Google makes new fee-splitting offer to carriers to increase adoption of Google Wallet

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Though Google Wallet found its start last year to launch that company’s entry into the mobile payments sphere, the service has failed to take off as expected, due to the large amount of competition and its reliance on NFC technology, which remains limited among handsets. In order to overcome some of the struggles presented by those hurdles, reports are indicating that Google has been considering making cost sharing offers to carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, to entice them to adopt the technology so that Google Wallet will increase…

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Rapidly increasing adoption of mobile devices boosts Google’s advertising income

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A Marin Software report has indicated that advertisers this year will increase their mobile paid search budgets by more than double, and that Google’s revenue from mobile adds will grow 4 to 8 times more rapidly than its ad revenue for desktop computers. The fast adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is clearly altering the way consumers are using search engines, and this has caught the attention of advertisers. The report, which was produced by the top online advertising management platform for agencies and advertisers, Marin Software,…

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Google files for patent for mobile ad sensitive to light, sound, and temperature

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Google has been making several moves to prepare for the predicted spike in mobile marketing this year and to continue to deliver highly effective mobile advertising options, such as its recent patenting of mobile ads that are temperature, noise, and light sensitive. This effort has been made to help Google to better deliver its ads based on the specific environment of a smartphone user, when combined with his or her behavioral profile. Its filing was granted through US patent 8,138,930 and allows a mobile device such as a smartphone to…

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Google to bring mobile wallet application to the UK in 2012

Mobile Wallets

Technology powerhouse Google has announced that it will be bringing its NFC powered mobile wallet technology to the UK in 2012. The company released its much anticipated Google Wallet application earlier this year. The app can turn any Android, NFC-enabled smart phone into a mobile payment device. Google has been investing heavily in promoting NFC technology recently, hoping to expand the reach of the growing mobile commerce industry. Mobile commerce has gained a foothold in the UK, but there are currently few mobile applications capable of allowing consumers to make…

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Google gains local business advertising boost by absorbing Zagat

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Google has snatched up Zagat, the restaurant ratings guide, in an effort to provide even more original content to its millions of users around the globe, and to take a bigger step into the increasing online review service marketplace that generates billions in advertising dollars. The search engine giant, based in Mountain View, California, is hopeful that the ratings and reviews on Zagat will help it to break into local commerce, a market where Google has yet to find stable footing. Google’s new acquisition provides it with instant review access,…

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Google predicts that mobile will represent 15 percent of Black Friday searches

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Google has recently announced its forecast that among Black Friday searches, those performed by way of a mobile device will represent 15 percent of the total. As holiday shopping is rapidly approaching, this news is providing important insight into the way that consumers are using their mobile devices, so that merchants can improve the way that they bring traffic to their stores. Google is making these predictions based on a study performed by its AdMob, which showed that 65 percent of the participants in its survey said that they had…

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Google reaches out to business owners

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  Google makes a bold move to interact with local small and medium businesses; in person. Not through the help forum or a mailed ad campaign, but actually in person, shake hands, let’s sit and talk. This shows that Google is getting it. People need to put a face with a service; we still need a certain level of human interaction.   Anyone who uses Google (or used to use Google) knows how hard it is to get help from a live person. Google’s head of local consumer marketing has…

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GNC’s thought process behind their clean and easy mobile site

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Another merchant takes advantage of the growing mobile platforms and the numerous tools that can be used. General Nutrition Centers Inc., (GNC) recently launched their new mobile commerce site. With the help of an m-commerce technology provider and Google Commerce Search, they achieved a unique and improved site. GNC wanted something different than the typical mobile commerce shopping site. They wanted to do something that would make them stand out among any competitors. Their new site offers certain functions and features that many retailers aren’t adding to their m-commerce sites.…

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A star was born but what does the future hold for QR codes?

  2011 may well be the year in which mobile marketing and advertising are revolutionized. Though QR codes were invented in the 90’s as an easy way for Japanese auto manufacturer, Toyota, to keep track of inventory, QR has gain prestige in recent years. In an emerging industry with still vague boundaries and definitions, the 2d barcode is quickly forming the structure upon which most mobile marketing will be based. The advent of the smart phone brought with it a new field of digital interaction. From augmented reality to mobile…

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