Understanding mobile loyalty platforms that are transactional

Mobile marketing loyalty

There are many different types of transactional mobile loyalty platforms and, like the old punch card and plastic cards with the magnetic stripe, each of these new programs designed for mobile devices has their own benefits and drawbacks. Consider the following types of mobile loyalty platforms that are of a transactional nature: • Optical character recognition (OCR) mobile loyalty platforms To take advantage of these platforms, consumers must download a dedicated app into their smartphones and snap the image of each of their receipts. The concept behind this method is…

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How retailers are taking their first steps into the mobile commerce world

Mobile-Commerce

When new technology comes into common use, it isn’t always obvious how it should best be used, and mobile commerce is no exception, but retailers – both online and in actual physical space – have been making their first attempts at using smartphones and tablets to their best advantage, each in their own ways. Retailers weren’t typically a part of the first wave of commerce. There were a few trailblazers, but other than that, mobile devices weren’t at all a part of their strategies, especially among those who weren’t online…

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Commerce has gone mobile and it’s time to join in

Mobile Commerce

Mobile commerce for every business type budget Though there continues to be an increasing amount of attention paid to online commerce, many companies are overlooking the true trend that is currently in the middle of an explosion, and that is mobile. It seems that with every passing day, consumers are being provided with a new way to use their devices to enhance their mobile shopping experience, whether that be by scanning a QR code on a bus shelter or magazine ad, performing a price comparison with a specialized app, downloading…

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Amazon gives its mobile commerce a boost

Amazon mobile commerce

Mobile commerce and Amazon go hand and hand According to Bloomberg, Amazon has been trying out a new service that will allow tablet owners to use mobile apps to make item purchases. This is expected to give the online marketplace’s tablet, called the Kindle Fire, a significant place in mobile commerce among its users. ABI Research data has shown that over the next five years, the total revenues from mobile apps – including in-app purchases and pay-per-downloads, as well as in-app advertising and subscriptions – will explode. In fact, they…

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Google offers a year of free mobile hosting and site customization

Google

Free mobile site from Google Google has announced that it is going to make a massive effort to help bring more sites to the mobile web, and that for a year, it is willing to pay the bill in order to accomplish that goal. The search engine giant is working with Duda Mobile, a mobile web optimization startup, to offer 12 months of free mobile site hosting and mobile website optimizing to help to fill in and boost the results available from mobile browsers and to make the internet friendlier…

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Sport Chalet introduces new mobile commerce site for smartphone users

Mobile Commerce

Mobile commerce trends in the retail world Sport Chalet has unveiled its new mobile website which offers consumers a number of different features and tools that can be used with their smartphones and tablets, such as real-time inventory checks and hero shots. The sports equipment and apparel site, which also has brick-and-mortar locations in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, as well as a successful e-commerce site for the regular web, has launched its new mobile site that is so rich in features that one would typically expect it to have…

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Mobile users watch large amounts of video

Mobile commerce

Mobile marketing with videos is a hit According to the results of a recent survey, 31 percent of consumers as a whole have already viewed at least one product video over a smartphone screen within the last three months. Among owners of smartphones, themselves, the number of individuals who had watched a product video on their mobile device screens spiked to 49 percent. According to Craig Wax, the CEO of Invodo, they were surprised by the results of their research. He explained that while they naturally knew “that consumers were…

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Mobile commerce seeing boom of in-app purchasing

Mobile apps payments

Mobile commerce and app buying power drives ahead According to the CCS Insight and Distimo analyst firms’ joint App VU Global report, app developers are seeing that mobile commerce is becoming exceptionally strong through in-app purchases, boosting their own revenues as well as those for app stores such those at Apple and Google. Among the top 200 grossing apps at Google Play (formerly known as the Android Marketplace) and the Apple App Store, 60 percent of all revenue came from purchases made through apps on smartphones and tablets. The iPad…

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As Yahoo! and Bing make a comeback, so does mobile ad momentum in 2012’s first quarter

Mobile-Commerce

According to the IgnitionOne quarterly release, the 2012 first quarter has continued to generate solid year-over-year increases in search advertising, following a record last quarter in 2011. First quarter 2012, saw a significant search spending year over year growth, increasing by 30.3 percent, which was more than twice the spending in the first quarters of both last year and the year before. This spike has been credited to the rebirth of both Yahoo! and Bing, as they took the largest market share that they have seen since they partnered. In…

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Research shows only one in ten consumers have received a mobile discount coupon

Mobile Coupons

The Mercator Advisory Group has released a report called “The Mobile Incentives: The Next Step in Device-Based Transactions”, which indicated that the marketplace is ready for mobile incentives to begin being distributed, but that as of yet the demand for them remains greatly unmet. The results of the study showed that only 10 percent of mobile phone users had ever received a discount coupon from a merchant, even though 55 percent of them had expressed an interest in receiving them. Though near field communication (NFC) technology remains the heart of…

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New 1st Guard iPhone claims app powered by Pitney Bowes

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1st Guard, an insurance company with a specialty for owner/operator truck and fleet coverage, has announced its latest insurance news as the adoption of Pitney Bowes Software, which is a geo-locational software solution that will allow the company streamline its operations and offer superior claims and customer service. According to the vendor statement for 1st Guard, these goals will be met through the insurance company’s TRUCKER1 app, which will allow the drivers toobtain access to their coverage data so that when a claim needs to be made, they will be…

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