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Google Mobile Advertising – PRimage comment

Friday, July 20th, 2012
Judy Viitanen has been looking at Google’s latest financial results … Seems that Google sold more advertising at lower prices ….  The number of “paid clicks” during the quarter, or clicks on advertisements for which Google charges a fee, surged by 42 per cent from a year before, marking an acceleration from the first three months of this year. However, the company also reported a further deterioration in the amount of money it makes from each click, with a 16 per cent decline due to a shift to lower-priced mobile advertising and the impact of foreign currency changes.

Google’s revenues are still growing nicely:

But ….

Google’s total paid click growth and its cost-per-click are rapidly diverging:

Is this a case of ‘Piling it high and selling it cheap’? ….

Some interesting stats on mobile phone usage

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Over half of all cell phone owners use their phones while watching television:

This comes from a new study from the Pew Center for Internet and American Life Project. Cell phone owners use their phones to keep themselves occupied during commercial breaks, talk to other people watching the same show, verify whether what they hear on TV is true or not, and to log on to sites to see what other people are saying about a show. Judy Viitanen wasn’t surprised to read that younger users are more likely to be “connected viewers.” About 81 percent of cell phone owners surveyed between the ages of 18 and 24 say that they fit into this category.

Worldwide Mobile subscriptions = over 6 billion

And PRimage has also checked out a  new study from the World Bank which has found that around three-quarters of the Planet’s population now has mobile phone access. The number of mobile subscriptions across the world — both pre- and post-paid — has grown from less than 1 billion in 2000 to over 6 billion, the study said. And, with so many people buying up multiple subscriptions, the study said, the number of mobile subscriptions is expected to quickly pass the human population!

Latest from the Apple Developers Conference – Fascinating!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

PRimage is fascinated to hear the latest announcements: Apple is certainly bringing a lot of new features to the table!

The new iteration of iOS will have over 200 new features, and a few of them are outlined below. iOS 6 will be coming to iPhone models from the 3GS and later, the 4th generation iPod Touch, and the 2nd and 3rd iPads generations. They have announced a new notification center with not only Twitter integration, but Facebook is coming along for the ride this time. You can now like everything from photos to apps in the App Store, and you can post things to Facebook in the same way that you could with Twitter in iOS 5.

They have also updated Siri to be able to do even more things and provide even more information. Siri can now launch apps, and Apple showed off a lot of new questions that Siri can answer such as sports statistics and turn-by-turn navigation right from Siri itself. Apple has also added a new app called Passbook that virtually transforms your iPhone into a gift card and event ticket wallet. You can now receive notifications of when you are near a store at which you have money to spend or when a boarding pass at an airport gets updated. Apple even released a template for third-party developers to implement their own services into Passbook. They have added a “Do Not Disturb” function to iPhone as well that allows you to shut off notifications and specify exactly what comes through and when. You can set a VIP list for email so you receive specific notifications from senders right to the lock screen. Facetime also be available over a cellular connection, which will revolutionize how much people use the service when they are out and about.

Apple has also kicked Google out their maps equation by launching their own maps complete with turn-by-turn navigation. This maps service will be crowd-sourced, and with the huge number of iOS users out there, this could definitely take the place of Google Maps without a problem. 3D maps are also available and looks extremely fluid and well-designed.

Facebook Integration

Apple’s system-wide integration of Facebook = Users can login to their Facebook account in iOS 6 and have instant access to Facebook in apps, the web browser and Siri. Developers can also easily add access within their apps. Facebook contacts will get integrated in iOS 6, and events and birthdays can also sync with the calendar.

iOS 6

iOS 6 will be compatible with iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S models, the fourth-generation iPod touch, the iPad 2 and of course the new iPad. That said, not every feature will be available on every device.

Developers will have access to the first beta on iOS 6 now. Customers can expect to see iOS 6 on their devices in the Autumn. It will support the iPhone 3GS and later, the second and third generation iPads and the fourth generation iPod touch.

  • Siri can now launch apps
  • Siri can now Tweet
  • Siri is smart about sports. It can pull in scores, game summaries and player stats.
  • Siri integrates with Yelp and OpenTable for restaurant reviews and reservations
  • Siri in iOS 6 will also integrate with Rotten Tomatoes for movie times and reviews.
  • Siri is also available in a slew of new languages.
  • Siri will get hands-free integration in lots of in-car systems.
  • Siri is coming to the new iPad.

New MacBook

The newest line of MacBooks will feature a faster processor, USB 3, and high-definition FaceTime cameras. With the retina display, Apple CEO Tim Cook says the Next Generation MacBook will be “the most beautiful computer we’ve ever made.”

The new MacBook Air will enjoy a major power upgrade with a third-generation Core processor with Intel turbo boosting, up to 3.2GHz. The computers will also sport up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage. “The Next Generation MacBook Pro” will overhaul the existing computer; the retina display and 15.4-inch 2880 x 1800 screen makes it the world’s highest-resolution notebook display. The Next Generation is about as thin as a MacBook Air, and is the lightest MacBook Pro in Apple history.

Apple Maps

The updated Apple version of Maps will be available in the release of iOS 6.

The new maps bring turn-by-turn directions to iOS, as well as fun features like Siri integration and 3D Flyover, which let you experience places in highly detailed 3D.

Turn-by-Turn Directions: The Apple version of maps brings turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone, accompanied by a traffic view, and anonymous real-time crowdsourced incident reports for traffic problems you encounter along the way.

Siri Integration: Maps are also integrated in with Siri, allowing you to ask Siri to do things like find your nearest gas station or how long it will take for you to reach your destination.

3D Flyover: A Flyover feature also lets you see the scene in 3D, much like the 3D Maps Google announced last week. Images are rendered in real time, and are exceptionally detailed 3D. You can choose to check out a destination you’re driving to using the mapping application, or even just check out somewhere you’d like to travel.

Over the past three years, Apple has acquired three mapping companies: Placebase, Poly9, and C3 Technologies, the latter two focused specifically on 3D mapping making releasing its own mapping solution an obvious next step.

New Phone APP Enhancements

In the phone app, Apple has added a new mode that will make it easy for users to remind themselves to call or text-back later, if they can’t take a call right now. There is also a “Do Not Disturb” mode. Messages will still come to your phone, but the screen won’t light up or make any noise. There are also new ways to group contacts and control how their calls are handled.

Way to go Apple!

Facebook, iOS, & app marketplace – PRimage comment

Monday, June 11th, 2012

As keen observers of mobile trends, PRimage has noted some interesting new data which points to the important role that both iOS and Facebook are playing in the app marketplace.

  • Facebook is playing an important role in app discovery and reportedly drove people to the Apple App Store 83 million times in May.
  • FB reports that seven of the top 10 grossing iOS apps and six of the top 10 Android apps had integrated with Facebook as of May. Facebook does not appear to be making money from these apps. This move appears to be about having reach and relevance into the mobile app world, not about driving revenue in the short-term.
  • The Facebook App Center began rolling out to people in the U.S. earlier this month, with more than 600 apps and is the latest example of how Facebook is trying to boost its mobile offerings. At launch, the App Center features mobile and web apps, such as Draw Something and Pinterest. It also lets users browse the apps their friends use and provides personalized recommendations.
  • The mobile integration includes making the App Center available in the Facebook iOS and Android apps. Users can also send apps they find on their computer to their mobile device using the “Send to Mobile” feature.
  • New data also shows that seven out of 10 apps built are for iOS – and that Apple continues to gain further support from developers, with iOS having a 69 percent share of new project starts in apps for the first quarter of 2012 while Android had a 31 percent share.
  • Apple has been the clear leader in terms of apps for a while, with developers choosing to invest their budgets in iOS apps first. However, FB is also clearly beginning to play a bigger role in app discovery, driving integrations with iOS and Android.
  • It seems that a key point of differentiation between iOS and Android for developers is how much more money they are likely to generate on the former. It is useful for us to note that for every $1 a developer earns on iOS, it will earn about $0.24 on Android.
  • While iOS offers developers a compelling proposition, the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem drives complexity and costs for developers.
  • Latest stats show that the iPad commanded 88 percent of worldwide user sessions between January and March of this year while the Samsung Galaxy Tab had a 9 percent share and the Kindle Fire 3 percent.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S II had an 18 percent share of worldwide app user sessions in May, all the others had shares less than 10 percent. This means that each additional device a developer supports will deliver only a small increase in distribution coverage.
  • Stats show that the majority of consumers are running on an Android operating system that is three to four iterations old.

PRimage managing director, Judy Viitanen, believes that from this data it is clear that iOS should be the lead platform for developers; and that while developers can’t ignore Android, it should be their second platform. She is part of a startup app development company in the US, and is a firm believer that developers should also integrate Facebook’s Open Graph to have access to its single sign-on feature and get a bump in free, organic traffic from Facebook.

Watch this space for more comments, as the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference starts today in San Francisco, Google’s I/O conference kicks off on June 27, also in San Francisco.

Insights Into US Social Media – PRimage comment

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

As avid followers of the quirks and trends in the social media arena, PRimage found this recent information fascinating!

Judy Viitanen hopes you  find these  stats from Edison Research interesting … they show social media in the US is still evolving in ways you might find surprising.

1. Twitter users are 33% more likely to be Democrats

An interesting finding: 40% of Twitter users are Democrats, compared to 30% of the U.S. population overall. The percentage of Republications and Independents on Twitter mirrors the U.S. average almost precisely.

2. The “Check-in” is the phenomenon that never happened

74% of Americans are unfamiliar with the concept of checking in to a location via mobile device, and only 3% have ever checked in. Even more damning, is that 4% had checked in when surveyed in 2011. This is a 25% decrease in check in behaviors in a single year. It’s not going to rebound, which is why Foursquare’s play is to be the new Yelp.

3. Only 33% of Americans have ever followed a brand in social media

From 2010 to 2012 the percentage of Americans following any brand on a social network has gone from 16% to 33%. This is a sharp increase, but looked at from the opposite perspective, it’s shocking to me that 2/3 of Americans using social networks have never followed a brand. Companies still have substantial room for growth in connecting with customers and fans on social networks.

4. 56% of Americans have a profile on a social networking site

This is up from 52% just last year, and 48% in 2010. How high can this climb? Certainly, there are sizable chunks of the populace that will never join a social networking site, but it’s amazing to consider that significantly more Americans (12 years old and up) have a social networking profile than do not.


5. 55% of Americans 45-54 have a profile on a social networking site

It’s not just for kids any more. The biggest growth of any age cohort from 2011 to 2012 was 45-54 year olds, who now exhibit participation matching the U.S. average. The only group that is below average are 55+ Americans, and even 3 out of 10 of them are in the social networking game.

6. 22% of Americans use social networking sites several times per day

It really is a “Social Habit”. In the past year, 12 million more Americans are using social networking many times daily. How many other things do we do several times per day? It’s not a long list.

7. Huge uptick in Facebook’s influence on purchase

Last year, 68% of Americans using social networks said that none of those networks had an influence on their buying decisions. This year, just 36% said that there was no influence. Now, 47% say Facebook has the greatest impact on purchase behavior(compared to just 24% in 2011). Incidentally, Twitter ranks below “other” at 5%. If you want to drive purchase behaviors within social networks, Facebook is the one and only game to play, statistically speaking.

8. Facebook via mobile continues to be a major factor

54% of Facebook members have used the social network via a phone, and 33% use a phone as their primary way to access Facebook. This despite the fact that the Facebook mobile experience and mobile apps are mediocre, at best. Here’s hoping the Instagram guys can jump start it. If so, watch for these numbers to soar.

9. Facebook is the most addicting of the social networks

23% of Facebook’s users check their account five or more times EVERY DAY. The mean number of daily look-ins by Facebook users is 4. Are we really so interesting that we have to keep up with our friends’ inanities every 90 minutes? Evidently, yes.

10. Twitter will have an easier time making changes to its core service that Facebook does.

53% of Twitter users have been a member for less than a year, compared to just 19% for Facebook. This means that Twitter’s user base doesn’t have long-term, deep seated expectations for what Twitter is or should be. It will be interesting to see if Twitter doubles down on this advantage, and continues to hang ornaments on the functionality Christmas tree.

11. 76% of Twitter users now post status updates

This is one of the biggest behavioral changes of the past two years. In 2010, the Social Habit research found that just 47% of Twitter users actually sent tweets, with more than half the user base in listen-only mode. The overwhelming majority of new Twitter users are active tweeters, driving the overall average to 76%.

Facebook’s Floatation – PRimage ponders ‘will it be an investors dream?’

Friday, April 20th, 2012

As a social media strategist, Judy Viitanen is a keen advocate of Facebook and its ‘Platform Power’!  With 800+ million users worldwide and 4 billion items shared every day, Facebook is the undisputed titan of the social network sites.

Rumours suggest its highly-anticipated flotation is expected to happen on May 17.  Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team will watch with interest … We wonder if it will prove to be an investors dream. Is the $100bn valuation likely?  Facebook’s estimated revenues last year were $4.3bn – with $3.8bn coming from advertising and $470 from Facebook Credits.

Watch this space ……

PLATFORM POWER! PRimage loves social media!

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Social Media Messaging & Marketing is the grist to our mill!

At PRimage we work with your team to make sure you’re taking full advantage of the appropriate social media platforms — or take over your “identities” for you altogether.

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS BYTES – PRimage share

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Mid-week news snippets that have caught our attention ….

  • Facebook IPO May 16?

The long-awaited Facebook IPO could go live as early as May 16, according to reports on CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” that Facebook will launch a road show to back its IPO either May 7 or 14, and the company’s “plan A” is to begin trading either May 16 or 17, a Wednesday and Thursday, with “plan B” moving that date back to pricing the stock Thursday, May 24, and beginning trading the following day. According to CNBC, Facebook is committed to going public before Memorial Day, Monday, May 2.

·         Spotify launches web buttons

Embeddable “play buttons” are being offered to bloggers and others by Spotify to help sign up new subscribers.

  • Smart devices attract new readers

Increased penetration of smartphones and tablets has been a bright spot for news organizations facing readership declines. Research shows that US consumers are reading news across platforms, but also suggests that they’re not yet being driven to news sites specifically by social media.

  • Adult females prime audience for American Online Video advertisers

US consumers in their prime parenting and business career years make up the greatest percentage of online video viewers. Not surprisingly, they are also the most desired target audience among US online video advertisers—but they are not the consumers most likely to view ads in full.

Is social media in your budget? “It should be!” – says PRimage

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

In her work as a PR consultant and social media strategist, that’s the advice that PRimage managing director, Judy Viitanen, gives to clients and associates.

Social media allows companies to interact directly with customers – and create buzz!

http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1008951&ecid=a6506033675d47f881651943c21c5ed4

Social networks rocking all over the world in 2012! PRimage comment

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

New forecasts suggest that 1 out of every 5 people in the world will logon to a social network at least once a month. Those 1.43bn social network users represent an increase of 19.2% over last year. Think that’s something? By 2014, the forecast is that it will be 1 in 4. America is way out in front, but since almost everyone in America already has a Facebook account, other countries have a chance of catching up.

Check out India with nearly 50% of the US number. And Brazil with their 45.4 million Facebook users.