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New Theater Policy: Please Do Not Silence Your Cell Phone

Second-screen usage while watching TV is a growing trend. Thanks to smartphones and tablets, more people than ever are chatting with friends, playing games and syncing up for points while they watch their favorite shows. It’s great publicity for the series and it’s an excellent way to get viewers to engage with advertising content. So why not extend this idea to the movie theater?

Movie theater execs discussed this very topic at their recent industry convention in Las Vegas. According to the LA Times, the Chief Exec for Regal Entertainment suggested that allowing people to text during some movies could be good for business.

An exec from a Texas based chain replied, “Over my dead body.”

Google Looks to Make Search Ads Move Mobile Apps for Advertisers

Today Google announced several improvements to existing services like click-to-download for mobile advertisers. Using language that is starting to sound very familiar to those who follow the search giant the new systems are meant to create a “holistic solution” for businesses looking to take advantage of the rapidly expanding mobile app world.

From the Google Mobile Ads blog

Mobile search is a powerful channel for businesses to engage with customers that are searching for them or for their application. Last year, we introduced improvements to click-to-download ads, and for publishers, launched Custom Search Ads for Mobile Apps. Today we’d like to share several new features that will make it even easier for AdWords advertisers to promote, track and monetize their mobile app. For the first time, businesses can use AdWords mobile search ads as a holistic solution to promote, monetize and track their app downloads.

Google’s Latest on Mobile and More

While Google scrambles to put together all of its disparate pieces into a cohesive product set it is still busy showing off the other areas where it feels it needs to be. Two of those areas that received attention in the past day or so are mobile and Google Translate.

First with mobile. Google released its “The Mobile Playbook: The Busy Executive’s Guide to Winning With Mobile“. You may think that all Google does well is search (and even that is hotly debated in many camps) but they are getting better at the content marketing game. This offering is pretty cool. Here is the table of contents to give you an idea if you want to look a little deeper

Here is a sample page from the Playbook looking at the definition of the local mobile user according to research

Mobile Spending on the Rise: There are 32 Billion Apps for That

How much do you spend on mobile in a year? Figure in the cost of data plans, apps and app upgrades, downloaded music and videos, maybe you even coughed up a buck for a ring tone?

All together, and combined with the rest of the world, you’re looking at a final bill of around $138.2 billion in 2012. That’s up 13.4% from last year.

The data comes from Strategy Analytics’ Global Mobile Media Forecast and the numbers are pretty startling.

Along with the rise in consumer spend, is the rise in advertiser spend. That’s expected to double this year hitting around $11.6 billion.

Apps are a huge part of the growth. They come in second behind data plans with 18.9% of the total mobile spend globally. 18.9% doesn’t sound like much, but it represents $26.1 billion dollars in sales.

Apple Takes a Bigger Bite Out of Mobile Impressions – Maybe

InMobi just released their Mobile Insights Report for Q1 2012 and they declared Apple the winner!

Now, before you get on me about my obvious bias (yes, I’ve seen the comments and emails), let’s set this data straight.

The report shows that iOS picked up 37% of all impressions coming in on InMobi’s network. Android’s no slacker though, as they pulled 34%. It’s RIM who was left in the dust with only 7%.

The chart to the right is a part of their Feb, 2012 infographic and shows a comparison to Nov 2011. There, you can plainly see Apple’s rise to the top, but there’s a little more to the story.

Anne Frisbie, Vice President and Managing Director, North America, InMobi, says:

Consumers Say No to High Volume of Digital Ads

66% of consumers say they’re on the receiving end of too many digital ads and they’re not happy about it. After you file this one under, ‘not surprised,’ take a closer look at this graphic from eMarketer.

I’d like to have the email addresses for the 2% of US consumers who said they aren’t getting enough ads. Those are my kind of people.

As for those who said they were overwhelmed, they also said that they routinely ignore and / or delete messaging from frequent promoters. Even worse, 28% of US respondents said excessive marketing made them less likely to ever see the brand in a positive light.

Study Predicts the End of Cash and Card Transactions by 2020

Chase Bank has a new commercial that shows a woman at the zoo, stopping to deposit a check in the bank with her smartphone. She tells her daughter that all she has to do is take a picture of the check and it goes right into her bank account. Obviously confused by this marvel of technology, the child then freaks when mom uses her phone to take a picture of a lion. Cut to: lion prowling through the bank.

Clever and pretty cool. The way we bank is changing everyday thanks to online technology and smartphones. Most banks now allow you to transfer money and pay bills online. Some have systems that allow you to pay friends via an email address. And some allow you to swipe your phone over a reader in order to pay a cashier.