According to CruxialCIO, IBM will expand its partnership with Monitise, a provider of mobile payments products and services, to help create tools for cloud-based mobile commerce for use by banks, retailers, payment companies and others. These companies first got together in 2013 to develop mobile banking and payment services for Visa Europe.
The companies said they would work to provide financial institutions with data analytics and location-based services aimed at helping customers receive targeted services in-store, as well as offer new digital and mobile money systems while reducing costs and creating new sources of revenue for financial service providers.
Posted in Mobile Payments, News
According to Business Insider, two trademarks filed by Snapchat lawyers may suggest that Snapchat may try to monetize through mobile payments or mobile credit card processing, unlike the traditional way through selling advertisements.
Snapchat has filed three trademarks. The first, granted in July 2013, defined Snapchat as a “computer application software for mobile phones, portable media players, and handheld computers, namely, software for sending digital photos, videos, images, and text to others via the global computer network.” This sounds like the Snapchat we all know.
Posted in Marketing Strategy, Mobile Apps, Mobile Payments
According to Payments Source, amazon has released a beta version of an Amazon Wallet App that’s currently focused on shopping and discounts but could serve as a launch pad for mobile payments.
In the age of surging popularity for mobile credit card readers and digital money platforms, Amazon’s timing couldn’t be better.
The app is available on the Google Play and Amazon App Store for Android devices, and can store loyalty and gift cards. It doesn’t have a mobile payments function or the ability to enroll credit and debit cards from a mobile device.
Posted in Mobile Apps, Mobile Commerce, Mobile Payments
Though creatives still use the classic pen and paper, mobile devices are reshaping many parts of creative professionals’ jobs and creating a new sense of freedom and ability to capture inspiration.
According to eMarketer, a 2014 polling by Edelman Berland for Adobe found that 74% of US creative professionals stated that mobile was changing the face of creativity and design.
The study defined creative professionals as those working in a creative industry such as graphic design, illustration, photography, web design, etc.
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Click and collect has enjoyed rising popularity in the UK. And as more consumers want such services, more retailers have begun to offer them.
Data released in early 2014 form Econsultancy compared the uptake of click and collect services among internet users in the US and UK over the Christmas season. While both markets saw growth between 2012 and 2013, 45% of UK internet users said they had used such services last year compared with 20% of US internet users.
Details gleaned from eMarketer indicate that click and collect is also popular among both men and women, with 45% of females and 38% of males saying they used click and collect, according to a 2014 polling by YouGov for VoucherCodes.co.uk.
Posted in Mobile Devices, Mobile Shopping, Platforms, Smartphones, Technology
North American social network penetration is almost evenly spread across the continent, according to eMarketer‘s latest estimates of media usage in the US and Canada.
This year in Canada, 68% of internet users will visit social networking sites at least monthly, neck and neck with 68.6% in the US. These penetration rates will continue to vary by less than one percentage point throughout the rest of eMarketer’s forecast period.
The slightly lower rate of internet penetration in Canada means slightly fewer consumers in Canada overall will use social networks – at 53% of the population this year versus 54.1% of the US population. But these figures will similarly remain in a tight range through 2018.
Posted in Mobile Analytics, Mobile Devices, Mobile Social, News, Platforms, Predictions
According to freshly published data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, although Android devices have dominated smartphone sales in Great Britain in 2013 to 2014, they have lost some market share to iOS and Windows devices.
Google’s Android retained a 56.2% share of smartphone sales in Great Britain in the months prior to March 2014. Apple’s iOS rose from 28.7% to 32.1% of Great Britain’s smartphones, and Windows share rose from 7% to 9.1%. These gains also affected BlackBerry, which fell from 5.1% to 2.3%.
Though Android lost some ground, it is estimated that Google’s mobile operating system still helped to increase the smartphone audience last year, rising by double digits.
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