Mobile Marketer asked some probing questions about the Guide to mobile advertising networks. And no, we’re not telling you which network refused to be profiled.
There are some valuable lessons to be learned from Yankee Group’s most recent assessment of the top US (mostly) mobile sites. Of the 26 news, search, sports (among the more popular categories for mobile surfing – see stats below) and carrier sites evaluated, it’s surprising to see only Google, Yahoo and Major League Baseball receiving a pass grade of 70+ out of 100, while Yankee found that many otherwise respected sites still show room for improvement.
“If you find yourself with a brick through your windscreen [Ed: that’s ‘windshield’ for you Yanks], the one thing you’re guaranteed to have on your person is a mobile.” So says Chris Smith, online marketing manager of Autoglass in the UK, in an excellent interview on e-consultancy .
We just spent an enjoyable afternoon at the MTM London Mobile Advertising Roundtable, a private event for marketers. MTM assembled an excellent panel (who shall remain nameless – Chatham House Rules ) to analyze the state of mobile advertising, its drivers, obstacles to growth and forecasts.
The themes echoed those of recent Mobile Marketing Forum [http://www.mobilemarketingforum.com/] events:
For mobile content players, discovery is the big challenge. How do you get people to experience your .mobi for the first time?
Do you get your content on to the operator’s portals (‘on deck’)? Do you go direct, and help people to find and enter your URL on their own (‘off deck’)? A combination of both?
An informal survey among the mobirati indicates that the US market is about 30% off-deck and 70% on-deck while the European market is the reverse. Any thoughts about why this should be the case are welcome.
Here are our mobiThinking impressions as day one of the Mobile Marketing Forum in New York draws to a close:
This joint is jumping
800 people. The networking area is packed non-stop. People doing real business. Badge-watch: some of the world’s biggest brands. In media, travel, entertainment, consumer brands… We’re not in Kansas any more.
It’s 96 degrees F in New York. The dotMobi team is out in force for the Mobile Marketing Forum starting later this morning. Your jet-lagged correspondent was up bright and ridiculously early with a complimentary copy of USA Today.
The cover story: “Are Google and Yahoo Dinosaurs? Many on the hunt for a way to cash in on wireless search.”
That’s right, we’ve just published the latest in our series of ‘best practice’ papers and this time it’s on the thorny issue of mobile SEO.
Go get it now. It’s jam-packed with 20 or so pages on the following things:
According to Google's research, the average query on it’s Mobile Search is 15 characters long, but takes roughly 30 key presses and approximately 40 seconds to enter. This means that search engines don't have a lot to work with when tasked with providing the user with an experience that roughly equates to the quality of desktop search.