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Study Shows Mobile Holiday Email Opens Nearly Equal Desktop Opens

Have you ever opened one of your own marketing emails on your smartphone? How about on a tablet? Android? iPhone? You may not be doing it, but your customers are.

New numbers from Knotice (say that three times fast) show that mobile opens have risen dramatically in the past year, to the point where they almost match desktop opens.

Cyber Week is the term they’re using to cover the dates beginning the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and ending on Cyber Monday. Mobile opens are up from 30.50% to 44.75% year over year.

The breakdown goes like this: Smartphones 28.22% / Tablets 16.54%.

Police Down Under Warn Against Using Apple Maps

I thought this ‘issue’ had gone away especially since many in the US report that their Apple Maps experience has been more than just fine but apparently there are still some worms in the maps that are Apple’s.

Normally I wouldn’t even bother with reports of bad Apple Maps directions at this point. The furor has died down and people either accept their maps or are using the Google Maps web version for mobile (which many see as a major step down from the native app).

But when you have a police department issue a warning against using Apple Maps based on the need to rescue several people as a result of being misled, well, you gotta share that, right?

MacRumors reports

Google Releases Major Gmail and YouTube Updates for iOS

When Apple removed the native YouTube app after their latest iOS update, I was very, very unhappy. I honestly didn’t realize how often I used the app until it was gone. (Ain’t it always the way.) Google fired back with an iPhone app that you could use on the iPad but it was truly horrible. You had to search in portrait mode then turn to landscape once it started playing and the controls were wonky. Not good. Not good at all.

Last night, I did a round of app updates, went to use YouTube and got an incredible surprise! It was in landscape mode and all pretty and useable again. Yeah! So much yeah, it actually makes me want to spend more time watching videos.

With Mobile Social Sharing, Size Matters

Yeah, I went there.

Anyway, with the latest wave of smaller tablets (Nexus 7 and iPad Mini being the most prominent) moving from marketing hype to consumers’ hands there is evidence that the size of the device being used could be influencing sharing habits.

Tablet publisher and ad provider Onswipe gathered some data recently that gave some insight into how the size difference of a mobile device influences where content and experiences are shared. Of course, much of this has to do with what a person is actually doing. If they are on the couch an iPad is more likely to be used but if they are out and about a smartphone does the trick a bit better. Keep that in mind when you look at this data that was repackaged by eMarketer.

New Study Looks at How Mobile Fits Into Daily News Consumption

Recently, News Corp announced that they were pulling the plug on their subscription based, mobile only newspaper The Daily. It was a grand attempt to get readers to pay for quality content but it fell far short of expectations. Did News Corp do something wrong, or is it the concept as a whole that is at fault?

Mojiva has some data that could help answer that question. They’re a mobile ad network site that reaches 1.1 billion mobile devices around the world. They just published a new report covering the US and the UK titled “The State of Mobile News Consumption“.  Talk about spot on!

Amy Vale, VP, Global Research and Strategic Communications of Mojiva, Inc. begins with this:

Viggle Jumps into the Holiday Stats Pool With a Cheery Infographic

My favorite social TV app, Viggle has decided to use their great power for the good of online marketers everywhere. They’ve put their vast, TV addicted audience to work on a survey about their holiday shopping intentions, then they packed the results into a jolly infographic just for you. . . and you. . . and you over there sucking on that candy cane.

The mad scientist in me will now dissect said infographic, for your edification and enjoyment.

We start with some good news:

That average spend isn’t too bad. Retailers would like to see more, of course, but $505 is a number most of us can live with.

News Corp Pulls the Virtual Plug on their iPad Newspaper

Falling just short of their two-year anniversary, News Corp is shutting down their iPad newspaper The Daily.

On the surface, this doesn’t sound like big news, but it’s a terrible blow for content producers. You see, The Daily was News Corp’s attempt to show that a digital / mobile was a viable substitute for the printed newspaper. With subscriptions and ad dollars falling, news publishers know they have to go virtual to remain in the game but it’s just not working — not in terms of ad sales or subscriptions.

In 22 months, The Daily acquired 100,000 paying subscribers. The prices varied slightly by device but in general we’re talking $19.99 a year for Kindle, $39.99 for iPad and other tablets. Initially, a lot of subscribers came on board for the novelty, drawn in by the promise of quality journalism in an interactive format.