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At the turn of each new year, one of the key predictions for the coming year is that it will finally be the year that mobile ads take off. Unsurprisingly it is once again predicted to be one of this years huge trends, but 2013 could be the last year that we write these predictions off. Below are some reasons why it may finally be time to create a killer mobile ad strategy!
We’ve all been there, it’s Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and we’ve forgot to get a present for a friend or family member. The shops are closed and at this point we are forced to go online, searching for a Christmas gift that won’t have to be shipped. This Christmas is my first in digital marketing and this time around I have a different perspective on last minute shopping
For their December report on the State Of The Web, Opera have undertaken research into which sites are most popular on mobile in nations across Europe. Using their findings, they have compiled a list of the top 10 local domains visited from mobiles in each country and the results are quite interesting. Unsurprisingly, news sites are the most popular and make an appearance in the top 10 of every country in the study.
Infographics have been a bone of contention for some time and many SEO’s will tell you that using images in the place of text is not the best link building practice, with the common cause for this being scepticism regarding the ability of infographics to garner valuable links. However infographics can be of real benefit to your SEO efforts and you should certainly consider incorporating them into your campaign, where appropriate. Presenting key data in a visually stimulating and easy to interpret format can convey your message for quicker and lead to greater sharing, compared to lengthy text articles containing the same statistics. So the real question is how you can create a successful infographic, akin to the one pictured below.
The success of mobile apps has soared in recent years, largely as a result of the advent of the smartphone and the equally meteoric rise of the iPhone. The phrase “there’s an app for that” has become a common phrase in our everyday vocabulary and is today more likely to be said than “there’s a website that can…” and this is reinforced by the fact that mobile apps now have penetration rates of more than 50% in many developed markets.
Online shopping has meant that defecting from one brand to one of their competitors has never been easier, as finding another retailer can occur in a matter of seconds and in just a few simple clicks. Therefore the reputation and perception of your brand has never been more important and this is where customer reviews become key.
According to a recent study from Juniper Research, the next generation of wearable devices will cause the value of the sector to rise rapidly and reach $1.5 billion within the next 2 years. The report, entitled “Smart Wearable Devices: Fitness, Healthcare, Entertainment & Enterprise”, defines a wearable device as “a device which accepts input and processes that input and while being used, is worn on or otherwise attached to the body”.
The holiday season is officially upon us, with many consumers beginning their quest for the perfect Christmas gift and some have already made their first gift purchases. With this mind, it is extremely important that retail brands begin creating and implementing their Christmas plans and really many should have already taken this step, considering that their target audiences have commenced their festive shopping.
Mobile service providers will see mobile roaming revenues soar over the next 5 years, according to a recent study by Juniper Research on the future of mobile roaming and usage. An increase in mobile data usage abroad and a reduction in roaming charges will see revenue rise from $46 billion this year, to a staggering $80 billion in 2017 and this will mean that mobile roaming will account for around 8% of total revenue for the majority of operators.
On the surface it may appear that your mobile advertising campaign is achieving a degree of success, with a high number of clicks for your ads. However many mobile marketers will be surprised to find that a staggering 40% of all mobile clicks are accidental or fraudulent, with this percentage of clicks being completely useless and having a minute 0.1% conversion rate.