Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of February 24, 2013

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

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U.K. smartphone owners spend the most time with mobile social media out of all the smartphone panel members in seven countries in North America, Europe and Asia, according to consumer behavior measurement firm Arbitron Mobile. Read Original Content

Amazon is the leader among retailers in mobile commerce sales, according to the Internet Retailer Mobile 400. Amazon’s m-commerce site and apps scored 85 out of 100 on the “ForeSee Mobile Satisfaction Index: Holiday Retail Edition.” Apple Inc. and QVC U.S. tied for second with a score of 83. Read Original Content

ABI Research predicts that by 2015, shoppers worldwide will spend $119 billion via mobile purchases. Retailers positioned for this growth can reap the rewards including increased customer engagement, greater revenue and securing lifetime customers. Read Original Content

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Barnes & Noble led the 30 retailers on the Keynote Mobile Commerce Performance Index for the week ending February 10. The merchant’s m-commerce site home page was the highest performing site according to, mobile and web performance management firm Keynote. Read Original Content

eBay has revised its global m-commerce forecast and predicted it will generate in excess of $20 billion in mobile sales volume in 2013. Last year its global mobile sales reached $13 billion, double that of 2011, and far exceeding its forecast of $10 million from 2012. Read Original Content
Thirty thousand small and medium-sized businesses worldwide that sell via vendor Bigcommerce’s e-commerce and/or m-commerce platforms rang up $824.9 million in online sales in 2012, $84.3 million, or 10.2 percent, stemmed from smartphones and tablets, Bigcommerce reports. Read Original Content

Seventy-three percent of businesses are now optimized for mobile commerce with 18 percent spending in excess of £1,000 on the transition into mobile, according to a survey by the UK’s leading payment processor Sage Pay. Read Original Content

eMarketer estimates mobile ad spending around the world more than doubled in 2012 from $4 billion in 2011 to $8.41 billion, and expects it will approach $37 billion by 2016. Read Original Content

Mobile advertising more than doubled in Australia last year to $88.7 million while video advertising grew 30 percent in the same period to $93 million, according to IAB Australia. Read Original Content

Discover Bank recently added check deposit to its mobile banking allowing Discover Savings and money market account customers to use their smartphone to deposit checks. Read Original Content

Since the third quarter of 2010, interest in mobile banking as a “must have” feature among those consumers actively shopping for new checking accounts has grown by a 63 percent. Read Original Content

Retail banks worldwide will increase their IT spending and mobile platform development by 3.4 percent this year to a total of $118.6 billion. Industry analysts at Ovum predict spending in Asia will rise 5.1 percent, followed by North America at 3.3 percent, and Europe at 1.8 percent. Read Original Content

The Bank of Korea on Thursday said a total of 37.05 million people had signed up for mobile banking services as of the end of last year, an increase of 13.3 million people from the previous year. Two thirds of them were smartphone users. Read Original Content

According to 41st Parameter, mobile banking and m-commerce have gained massive global traction over the past three years, with almost 600 million people expected to use mobile banking services in 2013, up from 185 million in 2011. Read Original Content

The mobile banking app created for Barclays bank was launched in July 2012 and has since been downloaded over one million times.  Read Original Content

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