Tagged 'updates'

Google messes up Android navigation

Posted by Brandt Dainow on July 27th, 2013 at 3:01 am

Where's my blue navigation button gone?
If you have an Android phone you may have just lost your navigation app. Millions have. Google took it away from you. They didn't warn anyone. They didn't ask. They just destroyed it via an update to the Maps app. It's causing a lot of pain to literally millions of people. It's living proof of why Google is too big, can't control its own engineers any more, and has lost its way.
The Navigation software is actually part of Maps, and the Blue Arrow is just an icon to bypass the menu steps inside Maps to get at Navigation. Google have introduced a new beta nav system with the latest Map update. And, for no good reason anyone can think of, removed the icon.
The new nav system sucks. It lacks features of previous systems and crashes - often. While Google did warn it was beta, that's no excuse. Effectively what they said was:
"We have not finished this software and so it's not fit for purpose. We can't be bothered testing it ourselves, we'd rather dump it on you, our customers, and watch you have problems... Read more

Q&A: Enter: Social + Mobile + Local + Commerce

Posted by Rick Mathieson on August 22nd, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Move over SoLoMo - SoLoMoCo is here.
In part five of our August Mobile Marketing Roundtable, we move beyond mere Social + Local + Mobile to Social + Local + Mobile + Commerce, the ability to not just connect with consumers via the mobile channel based on where they are, but also to enable transactions based on that context.
This time out, you'll get some outstanding insights from Jonathan Becher, CMO for softare giant SAP, and Dorrian Porter, CEO of longtime GEN WOW sponsor Mozes.
At the heart of the conversation: A new report from ABI Research that by 2017, one quarter of all online sales will come through mobile. Retailers can choose to do what they can to stem this tide, or capitalize on it in powerful ways through the power of SoLoMoCo.
SOCIAL + MOBILE + LOCAL + COMMERCE: MOBILE MARKETING ROUNDTABLE (PT 5)
>> CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO: Social + Mobile + Local + Commerce & The Future of Retailing <<
(Approx 5:27)
Also, don't miss:
PART 1: SAP CMO: 'Digital is Dead' - And So Is Mobile
PART 2: Mobile 'Happiness': Coca-Cola's Secrets of Mobile Marketing Success
PART 3: Social + Mobile + Local & The Facebook Free-Fall
PART 4: Foursquare's New 'Promoted Updates' & The... Read more

Q&A: Foursquare's New 'Promoted Updates' & The Race to Make Location Click (Roundtable Pt 4)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on August 20th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Is Foursquare upping its game?
Foursquare has always been at the forefront of location-based mobile marketing, and it is always at the vanguard of what's next in this nascent arena. (Listen to my Q&A with Foursquare Co-Founder Dennis Crowley on the eve of the launch of Foursquare to get a sense of his early vision for the service.)
But as innovative as it is, even Foursquare is still finding its footing in what's possible and what's compelling for both marketers and consumers when it comes to SoLoMo.
In recent weeks, Foursquare has launched Promoted Updates, an advertising product that gives merchants a way to reach people who are near their stores, based on location and interest as indicated in past check-ins and other data.
In part four of our August Mobile Marketing Roundtable, GEN WOW sponsor and Mozes CEO Dorrian Porter, SAP CMO Jonathan Becher and Ignited LA VP/CD Jordan Atlas weigh in on this new feature and some of the current challenges in making location a vital part of the SoLoMo equation.
SOCIAL + MOBILE + LOCAL & THE FUTURE OF FOURSQUARE: MOBILE MARKETING ROUNDTABLE (PT 4)
>> CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO: Foursquare & The Race to Make Location Click <<
(Approx 5:40)
Also, don't miss:
PART... Read more

The News Networks Lost Search at the Inauguration (Update)

Posted by Abe Mezrich on January 21st, 2009 at 12:00 am

Yesterday, I wrote about how the networks covering the Obama Inauguration were missing the boat on search engine advertising. Today, CNet reporter Stephen Shankland has covered Google searches around the inauguration (based on Google Trends reports) quite nicely.
Key takeaways: The fastest rising query in Google for Tuesday was "inauguration 2009 streaming." Number 2 was "cnn inauguration," number 4 was "cnn live stream,"  number 5 was "live inauguration" and number 6 was "watch inauguration live online." Explains Shankman: "every single one of the top 100 Google Trends searches were related to the inauguration on Tuesday. Many had to do with people's evident desire to find news about it or a place to watch a streaming video." (See the full list of 100-fastest rising searches here.)
Obama spent $7.5M in Google to become president. Looks like the networks covering his victory didn't learn from their subject's example.