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Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of November 10, 2013

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

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Facebook reported sharp increases in the number of mobile users accessing the social networking site in the third quarter as well as a bump in mobile advertising revenue. However, the company's shares fell after it said it did not plan to boost the frequency of ads shown to users.  Read Original Content

According to research carried out by Adobe, UK consumers will make 20.4 percent of their online purchase this Christmas using a mobile device. Meanwhile the projected average across Europe is 12.4 percent.  Read Original Content

Flipboard, the social magazine app for iOS and Android, is extending its feelers further into mobile commerce with a new catalogs category. The update allows companies and individual users to create specialized buying guides out of items found within Flipboard and on the Web. The guides can then be deposited into custom magazines with price tags and product info alongside active links to allow purchases.  Read Original Content

Verivo is a leading provider of enterprise mobility software. Verivo helps companies accelerate their business results. Its unique technology empowers teams to build, deploy, manage and update their mobile apps -- rapidly and securely. Verivo’s mobility platform is used by hundreds of companies in numerous industries, worldwide. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Verivo.

Retailers are increasingly turning to mobile coupons to drive traffic in stores and online. One such company is Advance Auto Parts, which has traditionally focused its advertising dollars in print and TV. To study the effectiveness of ads online, the company recently ran a promotion simultaneously in print and online through RetailMeNot.  They found the redemption rate for the mobile ads was 30 percent, compared to less than one percent for the print ads. Read Original Content

By the year 2016, the number of people m-buying will break the mark.  Aligning with other mobile commerce research that has recently been presented to and by the industry, the results of a new analysis have now indicated that there will be over a billion shoppers choosing this channel by 2016, and retailers are recognizing this at a rapid pace.  Read Original Content
According to Frost and Sullivan, mobile advertising in Australia is growing at nearly 40 percent a year. The market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate 39 percent from 2013 to 2018, with expenditure reaching $682 million in 2018.  By that time, 70 percent of overall mobile advertising spend will be done on tablets and 30 percent on smartphones.  Read Original Content

With 17.4 percent of web traffic coming directly from mobile this year alone, a six percent uptick since 2012, it's no wonder more and more companies are developing smart mobile advertising strategies to increase brand awareness. To account for this push toward mobile, forecasts predict that for 2013, digital ad spending will eat up 22.7 percent of all ad spending.  Read Original Content

American web sales rose by 12 percent and now make up 41 percent of the total sales seen by the company.  QVC has managed to establish itself as an m-commerce master, having ranked third in the 2014 Internet Retailer Mobile 500, with only Apple and Amazon ahead of its ranking.  Read Original Content

Brands are underestimating the mobile ad opportunities in Latin America, a continent in which mobile consumption is sky rocketing, according to Telefonica’s director of global ad sales Simon Birkenhead.  Read Original Content

Sincerely, the mobile gifting startup behind the Postagram, Ink, and Sesame apps which allow users to send everything from postcards to greeting cards to even physical gifts from their smartphones, has been acquired by Provide Commerce, the e-commerce business behind a number of big-name brands, including ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries, Red Envelope, and Personal Creations, in an all-cash deal.  Read Original Content

Moneris Solutions, a Canadian payment processor, has launched a new mobile payments service called “Payd Pro.” The new service is designed to be used alongside debit cards, allowing the financial information associated with these cards to be used by a mobile device. The mobile payments service is meant to make commerce more convenient for consumers that are constantly on the go and could be ideal for commuters that have little time to shop at physical stores.  Read Original Content

Technology is finally enabling bio-based security features on mobile devices that will overcome one of the final obstacles to truly mobile digital commerce. One company, NXT-ID, has emerged as a newly public company with a set of technologies and an open platform that can be used across all these applications.  Read Original Content

In the next five years, mobile advertising will grow over 300 percent from about $13 billion today to just under $40 billion, Juniper Research says in a new report. Believe it or not, that guidance sounds too conservative, and too slow.  Read Original Content

Beijing-born app analytics platform App Annie announced a new addition to its existing suite of analytics solutions called Advertising Analytics targeted at app marketers. It is essentially a dashboard that simplifies and aggregates data from multiple app networks for a single app. Read Original Content

A new Parks Associates study finds over 25 percent of CE buyers in U.S. broadband households use mobile commerce apps on their smartphone to help with an in-store purchase decision, including functions such as product research, barcode scanning, and interaction with a retailer or brand app.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.

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Simply defined the SDDC promises that you’ll be able to treat “all” of your IT infrastructure as if it’s completely malleable. That there are no restrictions to how you can use and assign everything from border controls to VM size as long as you stay within the technical capabilities of the devices. The promise is great, but the reality is still a dream for the majority of enterprises. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, EVP, Data Center Tech, at SUPERNAP, will cover where and how a business might benefit from SDDC and also why they should or shouldn’t attempt to adopt today.
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