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drag2share: With The iPhone 5S, Apple Reveals A Laser Focus On Revolutionizing The Most Lucrative Mobile Categories

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biiSmartphoneShipmentsByVendorWith the new iPhone 5S smartphone, Apple has doubled down on the areas of mobile with proven revenue-generation potential, for itself and app developers: payments, commerce, games, and photography.

As part of our quarterly update of major mobile industry trends, BI Intelligence took a first look at how the 5S and its new camera and fingerprint scanner might revolutionize several of the most lucrative mobile categories.

The iPhone 5S will be a bellwether for the mobile industry’s future.

Here’s why Apple’s new fingerprint scan technology called “Touch ID,” could be a boon for mobile commerce and mobile payments:

  • Currently, Touch ID will allow a user to authorize iTunes purchases with a quick scan of their thumb, instead of having to type in their password. It will also unlock the home screen.
  • Mobile commerce: But retailers want much more. The hope is for App! le to op en up the fingerprint scan technology so that it can be used for smoothing in-app purchases and e-commerce transactions.
  • Mobile payments: The same technology can power the use of mobile devices for “walletless” payments at bricks-and-mortar offline retail outlets. Add this to the industry-leading 435 million user credit cards Apple has on file (as well as its Passbook digital wallet app), and the 5S could act as a bridge for taking mobile payments mainstream.

The 5S will be twice as fast as the old iPhone 5 and 40 times faster than the original iPhone, according to Apple. The 64-bit A7 chip will be accompanied by a new motion-sensing coprocessor. This hardware combination will benefit certain application categories:

  • Fitness and health tracking apps, as well as gesture-controlled mobile games (games are top app store money-makers).
  • Photography. Improved lens and sensors are paired to Apple’s updated camera software on the 5S, creating an enhanced camera experience, including a stabilization feature, automatic editing of multiple rapid-fire exposures for a few great photos, and “dynamic to! ne mappi ng,” which can adjust picture quality (i.e., brightness, exposure) on individual parts of the image.
  • Let’s not forget that photography drives some of the most popular social networking and messaging apps (Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.). Photography is at the heart of the mobile consumer’s experience, and where they put a great deal of their time, money, and care.


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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Yelp’s Local-Mobile Success Shows How Consumers Are Using Mobile To Drive Local Purchases

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bii_YelpMobile_cotdYelp has become the bellwether for a location-based service, as well as the huge opportunity in local-mobile marketing.

It’s also often mentioned in connection with social-local-mobile strategies, sometimes known as SoLoMo.

Consumers also use the Yelp app as an integral step in the local purchase cycle. 93% of U.S. Yelp users in a recent Nielsen study said they at least occasionally make a purchase from a local business after using Yelp.

At BI IntelligenceBusiness Insider’s paid subscription service, we recently analyzed over 20 datasets culled from a variety of sources to probe the viability of mobile and social media as loca! l commer ce and retail-drivers. We published our insights in two recent reports, “A Guide to Local-Mobile Marketing: The Best Strategies And Tactics For Leveraging Local Data,” and “How Location-Based Data Is Transforming The Entire Mobile Industry.”

Subscribers also gain access to over 100 in-depth reports and hundreds of charts and datasets on mobile, social, and their impact across industries, including retail.

Local-mobile strategies are certainly working for Yelp, and the businesses that advertise on Yelp’s app and mobile site. Local advertisements on mobile devices constituted 40% of Yelp’s overall local ad inventory in the last quarter for which data’s available. That’s up from 25% just two quarters ago.

In the same period, Yelp’s mobile user base climbed to 10.4 million. Yelp is now in fierce competition with Google’s local services, as well as FourSquare, which is trying to become a local recommendations engine.

Here’s a look at growth in Yelp’s local advertising share, charted against the growth in revenue from local advertising.

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Yelp’s mobile app users are engaged through local discovery and the ability to make on-the-! go reser vations and appointments. Some might even write reviews on their handheld devices. Yelp can harvest all that relevant user information while also pinpointing a user’s whereabouts.

As is the case with Google, the influx of mobile app users —  and the increase in local ad inventory on mobile  — have inflated Yelp’s overall local ad revenue.


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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 news No Comments

Pandora Shows That A Media Business Can Grow Around Mobile Ads

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Pandora reported total mobile revenue growth of 92% year-over-year, according to the company’s earnings released last week.

That puts Pandora’s mobile revenue at $116 million, almost 72% of total revenue, up significantly from a 65% share last quarter.

More than ever, Pandora is a mobile-first company, and its efforts to build a media business around mobile advertising make it a bellwether for the industry.

In the recent past, Pandora seemed to be struggling to monetize mobile effectively.

The company even saw its RPM rate, the amount of revenue it could command for a thousand advertisements, decline in recent quarters.

But this past quarter it accomplished a 180-degree performance turnaround.

Pandora’s RPM rate jumped 52% compared to the same quarter last year, and 39% compared to the prior quarter.

Pandora executives have attributed the impressive mobile numbers to app improvements and bulked-up efforts to sell locally targeted ads.

Pandora has improved its ad revenue picture enough that it now feels confident lifting its 40-hour-per-month listening cap for free mobile users, despite the increased content licensing costs that will bring.

The end of the 40-hour cap could also be seen as a preemptive defensive tactic against the expected September launch of Apple’s iTunes radio streaming service.

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Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 news No Comments

Lenovo posts Q1 earnings, reveals that its mobile sales have overtaken PCs

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/14/lenovo-posts-q1-2014-earnings/

Lenovo says it's raining cash

Don’t look now, but Lenovo just became an industry bellwether. While reporting strong first quarter results that include a record $8.8 billion in revenue and $170 million in profit, the tech giant revealed that its combined smartphone and tablet sales have overtaken those of its PCs. Yes, you read that correctly — the world’s largest PC vendor is now a mobile-first company, unlike previous title holders such as HP. It’s not hard to explain the shift, however. About 42 percent of Lenovo’s total sales come from its native China, where the company’s predominantly Android-based phones and tablets fare very well. The firm’s Windows PCs and tablets are also performing above industry averages, but CEO Yang Yuanqing makes it clear that Lenovo is quickly becoming a “PC Plus” brand — IdeaPads and ThinkPads are just parts of a larger puzzle.

 

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Thursday, August 15th, 2013 news No Comments

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