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80% of marketers believe mobile is significant, yet allocate just 3% of budget [infographic]

If 8 in 10 search marketers believe that mobile is an important part of the marketing mix, why is it that it makes up just 3% of budget?

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(Source: SEMPO)

Millennials check their smartphones 43 times per day and other interesting facts

Millennials SDLSDL’s third report of the “Five Truths for Future Marketers” series is titled “Content Finds the Customer.” After reviewing the data, I think the title should be flipped to “Customers Find the Content.”

Think about it. Before mobile and even when the internet was new, customers were passive and advertisers pushed content in their direction. They sat in front of the TV and saw the commercials that were delivered. They opened the mail and found the store circulars and coupons. They opened the newspaper and saw the local ads.

Now, customers are in control of the feed. They skip the commercials on TV only watching the ones they want. They skip TV altogether in favor of streaming services and videos on YouTube. Mail can be stopped and is regularly tossed without a second look and how many millennials are reading the newspaper? Instead, they’re online, actively looking for the information they want and their expectations are higher than ever.

Friday Round-up: Flickr gets anti-social while Target gets appy!

Let’s wrap up the week with a few short stories that have been sitting in my bookmark file.

Flickr gets anti-social

If you use Facebook or Google to login to your Flickr account, get ready to memorize another password. At the end of this month, Fickr will require all users to log in using nothing but a Yahoo account. You remember. . . that free email address you signed up for years ago to catch all your spam?

Here’s what I got when I tried to sign in via Facebook:

Yahoo account reminderIf you don’t have an account, you’ll be prompted to start one. What are the chances that I remember my password. . . or my security answers . . . and now they want my cell phone number for verification, too. Geez, it’s my online photo gallery not my bank account!

No more laptops? Microsoft’s Surface 3 could make it so

Microsoft Corp Surface Pro 3We went from PC’s down to laptops down to mobile phones. Then someone realized we missed a step in between and invented the tablet – the perfect cross between a laptop and a mobile phone – or so they thought. In reality, tablets like the iPad certainly bridge the gap but if you create a lot of documents on your laptop a typical tablet is a poor replacement.

So Microsoft tried again, creating yet another option that falls somewhere between a laptop and a tablet. It’s the Surface 3 and it’s the one mobile device that could make you leave that clunky, too-heavy laptop at home.

Internet Traffic Jam: Netflix, Snapchat and Twitch TV take over the fast lane

mNQzNTA-tacula-rgbstckThe information super highway is getting crowded. During peak periods, it can be tough to maintain any kind of speed but we’re all trying – from out desktop computers, our smartphones, our tablets, internet TVs and gaming consoles. We’re shopping, reading emails, browsing the web – but more than anything, we’re streaming real-time entertainment content.

Almost 64% of all North American downstream internet traffic during peak hours is about streaming media and of that Netflix is king. According to a new report by Sandvine Global, Netflix is responsible for 34% of downstream peak traffic.

Many of these users are “cord cutters” – folks who watch TV and movies via the internet versus on a traditional TV. These guys are major road hogs.

Yahoo goes all in on mobile ads while Instagram and Pinterest take a slow but steady approach

Yahoo adsYahoo is rushing headlong into the advertising fray with a bold, new look on mobile. Instead of trying for unobtrusive ads that won’t disrupt the viewing experience, Yahoo is going with large, image-rich ads that lead to great content. In a funny way, these native ads are hiding in plain sight because they blend in to their surroundings in a good way. They look like content and though they’re clearly marked as sponsored ads, many people won’t notice or care.

Good content is good content, after all, so does it really matter if Netflix sponsored the behind the scenes look at Orange is the New Black? No!

Here’s where I was going to say that this format is great for entertainment stories but won’t work for. . . . (fill in blank) stories – but honestly, I couldn’t think of a good argument against.

Multi-channel marketing leads to increased engagement for SMBs

main street - ericortner - rgbstckThere are more than 28 million small businesses in the US. They provide 55% of all jobs and 54% of US sales. Unfortunately, the failure rate in the first two years is between 50 and 70%. Some sources say it’s even higher. You have a better chance of watching your business fail than your marriage and the fact that that fact is scary says a lot about the world, doesn’t it?

Glass half full time – a record number of entrepreneurs are getting rich off their small business idea and that’s incentive enough to keep millions of people in the game.

A new survey from Constant Contact shows that the majority of small business owners are cautiously optimistic about not only their chances of survival, but of their growth potential.