Augmented reality may be overhyped in marketing

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Volvo’s Mikael Karlsson takes aim at augmented reality Augmented reality is cropping up everywhere. Backed by enormous demand from consumers, the technology is quickly solidifying its place as a staple in the world of mobile technology, marketing, and entertainment. While this may be good news for consumers interested in augmented reality, some involved in the mobile marketing business believe that augmented reality is being set up to fail. According to Volvo mobile marketing manager Mikael Karlsson, augmented reality is receiving too much attention too quickly. Technology may be overrated for…

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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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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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The number of mobile gamers in the United States has broken the 100 million mark

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Newzoo, an international market research firm, has released a new report that is drawing attention to the rapidly growing popularity of gaming over mobile devices. It was entitled “Mobile Games Trend Report”, and it showed that the number of people in the United States who use their smartphone, tablet computer, or iPod Touch mobile devices for playing video games is now greater than 100 million. What Newzoo found was that among the American gamers who played on their mobile devices, 69 percent used their smartphones, while 21 percent were using…

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Postal Regulatory Commission gives approval to 2012 mobile commerce and personalization price adjustment by Postal Service

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The Postal Regulatory Commission has given the Postal Service approval for a price adjustment that will include a 2012 Mobile Commerce and Personalization promotion, which will allow registrations to start on May 1, and that will run from July through August. The goal of this promotion is to grow from the successes that were seen in the 2011 Mobile Barcode promotion. Though last year’s efforts saw successes in spreading the word about how mobile devices could be used in conjunction with direct mail, it is now the hope of the…

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Chocolate Graphics releases the latest in mobile marketing through QR code embossed treats

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Chocolate Graphics, a unique confectioner company that specializes in personalized embossed chocolates, has now released a product that can allow businesses to take advantage of QR code marketing. The product is a chocolate treat that features a QR code embossed on top, which can be scanned in order to direct mobile device users to app downloads or mobile websites as per the wishes of the customer. This allows the recipient of the chocolates to obtain information and then follow it up with a sweet treat. The QR code embossed chocolates…

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Sony begins global smartphone marketing campaign

Xperia sola smart phone

This week, Sony will be launching its marketing campaign worldwide in order to introduce its Xperia smartphones to consumers for the first time. The massive global campaign from Sony Mobile Communications is the start of its return into the mobile phone marketplace and underscores the connected entertainment experience with Sony that is enhanced by these new devices. The campaign itself has been entitled “Made of Imagination” and will begin on Saturday, March 24, starting with a 60 second commercial that was directed by Wes Anderson; who was nominated for an…

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QR Codes on Steroids

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What’s a QR Code? They are those rather odd looking black and white square barcode now appearing in your magazines, newspapers and on your favorite products. By scanning them with an app on your phone they can open websites. Truth is we believe the QR code is just a bit, well, boring. Why not shake it up – perhaps add 3D layers, and sound? That humble QR code can do so much more for you if it’s an onvert™ code. Onvert can do everything a QR can do plus 3D…

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Research shows marketers are struggling with today’s digital tools and massive amounts of data

MCommerce

The annual BRITE conference from Columbia Business School was held on March 5, 2012, its Center on Global Brand Leadership and the New York American Marketing Association (NYAMA) revealed the findings of the first BRITE-NYAMA Marketing Measurement in Transition Study. This research involved the participation of the senior marketing execs from large corporations so that the researchers could obtain an improved understanding of the way that practices are evolving in the following categories: marketing measurement and return on investment, collection and use of data, and the way that traditional and…

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