The top destinations on mobiThinking in 2010 were the Guide to mobile ad networks and the Compendium of global mobile stats with 43,000 and 40,000 page views respectively, followed by the guides to top world’s top mobile markets, mobile agencies and mobile awards.
In 2010 mobiThinking enjoyed 77 percent growth in visitor figures compared with 2009. We attribute this to the quality of the content we received from our many contributors in the form of interviews, guides, country profiles, agency and ad network profiles. Thanks for all your support in 2010.
This blog post attempts to explain three things about mobile marketing, mobile ad networks, apps and analysts that have puzzled - and irritated - mobiThinking throughout 2010. With the help of a briefing with an ad network (Millennial Media), one awards dinner (The EMMAs) and some pre-Christmas drinks and chat, mobiThinking has reached a conclusion. This conclusion, if correct, is a worrying one, as the answers/causes of these puzzles are closely and intertwined, creating a dangerous and self-perpetuating false economy. While Apple and the iPhone have benefited greatly from this false economy, the blame falls, mostly, elsewhere with collective responsibility lying with everyone else who is getting fat off the back of it. It’s not a conspiracy, but there is too much silence from people who ought to know better.
mobiThinking doesn’t expect this opinion to be popular. And those that have been riding the mobile app gravy train are not going to like this prediction for 2011: “Sorry, but it ain’t going to last.”
As young people are for the most part surgically attached to their cell phones, it makes sense to engage them via mobile. This makes mobile an attractive proposition for many sectors, but particularly for the charitable sector that had previously struggled to connect with this demographic and for the education sector where the target audience is mostly young people. However, it is only recently that either sector began to wake up to the potential.
Latin America – i.e. South and Central America – and the Caribbean has the hallmarks of a mobile market as exciting, if not in some ways more so, than Asia or Africa. Prompted by the Mobile Marketing Association’s Latin America conference last week, mobiThinking has been on a data quest.
There’s no doubt that some companies do really well with download apps for smartphones. The question every potential app publisher should ask is: will we?
With so much media attention on the Google/AdMob investigation, you might expect the FTC to go to some lengths to justify its conclusion that Google's US$750 million purchase of AdMob should go ahead. After all, it believes these networks to be number one and two (that's news, by the way). The hope was that in explaining itself, the FTC statement might help to shed some light on the emerging market of mobile ad networks.
The world has gone m-tastic… m-commerce, m-banking, m-coupons, m-tickets, m-wallets, m-travel, m-retail and many other things pre-fixed with an “m-” (for mobile). All those that are money-related – or should we say m-money – fall into two categories: using a mobile device to a) do banking-type things with cash (deposit, transfer funds, withdraw, get paid, pay bills) and b) purchase things (physical and digital goods, travel and entertainment either on the mobile Web or at the store/venue/station.
It has taken just five months for mobile advertising to go from a trickle of coverage in the mainstream media to a feeding frenzy. Since Google announced its plan to buy mobile ad network AdMob for US$750 million AdMob for US$750 million in November, national papers and newswires (in the US particularly) have clambered over each other to report the latest rumor, speculation and hearsay, followed by innumerable me-too pieces in trade journals and blogs.
There are two reasons why Asia is the most fascinating part of the world for mobile (anyone disagree with that premise?). First, there's the really advanced mobile markets spearheaded by Japan (but also South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong etc), that set all the precedents that Western nations follow. Second, there are the developing nations that have a) huge and growing populations; and b) have low PC penetration, so mobile will inevitably become the primary way that people access the Internet and many services (that they haven't been able to previously) and connect with brands.