'Wireless' Category

"Father of Mobile" Predicts Three More Revolutions

Posted by Jeff Hasen on July 15th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

We stood in line to a get a picture with the gentleman who looks a bit like Kris Kringle. There was no sitting on his knee, but we fawned over the “toy” that he had with him – the world’s first cellphone that the “father of mobile” had invented.
Forty-one years after Martin Cooper changed everything with a device now warmly called “The Brick” – it was actually the relatively humongous Motorola DynaTAC – the 85-year-old came this week to the Mobile Marketing Association’s CEO/CMO Summit in Hilton Head, S.C. to give us a history lesson – and to tell us what is next.
In 1983, “The Brick” had just 20 minutes of battery life and with a weight of 2 ½ pounds, Cooper said that users couldn’t even hold it up for 20 minutes.
Still, “we jump-started a revolution. People are fundamentally, inherently mobile. It seems like no one is where they want to be. Back then, the phone company told us the only way to do it was to tie people to their desks through copper wire. We set people free.”
That freedom and the consumer behavior changes that have come with it had about 200 marketers, publishers and others spending three... Read more

Social Media Helping Level the Playing Field for Craft Breweries

Posted by Neal Leavitt on June 29th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Craft breweries have produced scores of award-winning beers over the years and according to the Houston Chronicle, will garner sales of over $7 billion nationwide in 2014. But just having a tasty ale or lager is no guarantee these days for long-term business success as the gigantic ad/marketing budgets of the major breweries can drown out craft breweries attempts to snare market share.
“The number of new craft breweries has exploded in the past few years and the market is getting crowded,” said Melani Gordon, who co-founded San Diego-based TapHunter. The company provides on- and off-premise accounts with time- and money-saving tools that automatically update beverage inventory on social media channels, websites, and print, digital display, and tablet menus. This exposure empowers their customers by helping transform beer, spirits, and cocktail menus into valuable revenue producers.
Gordon said those craft breweries that don’t put some serious thought behind their brand and voice will struggle.
“There’s no magic formula for craft breweries to find consumers so the new breweries need to build a brand and web presence because it’s challenging today to stand out,” added Gordon. “In addition, there are a lot of inefficiencies in the retail distribution model, making it... Read more

Google Data Protection Opinion May Ruffle Feathers of Businesses Worldwide

Posted by Neal Leavitt on May 30th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

A non-binding opinion handed down earlier this month by the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), the European Union’s highest legal authority, is roiling the business community. While the opinion needs the approval of all 28 EU governments before it can become legally binding, there’s already a lot of online chatter about the potential blowback to businesses operating in the EU.
The case followed complaints in March 2010 from Mario Costeja Gonzalez, a Spanish lawyer, who said that when Google’s search results revealed details on an auction of his repossessed home in a local newspaper (La Vanguardia), it infringed on his privacy rights.
CJEU ruled that people have the “right to be forgotten” and can ask Google to remove some sensitive information from Internet search results. Tech companies, noted the Financial Times, fear it may be “the beginning of a broader assault in which Google would be regulated like a utility.” Or to use an oft-used English idiom, it could be “the thin end of the wedge.”
No surprise then that organizations and associations from all walks of life are now weighing in with their two bits/bytes.
“Individuals may now have the ability to essentially go in with a... Read more

How Machines are Changing the Role of the Marketer…in a Good Way

Posted by Glenn Pingul on May 30th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

There seem to be some misconceptions among marketers in terms of how the "rise of machines" will impact our role, and ultimately, our jobs. There's no denying that it can be intimidating to have someone – or something – come in and do your job potentially faster, smarter, and easier than you. But when marketers actually embrace the power of machines to scale to the masses what they do best, a complete transformation takes place.
Before I married my wife, I thought I was a pretty good cook. Not a chef worthy of any awards but I could get the job done. Gather a few ingredients, toss them in the saucepan, and voila – I had an edible meal. My wife put up with my lack luster attempts for a few years, but then one day she declared that while I’m good at getting the job done, she’s clearly superior when it comes to the creative art of cooking. Yes, her food had always been amazing but in my opinion it required way too much effort! So in an attempt to appease my loving wife, I grudgingly accepted my role as the sous-chef – shopping, chopping and steaming – all... Read more

Mobile Opt-Ins Increasing For Brand Marketers, Too

Posted by Jeff Hasen on May 13th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Like many, I’m regularly tracking share and number of mobile opt-ins. By all yardsticks, the morphing to a wireless world is impressive and unmistakable with huge ramifications for brands.
But, well beyond consumer numbers, I’m interested in marketer participation, both newbies and those who have seen enough in mobile that they are increasing their investments in time and money.
The recent Mobile Marketing Forum held by the Mobile Marketing Association shows progress in that area as well.
No attendance figures were publically offered. By my estimation, there were well over 1,000 in New York with the great majority brands rather than vendors (even if many registration passes for brand marketers were heavily discounted to get them there). That’s quite a change.
I’ve been going to these events since 2005 – now as Chief Marketing Officer of Mobivity (www.mobivity.com). For years, it was mobile provider talking to mobile provider, often times with exaggerated claims of how well business was going.
Here is some of what struck me as noteworthy:
-       Chrysler sees 45 percent of its web traffic from mobile. As is the case with many brands, attribution is still a challenge, but it hasn’t prevented the carmaker from increasing spend, according to Amy Peet, senior digital... Read more