Super-charged from a super week at ThinkMobile. With 450+ attendees, the inaugural event was a huge success, and a huge part of that is to the credit of Matthew Snyder – ThinkMobile Conference Chair and Founder, & CEO of ADObjects, a strategic cross-media consultancy – who brought together an eclectic mix of professionals and practitioners.
I used the opportunity to connect with some cool companies and mobile pundits, so check back for a line-up of exclusive briefings and in-depth analyses, beginning with a podcast with Bob Rosenshein, Answer.com CEO. In our audio interview, we discuss what makes for an optimal mobile search experience, and talk in broad terms about the company’s mobile strategy. Having just packed 100+ business cards and a stack of notebooks in my suitcase, it’s going to be tough choosing whom to showcase next, but be assured I will pick the gems.
My dear colleagues from bnetTV also covered the event, providing me the opportunity to do some impromptu interviews with Smaato, Nokia Interactive, David Berkowitz (Director of Emerging Media & Client Strategy at digital marketing agency 360i), and Mobify, a start-up that gets publishers around the pain and expense of making a version of their website for mobile phones (and the iPhone) by enabling publishers to create “mobile views” of their existing destination. (I’ll have more about the company, and an interview with Igor Faletski, Mobify CEO, in a special post that outlines the process in a how-to that results in an iPhone version of MSG.)
A real highpoint of the conference: The chance to connect with Alan Moore, founding director of SMLXL (Small Medium Large XtraLarge), a specialist community and engagement marketing firm, and co-author of Social Media Marketing: How Data Analytics Helps to Monetize the User Base in Telecoms, Social Networks, Media and Advertising in a Converged Ecosystem. I’ll deep-dive into this work in a future podcast, but in the meantime allow me to leave you with a key bullet point from Alan’s presentation (and one that echoed across a string of post-session discussions): Advertising inventory as we know it is dead.
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