The foreword was written by Jeremy Keith. It wasn’t easy to bring together such a stellar line-up of experts, but a compromise wasn’t an option.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE INTRICACIES OF THE MOBILE LANDSCAPE

In discussions about user experience on mobile, we tend to make general assumptions about the environment in which users will be using an app or a website on their mobile device. However, mobile context is a myth. We can’t make any realistic assumptions about the context because we just don’t know anything definite about it — when and how the device is used or what connectivity it currently has. Obviously we can plan for different scenarios — and so we should — but mobile context is often as unpredictable as particle physics. We just don’t know for sure when mobile devices are being used – on-the-go, in the kitchen, or when watching TV.

In the first chapter of the book, Peter-Paul Koch and Stephanie Rieger explore the mechanics of the mobile world and the ongoing developments in the industry.

“[We’ve had] a total of 880 million Android & iOS devices entering the market in just over five years. Consider the shift that occurs when iOS & Android put a combined billion [mobile] devices in people’s hands. That’s almost half the Internet population of the world and equivalent to the total number of (Windows) PCs in use around the world. Mobile first yet?”

— Luke Wroblewski

Mobile Landscape
The first chapter of our new “Mobile Book” describes the mobile landscape and provides insights about the future of mobile.

LEARN TO DEVELOP BETTER RESPONSIVE DESIGNS

As a result of random assumptions, we tend to think that mobile experiences should be the “light” versions of traditional “desktop” experiences — because well, that’s what users need. However, research shows that 80% of users want to have all “desktop” features on mobile — they want to be able to use the features everywhere, and in a similar way. That’s when meaningful, performance-optimized responsive design solutions become important. In thesecond chapter, Trent Walton introduces strategies for developing responsive websites, Brad Frost discusses emerging responsive design patterns and Dave Olsen explains what you need to know to optimize the performance of mobile websites. Leer más “The Brand New Printed Smashing Book: “The Mobile Book””

The Top Ten Mobile Landing Page Best Practices | by Sally Lowery


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According to a recent Gomez study, 74% of consumers will wait 5 seconds for a web page to load on their mobile device before abandoning the site.  Even more staggering, the same study found 46% of consumers are unlikely to return to a mobile site if it didn’t work properly during their last visit. Leer más “The Top Ten Mobile Landing Page Best Practices | by Sally Lowery”