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Gmail iOS App Back, Fingers Crossed All Around Mountain View

Two weeks ago Google put out their long awaited Gmail app for the iOS. Well, let’s just say it didn’t go well. Google’s Gmail blog gives a rather clinical assessment of the mess that was the Gmail iOS app v.1

Two weeks ago, we introduced our Gmail app for iOS. Unfortunately it contained a bug which broke notifications and displayed an error message, so we removed it from the App Store. We’ve fixed the bug and notifications are now working, and the app is back in the App Store.

In the short time the app was public we received a lot of helpful feedback and feature requests. This included requests for everything from bigger features like multiple account support to customizations like improved notifications and mobile specific signatures.

Android Malware Rises Dramatically

I am an Android user but I will say one thing that I have stayed very cautious about is apps. In other words, unless the app comes from a trusted source (large company etc) I won’t touch it. There is even some trepidation on those apps but at least I can convince myself that the risk of malware is at least lower.

Well, if the current report from Juniper Networks is accurate, my concerns are merited. In fact, the rise in malware has been so rapid (up by 472% since July of this year) that Android is looking a lot like Windows when it comes to viruses and malware. It’s a growing problem for companies and individuals alike.

And what sits relatively problem free? Apple products of course. There is something to be said for the walled garden, huh?

Check out the infographic giving more details about this problem. Stuff like this makes me think, hmmmmmm, that iPhone does look pretty nice and I could get a new friend called Siri as well. When’s that contract up?

MillennialMedia Q3 Shows Rise in App Downloads and Video Ads

2011 is headed into the home stretch, so it’s time to look back at what the third quarter had to offer. Yes, it’s time for another look at a MillennialMedia SMART report.

Overall, the report shows that mobile advertising is still on an upswing which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. What might surprise you are the stats themselves. Like this: Watch Video as a post-click campaign action rose 78% over last quarter. It jumped from 18% to 32% making it one of the top 3 trends of Q3.

Video is everywhere. More advertisers are using video to show off features and benefits of their products. Others use video as a source of entertainment creating a positive (and hopefully viral) experience that shoppers will learn to associate with a brand.

Mobile Users Want Incentives Before They Agree to Shop

A recent survey of 1,000 consumers returned a very nice result — 62% said they’d be willing to make a purchase on their mobile device. . . but only if they were incentivized to do so. Coupons, discounts, loyalty points and gift cards were all mentioned, but oddly, so was text alerts. So maybe it’s not so much about saving money, as it is about being given an easy link to click on.

According to the survey, which was conducted by Sybase 365 and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), shows that mobile interest is increasing at a rapid rate. Last year, only 32% of those surveyed said that an incentive would encourage mobile spending.

Retailers Get Creative With Recordable Codes and Snappy Apps

According to IBM, a record number of shoppers will shift their shopping from PC to mobile this holiday season. For stores with a brick and mortar component that means finding a way to tie together traditional retail shopping with a digital twist.

Come On Get Snappy

Old Navy is doing it with their Snap Appy app. Use the app to scan the Old Navy logo as you wander the store and you’ll get rewarded with games, coupons and other surprises. You can also scan special “snap marks” to get more information about that piece of clothing.

Old Navy spokesperson Deborah Yeh says the app is part shopping tool and part entertainment. It’s designed to keep the customer in the store longer as they engage more deeply with the products on the shelves.

Claim: Bug Reduces The Security of iOS to That of Android


Does that headline imply that there is something wrong inside the Apple walled garden that is the perfection that is the iPhone and all things mobile for those that are, well, the coolest of them all?

To a degree, yes. One of the biggest selling points that Apple has always had over any other competitor is the virtual non-existence of malware and viruses. Most of that can be contributed to Microsoft hate and Android openness as well as the desire by those who create these kinds of things to take down larger numbers of devices. Well, now that Apple’s mobile platform is so widespread it is being exploited for real.

According to Forbes:

Yahoo Breaks New Ad Ground with Social Slider and Living Ads

Yahoo has launched two new ad services designed to engage consumers in a more meaningful and fun way.

First is the Social Sentiment Slider. The slider is a sponsored poll that is attached to a piece of content on Yahoo’s site.

Here’s what it looks like:

We can’t see the article, but presumably it’s a news feature about the rise in luxury item sales, or something along those lines. People move the slider to express their opinion, the percentages change and then they can post that opinion directly to Facebook.

There’s no doubt that social engagement will help brand awareness, but there’s also a potential pitfall. The ad sponsor doesn’t get to choose the slider question, Yahoo does. In the above case, it can be disconcerting to see a high percentage to the negative side (Status) when you’re promoting a luxury car right underneath.