TheTMSway Weekly Radar on Mobile Marketing and Business

Research and Markets: Tips, Tricks & Techniques for Mobile Advertising – What Marketing Executives Need to Know to Capitalize on Mobile Ads

In Tips, Tricks & Techniques for Mobile Advertising, ExecSense examines what marketing executives need to know to capitalize on mobile ads – everything from smartphone apps to interstitial advertising to traditional mobile direct marketing methods such as SMS or MMS messaging, as well as new opportunities such as the iPad.

Advertisers to find new ways to target consumers via mobile Internet

SINGAPORE : Advertisers need to find new and more interesting ways to reach out to regional consumers via mobile internet. In a survey, Internet search engine Yahoo said as much as half of the mobile users in emerging markets in Southeast Asia are surfing the web using their phones these days. More people in countries like Indonesia and Vietnam now have mobile phones to log onto the Internet. And they are using them to access the Internet because of factors like attractive tariffs, more 3G networks and affordable data plans. Mobile Internet penetration in Indonesia – the largest and fastest growing online market in Southeast Asia – jumped to 48 per cent from 22 per cent last year. In Vietnam, mobile Internet access nearly doubled to 19 per cent.

Samsung, Verizon Lead the US Mobile Subscriber Market

According to a new report from comScore, Inc., covering the three-month period ending April 2010, the leading mobile phone maker in the US market was Samsung, which accounted for 22.1 percent of the market. Moreover, the report, which was aimed at the mobile subscribers market, shows that Verizon Wireless was the leader in the carrier area, with market share of 31.1 percent.

Retail sales via mobile internet forecast to more than double in three years

Mobile phone users bought nearly £123million of goods in the UK in 2009 using their smartphones, according to a new report, and this figure looks set to more than double in the next three years. As total online retail spending in 2009 was £21.2bn – or a market share of 0.6 per cent – this means that by 2013, mobile internet sales could reach £275million, or the four per cent of the overall market, claim analysts Verdict and Ovum, who have released a joint study.

Smartphone Usage Set to Dominate Hong Kong Mobile Market

Hong Kong consumers are at the forefront of global smartphone usage. Almost half (48%) of respondents in Hong Kong own a smartphone, more than double the global rate of 23%. “Until fairly recently, smartphone or PDA phones were owned by a very specific group of consumers – mainly tech geeks and business ‘road warriors’”, says Marc de Lange, Director – Technology Sector. “But in the coming year, Hong Kong will reach an important milestone as more than half of all mobile phone owners start to carry a smartphone in their pockets.”

What politicians can learn from mobile marketers

The Obama campaign used SMS, mobile internet sites, apps, mobile video, mobile advertising and Interactive Voice response to get its message through to a previously disinterested, disaffected or disenfranchised electorate; clearly to great effect. It was thought that the Democrats’ use of mobile would change modern political campaigning forever, with political parties everywhere switching to copy them.

Mideast accounts for 5% of world mobile market

The Middle East accounted for five percent of the global mobile telecoms market last year, according to a report released on Wednesday. Last year, the mobile telecoms industry was worth $846bn, down slightly from $848bn in 2008, according to a report by market research firm Dataxis Intelligence. The Middle East accounted for five percent of the global market, or around $42.3bn.

Mideast to see fastest growth in mobile data

Mobile data traffic will be the strongest in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) followed by the Asia-Pacific and North America as revenue from voice gets saturated and operators focus on alternate sources of revenue. According to Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast 2009-2014, the MEA will witness a growth at 133 per cent CAGR followed by the Asia-Pacific of 119 per cent and North America at 117 per cent. Global mobile data traffic will increase 39 times from 2009 to 2014, as per the latest figures from the networking major. By 2014, annual global mobile data traffic will reach 3.5 exabytes per month (or a run rate of more than 42 exabytes annually).

Email marketers ‘should step up to the mobile marketing plate’

Email marketing is undergoing an “exciting” series of changes which marketers need to keep abreast of, an expert has said. Writing for Media Post, Gretchen Scheiman said the changes were being influenced by mobile and social marketing. “While these channels are both far broader than email in many respects, there is a component of each that is simply ´messaging´. That´s where email marketers need to step up to the plate and take some ownership. Both are messaging opportunities that go to an inbox,” she explained.

MMA Publishes Whitepaper On Opportunities Presented By Oversize Mobile Ad Units

The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) today published a new Whitepaper aimed at providing a comprehensive overview of the opportunities presented by oversized mobile ad units measuring 320 pixels in width or larger. With the growing availability of larger-screened devices like smartphones and tablets- brands, agencies and other members of the mobile marketing ecosystem need to understand the potential of engaging an audience using larger, rich media ads that were once not available on the limited screen real-estate of feature phones and first-gen smartphones.

Mobile social networking growing in US

New figures have shown that social networking is the fast-growing category of mobile-based web use in the US. The statistics from comScore – which could be useful to those deploying mobile marketing campaigns – show 14.5 million users accessed a social networking app in April, up 240 per cent on the same month last year. Online news apps were the second fastest-growing type of mobile app content, followed by those dealing with sports information.

Mobile advertising, a revenue source for telcos

Advertising, in the operator’s share of revenue, is still a very small portion of the pie. In 2009, mobile advertising revenue worldwide was estimated to be US $2 billion. This is expected to increase over the next 4 fours. According to Madan, approximately US $1.3B came from the US and Japan itself. With regard to future projections, Madan said, “There are many estimates. They range varies from US $12 billion to $19 billion, by 2014. It is still nascent so estimates are widely fluctuating.” In the India, the market is expected to be roughly about Rs. 500-600 crores in the next 2-3 years, which means around 500-600 crores in the next 2-3 years.

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