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 4, 2012
Is a new smartphone at the top of your Christmas wish list? If so, you're not alone. Last year, 6.8 million new iOS and Android mobile devices were unwrapped and activated on Christmas Day. And more than 1.2 billion apps were downloaded in between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.
The holiday season screams opportunity for mobile app marketers. It may indeed be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but it’s also the most competitive time of the year. So we’ve teamed with Localytics to help marketers weigh the best strategies for sprucing up their apps for the holidays, cost-efficiently promoting them, and securing large amounts of engaged, loyal users – during the holidays as well as into the first few months of the new year.
You can also catch our joint on-demand webinar – How to Market Your App During the Holiday Season – for additional details and tips.
Thanks to ADOTAS for helping to spread the word.
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Posted by: Viki ZabalaNovember 21, 2012
- After the turkey is carved tomorrow, the 2012 holiday shopping season will officially begin – and mobile will have a giant impact on holiday sales.
- Many big-name brands such as Google, Wal-Mart, Target, and Amazon have unleashed new or updated apps to assist smartphone-wielding holiday shoppers.
- After 66 million tablets were sold during the 2011 holiday season, industry pundits predict that tablets will continue to dominate wish lists this holiday season, thanks largely to to new product releases.
Beginning as early as tomorrow, 28 percent of smartphone or tablet-owning adults plan to holiday shop via their mobile devices, reported Mobile Marketer. The trend of “couch commerce,” coined by eBay and PayPal for when consumers go from the Thanksgiving dinner table to the couch to start holiday shopping, will continue exploding. Both companies saw a 511 percent increase in global mobile payment activities on Thanksgiving 2011 from Thanksgiving 2010. On Cyber Monday, 83 percent of consumers are expected to shop from home, further increasing the use of mobile to purchase gifts.
Aside from carrying bags in their hands on Black Friday, shoppers will also carry a powerful shopping assistant in their pockets – their smartphones. As a result, many big brands have rolled out new apps or updates just in time for the shopping frenzy. Google is now promoting inside floor plans of major retailers, while Wal-Mart is highlighting locations of major Black Friday markdowns. Target’s app is helping busy parents by scanning QR codes next to popular toys, paying via phones and shipping purchases for free. Amazon’s Price Check is expected to see heavy mobile traffic as shoppers search for discounted deals from the online retailer. To help arm smartphone users for the holiday shopping season, WIRED has listed its picks of top retail apps.
Atop wish lists this year are tablets, which are expected to surge this holiday season, according to Fox Business. The catalyst: new slimmer and smaller tablets such as Apple’s iPad Mini and Microsoft’s Surface that recently hit shelves. The iPad Mini will likely draw lots of purchasers because of its smaller price tag, and the Surface will potentially generate big sales because of its positive industry reviews. But consumers will ultimately have the final say in the success of the tablet PC market – and how many units will be sold this holiday season.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaNovember 16, 2012
We have some exciting news to share – our founder and CEO Micah Adler has been named a 2012 Tech Luminary by the Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech. One of 30 recipients, Micah this week was commended as one of the drivers and influential leaders of New England’s thriving innovation economy.
This prestigious honor recognizes Micah’s achievements in bringing positive change to the mobile ecosystem and building a sustainable, growing business in New England. In the past year, Micah’s vision helped us successfully develop the Fiksu for Mobile Apps platform, which solves the many challenges mobile app marketers face as they strive to achieve app store discoverability and secure high volumes of loyal users.
As Micah was overseas at the Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit in London this week, I accepted the honor on his behalf at an awards reception and networking event at the House of Blues in Boston. At the event, Mass High Tech bestowed 15 Tech Luminaries, and the Boston Business Journal spotlighted 15 Rising Stars under age 30 in Massachusetts business.
In addition to Micah’s personal award, we as a company were recently named one of the Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” and one of The Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” in Massachusetts. These accolades were made possible because of Micah’s strategic guidance, continuous innovation, and unwavering leadership in pushing our business forward in this dynamic and ever-changing mobile sector.
Congratulations, Micah, on all your successes. We couldn’t be prouder, we share your passion, and we look forward to many more accomplishments. And congratulations to all the Tech Luminary and Rising Star recipients – it’s an honor to be transforming the New England-area technology landscape with some of the best and brightest minds in the industry.
Photo Caption: Fiksu CEO Micah Adler with his Innovation All-Star award.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaNovember 14, 2012
- Even though Thanksgiving and Black Friday are next week, the holiday shopping frenzy is already in full force – and there’s no doubt consumers will turn to their tablets and mobile phones to shop.
- Speaking of tablets, one analyst believes the iPad Mini will generate “more demand than it cannibalizes.”
- While the iPhone 5 has been on the shelves for just two short months, Apple is reportedly already starting production for its next generation of the smartphone – the iPhone 5S.
‘Tis the season to use tablets and smartphones to shop. According to a survey of 550 consumers about their expected shopping channels this holiday season, 44 percent of online shoppers anticipate making a purchase on a tablet, and 41 percent say they would use mobile for shopping. Thirty-two percent of mobile and tablet users believe they will make a “big-ticket” purchase on these channels this holiday. “Overall, mobile platforms are the fastest-growing channels for making purchases,” writes Steve Smith for MediaPost.
Apple’s new “iPad Mini creates more demand than it cannibalizes,” says Cowen and Co. analyst Matthew Hoffman, because it will most likely attract entry-level tablet buyers, reported AllThingsD. The analyst firm recently conducted a study of 1,225 U.S. adults about their tablet-buying preferences and found that 12 percent said they would buy an iPad Mini in the next 18 months. Most interesting is that more than 50 percent of those who plan to purchase the iPad Mini are first-time buyers – something app developers and marketers should keep in mind.
While Apple only debuted the iPhone 5 in September, the technology powerhouse is already speculated to start trial productions for its next iPhone – the iPhone 5S – in December. According to Business Insider, which sources a Chinese business newspaper, the iPhone 5S is expected to hit full production in the first quarter of 2013, hinting at a possible spring release. There are also reports that Apple is developing a new iPad – also for the first quarter – that could be the iPad Mini featuring a retina screen. As with all Apple products, time will tell.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaSeptember 11, 2012
Tomorrow is a big day for app marketers, and it’s not just because Apple is announcing the much-rumored and anticipated iPhone 5.
It’s because the arrival of the iPhone 5 heralds a fantastic mobile app marketing opportunity for brands – an opportunity that starts with tomorrow’s launch event, picks up steam as the hottest new mobile device hits the shelves mid-month and extends throughout the rest of September well into October and November. Here at Fiksu, we are calling it “Christmas in September!”
To help mobile app marketers and developers understand how to make the most of this rich and timely opportunity, we analyzed data from the last big iPhone 4S launch in October 2011 to help portray what to expect on September 21, 2012.
This infographic spells it all out. If your app is looking to ride the iPhone 5 marketing wave, now’s the time to get in on the action.
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Posted by: Viki ZabalaAugust 17, 2012
According to industry data, mobile now trumps every other channel for media consumption. And a new study presents evidence that encourages app developers to increasingly incorporate custom ad experiences into in-app ads to bolster engagement. On the tablet front, Samsung has pulled out the big guns, unveiling its 2012 “hero product.” And two app brands in the jam-packed games category have found a way to crack the monetization mystery – and are reaping the benefits.
According to the latest InMobi data, mobile media consumption is through the roof, reports Mobile Marketing Watch. A new U.S. Q2 Mobile Media Consumption Report reveals that mobile now ranks first in overall daily media consumption, at 2.4 hours per day, outranking TV (2.35 hours) and PCs (1.6 hours).
A telling new report shows how advertisers can boost in-app engagement and click-through rates. MediaBrix has released results from its survey about what consumers like – and don’t like – about in-app advertising. The good news: Consumers like ads – 61 percent of smartphone users want free apps with ads – and they like the right ads, at the right time. “In-app advertising needs to acknowledge, embrace, and respect the user experience,” said MediaBriz CEO Ari Brandt in a VentureBeat report. The bottom line is that app developers must design custom ad experiences that are both innovative and integrated, and marketers must ensure their messages positively resonate with consumers.
In tablet news, Samsung began retailing the U.S. version of its tablet Galaxy Note 10.1. Although the company announced the device several months ago, it’s now “an entirely new beast,” according to VentureBeat. “The Galaxy Note 10.1 is being referred to as Samsung’s ‘hero product’ for 2012, and it’s evident from the constant retooling that the company was desperate to get this tablet right,” wrote reporter Devindra Hardawar.
Over the past few years, games have become the dominant category for mobile apps. Today, more than ever before, gaming app marketers are challenged to find ways to achieve monetization, the “Holy Grail” of gaming app marketing. This week, VentureBeat reported two mobile app companies that seem to have cracked the code. NaturalMotion’s iOS racing game, CSR Racing, generated a whopping $12 million in its first month of availability. And the Japanese gaming company Gree unveiled its North American revenue numbers for the first time, revealing the company grew 38 percent in the second quarter alone.
Posted by: Viki ZabalaAugust 9, 2012
As anticipation builds for the reported September release of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, conjectures about which features will and will not be on the device are surfacing along with high expectations for device sales. In other news, a new study reveals some interesting gender-related trends when it comes to the hottest tablets on the market. And the latest reports from London show that mobile apps are providing golden opportunities for Olympic coaches to review their star athletes’ performances.
Nearly one week after initial speculation about the iPhone 5’s Sept. 12 introduction, rumors continued swirling about the potential feature set of Apple’s newest smartphone. According to The Washington Post, the iPhone 5 will not have a pre-installed YouTube app (though users can still watch YouTube via the Web browser). Additionally, Apple has already introduced its own maps app for iOS 6, replacing Google Maps. There are even reports that Apple may recede from Google services and change its default search engine to Bing. “Microsoft needs Apple to make Bing relevant. Apple needs Microsoft in order to stop paying Google billions,” TechCrunch’s MG Siegler wrote. “This is so obvious. I think we may see a Google-free iPhone sooner, rather than later.”
The new iPhone is expected to sell about 170 million of the 200 million iPhones sold during the next year, according to Asymco analyst Horace Dediu. In a CNET piece, Dediu made his annual market analysis, forecasting that the iPhone 5 will seize about 85 percent of sales. He calculated his predictions based on Apple’s chief marketer Phil Schiller’s recent comment that “each new generation sold approximately is equal to all previous generations combined.” Interestingly, the iPhone 4 beat all three of its ancestors, and the 4S is on the path to exceed sales of the first four models.
Meanwhile, the U.S. tablet market continues to grow, with a predicted 47 percent penetration by 2013. According to TechCrunch, comScore has released new statistics about Kindle Fire and iPad users. In a survey of 6,000 tablet owners, researchers found the Kindle Fire has more female than male users (56.6 percent), while the iPad has more male users (52.9 percent). Android tablets were mostly split even between genders. The survey also found that the iPad has the highest satisfaction rating of all tablets.
And with all eyes on London as the Summer Olympics continues, even the coaches have caught app fever – but not to navigate the city or track official medal counts (though there are apps for that too!). According to Reuters, gymnastics, diving and swimming coaches are using mobile apps to analyze form, execution and timing to improve athletes’ performances. By reviewing their athletes’ routines via apps, they’re able to see errors and correct techniques that could have robbed them from a spot on the medal podium.
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.