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Social Media and The State of The Union

January 18, 2015 - Social Media, Web

Over 50 million people watched Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address in 2009. Last year, just over 30 million tuned in. Given that this is a President’s one chance to stand up unchallenged (well, mostly unchallenged) and lay out his agenda, a 40%…

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Why Is Google Really Buying Softcard?

January 12, 2015 - Business, eCommerce, Google, News

Over the past couple weeks, rumors have been flying that Google would be buying Softcard, the struggling mobile payments venture jointly owned by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, for somewhere in the $50-$100MM range. (You might know Softcard by their former name, Isis; they made the…

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Mobile Payments To Surge in 2015

December 27, 2014 - Business, Mobile, News

Deloitte recently issued their annual mobile technology predictions report and one of the most interesting parts of the read was the way they walked a line between predicting that mobile payments overall will surge in the next twelve months while “contactless mobile payments” (the NFC-based…

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What Happens To Loyalty Programs In A Mobile Wallet?

December 15, 2014 - eCommerce, Mobile

Whether with ApplePay or someone else, the mobile wallet and the idea of paying for things without reaching for a credit card are clearly here to stay. So, the next question is, what about everything else I’m currently carrying around with me? Specifically, what about…

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Banks Sign Up For Apple Pay, But What About Retailers?

December 12, 2014 - Apple, Business, eCommerce, iOS, Mobile

If reactions from the banking system are any indication, the Apple Pay launch is already looking like a success. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that hundreds of financial institutions had already signed on with Apple prior to the formal launch of the payment…

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Is Google Glass A Success, Or Just A Great Research Model?

November 18, 2014 - Business, Google

Google recently announced that they are moving Google Glass out of their Google X development unit and establishing a stand-alone unit for the device. Google would like you to infer from all this that they envision a viable commercial future for the polarizing device. Or…

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Facebook Solves Its Mobile Revenue Problems… And Then Some!

October 22, 2014 - Business, Mobile, News

Remember when Facebook’s stock was tanking and they actually came out and said in their IPO filing that they did not generate any meaningful revenue from mobile? It appears that those days are a distant memory. By 2016, eMarketer estimates that Facebook will have nearly…

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Empowering The Mobile Shopper This Holiday Season: A Checklist For Your Mobile App

September 27, 2014 - Mobile

In our last post, we talked about the challenges and detailed some strategies for retailers in an age where customers expect not simply all available information but access to every product, in every configuration, at the best price… all at the touch of their finger….

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Empowering The Mobile Shopper This Holiday Season

September 24, 2014 - Mobile

As we start to look toward the fourth quarter holiday season, we are confident that all the multi-year trends showing growth in mobile engagement and sales will continue and we’ll be able to write a post next January detailing the impact and vitality of the…

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Thoughts On The Wearables Market In 2015

September 9, 2014 - Wearables

With the announcement of the Apple Watch, Apple has once again bestowed on a struggling technology the imprimatur of credibility. Or, Apple says it’s cool now, so everyone should go buy one. How big will the growth in wearables be in the coming year? More…

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