Over the past few years, Africa is experiencing a resurgence, especially in the area of mobile services. Africa contains some of the world's fastest growing economies, and the mobile sector is an essential contributor of this growth.
MEF Africa is releasing a series of country specific market reports - the first of which highlights Kenya, home of the phenomenally successful m-Pesa payment system!
Every year the GSMA runs the Global Mobile Awards contest, which honors excellence and innovation across the mobile industry.
Selected by a judging panel of independent experts, analysts, journalists, and academics (including MobiAD's Jim Cook), here is a full list of the short-listed nominees, some of the best apps, services, and products in the world of mobile!
Twitter is certainly one of the hottest topics in the past week, having just completed a very successful IPO that valued the company at almost $25 billion on the first day of trading.
So we thought it would be a good time to review Twitter's activities in the area of mobile advertising, where much of its revenue is expected to come from.
This article also takes a look at Amplify, a special advertising program that Twitter has created to monetize the second screen TV experience. Amplify has recently been adopted by the major brands such as NFL, Verizon, and McDonalds.
Daily deals pioneer Groupon, has announced that it is now getting nearly half of its revenues from purchases made via a mobile device, with less than 40% coming from the original direct email approach.
During its quarterly earnings call, CEO Eric Lefkofsky said that Groupon was “uniquely positioned to lead in the world of mobile commerce."
This story is less about mobile advertising and marketing specifically, but more about the overall perception of value in the marketplace.
For many years, the Coca-Cola brand was commonly viewed as the top brand in the world. However this year, for the first time, Apple has now overtaken Coke and is rated as the world's most valuable brand. Take a look at who else made the list.
Prior to this summer the BBC had made it clear that it saw mobile as an important part of its business in the future.
However it looks like the future may be coming sooner than expected, as figures for this summer's big sports events show that the shift in how consumers watch their favorite sports has already started.
UK consumers who use their phones for search tend to take a longer time for research compared to US-based consumers, but their purchase intent is very high, with over half reporting they had eventually made the purchase.
This and many other interesting facets of UK mobile shopping behavior are highlighted in "Path-to-Purchase" infographic.
American superstore-chain Home Depot is focusing much of its efforts on increasing mobile spending, its chief marketing officer Trish Mueller announced at the recent mobile marketing conference.
The company, which has been a long-term and early-adopter of mobile technology within its marketing currently targets customers via a six-pronged mobile approach: web, apps, search, social media, email, and advertising.
Mobile shopping for women, it seems, still involves visits to real stores.
A study by ResearchNow found that the majority of women shopping for clothes (90%) still prefer physically shopping for the purpose of trying on clothes and seeing them in person. This is despite the fact that 84% say they can’t stand the crowds associated with shopping!
Mobile Marketing has usually been an "early adopter" of all new mobile technologies: agencies and brands have been good at figuring out how some new technology can be used to increase engagement, demand attention, or build loyalty (think about AR, mobile apps, accelerometers, location, etc.)
Here is a really interesting new technology demonstration from Google, showing off one of the features of HTML 5 that is in Chrome. We don't think we've seen this in a mobile marketing campaign yet, but we're sure some innovative agency will start soon!
Dozens of Android apps have been found to be infected with a virus, it has emerged. The malware, named BadNews, has been discovered in 32 apps on the Google Play store, from four different developers.
The effected apps have been downloaded between two and nine million times, according to Google Play statistics - although not all of these downloads will be the malware-infected versions.
Starbucks is the latest corporation to report big successes in its mobile payment transactions, averaging over three million a week in the United States.
The coffee giant is hoping to attract further use of the system over the coming months, with a number of promotions - most notably, a rewards system that’ll earn customers points for each transaction made via mobile.
We all know that smartphones are involved in a rapidly increasing share of our daily activities: from social interactions on Facebook, photo-taking and sharing, m-commerce, to playing games, mobile touches all parts of our life.
This infographic from New Relic points out some very interesting facts about how consumers are using the 1 billion smartphones in the world.
Facebook has reported its first profit since the company's IPO last year. At that point, Facebook saw its stock plummet in its opening day. And for the two consecutive quarters afterwards, Facebook was operating at a loss.
Now, for the first time, they've reported a net income of $64 million - citing their increased focus on mobile platforms for the turnaround.
How often do you send SMS messages any more? With a whole host of alternative (and, more importantly, free to use) messaging services like Whatsapp, iMessage and Viber, it can often feel like a redundant platform.
However, a new report from mobile interaction specialists Tyntec highlights the potential and importance of text-based marketing, especially for app developers that are trying to build an audience and demand for their app.
As part of the ongoing quest to make retailers see the light and offer decent mobile support for online shopping, a new study has revealed something that should make developers stop and think for a little while: two thirds of smartphone shoppers would rather use a mobile-optimised site than a specific app to buy online.
Get the full study here.
Recently we spent a week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona - the world's largest event dedicated to everything mobile.
Although the show has been going for many years, it is still the best place to be if you want to see what is happening in the mobile business, and have a chance to meet those that are making it happen.
Here is a brief wrap up of some of the show highlights.
2012 was a great year for infographics about mobile advertising, and this one from the folks over at Miva Merchant is no exception.
The e-commerce piece, subtitled - Portrait of a tablet shopper - provides a real eye-opener into tablet users' purchasing power. And if these statistics don't motivate retailers to optimize their sites for tablet use, then it seems there's little hope to save them.
This week in Barcelona the GSMA announced the winners of the 2013 Global Mobile Awards.
The Global Mobile Awards are given annually, and offer organisations across the global mobile eco-system the opportunity to showcase the latest and best mobile products, apps, services and initiatives to the world.
Despite the fact a huge number of us now carry a smartphone in our pocket, mobile advertisers have their sights set higher: the iPad has become the most in-demand platform for the industry.
A new study from mobile ad exchange MoPub showed that while ad prices overall rose 50% in Q4 2012, Android prices went up 54%, iOS ad prices across the board rose 66% with iPad prices being the highest of all.
One of last year's more impressive infographics came from the folks at Formstack, the appropriately titled 'Toolbox of the small business marketing cycle'.
The infograph looks at each of the five steps of the marketing cycle, and provides information, recommendations and tools for each stage. Check it out, there are a number of gems for the marketing-savvy small business owner.
Mobile optimization is the most exciting digital opportunity for marketers in 2013, according to new research by Econsultancy.
For several years the mobile industry has been pushing brands to accept the necessity to present a great presence over the mobile channel. But only now this seems to have become accepted by marketers, as 43% agreed that mobile optimization was this year's top priority.
In just 10 days from now the US Superbowl football game will take place in New Orleans. Over the years, the Superbowl has become a showcase for TV advertising, with audiences over 150 million people and ad prices up to US$4 million for a 30 second spot!
2013 is the second year that the game is being streamed live on the internet, and the ad inventory for this "second screen" has been moving rapidly. And some brands, such as Coca-Cola, are working hard to involve multiple screens in their campaigns.
For most mobile and internet shopping sites, the first step in using social media was to add a "Like" or "Follow Us" button to certain pages.
Not a bad start, but now there are much more powerful ways to use social media to drive mobile and online sales. This infographic looks at two key strategies for building commerce through social media.
Japan’s biggest mobile operator, NTT Docomo, have launched a new app that allows real-time translation enabling Japanese to speak to foreigners over the phone with both users speaking in their native tongue.
EverythingEverywhere (EE), (the UK mobile operator formed by the combination of T-Mobile and Orange) has launched the UK’s first 4G service but the initial reaction is that pricing plans may be a problem.
A survey conducted by Thinkbroadband.com found that 72% of Brits were put off 4G by the pricing that has been announced.
NFC for payments has been promised for a long while, but the difficulty of getting handsets, payment terminals, merchants, banks, card schemes and consumers all on board working together has meant that it has been a very slow project.
The latest news is that a couple of live installations are finally beginning to start up, in locations as diverse as China and the US.
The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) announced over the summer that it had secured initial funding of $1 million to launch new research into the ROI that mobile provides marketers.
Smart Mobile Cross Marketing Effectiveness (SMoX.me) will focus on the return on investment that mobile contributes to the marketing mix, and will test campaigns to determine the relative economic value of investing in mobile as opposed to traditional marketing areas.
Two banks have unveiled technology that allows customers to withdraw cash from ATMs without using a bank card. Users of NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) can now request up to £100 cash using only their smartphones.
MEF has announced the finalists for the 2012 MEFFY awards. In the Brand on Mobile category, 5 campaigns were selected as finalists, including a popular snack food brand, a Wii game, a cinema chain, and a dairy products company that used Augmented Reality at the Rio Carnival!
See the complete list of all finalist entries here; the final awards will take place September 12 in London.
Yesterday Facebook's IPO valued the company at over $100 billion, the third largest IPO is US history.
Now that Facebook is a publicly traded company, there has been a lot of analysis about Facebook's business prospects. With an increasing percentage of people accessing Facebook over mobile, and with advertising being the majority of Facebook's revenues, clearly the topic of how Facebook will fare in mobile advertising is worth examining.
Kevin Fitchard has posted an interesting article on GigaOm which argues that Facebook cannot simply build a mobile ad business, it must actually help develop and change the overall industry if it is to be successful.
Based on documents filed by the Europeans Commission for Consultation, three of the UK’s largest mobile networks have cast aside their differences to form a mobile advertising network.
O2, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere (created in 2010 by the merge of Orange UK and T-Mobile) will create a joint venture to offer brands the ability to capitalize on the demographic targeting information that they possess, in order to place more highly targeted ads onto mobile devices.
GetJar, the worlds second largest app store, has announced the launch of a new virtual currency system rewarding users with virtual money for loyalty (such as minutes spent on the site and actions completed) that can then be used to buy premium games.
The virtual currency, called GetJar Gold virtual currency can be used with Android apps downloaded from any app store, including the Android Market, Amazon AppStore, as well as GetJar’s own.
There has been a lot of discussion in recent months about the idea of multi-screen advertising - in other words showing the same or similar ad on different devices, with the intent to reinforce the advertising message to the consumer.
Now Google has partnered with Nielsen and CBS’s Television City media lab to investigate this advertising approach and provide specific, quantitative test results.
Some people in the e-commerce industry have expressed the opinion that shoppers will be less likely to buy expensive products on mobile than they are online. Screen size and security are usually given as reasons.
However - in what is definitely good news for the mobile commerce industry - recent data from Dell shows that consumers are actually spending more over mobile than internet.
2011 was an eventful year, with big changes in the mobile industry, and 2012 promises to be even more exciting.
Mobile ad mediation provider inneractive have published an interesting end of year review on their blog looking into the lessons that they have learned in 2011 and how companies can maximize revenue from mobile apps in 2012.
As we start a new year, sometimes it is useful to look back on the year just finished and consider what major trends took place that may impact the future.
The folks at Google have done just this and have given us their view of the most significant developments that took place last year. As Google is clearly now one of the world's most powerful mobile companies, its worth a look.
As mobile commerce continues its rapid adoption by more and more companies, consumers' comfort with paying by mobile will become increasingly important.
An interesting infographic released by mobile banking solution provider Intuit provides an informative look at consumers' current payment behavior and preferences, and how these are evolving towards mobile payments.
In the US the Monday after Thanksgiving has come to be known as Cyber Monday because of large amount of online sales that take place on this day.
But over the last few years, as consumers get more familiar with mobile technology, there has been an increase in mobile transactions on the Monday after Thanksgiving, thus giving way to the new term, Mobile Monday.
Here are some highlights on the growing trend of mobile commerce.
Mobile coupons have long been considered one of the most powerful potential uses for the mobile device. However, consumer uptake has often been slow and coupons have essentially remained a niche market
Now a new survey indicates that growth may be picking up, and sheds light on what factors are still holding consumers back.
Mobile marketing and advertising have generally become mainstream by now, and along with this has come an increasing appreciation for the importance of mobile search.
Now publications traditionally focused only on PC based SEM are actively discussing and analyzing mobile search. Recently in MediaPost's SearchInsider publication, Aaron Goldman wrote an article listing 15 interesting and potentially significant statistics about mobile and search.
A recent survey in the UK by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) has found that the value of mobile transactions is rapidly increasing, although the overall uptake of mobile commerce remains relatively flat.
During the past year, the average value of mobile transactions has risen from £12.20 to £17.49, an increase of 43%.