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Will People Pay Attention Instead of Cash to Level Up Non-Gaming Mobile Apps?

Freemium is a concept that works in mobile gaming. Freemium apps brought in almost 10 billion in revenue last year and 80% of that went to games. We’ll pay to level up faster, get the hottest virtual goods and unlock areas we’ve never seen before. We’ll pay to keep playing. But Tapjoy has discovered that people are also willing to pay attention instead of cash.

Tapjoy Mobile Value Exchange model lets players earn credits and upgrades by completing brand tasks. Want to play a few more rounds of Family Feud? Watch this ad for a new shampoo and you’re in.

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Tapjoy is taking this concept a step further by branching out into other types of apps; non-gaming apps and that’s where it gets interesting.

Mobile Users Check Facebook Often and From Everywhere. . .Even at the Gym

Facebook recently released the results of an IDC survey they sponsored called “Always Connected: How Smartphones and Social Keep Us Engaged.”

From the title and the fact that it was sponsored by Facebook, you can see where this is going. But this is one of those times where the potential bias doesn’t really matter because I don’t need a survey to tell me how connected we are to our mobile phones and social media.

But let’s talk about this interesting point:

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The people who figured into this number were 18-44 year-olds who owned either an iPhone or Android phone. 70% of the pool said they use their mobile phone to access Facebook and 61% did it daily. And not just once or twice, either. On average, they accessed Facebook nearly 14 times per day. The only thing they did more often was text.

BlackBerry Using Android Apps to Regain Traction

blackberry 10I find it hard to believe but BlackBerry is still around and there may even be a bit of life left in the beleaguered device maker.

The BlackBerry fall from grace is one of business school case study lore but while we are quick to dismiss the company in the US in lieu of Apple or Android devices, the rest of the world still knows Blackberry well. As the company works to fight back with its new BlackBerry 10 OS and devices like the Z10 it is using a rather interesting tactic to help it get back to relevancy. That tactic is having about 1 in 5 apps in the BlackBerry app store actually be Android apps. All Things D reports

Deloitte’s State of the Media Democracy Tracks the Illusive Digital Omnivore

sheldon cooperSsh. . . don’t disturb the digital omnivores. You can get a little closer if you’re quiet. Generally, they’re too engrossed in their media device to notice you, but if they sense you’re reading over their shoulder. . . look out. . .it could get ugly.

The new Deloitte State of the Media Democracy survey says that there’s been a dramatic rise in the digital omnivore population. 26% of consumers have morphed into one of these creatures because they own a laptop, a smartphone and a tablet.

Here’s an amazing fact. Tablet ownership is up 177% over last year. How crazy is that?

Digital omnivores are passionate creatures.

93% said that Internet access is the most valued household subscription. (Take that Sunday newspaper.) More than half said they’d pay extra in order to get a little more speed on the information superhighway.

Generation Z: If They’re Awake, They’re Online

1019022_79637985If you’ve ever had dinner with a teenager, you know how hard it is to get them to disconnect. Sure, they’re sitting right across from you, but they’re texting under the table and if the right message comes in, they’re gone in a flash.

With mobile phones, internet connected video games, tablets and computers, staying connected is easy for Generation Z. And though these 13-18 year-olds represent only 8.3% of the US population (as of the 2010 Census) they represent a much bigger presence on the internet.

Wikia just released the results of a new study they conducted with Ipsos MediaCT called  “GenZ: The Limitless Generation.” It examines the relationship between teens and technology and at the risk of sounding like a boring parent, the results are disturbing.

Is the Camera Enough of a Reason To Get a Windows Phone?

How companies choose to advertise is always fascinating to other marketers especially when that ad is attempting to help fight what might appear to many to be an uphill battle.

In the world of mobile we talk about two platforms primarily: Apple’s iOS and Android. Of course, there are other platforms and the one that seems to be trying the hardest to break into the game with the big boys is Microsoft’s Mobile Windows. It’s a common theme from Microsoft who seems to be playing catch up in most everything that is becoming more important as the years go by.

Here is a new ad from Microsoft that will be running during the NCAA Tournament. The gist is that the camera on the Nokia Lumia 920 is better than the Samsung S3

Majority of DVR Users Record Shows Just to Skip the Commercials

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We the people, watch a lot of TV, video and movies.

If you don’t believe me, I have the results from Motorola Mobility’s Fourth Annual Media Engagement Barometer to back me up. They studied the video viewing habits of 9,500 consumers in 17 countries and found out that people spend a lot of time watching and they do it all over the house.

I wouldn’t say any of these results are startling, but their are plenty of fun tidbits you can use to amuse your friends.

For example:

Consumers around the world are watching nine more hours of TV than they did in 2011. (19 hours vs 10 hours). When you add in films, the average person is now watching 25 hours of TV and movie content a week.