Google beats Apple to the crunch with mobile payments launch

When it was revealed a few weeks ago that Apple Pay was on the way to the UK, the market got excited - its rival Google Wallet  after all had not yet made it to UK shores despite launching in the US four years ago.

Yet all that has changed with Google’s revelation that users in the UK can now send money in Gmail – whether recipients – likely to be friends or family – have a Gmail account or not.

The facility allows users to hover over the attachment paperclip and click the £...

By Liz Morrell, 29 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing.

Omni-channel marketing: Where does mobile fit in?

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Omni-channel marketing is the practice of ensuring that the customer experience remains exactly the same whenever and wherever consumers come into contact with a brand, whether on mobile, online, in-store or while looking at a billboard. It aims to ensure a seamless, integrated customer brand experience regardless of channel.

In 2015 mobile will continue to be the fastest growing digital advertising format. In fact, research firm eMarketer last year estimated that spending on...

Brands risk irrelevancy when approaching mobile as second screen

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Companies that focus on customer-centric mobile experiences will outpace those that lead with technology considerations, according to a recent report by Altimeter Group: The Inevitability of a Mobile-Only Customer Experience.

In our research, we found that mobile’s technological implications should remain considerations during the final stages of mobile strategising only, as they represent a means to an end, not the end in and of itself.

When brands lose sight of...

By Jaimy Szymanski, 26 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing.

Omni-channel retailers are losing out to pureplays

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Retailers are failing to deliver on their omni-channel promise and are losing out instead to internet pureplays according to new research from Wipro Digital.

Wipro surveyed 2,023 respondents between January 5 and 8 – split half and half between the UK and the US. The research showed that 71% of customers in the UK said that they did more than half of their 2014 Christmas holiday season shopping online – compared to 45% the year before.

Come the Christmas trading...

By Liz Morrell, 22 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing.

Flipboard launches new Promoted Items function for advertisers

Marketers can finally look to distribute their content more widely on Flipboard after it announced the introduction of a new tool called Promoted Items this week.

From the beginning of February Levi’s and NARS Cosmetics will become two of the first brands to distribute content on Flipboard via the new Promoted Items feed. Such content – which can range from articles, videos, products or photos – will be incorporated into the Flipboard experience but will clearly be signposted as being...

By Liz Morrell, 21 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Mobile Marketing, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

The continuing failure of the mobile media channel

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Somebody told me five years ago that “this is the year of mobile or if not this year it will be next year – maybe”.

As a person on the go I like mobile, but to me the mobile media of today is like most other trending, shape-shifting and emerging media, a single legged stool. Interesting to look at and discuss, but tough to actually use.

I wonder if mobile, when looked at as a single-source media (and maybe only partially mobile – it all depends on how...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 21 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Consumer handset manufacturer demographics reveal mobile ad preferences

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Ensuring engagement of mobile ads can be tough but new research from Opera Mediaworks claims that users’ preferences can be identified simply from the handsets they own. It claims that user traits and personalities differ according to brand but that each handset defines their app and mobile web-browsing habits, making targeting of ads a little easier. 

The research, which forms part of the UK Mobile Audience Insight report from Opera Mediaworks, showed that...

By Liz Morrell, 21 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Mobile in omni-channel marketing: A purpose-driven design paradigm

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Janet, a working mother who is elbow deep in household chores, suddenly remembers that her kitchen has run out of cereal. She quickly grabs the tablet lying nearby, and adds cereal on her tablet app, knowing it will sync with the mile-long shopping list she was already building on her smartphone. She loves how she can pick up the experience exactly where she left off, regardless of the place or time. Almost like a conversation with an old friend.

Now, there is a marketer who is...

Google halts Glass sales days after Tesco announces its first Glass app

Tesco announced earlier this week that it was the first retailer to realise the potential of Google Glass. Yesterday Google revealed that it is halting sales of the device. It was a marketers worst nightmare especially for a retailer that has endured PR disaster after disaster in recent months.

Tesco had triumphed the launch of its Tesco Grocery Glassware, allowing users to browse goods, view nutritional information and add items to their shopping basket all hands-free. This would then allow shoppers to...

By Liz Morrell, 16 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Commerce, M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing, Wearables.

Omni-channel by default

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Today there are more devices connected to the internet than there are people in the world. In fact, looking specifically at mobile, the GSMA reported that global mobile connections passed the 7 billion mark in April 2014; predicting that by year-end, global connections would match the 7.2 billion global population total projected by the United Nations.

Mobile devices are increasingly becoming the first go-to device for communications and content consumption, according to Gartner. Its...