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Mcommerce Growth Projections Show Mobile Shopping Getting Stronger

eMarketer has shared findings that give marketers insights into the increasingly critical world of Mcommerce (mobile commerce).

In case you missed it, the Year of Mobile came and went pretty quickly. Now we simply live in a mobile world. This is sea change kind of stuff not some specific moment in time as we like to define things at times. As a result, ecommerce is moving to mobile devices more and more and that trend is not likely to stop. Here are the growth projections from eMarketer.

US Retail Mcommerce Sales Projections

Personally I don’t like this kind of graphical representation because those who are simply glancing at the chart will see a perceived downward trend. Translated: People don’t pay attention like they should. All this chart shows is that at the start of any new long lasting trend the percentage of growth looks less impressive as adoption rates increase over the years. This is the same kind of trending that used to make people frown upon 40% growth reports from Google. Be careful.

One thing that is very important to note in all of this will be the role that tablets will play in Mcommerce.

Social Gets More Mobile in 2013

emarketer social mobileTwitter was designed as a method of delivering short, spontaneous messages to a group of friends. It worked beautifully with mobile because it allowed you to express your thoughts while things were happening.

“I just saw Brad Pitt at Starbucks.”

“These lunch truck tacos are incredible!”

And not long after, we had the ability to take and share pictures of Brad and the incredible tacos to back up on our story. Now, thanks to the rise in smartphones and tablets and the forethought of social network app makers, mobile is becoming an even bigger factor in the social media game.

As you can see from this eMarketer chart, social media users are slowly cutting down their dependence on the PC in favor of the mobile phone and tablet. There’s even been an increase in Internet-enabled TV, game console and ereader use – devices that aren’t well suited to updating Facebook.

CES 2013 Kicks Off With ‘Born Mobile’ Keynote

Steve Ballmer, Paul JacobsWith a tagline like “Born Mobile,” I was expecting Qualcomm to use Bruce Springsteen as part of their CES 2013 keynote address, alas they went with Maroon Five, Guillermo del Toro, and Big Bird. Surely, an unprecedented mix.

The real star of the show was crazy Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft. Once he hit the stage, it turned into a late-night infomercial for the new Windows RT tablets. Those are the ones where the tablet snaps into the keyboard giving you the best of both worlds. They are nifty little machines, almost cool enough to worry my iPad.

The keynote host was Paul Jacobs of Qualcomm. His overreaching point was that mobile is now ingrained in our lives and it’s only going to expand from here. Already, 84% of people worldwide say that can’t go a day without mobile. He also noted that most people look at their mobile phone 150 times a day. Yowza.

Mobile Video and Sharing Go ‘Hand in Hand’ and ‘Hand to Hand’

Every marketers dream is to have their message passed around by people. Those messages come in a variety of delivery devices like the written word, images and more but the one type of content that people like to share the most is video.

A recent study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence titled “Mobile Phone Video Diaries: Understanding Mobile Video Usage” shows that people pass videos around. That may not come as a surprise but what might is the second most popular way these videos are shared which is, unfortunately, an area of concern for marketers.

iab Image for sharing video on device

YouTube Expands ‘Send to TV’ and Other Trends at CES

The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is only a few days away and that means we’ll soon get a sneak peak at future of technology. There are rumors about 110 inch screens and new shapes for TVs. Dozens of new smartphones will be revealed, maybe even one with a screen you can bend! So cool – but why?

YouTube says they’ll be expanding their Send to TV option. I’m I the only person who didn’t know they had this?

To use the system right now, you need an Android phone and a Google TV. You navigate to the video you want to watch then click the TV button on the app. Zap, the video appears on your TV. You can then use your mobile phone as a remote control to pause, go forward and back, etc. You can also create a queue so the next video will begin playing on your TV as soon as the other one stops. Nifty.

Whodunnit? Hawaii Five-O Asks Fans to Choose the Ending in Real Time

Kapu (Forbidden)Interactive TV is something we’ve been talking about long before tablets and smartphones arrived in the home. My first marketing gig was with a company working on a remote control that allowed viewers to bookmark content related to the show they were watching. It was a multi-step, cumbersome process but at the time, it was the ultimate in TV interaction.

We have come so far, so fast.

On January 14, CBS will make TV history with the first, truly interactive episode of Hawaii Five-O. A college professor is found murdered and there are three suspects; his boss, his teaching assistant and a student who he busted for cheating. Which one did it? Depends on who the viewers pick.

Facebook Messenger Mobile Users Can Now Send Voice Messages

Facebook has added the capability to send a voice message via the Facebook Messenger App for both iOS and Android.

Here is a screenshot of what you will find when you click to the left of the message box in the Messenger App. The screenshot is of an Android version.

Facebook Messenger Android Screenshot

When the message appears to the receiver it will look like this (iOS version shown here)