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Gartner: Mobile Engagement Behavior Will Drive Mobile Commerce Revenue to New Heights

Gartner Mobile Engagement Behavior Will Drive Mobile Commerce Revenue to New HeightsThis week, Gartner issued a new report pointing to how the “rampant interest” in mobile payments among U.S. consumers will impact online shopping in the coming years.

Looking at strong growth patterns in mobile commerce, Gartner predicts that by 2017, U.S. customers’ mobile engagement behavior will drive domestic mobile commerce revenue to 50 percent of U.S. digital commerce revenue.

A recent Gartner survey found that mobile commerce currently generates 22 percent of digital commerce revenue.
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Here’s What Happened in Mobile Marketing This Week

Here’s What Happened in Mobile Marketing This WeekIn case you missed it, here are some of the top stories in mobile marketing and advertising we’ve been following this week.

A Stark Reminder That Not All Players Survive the Game of Mobile Marketing on Their Own
Despite the enormous opportunities for growth in mobile marketing today, stark reminders emerge every now and then that serve to reiterate a sober reality for some — not all players survive the challenging game of mobile marketing by playing alone.

What Do Developers Want to See in 2015? Cross-Device Marketing, Programmatic, Tablet Apps
Millennial Media’s “State of the Apps 2015 Industry Snapshot,” a report that explores the future and current state of the app economy, makes it clear that developers and publishers aren’t going to slow down in the New Year. “Through a survey of app developers and publishers worldwide, the report features insights into monetization and design trends, as well as developers’ goals and priorities for the coming year,” notes the mobile ad network.

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Mobile, Online Streaming Finally Profitable Against All Odds for One Company

Mobile, Online Streaming Finally Profitable Against All Odds for One CompanyThey said he couldn’t do it. They said he shouldn’t try it. But he did try it. And he did do it. And now, the success of Vince McMahon’s WWE Network may inspire more entertainment firms, digital publications and sports companies to launch online mobile-ready streaming content.

This week, World Wrestling Entertainment — or WWE —  announced that WWE Network has surpassed 1 million subscribers just 11 months after launch. The company says this makes WWE Network “the fastest-growing digital subscription service.”

These results represent a 37 percent increase (24 percent domestically) in subscribers since last reported at the end of third quarter 2014, driven primarily by a successful free November promotion, the launch of the service in the UK and significant additions for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.

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Mobile Phone Shipments Score New Quarterly Record

Mobile phone billsAs if we need yet another example of the unprecedented growth of mobile phone shipments, the latest research from Strategy Analytics indicates that global mobile phone shipments grew 7 percent annually to reach 515 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The research giant says it was the first time worldwide mobile phone shipments blew past the half-billion-unit threshold.

The big winner for the quarter, among vendors, was Apple. The iDevice maker secured a record 14 percent marketshare, due to strength in the US and China.
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Farsighted Thinknear Ready for the Future of Mobile Advertising

Farsighted Thinknear Ready for the Future of Mobile AvdertisingLooking to the future of mobile advertising, the team at Thinknear is ready to roll with the hottest new format in all of advertising — the native ad.

Thinknear says native ad formats are now part of its location-based marketing platform thanks to a partnership with Mopub (which will help to deliver the programmatic ad units that offer opportunities for “rich user engagements”).

“Our partnership with Mopub allows us to deliver a great product for marketers,” said Lucas Dickey, Thinknear’s VP of Product. “We are able to leverage our location-based audience targeting capabilities and Mopub’s native ad units to deliver a better experience for marketers and mobile users.”
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Slyce Wants a Bigger Slice of Mobile Couponing Business

Slyce Wants a Bigger Slice of Mobile Couponing BusinessThis week, Visual product search platform Slyce jumped into the mobile couponing industry head-first with its acquisition of mobile couponing company SnipSnap.

The $6.5 million deal will allow SnipSnap founder Ted Mann to continue to lead the company, which won’t even have to lead its home base in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Slyce says its newest purchase is a powerfully innovative firm with a proven penchant for creative mobile couponing solutions,
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Western Union Gets Behind Apple Pay Momentum

Western Union Gets Behind Apple Pay MomentumWestern Union, perhaps the most recognized name in global payment services, announced this week that it will offer the red-hot Apple Pay mobile payment solution at Western Union’s flagship locations.

With the stated goal being to provide consumers yet another way to fund global money transfers and bill payments in the United States, Western Union says consumers making Western Union transactions at kiosks in over 7,600 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide also have the ability to utilize the Apple Pay service.

“Innovative payment options are a strategic focus for Western Union, and starting to accept Apple Pay is in keeping with the company’s blueprint for the future,” said Odilon Almeida, Western Union President for the Americas and European Union. “Our customers’ needs and preferences are top of mind,” he added.
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