TheTMSway Weekly Radar on Mobile Marketing and Business

Mobile Marketing Association Forum New York, Announced for June 11-13, 2012

The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) today opened registration for The MMA Forum New York: The Mobile Experience, the premier North American Forum event of 2012. Held June 11-13 at The Roosevelt Hotel, the event is a convenient opportunity for journalists, analysts and bloggers to learn from and network with leaders from across the mobile ecosystem, including:

Hotel Industry Poised for 2012 Growth

58% of global hotel accommodation owners and managers worldwide believe their business will be either a lot more profitable (13%) or a little more profitable (45%) this year, according to [pdf] results from a TripAdvisor survey released in February 2012. Data from the TripAdvisor “2012 Industry Index” indicates that 47% of global hotel accommodation owners and managers worldwide, and 61% in the US, plan to offer a program using mobile devices (such as mobile applications, special offers, and booking on mobile devices) this year.

Global mobile penetration reaches 85pc

Global mobile penetration reached 85 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2011 and mobile subscriptions totaled around 6 billion, said an Ericsson report. Though there are now around 6 billion mobile subscriptions, this figure equates to around 4.1 billion subscribers, since many subscribers have several subscriptions, said an interim update to the Traffic and Market Data Report published in November 2011 by Ericsson.

Mobile Ad Spending in Italy May Pass $1 Billion in 2015

According to a November 2011 release from UK research and go-to-market agency FirstPartner, mobile ad spending in Italy will more than double in 2012 to €261.7 million ($363.5 million), up from €125.5 million ($174.3 million) in 2011. Total mobile ad spending is expected to hit €904.3 million ($1.26 billion) in 2015.

Mobilizing The Masses: In Asia, Wireless Grows Up

Mobile advertising grows up as marketing spend multiplies. Although smartphone penetration is growing in Asia, mobile advertising still lags behind TV advertising. While this won’t change, I do expect brands and agencies to double down on their spend in mobile this year. As marketers see smartphone penetration growing broadly enough to deliver scale for campaigns, they will see that mobile provides the reach necessary to increase ROI.

Smartphone Sales Up 47% in Q4 to 149 Million Units

Nokia led the handset market overall by shipping 111.7 million units in the final quarter of 2011, according to Gartner. However, Samsung Mobile narrowed its gap with Nokia by shipping 92.7 million handsets overall, including strong sales of 34 million smartphones. Apple was third in the handset market on the strength of its iPhone alone.

Bridging the consumers and marketers

The future looks bright, too – the estimates indicate that Asia will become the world’s biggest market by 2020, with over 11 billion total connected devices, of which 5.6 billion will be mobile. Asia will have a 47 per cent market share, by far the biggest share of the global market. Compare this to Europe, which will only have 19.1 per cent, while North America has 9.4 per cent of the global market, according to projections

China’s Mobile Internet Industry to See Rapid Growth & Overall Consolidation

Investment pattern: Enterprise investment is active, while direct government investment is rarely seen. In China, state-owned enterprises and private enterprises are the major investors of the mobile Internet industry, while the government only funds a number of state projects initiated by the Ministry of Science and Technology. In the first half of 2011 alone, there were as many as 31 disclosed investment deals in mobile Internet, among which 24 had a total disclosed value of $318 million.

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