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Mobile to Account for 25% of Paid-Search Clicks by End of 2012

Mobile is rising faster than anyone anticipated and that’s good news for all kinds of marketers. The recently released “State of Mobile Search Advertising in the US” report by Marin, shows the click growth over the past year.

If mobile continues on this path, Marin estimates that mobile will account for 25% of all paid-search clicks on Google by the end of this year.

Most of the reason for the growth is the corresponding growth in smart phone ownership. It’s estimated that when you combine Android and iOS, there will be one billion phones in play sometime before the summer of 2013.

But it’s not just smart phones. It looks like tablets will be delivering almost half of all the mobile paid-search clicks by the end of this year. That’s really something, given that tablets are not yet common, household devices.

Google Play Goes into Hard Sell Mode

Google Play was officially released earlier this month but I only just got my first look at it thanks to the bright red NEW logo in my Google Gmail bar.

I had forgotten about the new initiative, so I clicked the button and was promptly confused.

Is this an entertainment magazine? An online store? A review site? And look, it says Android Apps! I’m an iPhone users so does that mean none of this is for me?

If I was your average consumer, I might have closed the page and moved on. But I’m a journalist, so I decided to research this whole colorful mess. Turns out, this is Google’s new one-stop entertainment shop / cloud service / social sharing site.

The New York Times: Will Less Equal More?

The New York Times recently cut their digital reader freebies in half. Previously, a person could read up to 20 online articles a month without having to subscribe. Now, once they hit 10 articles, they’ll have to subscribe in some way in order to access more.

Obviously, their hope is that this will increase their number of digital subscribers, because they really need them.

According to CNET, the Times has 454,000 digital subscribers, but more than half that number came on board just after the paywall went live. That means they’ve seen a slow down in subscriptions when numbers should be increasing with time.

Men Who Shop With Phones

It’s not a well known fact, but there are indeed men who shop with phones. . . and laptops. . . and tablets.

Hidden before now, eMarketer has shined the light on them and I’m here to say, be not afraid. We, the shopping women of America, welcome you.

The tip comes from a survey by Men’s Health magazine, which kind of tells you a little about the respondents right there.

What they discovered is that men go online to check for best prices and seek out reviews in all categories, not just the manly ones.

A smaller segment also like brand pages on Facebook, tell their friends about their favorite products and post shopping-related comments on forums. The only thing missing from this list is how many of them use coupons when buying. Not many, I’d guess.

Digital News Consumption Grows, But Slowly on Social Media

I have a friend who gets all of her news from Facebook. If it comes up there, she’s got it, if not, forget it.

Sometimes it seems like everyone in the US is this way, but new numbers from the Pew Research Center say it isn’t so.

The numbers come from their recently released State of the News Media 2012 report.

This extensive report looks at all the ways we consume news, from TV to print to digital.

Inside the report is a section devoted to Facebook and Twitter. In the past, we’ve seen news stories broken on Twitter and false news stories take hold in an instant.

Millennial Media Report Wraps Up the Mobile Marketing Year

It was a good year for mobile marketing, maybe the first where marketers of every size felt comfortable taking a run at it.

Millennial Media, the SMART report folks, have put together their year in review and it’s chock full of information about where we’ve been.

It begins with a true vertical explosion. Triple-digit growth in mobile ad spend.

Not surprisingly, technology is leading the way as the biggest spender in the mobile market. I would have thought Retail would be next, but Finance is going after all those busy people who live with a phone in their hands. Finance is actually the top global advertiser when ranked by spend.

E-Commerce Confusion: Mobile Shoppers Choose M-Web Over App

Apps may be all the rage, but a new study from Nielsen shows that it’s mobile websites that are getting all the attention from shoppers.

This past holiday season, Nielsen monitored the smartphone shopping habits of 5,000 volunteers. They concentrated on five big sellers — Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Target and Walmart — and found that, combined, they reached nearly 60 percent of those shoppers.

In spite of all the hoopla around holiday shopping apps, the majority used the mobile websites to complete their purchases.

Though all of the retailers had a usage bump around Black Friday, Amazon was the overall winner when it came to reach.

You could look at these stats and say that people don’t want to shop with apps but it’s more likely a case of e-commerce confusion.