In brief: In line with MSearchGroove’s ongoing and in-depth look at smart toolbars, personalized portals and the players that set the bar for these technologies, regular columnist and contributor Jim Levey shows a robust economic system (and new content distribution model) is emerging with personalization at its core.
It is no secret that the success of well-known Internet portals, whether they’re oriented towards mass media or are vertically driven, is content that is fresh and personalized.
These portals have developed large online communities by empowering users with self-service tools that enable them to create their own personalized homepages chock full of content that is dynamic, up-to-date and consistently relevant to their preferences. This is achieved thanks to widgets that interoperate with specific applications such as search, weather, finance and social networks.
Fast forward and it’s the same model in mobile – although mobile markets in Europe and Asia have stolen the lead on North America (at least for now).
Why are operators outside the U.S. so far ahead in the delivery of content experiences that users appreciate? In my view, mobile operators, particularly in Europe, have embraced path-breaking personalization solutions that implicitly push relevant content to subscribers based on their browsing behavior. But their business objectives don’t stop at delivering a satisfactory mobile user experience (because it is personalized); they are further harnessing these solutions to deliver targeted advertising that potentially drives results.
Put the two together, (personalized mobile experiences and advertising messages targeted to users based on their content consumption), and you have the capabilities mix to satisfy users and – at the same time – create a sizeable market conditioned to accept relevant advertising. (And isn’t this exactly what brands have been waiting for?)Read more »