Mobile ad acceptance grows
A recent Nielsen study of more than 22,000 active mobile data users, shows gaining acceptance of mobile advertising in the US reports Marketing Charts.
23 percent of US mobile subscribers (58 million people) say they have seen mobile advertising in the previous 30 days.
Half of mobile data users (51 percent, or 28 million people) who recall seeing a mobile ad say they responded to the ad in some way.
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Compare your shopping trolley, then checkout
Mysupermarket is a free shopping and comparison website for supermarket shoppers that includes direct links with the big four UK supermarket chains.
Each product also shows the weight or volume, price, special offers and price per unit, as well as detailed nutritional information.
Once you get to the checkout the site’s Trolley Checker tool displays the cost of purchasing those contents at each of the 4 online stores. In addition a Price Checker tool recommends changes to save you money. There is also a Health Checker tool to help remind you of healthier product options. Read more... (135 words, 1 image, estimated 32 secs reading time)
Semantic web (web 3.0) explained
Lots is being written about how the internet will evolve into a semantic web (sometimes known as web 3.0).
The Semantic web promises to provide a framework that will revolutionise how components of the web can connect to establish meaningful actions.
It’s often easiest to explain a future state with an example of how the semantic web will address a challenging problem.
This article by Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila does just that. Read more... (499 words, estimated 2:0 mins reading time)
Internet access speeds, lower cost of video equipment, and ease of video sharing has lead to an expansion of video content on the web.
3 former Google employees have launched a site that is positioned as a video based “how-to guide” to pretty much anything. In their words, “Imagine an ever-expanding universe of how-to knowledge, created for you and by you. That’s Howcast“. Read more... (290 words, 1 image, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
Consumers turn the Tide
Super Bowl advertising isn’t cheap, and at nearly $2 million for a 30 second spot it is the most expensive placement you can make.
So if you are going to advertise during the Super Bowl, there are some basic things that you should get right.
1. Create a microsite for the ad and show the URL in your commercial. If you are spending that much on placement, having a microsite is almost mandatory.
This year 84% of ads did this and unlike last year these URL’s led to the right landing pages. Read more... (291 words, 1 image, estimated 1:10 mins reading time)
Frontiering phone interface
Interacting without keyboards has become easier thanks to developments like the iPhone with its intuitive touch screen interface. During its development, Apple patented every aspect of the proprietary technology, leaving little for other mobile-phone manufacturers to improve upon.
But Nokia has filed for their own proprietary “Touch User Interface”, which measures the hand and finger movements in a 3D space around the device. The Nokia S60 3D Touchless Device Control Interface. Read more... (113 words, 1 image, estimated 27 secs reading time)
Wearing Cause Stories
Stories are the best forms of communication, and ones that you can wear can be great forms of conversation starters.
For charities, getting potential donors to feel involved with a cause can be difficult. Rosa Loves facilitates this by selling t-shirts which have both a graphic and a story describing the cause they are supporting. The story is placed on the inside of the t-shirt next to the wearer’s heart to invoke a personal attachment to the cause. Read more... (149 words, 1 image, estimated 36 secs reading time)
Guiness book of records goes social
Guinness book of records has just gone social, by adding an online community to their web site.
This will allow record holders, or those who "want to be", as well as fans to share videos, photos, audio and stories. Visitors can also create their own profile page including blog entries.
The site will allow discussion around actual record attempts ahead of the annual book publication.
The community section is powered by KickApps and Guiness hopes the site will help to identify new record breaking talent. Read more... (177 words, 2 images, estimated 42 secs reading time)
Online picture editor
Fixpicture is a pretty cool online picture editor that runs in Flash or HTML.
Like Picnik it allows you to upload pictures, resize and add effects and will appeal to the growing audience of consumers who what a simple, easy to use free picture editor.
Broad shoulders mobile platform
ChallengeOptimus is a mobile phone company based in Portugal wanting to target young people within a big music festival. So they came up with a plan to create a unique viewing platform service provided by ten big men. The service called "broad shoulders" was greatly accepted by the young people in the festival and word quickly spread across the festival. More people used the "Broad Shoulders" service to get a better view of the concert, search for a lost friend in the crowd. Read more... (159 words, 1 image, estimated 38 secs reading time)