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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Spammers take aim at mobile phone users

Mobile Commerce

Spamming techniques under a watchful eye. Text messages have become the latest target for marketers who use spamming techniques to reach a broad audience in a similar way to that which has already been filling email junk folders for many years. According to Ferris Research, in 2011, it is estimated that American consumers received approximately 4.5 billion texts with spam ads. This was more than twice the number that was received in 2009, when there were an estimated 2.2 billion spam texts. Though the problem has not yet grown to…

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Steely Eye Digital Media shows 23% of London advertisements not mobile optimized

QR Code Scanning

QR Code scanning stats in London QR codes are becoming a common sight throughout the London transportation system. The codes often accompany large advertisements. The codes adorn billboards as well as posters found in the subway network and have been relatively successful among tech-savvy consumers. It has been difficult for marketers to encourage consumers to scan QR codes with their mobile devices lately. While there seems to be no shortage of smart phones capable of scanning the codes, consumers have shown little to no interest in using them. In London,…

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

Google Mobile Commerce News

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

Mobile gaming

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

mobile gaming

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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Fiksu data shows price of mobile marketing down and download of apps even out

Mobile trends Commerce Apps on smartphone

Fiksu, Inc., the first mobile ecosystem-wide app user acquisition platform in the industry, has reported that in February 2012, there was an evening out of the downloading of mobile apps, after the post-holiday boom in January which broke all previous records. The company’s data also showed that the price of acquiring new loyal app users experienced only a marginal increase during that month. The Fiksu App Store Competitive Index showed that there was a decrease in the number of daily downloads by 6 percent, from January’s average of 6.79 million,…

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

US Post Office QR Code Discount

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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Chevrolet Spark EV prototypes feature QR code

Chevrolet QR Code for Electric Car

Each of the six new prototypes for the Chevrolet Spark EV, the latest of the manufacturer’s line of electric cars, now features a QR code which has been prominently displayed on its door panels to allow mobile phone users to scan them and learn more about the vehicle. The vehicles are currently undergoing Southern California road testing, so the displayed QR codes will allow consumers to get a closer look at this vehicle even before it is available for sale. When they do use their smartphones or tablet computer mobile…

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