Android most popular smartphone platform in UK and US

Android phones are now more popular that iPhones in the UK, according to new research.

Around 28% of smartphone owners own an Android handset, narrowly edging out the 26% iPhone users for the first time, the study for digital banking provider Intelligent Environments found. Around 14% of smartphone users own a Blackberry, it said.

Over four million British people over the age of 18 own an Android handset. The greater variety of handsets available means that Android powered phones have a wider appeal, and...

By Matt Henkes, 05 April 2011, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, Publishing, Social Media Marketing.

LinkedIn passes 100 million members

LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals and job-seekers, has passed the 100 million member mark.

The company said its membership base was growing at a rate of roughly one million people a week, or one every second.

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner blogged about the milestone this week, revealing that Brazil and Mexico are the company’s fastest growing countries, with Brazil alone growing by over 428% year on year.

More than half of the new members are...

By Matt Henkes, 23 March 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

UK brands pumping more cash into mobile advertising

The mobile advertising market in the UK grew dramatically in 2010 to £83m, according to a new report from the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB).

The adoption of smartphones has boosted traditional marketers’ confidence in the mobile space, it found, prompting the rapid 116% growth, compared to 32% growth in 2009.

While the market has been dominated by entertainment and media content, more recently, this position has begun to shift as financial, telecoms and consumer goods brands begin to take...

By Matt Henkes, 22 March 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

F-word tweeter says TweetDeck to blame

Scott Bartosiewicz, the man who shot to fame earlier this month after mistakenly tweeting the F-word out on the official Chrysler Twitter account, has blamed the Twitter application TweetDeck for his unfortunate indiscretion.

Bartosiewicz, formally an employee of New Media Strategy, the social media agency formally employed by Chrysler, tweeted the unforgettable line, “I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the #motorcity and yet no one here knows how to f*cking drive”.

A statement from the...

By Matt Henkes, 21 March 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

U2 and the mobile generation

So South Africa hosted U2′s 360 World Tour this past week and it was nothing short of spectacular, with the band breaking an attendance record for their Johannesburg show.

During their performance in Cape Town, Bono asked the crowd to turn on their cellphones to create some magic, the lights dimmed and this was the scene.

 

 

Thanks to Alan Hammond of The Skills...

By Peter du Toit, 22 February 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.