What is Pinterest you ask? Just another social media craze? Craze – yes. Just another – not exactly. For anyone unfamiliar with Pinterest and how it works, it’s basically a virtual list of a user’s favorite things.
It is no secret that consumers are increasingly using smartphones, tablets and computers to watch TV shows online. Media researcher SNL Kagan estimates that households that use online video instead of paying for TV service will grow to nearly 4% by the end of 2011, up from 2% in 2010, in the $30 billion cable TV industry. As consumers continue to increase their use of mobile devices and consume media online, TV content creators and cable companies will need to evaluate their business model to remain profitable and relevant.
Mobile phones are the fastest growing segment of the online market. Half a billion people accessed the mobile internet worldwide in 20091. Usage is expected to double in the next five years as mobile takes over the PC as the most popular way to get on the web1. Many mobile web users are “mobile-only,” i.e. they do not use a computer to access the web – ever. In countries like Egypt and India, those numbers are as high as 70% and 59%, respectively.
Do you know how to create a mobile website? Or more importantly, do you know what a mobile website is? There are many differences between mobile and traditional websites, which is why your website may not work for many smart phone users. For one Apple doesn’t support Flash (perhaps because Steve Jobs hates Adobe, but we’ll save that for another time), so we need to focus on HTML5, which is the next major revision of the HTML standard and is still in development. It can be frustrating that there’s such a disconnect, but learn it and move on – you don’t want to miss out on the mobile website movement.
Take a look at some of our predictions for the marketing world in 2011 and ways to help your business thrive in the coming year: Companies are becoming their own media, Brand to Customer: “You talkin’ to me?”, Reach me on my mobile, and Marketing = digital marketing.
Over the past several years, smartphone usage has exploded. There are more than 49 million smartphone users currently in the US (according to ComScore) and that number is only going to rise. According to Morgan Stanley research, mobile users will outnumber desktop users within five years.