Unless you've been living under a rock these past few months, you've probably heard that Millennial Media recently acquired rival mobile ad network Jumptap, in an effort to become the most powerful mobile network in market. I've had a lot of people ask for my opinion on this (bold) move by the two companies to join forces and my reply has been consistently positive. As a buyer, I've always felt like the two companies' strengths always made up for what the other lacked; the perfect odd couple for the mobile industry.
The word "app" has become ingrained into the global lexicon of software development. As time has passed and technology has evolved, people have viewed software from progressively different perspectives. Microsoft Office is a piece of software—yet so is a video game. And so is PayPal, for that matter.
As Marc Andreessen, co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, eloquently puts it, “Software is eating the world.”
But as software rises, we use the term less and less. Andreesssen's statement, meant to describe how software companies are disrupting entire industries and challenging the norm, is best manifested in the proliferation of apps. In 2013, we’ve been inundated with the concept of apps—on smartphones, tablets and laptops, of course, but also more unusual domains like cars and refrigerators.
The term's newfound ubiquity raises an interesting point about how we perceive the software that now surrounds us. What exactly is an "app"? When did a package of code meant to execute a function stop being a "program" or a "piece of software"? And is there a difference that goes deeper than a linguistic fad?
Software Is Old And Busted, Apps Are The New Hotness
Prior to the proliferation of mobile devices, downloading software and experimenting with new programs... Read more
There’s no escaping the fact that mobile marketing and m-commerce are on the rise since 66% of smartphone owners use their phone to aid them when shopping[i] and 25% of smartphone owners said have made purchases on their phone in the last week[ii]. Advertisers need to make sure they are up to speed on the best practices for mobile advertising and optimizing their web presence.
For those already on board with mobile advertising, make sure to run with Rich Media creative. Mobile is all about engagement; so don’t be shy about using the native functions of the smartphone to engage consumers with your brand, products and offers.
Use push notifications to let users know when they are close to your store.
GPS locators are great for retail stores—brands like Starbucks, Target and Goodyear use this creative functionality to drive in-store traffic.
Include the option to set calendar reminders.
This functionality is great for entertainment clients that want to remind fans to watch upcoming movies and shows, or for retailers to remind customers that a sale is starting or announce that a new product is available.
If you have an app, increase interactivity by implementing... Read more