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Android users chew an average 870MB of cellular data per month, youngest gobble the most

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/28/npd-android-users-chew-average-870mb-of-cellular-data-per-month/

NPD Android users chew an average 870MB of cellular data per month, youngest gobble the most

Ever wonder how much data you burn through every month on average? If you’re an Android user within the US, odds are that it’s quite a lot. The NPD Group estimates that Americans of the Google persuasion typically consume about 870MB of data on cellular networks every month. While it’s not an extreme amount next to the 2.5GB of WiFi usage, it’s enough to give anyone second thoughts about coasting on a basic data plan — and a reflection of how both 4G and media apps have changed our behavior. Not surprisingly, it’s a younger crowd more comfortable with smartphones that’s the most aggressive: the 18-24 set races through 1.05GB a month where the 55-plus audience uses a more modest (if still healthy) 750MB. We don’t yet know how iOS stacks up in current conditions, but the NPD is promising a comparable look soon. Something tells us the iPhone 5’s LTE will lead to just as much voraciousness.

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Friday, September 28th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

The Winner Of The Apps vs. Browsers War Is… (AAPL, MSFT, GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/bii-report-the-winner-of-the-apps-vs-browsers-war-is-2012-9

apps vs browserThe mobile web is unique because it has two distinct access points: browsers and apps.

In a special report on Mobile Usage just out from BI Intelligence, we analyze patterns around all types of mobile behavior, including the recent trends in mobile browser and app usage.

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So, apps vs. browsers. Who is winning?

The report has lots of charts and data that can be easily accessed, downloaded, and put to use. 

In full, the report also looks at:

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 news No Comments

Here’s How Consumers Are Shopping With Their Phones

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/bii-report-heres-how-consumers-are-shopping-with-their-phones-2012-9

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Mobile devices are playing an increasingly large role in commerce.

In a special report out from BI Intelligence, we analyze patterns around all types of mobile behavior, including how people use their phones to shop.

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So, how are consumers using their phones in the shopping process? 

The report is full of charts and da! ta that can be easily accessed, downloaded, and put to use.

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 news No Comments

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Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/07/amazon-silk-browser-on-kindle-fire-tracks-page-visits/

Amazon Silk browser on Kindle Fire tracks page visits to generate trends, isn't as spook

When you pick up that new Kindle Fire HD this fall, one of the first things you’ll notice is an updated version of Amazon’s Silk web browser with a Trending Now section. It’s a clever trick that takes advantage of Silk’s server-based caching to find out what sites are popular among owners. That sounds good on the surface, but it doesn’t take much effort to realize that there are privacy concerns already in the air — Amazon is sharing personal web habits with a wider audience, after all. While the section is unlikely to include any identifying information, there’s no immediate sign that tablet owners can keep their behavior private, and that could create some indignation among those who’d prefer to surf in isolation. We’ve asked Amazon if there will be an opt-out escape hatch and will let you know if there’s a definitive answer. In the meantime, we wouldn’t necessarily worry. Silk shouldn’t be caching your e-mail, and it’s only likely to ever show pages that have far more traffic than anything you’d be embarrassed to show to others. As far as we can tell, your secret knitting obsession should be safe.

Update: A spokesperson has confirmed that the option to disable Silk’s caching is still available, and that switching it off will cut you out of Trending Now; that’s a very all-or-nothing approach, but it’ll likely suit those put off by the browser’s predictive approach in the first place. Secure pages are still out of the picture as well, which should keep those private Twitter messages ou! t of the equation.

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Friday, September 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Desperate For Revenue, Facebook Turns To The Gambling Business… (FB)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-gambling-2012-8

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Facebook is going into the gambling business.

Starting today, report Christopher Thompson and April Dembosky of the FT, Facebook will allow users in the UK to play bingo for real money. Real-money slot machines will soon follow.

Gambling is much more socially and legally acceptable in the UK than in the US, where legislators pretend that it’s immoral to gamble outside of Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and some Indian reservations. The same legislators have no issue with lotteries, which encourage citizens to throw hard-earned money down rat holes to raise additional state tax revenue.

But still, gambling is a risque behavior to cash in on, especially for a mainstream consumer company like Facebook.

Industry insiders have long expected Facebook to turn to gambling at some point, and they have high hopes for it. Earlier this year, in Europe, one insider predicted that gambling would eventually turn Facebook into a $100 billion business.

Facebook’s Bingo gambling will be conducted in partnership with a company called Gamesys, one of the UK’s biggest online gambling companies. The game will be called Bingo Friendzy.

Facebook will presumably collect a ~30% “vig” from the money spent to play Bingo on the Facebook platform, the same way it collects a portion of the virtual goods revenue its social-gaming partners generate in the U.S. This revenue will help fortify Facebook’s “payments” revenue stream, which has recently been crippled by the collapse of Zynga! .

Meanwhile, one company that appears to have been left out in the cold here is Zynga, Facebook’s big game partner in the US. Zynga has also been eager to cash in on the online gambling craze. But it will apparently be watching this Facebook move from the sidelines.

SEE ALSO: INSIDER: When Gambling Is Legalized, Facebook Will Become A $100 Billion Business

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Research Reveals That Tablets Are Used More Like PCs Than Like Smartphones

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The Internet Advertising Bureau and ABI Research recently released a presentation about mobile activities and advertising. The data is the result of a survey of over 550 U.S. smartphone and tablet owners, which is not totally comprehensive but gives a pretty good window into consumer mobile behavior.

The biggest takeaway: tablets are much more like small personal computers than smartphones are. People use their tablets much more frequently at home, are more receptive to ads, and are more likely to buy big ticket items from them.

Here are some important insights from the report.

People with smartphones are connected to each other and the world all the time. Smartphone users frequently send email, view social networking sites, and surf the web even while they’re performing other tasks.

Rates of “companion TV activity” are high for both smartphones (almost 50%) and tablets (over 60%), confirming that they are being used as second (or third) screens. This could pave the way for interesting advertising and promotional scenarios.

Devices are used as a fun distraction at home. Gaming was one of the most popular activities on smartphones and tablets while users are engaged in “other home leisure activities.” 

ABI smartphone activities Tablet Activity

A slight majority of mobile device owners read the mobile editions of newspapers and magazines, but there are a surprisingly high numbers that still stick with print:

Mobile Print Consumption

Tablet use is more concentrated in the home, where users are probably more likely to watch videos, read, or shop. Less than half of tablet users employ their devices outside the home.

Mobile Device Use

Tablets are a far more desirable advertising platform than smartphones. A little under half of smartphone owners have never even come across an ad in the past 3 months, and tablet owners are more likely to encounter them on a frequent basis.

Frequency Of Ad Interactions

Tablet owners are much more likely to react to the ads they do see. For instance, tablet owners are more than twice as likely to make a purchase after seeing an ad than smartphone owners. 

Mobile Ad Reception 

Tablet owners spend more money on their devices too. Tablets owners are about twice as likely to spend anything at all and 50 percent more spent in excess of $20 a week than smartphone owners. 

Mobile Spending

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 news No Comments

9 Trends That Are Transforming The Retail World

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/9-trends-that-are-transforming-the-retail-world-2012-7

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Retail is going through a period of flux. From big box stores to specialty shops to online vendors, everyone’s trying to figure out how to survive.

It has become all about the ability to adapt as technology transforms the retail landscape.

“As a shopper, your basic needs don’t change,” says Piers Fawkes, founder and editor-in-chief of PSFK. “But your behavior is dependent on the technology that’s around you.”

The PSFK consulting team’s Future of Retail report identifies nine major trends that are part of the “seismic shift” changing the retail world, and provides examples of companies that are making an impact.

Consumers want to be more informed than ever, and brands are fulfilling that demand

Retailers are training their staff to be experts in whatever field they’re in. 

In an effort to curb the impact of showrooming, Best Buy’s redesigned stores include multiple points of customer service and coaching — the Geek Squad Solution Center, a home theater design center and the Pacific Home & Kitchen section.

Retailers are letting customers make decisions for them

Take the Barclaycard Ring — a “community-powered” credit card service from Barclays. There’s a forum which lets members suggest features, and it also shares the card’s financial statements and performance numbers with the members so that they can see how the project is doing.

Personal data is being used to customize everything

Perhaps it’s a bit creepy, but when consumers decide to share personal data with retailers (like purchase histories and biometric fit profiles), they’re often using it to customize the experience for each customer.

Neiman Marcus, for example, has a “location-aware” app called NM Service which sends customer preferences right to its sales staff. A user checks in when they get to the store, letting staff give recommendations tailored for the individual.

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Source: http://gizmodo.com/5887555/google-street-view-is-coming-to-the-great-barrier-reef

Google Street View Is Coming to the Great Barrier Reef Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the largest natural coral formation on Earth and you’ll soon be able to see it in all its glory—from your desk.

The Catlin Seaview Survey, a collaboration between Google, the University of Queensland, and the Caitlin Group, will perform a diagnostic on the reef system’s health via a panoramic underwater photographic and video survey. The program has already taken some preliminary surveys, though the group plans to undertake the projects main component—three surveys begin at 20 points around the reef—in September.

Images will be captured by a 360-degree camera (actually four conveniently positioned fish-eye lens SLR’s) affixed to the front end of an Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) for shallow surveys, and robotic subs for surveys between 30 and 100 meters. The group hopes to also study how and if the migratory behavior of tiger sharks, green turtles and manta rays has been affected by global warming.

Starting today Internet users should be able to access these images via Google Street View and will also be able to watch video of each study section on YouTube. [University of Queensland via New Scientist]

Image: Caitlin Seaview Survey

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

We Love Facebook Because It Tricks Us Into Thinking We’re Doing Something Important [Science]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5883160/study-we-love-facebook-because-it-tricks-us-into-thinking-were-doing-something-important

Study: We Love Facebook Because It Tricks Us Into Thinking We're Doing Something ImportantWhen you’re perusing your Facebook account, your brain might be fooling you into thinking you’re doing something incredibly creative and productive that will improve your life. If only that were true!

Scientists in Milan and at M.I.T. examined the various physiological states of 30 people using Facebook compared to when they were relaxing looking at natural panoramas or taking a math test. They measured physical and psychological responses including breathing rate, brain activation, and pupil dilation, and found that only while looking at Facebook (not while looking at nature pics or doing math), the study subjects were transported into a “core flow state,” which is that thing that people often call, simply, flow. It’s what you might experience when you’re practicing an instrument, or if you’re writing and feeling like everything is just, well, flowing. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes it wonderfully in this TED talk.

We already know Facebook is harder to resist than cigarettes and alcohol. So it’s not all that surprising that Facebook is enjoyable. Cocaine is enjoyable! But like an addictive drug, the results suggest the social network might have a sinister effect: Facebook makes you think you’re being productive when really you’re probably just telling everyone how delicious your lunch was and discovering that your best friend’s cousin’s baby just ate squash.

That’s why perhaps it’s important to keep in mind what Harvard’s Daniel Gulati said: over time, Facebook is making us miserable. Everyone is a shiny happy person on Facebook. Very few people share their insecurities, misgivings, evenings spent alone in the fetal position. And if you experience any of that you might feel very much alone if your visiting Facebook often. In which case maybe consider playing your favorite instrument, hanging out with your kids, working on that novel, or doing something else that leads to actual flow. [Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking]

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

John Bell, Managing Director, Oglivy 360

Source: http://blog.compete.com/2011/11/14/digital-cmo-series-john-bell-managing-director-oglivy-360/

“Even Social Media needs brand management.”

At the 2011 Digital CMO Summit, John Bell, Managing Director at Ogilvy 360 shared his thought provoking presentation – Overcoming the CMO’s Dilemma. John discussed a number of key questions and challenges that CMO’s are facing as brands begin to move from experimentation into operationalizing” social media.  It’s not as simple as senior marketing executives finally “getting it.” CMOs and their immediate teams are faced with some organizational issues, capability gaps, and the unforeseen consequences of embracing social media marketing and communications. Below are the 7 big challenges that must be overcome in order to reap the largest business value from social media:

1. Challenge: The Curse of the Channel Mindset

Solution: Plan around owned, earned and paid ‘engagement’
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2. Challenge: Understanding what to value

Solution: Adopt a new model that values behavior
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3. Challenge: Uncontrolled growth

Solution: Social Brand Management
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4. Challenge: What do I do with my Web site

Solution: Develop a content strategy
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5. Challenge: Assigning the right roles

Solution: Form a “center for excellence”
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6. Challenge: Building knowledge and capacity

Solution: Train, train, train
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7. Challenge: How else does social media drive value?

Solution: Develop a social business strategy
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Hear from John as he discusses the 7 big challenges and more on the CMO’s Dilemma on the Compete YouTube Channel.

About John: John Bell, managing director at Ogilvy, developed and leads 360° Digital Influence, the world’s largest, award-winning network of social media strategists, with team members in more than 27 countries. Bell and his team have designed integrated social media strategy and programs for B2B and B2C businesses as diverse as Unilever, American Express, Dupont, LG, and Lenovo. Bell has also received recognition for his enterprise social media strategy for The Ford Motor Company.


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