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With its $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr, Yahoo on Monday made clear it plans to allow the blogging service to continue to operate as a separate business and brand. That includes no Yahoo branding on Tumblr. At the same time, the Web portal will look for ways to integrate advertising, search and content management on the back-end to bolster growth across both companies.
Maintaining a separateness while benefiting from the complementary strengths Tumblr provides is the balance Yahoo aims to strike. “I see this as a clear way to accelerate Yahoo’s growth in our core businesses,” said the company’s CEO Marissa Mayer during a Monday conference call on the deal.
Buying Tumblr is Mayer’s biggest gamble to date in revitalizing the Web portal after snapping up several mobile and other startups since taking the reins last July. For the first time, Yahoo owns a fast-growing social media property to challenge larger rivals like Facebook and Twitter.
With its younger demographic and mobile-focused approach, Tumblr also helps Yahoo in other key areas where it’s trying to gain ground. Mayer pointed out that Tumblr brings “great tools” for content creation, which Yahoo can use in connection with the revamp of its home page and other properties
To be a successful btob company, you need to combine marketing, sales, and mobile tools. That’s Digitas Senior VP/BtoB Global Practice Lead Dennis Reilly’s opinion as he explained to IDG Global Solutions Director Howard Sholkin. During a BtoB Digital conference in March 2013, O’Reilly was asked to describe what the best companies are doing…..
How do you put content in front of the right audience, at the right time, in the right context? Dennis Reilly from Digitas provided answers in an interview with IDG Global Solutions Director Howard Sholkin at a BtoB Digital conference in March 2013. Reilly also discussed key marketer issues around digital, content distribution, mobile, and social…
SAN MATEO, Calif.– Worldwide tablet shipments continue to surge, growing 142.4% year over year in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Tablet shipments totaled 49.2 million units in 1Q13, surpassing that of the entire first half of 2012. With growth fueled by increased market demand for smaller screen devices, tablets have shown no sign of slowing down.
Apple is rumored to be announcing the fifth generation of its iPad on June 18. Mobile devices account for an increasingly larger share of most publishers’ web traffic – including a whopping 65% for BuzzFeed. Publishers are delivering 1.7 million digital editions a week built with Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite – a sixfold increase over the past two years.
It may be time to take this whole mobile thing a bit more seriously.
The elements required to justify greater investment in mobile development are falling into place. More people are reading digital magazines; Adobe says per-publication readership across its DPS-based publications has increased by an average of 80% over the past six months. More devices are coming to market, with models such as the iPad mini and Kindle HD extending into the mass market.
“People are more comfortable reading magazine content on tablets,” Lynly Schambers-Lenox, Adobe’s group product marketing manager for digital publishing, said in a recent interview. “That’s not surprising, and we expect it to continue.”
There is no Santa Claus. The tooth fairy isn’t real. And this is not the year of mobile. Mobile marketing, like a lot of other digital tactics, is full of myths and misconceptions. Digiday spoke to brand executives to get a sense of what these myths and misconceptions are. The gist: Mobile is a mindset, not a technology, and consumers are using their phones for more than just social networking and playing games.
Barbara Williams-Pamplin, mobile marketing global practice lead, Microsoft
The biggest misconception about mobile marketing is that due to the computing power of the current generation of smartphones and the tablet’s screen size, mobile-first experiences are not a priority. The misconception is based on the idea that viewing the “normal” Web is technically feasible on these devices, so there is no need to create experiences especially for these devices. However, that approach fails to take into consideration several facts. First, consumers don’t use all devices in the same way or for the same purpose, so content and input methodology needs are different. Also, consumers will move on to look for another source of info (competitor if necessary) if they are unable to find what they are looking for on the mobile site visited. And, lastly, a poor non-mobile optimized experience can and will negatively impact the consumer’s perception of the brand.
Despite words to the contrary, many brands are jumping into the mobile world without any real strategy behind what they’re doing and why.
According to new research from mobile consumer research company Kontagent and Econsultancy, more than two-thirds of companies do not have a defined way of determining whether the mobile experiences they’re creating for consumers are effective, and only a third are tracking the performance of their apps.
“Mobile is a different animal than the traditional, PC-based Web,” Dan Kimball, chief marketing officer for Kontagent, tells Marketing Daily. “It’s a whole new ball game. What [brands] are having trouble understanding is mobile is not just sitting at a PC. It’s on the go. It’s always on.” The result, Kimball says, is that many companies have developed mobile marketing programs because they know they need to have one, rather than having stopped and thought about what they want to achieve with those programs.
BARCELONA—Here are two stories that sum up the state of the phone industry as revealed at last week’s Mobile World Congress, the annual gathering of the mobile phone business. Firstly, what was the buzz of the show?
It wasn’t a top-end, LTE-enabled, quad-core processor smartphone—it was the Nokia NOK1V.HE +1.60% 105, a €15 phone. Its most notable feature—apart from its price—is its 35-day standby time. The second comes from the experiences of The Wall Street Journal. To save the blushes of one particular handset maker we won’t name the company, but it took us 12 takes to shoot a video review of one of its products. In the end we failed. Why? It took three takes only to discover we had filmed the wrong phone. It then took another nine to try to review the correct one. Every time we tried there was some button that was pushed by mistake, or we hit the wrong thing on the screen and it didn’t do what we thought it would. In the end we gave up. What do the two stories tell us? That real consumer benefits, like a monthlong standby, are valued by consumers. They also show that one phone looks a lot like an other and that adding extra functions to a device isn’t always the path to a good user experience.
Many still have not begun optimizing email for mobile
The rising prevalence of mobile technology is the top factor affecting email marketing programs in 2013, according to a December 2012 Marketing Sherpa survey of marketers worldwide, sponsored by Vocus. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said that the pervasiveness of smartphones and tablets will affect their email marketing plans in the next 12 months.