MillennialMedia Q3 Shows Rise in App Downloads and Video Ads

2011 is headed into the home stretch, so it’s time to look back at what the third quarter had to offer. Yes, it’s time for another look at a MillennialMedia SMART report.

Overall, the report shows that mobile advertising is still on an upswing which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. What might surprise you are the stats themselves. Like this: Watch Video as a post-click campaign action rose 78% over last quarter. It jumped from 18% to 32% making it one of the top 3 trends of Q3.

Video is everywhere. More advertisers are using video to show off features and benefits of their products. Others use video as a source of entertainment creating a positive (and hopefully viral) experience that shoppers will learn to associate with a brand.

New Social Job Site Attempts to Quantify Your Worth

“I am not a number!”

After only ten minutes on the new B2B social media site, Identified, I wanted to shout that phrase from the rooftops. I wanted to have it printed on a T-shirt and email it over and over again to the site owners. We’re human beings, for heaven’s sake. Can we stop trying to quantify a person’s worth with a single number!

Now that I have that out of my system. . .

Identified is a new social network for the job hunter. It’s like LinkedIn, in that it’s business driven, but the goal is to open a line of communication between companies and potential employees. That’s what they say. I don’t believe it.

FTC Stands Behind Self-Regulation of Online Ad Industry

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz spoke up for self-regulation of targeted advertising during a presentation at ad:tech New York on Tuesday.

He stated that consumers must be given a choice as to how much of their personal data is tracked, but it’s up to the ad industry, not the government, to make it so.

“We at the FTC have no interest in shutting down the Internet party,” he said. “Our only concern is that, if guests understand there could be a cover charge to the party [in the form of giving up some privacy], they should be able to make meaningful choices about how much they’ll pay.”

This comes just as the Digital Advertising Alliance released an up-dated set of principles regarding online data collection.

Mobile Users Want Incentives Before They Agree to Shop

A recent survey of 1,000 consumers returned a very nice result — 62% said they’d be willing to make a purchase on their mobile device. . . but only if they were incentivized to do so. Coupons, discounts, loyalty points and gift cards were all mentioned, but oddly, so was text alerts. So maybe it’s not so much about saving money, as it is about being given an easy link to click on.

According to the survey, which was conducted by Sybase 365 and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), shows that mobile interest is increasing at a rapid rate. Last year, only 32% of those surveyed said that an incentive would encourage mobile spending.

Retailers Get Creative With Recordable Codes and Snappy Apps

According to IBM, a record number of shoppers will shift their shopping from PC to mobile this holiday season. For stores with a brick and mortar component that means finding a way to tie together traditional retail shopping with a digital twist.

Come On Get Snappy

Old Navy is doing it with their Snap Appy app. Use the app to scan the Old Navy logo as you wander the store and you’ll get rewarded with games, coupons and other surprises. You can also scan special “snap marks” to get more information about that piece of clothing.

Old Navy spokesperson Deborah Yeh says the app is part shopping tool and part entertainment. It’s designed to keep the customer in the store longer as they engage more deeply with the products on the shelves.

Brand Interaction on Twitter is Up By One Third

Twitter is slowly rising in the ranks as a means of communication between consumers and the brands they love. According to a study from Constant Contact and Chadwick Martin Bailey, one-third of brand followers said they were interacting more with brands than ever before.

The most surprising fact to come out of this study is that 75% of consumers have never “un-followed” a brand on Twitter. That’s either a testament to relevancy of the brands that use the social service or a side effect of the quick post turnover. I’m going with the second option.

Various studies have put the lifespan of a Tweet at under an hour. Klout recently ran up some numbers that showed a longer life for those with more Klout. Of course, all of this is dependent on retweets. If you don’t have them, your message will fall off the grid within minutes.

Google+ Starts Rollling Out Pages for Business

It’s been a long time coming and now it’s finally here. . . sort of. Google+ is now rolling out pages for businesses and brands but you can’t start building just yet.

Their announcement blog post is all full of warm and fuzzy feelings about how Google+ Pages will allow business to connect with the people who love them on a deeply meaningful level.

Here’s my favorite line:

“Not only can they recommend you with a +1, or add you to a circle to listen long-term. They can actually spend time with your team, face-to-face-to-face.”

Only Google would consider an online comment typed on to a virtual page to be “face-to-face’ contact.