Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of November 3, 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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UK mobile commerce outfit Zapp is targeting 20 million users by 2017, promising to rival traditional payments giants such as Visa and MasterCard by the end of the decade.  Read Original Content

South Africa’s Nashua Mobile has launched its first e-commerce website to ease the buying process for customers, also offering a "Smart Squad" for customer assistance.  Read Original Content

The Credit Union National Association has released the results of a new survey that show mobile payments are gaining ground in the United States. Mobile payments have been growing more popular among consumers for the past few years, but exactly how popular this new form of commerce has become is an oft debated topic.  Read Original Content

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As a result of the rising adoption of smartphones and a growing demand to be able to purchase products online, the American mobile commerce marketplace is predicted to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 32.38 percent by the close of 2016.  Read Original Content

Amazon announced a major overhaul of its affiliate program, finally making it “mobile friendly”. This update of policies and tools includes the introduction of a Mobile Developer API to allow developers to leverage the growing number of online shoppers making purchases anywhere but at their desktops. With these latest updates, all signs indicate that the king of e-commerce is going “all in” in the game of mobile commerce. Read Original Content
Google Glass has been gaining a great deal of attention for its use of augmented reality, but the platform may also be used to process mobile payments in the future. Typically, smartphones and tablets are the only devices that are used to make mobile payments, but RedBottle Design, a software firm based in New York, has recently developed a new application that could bring mobile payments to Google Glass. The application is aptly called GlassPay and is designed to leverage bitcoin as a form of payment.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry is finally enjoying some time in the spotlight for a positive reason, which is connected to the popularity of the release of its BBM apps for Android and iOS device users.  The messenger service was recently released for those two operating systems and is being downloaded by the millions.  Read Original Content

According to some of the latest data out of Canada, mobile payments, such as money transfers, are starting to pick up quite quickly, as the industry reaches the close of its second year within the country.  Read Original Content

hybris, an SAP company and the world's fastest-growing commerce platform provider, presented an exclusive study by Forrester Consulting.  The study explored what impact e-commerce has on how B2B companies sell their products and services and found that a fundamental transformation is happening in how businesses are acquiring and retaining customers in this market. In fact, U.S. B2B e-commerce revenue has now more than doubled that of B2C – with $559 billion annually in sales.  Read Original Content

As forward-thinking and digitally savvy as many sport properties can be (Manchester City, New Jersey Devils and San Francisco Giants come quickly to mind), you would think their smartphone apps would not only be torrents of information, but also digital hubs of commerce.  Read Original Content

TV and web retailer QVC Inc. is on track to generate 50 percent of all U.S. revenue through e-commerce by the end of 2014, QVC CEO Mike George told attendees recently at Liberty Interactive Inc.’s annual investor’s day gathering.  Read Original Content

Mozilla has just announced that it has launched an experimental pilot project called the Mozilla Location Service, which provides geolocation lookups that are based on data from Wi-Fi access points and publicly observable cell towers.  Read Original Content

The mobile commerce solutions provider Spindle Inc. said it would accelerate the deployment of its MeNetwork mobile marketing platform in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah. MeNetwork is an intuitive app that connects users and merchants in a given geography, allowing merchants to deliver targeted content, offers, loyalty programs and promotions to mobile devices using location-based data and end-user preferences.  Read Original Content

Velti, a leading global provider of mobile marketing and advertising technology, announced that it has agreed to sell its U.S., U.K., and India mobile marketing businesses and certain of its U.S. based advertising businesses to affiliates of GSO Capital Partners LP, the credit division of Blackstone. Read Original Content

Brandtone, an international company that provides the means for leading brands in fast-growing markets to conduct mobile marketing campaigns that increase sales, profile engaged consumers and build trusted brands has recently launched its operations in India. Read Original Content

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