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TV viewers would rather skim social media than watch TV commercials

Tivo logoHow many of you simple watch TV while you’re watching TV? Show of hands.

That looks about right. The Second Annual TiVo Multitasking and Social TV Survey says that more than half of the people they studied multitask while watching TV. That’s a huge increase over last year’s 36%.

If you’re a TV producer, don’t worry. 47% said that even though they’re doing other things at the same time, their primary focus is on the television. . . or so they say.

Top TV-time activities:

  • 74% browse the internet
  • 73% read or send email
  • 71% send text messages

Listen to this! Twitter now has iTunes and Audio Cards

For the past year, social media has been all about bringing you more video and better images. Now Twitter wants to explore a new / old type of content – audio!

I know, when you use the word “audio” it sounds like a step backwards, so how about we use the words streaming music and podcasts. Now we’re talking. . . literally.

Twitter audio_card_blogTwitter just launched two new features that are designed to keep you on site / on app for just a little bit longer.

This graphic above is an example of the new Audio Cards. In Twittereze, Cards are rich media blocks that auto-format and deliver specific types of information in the same way every time. There are app cards, photo cards and player cards for video.

Study shows one third of Google ad conversions happen on mobile

 

When discussing mobile and commerce, we usually think of the phone as a tool showroomers use to find the best price on whatever it is they’re shopping for. But a new study from Marin Software shows that consumers are slowly but surely turning to their mobile devices to complete the deal as well.

 

Marin 2014 Ad Conversions

Desktop is still the clear choice across the board but those other two bars are closing in fast. Here are a few more facts from Q3 2014:

  • Mobile devices comprised 31% of paid search impressions and 38% of search ad clicks on Google.
  • Mobile accounted for 30% of ad conversions with mobile conversions increasing 2.4% quarter-over-quarter and nearly 11% year-over-year.

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On Monday, you can buy lunch with just a touch of your iPhone

Apple Pay iPhoneOn October 20, the world will take another step toward wallet-less freedom. Yes, they’re ready to throw the switch on Apple Pay. Hooray?

I simply can’t decide if this is a good thing, bad thing or any kind of a thing at all. Apple did a super job getting big names on board for the launch; Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bloomingdale’s, Champs Sports, Chevron and Texaco retail stores including ExtraMile, Disney Store, Foot Locker, Macy’s, McDonald’s, Nike, Office Depot, Panera Bread, Petco, RadioShack, SUBWAY, Toys’R’Us, Walgreens and Whole Foods Market.

This is not only a great list of brands people trust and use, it’s also a really nice mix. Lunch at SUBWAY, groceries at Whole Foods, gas at Chevron, gift as Toys’R’Us – smart.

Male gamers choose video but female gamers go to Facebook

Mobile gaming network, Everyplay just published an extensive report on the habits of mobile gamers. Even if you’re not in the mobile game biz, there are some interesting findings that might apply to whatever it is you’re marketing on mobile.

The white paper is called “Mobile Gaming: Social Motivations.” It’s 30-pages of data gleaned from 3,000 US mobile gamers; male, female, casual and can’t get enough – it’s all covered.

The first thing to note is that the biggest spenders aren’t bored teens, they’re highly-competitive men from Generation X.

Heaviest spenders on mobile games

 

Friday Round-up: Twitter fights for transparency and Amazon gets physical

celebrate-the-little-thingsDid you have a good week? Maybe you had a breakthrough? Sales are up, complaints are down – celebrate the good and let the rest go.

That’s the advice portion of the post, now on to all the news that was too (insert adjective) to print.

Twitter Fights for Transparency

Twitter filed a lawsuit in federal court asking for the right to publish their full transparency report. Right now, they’re forbidden from publishing the exact number of national security letters (“NSLs”) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”) court orders received, even if that number is zero. Twitter feels that people have a right to know if the government is requesting information – and it’s not like they want to hand out names and dates. All they want is the right to say if it’s 1 request or 100.

Ads coming to Snapchat? They’re already here.

SnapchatDigital clutter is a real thing. All those text messages and photos and videos piling up on your phone. . . if only they could simply disappear when you were done with them. . . .

That’s the concept behind Snapchat. Send photos and videos to your friends, they mark the ones they want to keep, everything else self-destructs seconds after it’s viewed. No more digital clutter and it’s also a super way to make sure mom never sees that sexy photo you sent to your new boyfriend.

Snapchat may have a bad reputation among those over 30 but for girls under 25, it’s magic.

The app has more than 100 million users. Business Insider adds on these facts: