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.”
The GSMA announced this week that the city that hosts its annual conference from 2013 to 2017 will also be crowned Mobile World Capital. The shortlist includes six European cities that would make great places for a big conference, but aren’t necessarily the first places that mobiThinking would have expected to be Mobile World Capital: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Cologne, Milan, Munich and Paris.
Welcome to Carnival of the Mobilists (COM), your round up of the best mobile and wireless blogs and one completely average one. Last week the itinerant COM was hosted by Antoine RJ Wright, next week COm drops in at MJelly. If you want your blog to be considered, submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
mobiThinking was recently sent this video of a presentation given by Rehan Allahwala, the founder of Mobile Monday Karachi at the recent Mobile Monday 10-year Anniversary Summit in Helsinki. We hope to be hearing a lot more on mobile in Pakistan from Mr. Allahwala, in the meantime we highly recommend watching this video. It puts things into perspective.
The MobileSQUARED team has given mobiThinking five free tickets for the New York Roadshow next week to anyone who can answer these questions. All the answers can be found in articles in the MobileSQUARED newsletter.
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.