You say tomato, I say tomoto goes the old refrain. We are seeing similar disagreement among research firms over not only how to define “mobile payments” but also on the forecasted size of mobile payment transactions. For the past 10 years, “mobile commerce” was the most popular term that most people used to describe any transaction using their phones. Recently, this term has been overtaken by both “mobile payments” and “mobile shopping.” Another term is “mobile proximity pay…Read more »
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Buying, paying, transacting, banking — these are all part of what we have come to call mobile commerce. With such a broad definition and so many scenarios it’s little wonder that mobile commerce now tops the list of mobile-megatrends. Interestingly, what people want (and the impact on financial institutions, mobile operators and companies across the emerging ecosystem) differs depending on the region where you operate and the opportunities you pursue. An essential read is the 2012 ed…Read more »
The widespread adoption of mobile commerce services enabling transfers, transactions and payments creates a requirement for stronger security. At one level, it’s about measures to make sure our personal information and assets are protected. But there also has to a balance that will allow us to share data with the companies and services we trust to deliver us personalized and convenient shopping services.
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In brief: Building on the tremendous positive response to a recent talk on app marketing I catch up with Mike Lurye, Director of Product Marketing at Amdocs Interactive, to connect the dots in the models that will enable a developer/retailer ecosystem, pave the way for a Long Tail of appRead more »
Best & Brightest: COM#214 iPad Vs Books; Mobile Healthcare Roundup; Mobile Payments Ecosystems; Canada’s NFC; Mobile Advertising; Google; Flash & Cloud Computing PLUS Call For Social Media Support
This week the Carnival of the Mobilists – the weekly line-up of the best blogs and bloggers on all things mobile – comes to us via Andy Favell over at MobiThinking, a valuable resource with a good selection of mobile advertising stats, reports and white papers. Between Andy’s outreach for old and new Mobilists to submit posts –and my eager tweets (@COTMobilists) encouraging more people to get involved – the COM attracted a whopping 40+ submissions(!). Thanks to Andy for his extra attention to collecting and ranking posts leaving us with the 10+ posts that made the grade.Read more »
In brief: This summary – which includes excerpts from an exclusive interview Marc Overton, Orange VP of Wholesale, Business Development & Partnerships – examines the mobile operator’s mobile advertising strategy; outlines Monkey, the first of a slew of services specifically based on the Blyk model; and wraps up with insights from Alan Moore – an authority on social media marketing and founder of the Engagement Communication Consultancy SMLXL – who points out that content/services subsidized by advertising may have to be more than free to fly.
On the heels of the extremely popular posts on Blyk and MSG’s exclusive interview with Pekka Ala-Pietila, CEO and Co-founder of Blyk, the timing is perfect to deep-dive into Orange UK’s mobile advertising aspirations now that it has formally folded Blyk’s MVNO activities into its wider strategy.
The first service that draws from Blyk’s mobile advertising model – an approach built from the ground up to encourage a dialogue between brands and people that want to her their message by delivering people relevant advertising in tune with their preferences and profiles – is Orange Monkey.
The first Pay As You Go (PAYG) package for the U.K. market offers free music to customers when they top up their mobile. (Although PaidContent suggests the service is not about free music since the tunes you get to listen to (not own) when you top up add up to about 600 minutes each month. This translates into GBP2.14 ($3.53) for customers regularly paying GBP30 ($49.23) in phone credits. But that may just be picking nits since people are getting music at no extra cost.)
More about Monkey: it provides exclusive music, pre-release tracks and other content from Universal Music’s catalogue and relies on British broadcaster Channel 4 to get the word out to the target demographic (16-34 year-olds with mass market phones) via the Channel 4 portfolio including 4Music, billed the most watched music channel in the U.K. A clever twist and nod to the power of multi-channel promotion: The 4Music team will be the editorial voice of the official Monkey website which will carry news, artist features, playlists, exclusive content and competitions. (Check out the Orange site for more details and a video demo of the service.)
The promotion is about building buzz, loyalty and community. So, where does/will Blyk’s mobile advertising approach come in?
The focus on engagement and social networks is baked into the offer. As well as free music, Monkey offers customers free texts, allows for playlists to be shared on social networks, and it “delivers great offers from relevant brands direct to their mobile.”
Prior to the Monkey launch I was pre-briefed by Marc Overton, Orange VP of Wholesale, Business Development & Partnerships, who walked me through the concept and – more importantly – where brands and Blyk fit in the scheme of things.Read more »