I've been on Twitter a lot, its far more addictive than I could have expected. And in part, it has eaten into the time I'd usually put on the blogs. These comments run up to 13 July. Will post more later.
I am also troubled by the notion, that I have commented on significant developments in our indsutry, but only on Twitter, and its history seems very short in how long tweets are kept. I want to record some of the thoughts I've had, and post here a few random thoughts from the past week or so
"Events based marketing is a trend" in mobile, said the Mike Wehrs of the CEO of the MMA Mobile Marketing Association. Regular readers of the books know this is a long-held view of mine from the "Madonna Plays at Wembley Stadium" concept of LBS ads that is in many of my books and on this blog. Good to see industry says it is a trend.
Itsmy reported that 55% of its users play games on the phone when having some time to kill. Makes sense, but is a bigger number than I expected.
The Japanese mobile books market has passed 400 million US dollars in value in annual sales. The majority of the content is manga comics.
Meanwhile on mobile TV front, 45% of South Koreans already have DMB mobile TV according to TNS Media. They also say 32% of Japanese, 32% of Hong Kong, 11% of Americans and 8% of Europeans consume mobile TV. And yes, still today none of the Korean players make profits, but Tu Media hopees to turn profitable next year.
Our fave service keeps astonishing the Americans. Now the latest cool thing was that on President Obama's African visit, sections of his speech were delivered via SMS in Africa. Very clever as mobile phones outnumber PCs by 10 to 1 in Afirca, and more phones than TV sets and radios.
NEW PHONE MAKERS
Many new companies rushing to the phones business. And Nikkei reports that NEC and Panasonic are returning to the global market (they have in past years focused mostly only on Japanese domestic market but are significant second tier players roughly on par in size with Apple and Palm)