On a snowy December day like today, I enjoy firing up my iPad as I watch some Thursday night football (tape-delayed because I’m in Europe).
Tablet adoption rates have been pretty incredible over the past three years–much faster than most analysts expected. The iPad, for example, has ramped up much faster in its first 10 quarters after launch than the iPhone/iPod as KPCB below lays out. Head over to [...]
Just over a year ago, Deloitte launched a report on the state of mobile branded apps. The result was pretty disheartening. Most branded apps were considered flops, as the report outlined that 80% of branded apps had been downloaded less than 1,000 times.
In fairness to the brands–many of them have just been experimenting with APps (testing & learning) during the initial App creation boom. Mobile spending is still only a [...]
Banners & search ads can remain unclicked, emails can go unopened, telephone sales people can get hung up on, but people can’t resist the urge to whip out their smartphone for a quick check of the latest text message. And I’m no different. If I get a text message, my attention immediately pivots to my iPhone.
Just a couple of months ago, the Guardian reported that texting [...]
Even though my wife and I are both well beyond the days of cereal box prize collecting, we often enjoy discussing the offers on cereal boxes over coffee in the morning.
Surprisingly, my wife and I still see a lot of static, non-interactive “back of the cereal box” offers & contests–at least in Europe. As a cereal manufacturer, why wouldn’t you want to turn a traditional cereal box offer into something [...]
Last week, I had some family from the U.S. visiting me here in Europe. The weather was amazing, and we took loads of pictures. We wanted to instantly share these moments with others back in the US, however, in order to avoid “data shock” (e.g. a 1,000 Eur/$ charge) we only used our phones upon returning to the hotel room (where we had WiFi access).
Affordable mobile data access is not [...]