Posted by: Viki ZabalaJanuary 28, 2013
- Apple reported record revenue numbers this week, along with record iPhone and iPad sales.
- As if the App Store isn’t packed enough, 2013 will bring an estimated 435,000 new apps to iOS users – further aggravating discovery challenges for app marketers.
- Across iOS, Android, and RIM, Facebook is the No. 1 app in the U.S., with nearly 86 million unique visitors per month.
- Experts believe 2013 could be a year of explosive tablet growth, as global tablet shipments are expected to reach 145 million. What does this growth mean for mobile marketers?
This week, Apple reported its first quarter earnings, revealing the company sold a record 47.8 million iPhones, 22.9 million iPads, 4.1 million Macs and 12.7 million iPods. In total, some 75 million iOS devices were sold during the quarter. “We’re thrilled with record revenue of over $54 billion and sales of over 75 million iOS devices in a single quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re very confident in our product pipeline as we continue to focus on innovation and making the best products in the world.” AllThingsD has more here.
A recent year-end adeven report forecasts that the Apple App Store will boost its inventory this year. More than 435,000 new apps are expected to launch in the already jam-packed App Store, creating more user acquisition headaches for app developers and marketers. “Growth in terms of App Store size will continue to increase steadily as it has during the past few years, but it also points to a steady climb in the number of apps that fall into its ‘zombie’ category, which accounted for 60 percent of apps in June, but climbed to 64 percent in its most recent tally,” reports Darrell Etherington in TechCrunch. Zombie apps are those that aren't ranked and so have very little chance of being discovered by users.
While the competition is fierce, Facebook sits atop the crowd as the most popular app brand in the U.S., according to comScore. In 2012, the Facebook app enjoyed 85.5 million monthly unique users across iOS, Android and RIM platforms. Of note, Facebook not only has the largest number of users, but also the highest level of engagement. And while Facebook sits at number one, Google apps (including maps, search, and YouTube) occupy slots 2 through 6. Seth Fiegerman of Mashable has more.
New research from ABI Research suggests that 2013 could see dramatic growth in tablet sales. A projected 145 million tablet shipments are set to hit the shelves across the globe this year, meeting the demands of tablet-crazed consumers, reports Mobile Entertainment’s Daniel Gumble. This boost also produces a huge opportunity for marketers. “The concept of mobile advertising started with smartphones but tablets are changing everything, rapidly establishing themselves as universal media players (TV programs, movies, radio, news, magazines) in a way never achieved through ‘personal’ computers,” said Magna EVP and Director of Global Forecasting Vincent Letang to MediaPost.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaJanuary 18, 2013
- A new report shows mobile advertising prices rose dramatically in the fourth quarter of 2012, underscoring the role of mobile as a key marketing strategy during the recent holiday season.
- After much industry speculation, Facebook debuted its beta Graph Search, a social search engine powered by Microsoft Bing.
- Check out seven ways mobile apps are driving revenue for major brands this year.
A new report from MoPub reveals a surge in mobile ad prices for the past quarter, up 50 percent since last year. “Advertisers really looked to mobile during the holidays, which validates the channel and the overall marketing trend,” said Elain Szu, MoPub director of product marketing, to Samantha Murphy of Mashable. The largest spike in effective cost per thousand impressions (eCPMs) was tracked on iOS, with 66 percent higher prices than the beginning of Q4. Apple’s larger screens also proved more valuable, as iPad overtook iPhone as the most popular device among advertising sources.
On Tuesday, Facebook shared its big announcement about its newest addition called Graph Search, according to The Verge. Intended to round out Facebook’s other pillars of information, such as News Feed and Timeline, the beta social search engine is integrated with Microsoft Bing as part of an ongoing competition with Google. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg highlighted four use cases in the search launch – people, photos, places and interests – demonstrating the search feature through items, such as “My college friends from San Francisco” and “Friends who like Star Wars and Harry Potter.” According to Zuckerberg, “This is a new way for people to see information.” The Graph Search is far from complete, but mobile implementation is on the horizon, Tomio Geron of Forbes reports.
Today’s consumers rely on mobile devices loaded with apps that make everyday life more fun, memorable, and productive, and smartphones have opened a whole new world of opportunities for brand marketers. Mashable’s Ryan Matzner explores seven ways mobile apps are driving revenue for businesses.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaJanuary 4, 2013
- Christmas 2012 saw record iOS and Android device activations, while industry reports show App Store downloads soared by 87 percent.
- Both the Apple App Store and Google Play saw healthy revenue gains in 2012, with more monetization and potential for global growth ahead in 2013.
- 2012 was (finally!) the year of mobile – from the launch of the iPhone 5 to Android device supremacy. But some say we’ll look back on 2013 as the year of the tablet.
- Will Apple unveil a new iPhone in 2013? This is just one of many predictions industry experts are making for the new year.
TheNextWeb reports that Christmas Day 2012 saw a record 17.4 million iOS and Android device activations – or 2.5x more than Christmas Day 2011 – according to Flurry. And new stats from Distimo indicate that daily downloads in the Apple App Store increased by 87 percent on Christmas Day, while revenues increased by 70 percent. This data “supports the common idea that developers should make a point to take advantage of the holiday season by updating and tweaking their apps in the weeks leading up to the 25th of December,” writes TheNextWeb’s Emil Protalinski. The 2012 holidays also marked a turning point in the history of mobile marketing, with more campaigns and shopping conducted on smartphones and tablets than in years past. If you’re interested in learning which holiday mobile marketing strategies worked well this year (and which ones didn’t), we invite you to join our free Mobile Marketer webinar on Jan. 24 – register here.
TechCrunch reports on the latest findings from ABI Research which show that mobile apps hit 43.6 billion downloads worldwide between September 2011 and September 2012, with Apple’s App Store leading the pack. In fact, all the app stores felt the boom of the mobile economy during 2012. Daily revenue in the Apple App Store grew 21 percent in 2012, while Google Play’s app revenue increased 43 percent, reported Steve Smith of MediaPost. Android’s operating system also realized remarkable gains in the latter half of 2012 with its improved user experience and scale of penetration. Device-wise, international growth also surged – the iPhone in Japan, China, and Russia; and Android devices in Korea, Japan, and France.
While pundits have been proclaiming "the year of mobile" for a few years, now, 2012 actually lived up to those expectations in several ways. But what will be shaking the industry in 2013? Greg Sterling of Marketing Land predicts that a year from now, we’ll look back on 2013 as “the year of the tablet.” According to a recent Nielsen survey, the gadget children and adults desired most this holiday season was the iPad, and many unwrapped Apple’s tablet Christmas morning. In fact, of the 17.4 million devices activated Dec. 25, 51 percent were tablets.
And what will make headlines in 2013? Will it be a new iPhone from Apple? A new flavor version from Android? Will Motorola make its first official flagship device for Google? Dan Rowinski of ReadWrite makes some bold predictions on what’s to come for mobile in 2013, especially after a year of tremendous industry growth.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaDecember 17, 2012
- Mobile app downloads are set to reach 45 billion by the end of 2012, with much more ahead for 2013.
- With just 8 days left before Christmas, competition is heating up and app developers are wishing for the gift of app downloads.
- Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices are still the crowd favorite for app developers, but they’re looking to build across both iOS and Android devices.
While mobile app downloads are on pace to ring in at the 45 billion mark for 2012, there’s more in store for 2013. In a recent predictions report from Gartner, mobile apps are set to “become a replacement for how you [consumers] interface with companies,” says Gartner analyst Brian Blau in eWEEK. Looking ahead to 2016, app downloads are expected to rise to 305 billion and reach $74 billion in revenue, becoming the No. 1 way to engage with brands.
App developers love Christmas morning almost as much as children, because thousands upon thousands of wrapped tablets and smartphones sit beneath the tree, waiting to be filled with exciting new apps. Tim Peterson of Adweek speaks with a number of app developers preparing for this holiday rush. “My understanding is that December is the largest month in the [Apple] App Store for traffic,” said Daniel Raffel, founder and CEO of how-to app Snapguide. For app developers looking for ways to effectively market their apps this holiday season and score many downloads on Christmas and in the days and weeks that follow, check out our latest infographic for some helpful tips.
The iPhone and iPad still sit at the top of the charts of app developers’ favorite platforms, capturing 89 and 86 percent of interest, respectively. This is according to a new Q4 2012 study of nearly 2,800 developers by Appcelerator and IDC. While these stats remain comparable to a similar Q3 study, the major takeaway is that there’s growing interest (up 18 percent) in developing apps across other operating systems. TechCrunch has more about the latest findings.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaAugust 15, 2012
With the iPhone 5’s reported release less than one month away, iPhone prices and sales have dropped, while reports about the device’s new features have continued swirling. According to new industry research, Apple’s iPad has continued its market dominance. And, as we say goodbye to the 2012 Summer Olympics, it’s clear that mobile earned “gold” as the channel delivering the greatest online audience engagement during the Games.
Retailers are marketing down current iPhone models to make way for the speculated new iPhone 5. According to AllThingsD, retailers, including Best Buy and Target, are selling iPhones for much less than they have in the past. Best Buy is retailing the eight-gigabyte iPhone 4 for $49, and Target is offering the Verizon and AT&T versions of the iPhone 4S for $179. Apple stores are even matching those prices, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Meanwhile as anticipation builds ahead of the iPhone launch, smartphone sales have stalled. According to analyst firm Gartner, global sales dipped 2.3 percent in Q2 to 419 million units worldwide, down from 428 million the same period last year. iPhone sales dropped nearly 13 percent from Q1, but increased 46 percent from 2011. “High-profile smartphone launches from key manufacturers such as the anticipated Apple iPhone 5, along with Chinese manufacturers pushing 3G and preparing for major device launches in the second half of 2012, will drive the smartphone market upward,” said Anshul Gupta, Gartner principal research analyst, to FierceMobileContent.
In other Apple news, the iPad continued its reign as king of tablets. According to research firm HIS iSuppli, Apple secured nearly 70 percent of the tablet market in Q2 with 17 million shipments worldwide. Samsung took second place with 9.2 percent for 2.3 million shipments, Amazon finished third with 4.2 percent and Asus logged fourth with 2.8 percent. The figures didn’t include Google’s Nexus 7. “Apple’s major media tablet rivals, Google and Microsoft, hope to challenge Apple in the second half of the year, but will be facing formidable headwinds with no sign that the market leader is backing off of its aggressive strategy in the market,” said Rhoda Alexander, director for tablet and monitor research for HIS, in a CNET piece.
With the Summer Olympics now closed, new statistics bestowed mobile the gold medal for online audience engagement. According to Alex Balfour, head of new media for the London 2012 Olympics, 60 percent of visits to the official London2012.com site and apps came from mobile devices. The ratio was so high because the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games had several apps and websites on the market, reported paidContent.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaAugust 1, 2012
School’s out, and just as we saw last year, iPhone app downloads started increasing during the beginning of the summer months, causing App Store competition to heat up. Fiksu’s June Indexes reflect this trend, plus a significant rise in the costs of loyal user acquisition.
Here’s a snapshot of the latest data:
· The Fiksu App Store Competitive Index (which measures the average aggregate daily download volume of the top 200 free U.S. iPhone apps) increased to 4.63 million daily downloads in June, up 1.98 percent from May’s 4.54 million.
· The Fiksu Cost per Loyal User Index increased by 14.3 percent to $1.44, from $1.26 in May.
In June, there was a distinct shift in mobile app marketing spending behaviors. Unlike earlier months when marketers spent cautiously and assessed attribution options (as a result of Apple’s rumored transition away from the widely used UDID), June confidence and spending picked up again. In fact, we observed more brands resuming their use of UDID - as one of several attribution methods available - while following best practices regarding disclosure to ensure compliance with Apple’s privacy policies.
June’s Index data also reflected a quarter-end burst in mobile advertising campaign spending as brands sought to deplete remaining Q2 budgets.
Thanks to all who covered this month’s Index data, including Mike Minotti of VentureBeat, Alex Spencer of Mobile Marketing UK, Jason Ankeny of FierceMobileContent, and Michael Essany of Mobile Marketing Watch.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaJuly 27, 2012
This week, Apple announced its third quarter earnings. Though the company missed Wall Street’s lofty expectations this time around, Apple still moved an enormous amount of iDevices over the last three months, TechCrunch reports.
The tech giant reported revenue of $35 billion and earnings of $8.8 billion (or $9.32 per share). That was up from the $28.57 billion in revenue and profits of $7.31 billion (or $7.79 per share) Apple reported last year during the same quarter.
Apple once again saw strong sales for the iPhone – its best-selling device in Q3. The company sold 26 million iPhones during the quarter, up 28 percent from the same quarter last year. Additionally, the iPad saw a killer quarter, with a sales increase from 11.8 million in Q2 to a whopping 17 million in Q3.
"We're thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter," said Apple’s Tim Cook said in a statement on announcement day. "We've also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release Mountain Lion [Wednesday], and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we've got in the pipeline."
According to Huffington Post, Apple’s average selling prices for its various devices declined to levels last seen in 2010. This was largely due to the fact that consumers opted for less expensive device versions in Q3, instead of upgrading to the latest models.
Additionally in Q3, the company “increasingly relied on sales from large emerging markets such as China, where the Apple name holds even more cachet than it does here,” observes CNET’s Josh Lowensohn.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaJuly 25, 2012
New industry research indicates that Apple's iOS devices generate the most traffic for ads, while another study this week reveals the burgeoning growth of the mobile search and discovery market. And while we don’t know when it will arrive or what it will look like, an industry commentator predicts that an iPad Mini has the potential to “crush” Google’s Nexus 7 tablet.
According to an Opera Software report released this week, Apple’s devices are the most user-friendly and, in turn, generate the most traffic for mobile advertisers (46.5 percent).They also own a 61.4 percent share of mobile advertising revenue. “In addition to a solid user base, Apple has users who tend to spend more time on engaging advertisements usually featured on iOS,” writes CNET’s Donna Tam.
In other industry research news, IntoMobile is reporting on the latest Juniper Research study, which indicates that the mobile search and discovery market will grow to $15 billion by 2017, a threefold growth over what it is expected this year. According to the report, the vast number of apps crowding the app stores today is driving adoption of discovery services. Additionally, Google’s “domination” of the mobile Web search space has prompted other players to seek new ways to differentiate their products in a largely commoditized market. Full report findings can be found here.
Though Google’s Nexus 7 tablet has proved popular during its first few weeks of availability, Forbes’ Brian Caulfield predicts that Apple will soon respond by launching an iPad Mini which will “almost certainly crush Google’s Nexus 7.” He argues that Apple has three strong advantages over Google – more content, more apps and a better distribution network.
And as the world gears up for the summer Olympic Games opening on July 27, ZDNET has compiled a list of free iPhone and iPad apps to help visitors make the most of their time in London. From the “Official Results” app that delivers up-to-the-minute details on Olympic medalists to a “Tube Map” app that helps tourists navigate the city’s public transportation, when it comes to the 2012 Olympics, there’s an app for that.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaJuly 13, 2012
The Future of Privacy Forum released an encouraging new study this week indicating that app developers are becoming more privacy savvy on both Google and Apple operating systems. And as the Apple App Store celebrates its birthday week, an industry expert compares the App Store’s first four years to the early commercial Web. In international mobile news, breaking reports show that China has pre-empted Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 launch.
“When Apple debuted its App Store four years ago, even the most bullish analysts and enthusiastic fanboys could not have fathomed how iOS apps would so quickly change our lives,” writesAppolicious’ managing editor, Brad Spirrison, in a contributed Huffington Post column. In this piece, he examines the parallels between what the Apple App Store has done for mobile media consumption and what Netscape’s browser-based Internet did for the commercial Web in the mid-90s. He continues on to say that today, between iOS, Android and Windows, there are nearly 1.5 million apps available for download, each competing fiercely for users. This underscores the continued discoverability challenges mobile app developers face as the app stores continue to grow exponentially each year.
And as speculation and anticipation continues to mount around the upcoming iPhone 5 launch, opportunistic sellers in China are already accepting pre-orders for the new model, reports Fox Business. These pre-orders come with mock-up pictures and “guesstimate” technical specifications, though Apple has remained tight-lipped, not revealing any specifications, details or pricing to the public. According to the current rumor mill, the new model will have a bigger screen than previous models, and the phone's voice recognition software, Siri, will have more powerful functions.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaJune 27, 2012
Rumors are swirling around Apple’s potentially significant changes to its search algorithm in the App Store. And a new report reveals how much of a killing Apple has made from the iPhone over the past five years. In other news, Google is ramping up for its big I/O conference in San Francisco this week, where the company is expected to make some major announcements.
After breaking the news on Saturday that Apple is rumored to be making significant changes to its App Store search algorithm, TechCrunch is now reporting on additional information from a blog post by Ian Sefferman of MobileDevHQ, who crawled App Store search reports and offered the public a summary of his findings. This read, “The headline of the Chomp Update is that there is a big change happening that affects a widespread number of search results. Keywords in the apps title’s now matter less, overall downloads matter more, but there appeared to be no change in how app rating affects search ranking.” Our team will continue to monitor this developing story, which underscores the ongoing discovery challenges mobile app users face.
Speaking of Apple, in honor of the iPhone’s fifth anniversary (June 29), a new Strategy Analytics report reveals just how much the company has made from the device over the past five years. According to the study, Apple has shipped 250 million iPhones worldwide, and the iPhone has generated $150 billion in cumulative revenues, reports TechCrunch. But the firm predicts the next five years could be tougher. Analyst Neil Mawston said, “Some mobile operators are becoming concerned about the high level of subsidies they spend on the iPhone, while Samsung is expanding its popular Galaxy portfolio and providing Apple with more credible competition.
Developers are expecting big things from Google at this week’s I/O conference in San Francisco. Wall Street Journal reports that the company is expected to show off a new tablet running its newest mobile software, called Jelly Bean. Kicking off today, the three-day conference will showcase various new devices and Web services to help the company “win over mobile-app creators and device owners in a continuing battle with Apple,” writes reporter Amir Efrati. More than 5,000 developers will be in attendance for the conference, which sold out in a mere 20 minutes after tickets went on sale.