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SoLoMo Infograph Shows Impact of Mobile and Social on Locale

If you own a small, brick and mortar or service business, you need to know about SoLoMo. Don’t worry, it’s not illegal, it’s not even really a secret, it’s just a cool acronym that combines three of the hottest trends in marketing – SOcial, LOcal, and MObile.

Last week, Frank asked the question, “Is Doing Mobile a No-Brainer for Your Company?” Well, of course it is. Everyone has to have mobile. . . because . . . look!

Gotta have a piece of that, right? But check out this block from the new Monetate infograph titled “Retailer’s Guide to SoLoMo.”

Ouch. That’s a lot of thought for only a 1% conversion. Maybe mobile isn’t the yellow brick road after all. But wait, before you fire your developer, take a look at this;

Facebook Invites Mobile Users to Install Apps Now

Facebook has initiated a strong call to action on their mobile app ads by adding the words “Install Now” at the bottom.

The previous design was less specific with only a Try These Apps header and a small, clickable arrow. Now, there’s no question about what you’re supposed to do and what will happen when you do it.

Here’s a screenshot of the new ad in action courtesy of Ryan Spoon.

It’s a good looking square for mobile. It’s clear, it’s not cluttered and I know exactly what to do when I see it.

This new ad pulls the header graphic from the App Center page and it shows the star rating and how many of your friends are using it. Good info all around.

Is Doing Mobile a No-Brainer for Your Company?

We talk about mobile. We talk so much about it so much I wonder if we have moved to the ‘dangerous assumption’ phase of the game. That’s the point where it seems to be such a foregone conclusion that since everyone is talking about mobile then everyone is actually doing it and doing it well. If that isn’t a dangerous assumption in the Internet marketing world then I don’t know what is.

Research is showing clearly that users expect a reasonable mobile experience. If we are to believe a report done on Google’s behalf by SmithGeiger and Sterling Research (which was repackaged by eMarketer) then if we are not paying attention to mobile the risks can be quite high.

Are Mobile Devices Cutting into PC Sales? Or Are We Too Broke to Upgrade?

People aren’t buying as many PCs as they used to. It’s a fact. . . according to Gartner, anyway. They say that computer shipments are down 8.3% worldwide and 13.8% in the US.

Locally, Toshiba and Acer have taken the hardest hits. HP would have been in trouble except that they’re ahead of the game in worldwide sales. And there’s little Lenovo – the only manufacturer to show growth this past year. What’s going on?

Mobile certainly is a factor. Smartphones and tablets have to be eating into PC usage, but it’s hard to imagine that’s what’s stopping sales. Could be that there simply haven’t been enough innovations in computing lately to make upgrading worth the cost and effort.

Shoppers Use Mobile for Deals and Research But Rarely to Buy

Every year, we expect mobile to become an even more significant factor in holiday shopping but its use is still far from mainstream.

According to Marketlive’s 4th Annual “Mindset of a Multi-Channel Shopper” survey only 16% of shoppers plan to do all or most of their shopping with a mobile device. That is up 3% from last year, but given the flood of tablets and smartphones on the market, shouldn’t that number be higher?

There was a significant increase in the number of shoppers using mobile to research a purchase, 29% up from 12% in 2011.

Google Looks to Further Differentiate Maps Offering With Street View Update

While the furor over Mapplegate has died down a bit it doesn’t mean that the battle of the online cartographers is over, not by a long shot.

In fact, it is fair to expect that Google and just about any other map player in the space will be attempting to roll out feature after feature to establish position in the all important online map space.

Google’s latest play comes complete with hyperbole and all. Their blog post from the Lat Long blog is titled “Making Google Maps more comprehensive with biggest Street View update ever” Woo hoo! Here’s what is it says and below that is a sample of what one can expect.

Today we’re making our Street View coverage more comprehensive than ever before by launching our biggest ever update–doubling our number of special collections and updating over 250,000 miles of roads around the world. We’re increasing Street View coverage in Macau, Singapore, Sweden, the U.S., Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and Canada. And we’re launching special collections in South Africa, Japan, Spain, France, Brazil and Mexico, among others.

The courtyard of Kronborg castle, Denmark

5 Trends to Remember When Marketing to Moms

Moms have power and not just the power to make you clean your room or eat your veggies. Moms spend more than $2.1 trillion US dollars annually and you want some of that. To help you get it, BabyCenter LLC has put together a list of the five top trends you need to be aware of when marketing to mom.

TREND #1: The Mobile State of Mom

Mom is more mobile than the rest of us. While she is the early adopter of most tech devices — from laptops and digital cameras to smartphones and DVRs — the mobile phone is the device that gives Mom superpowers, enabling her to multitask throughout her busy day.