Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of July 20, 2014

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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Facebook and Twitter made news when they both announced plans to enable commerce from their respective social networks. Facebook is testing a “Buy” button that can enable purchasing directly from a promotion inside news feeds. Twitter acquired CardSpring, which could enable merchants to extend card-linked offers via tweets.  Read Original Content

The mobile commerce market is set to boom, driven by growing social media and mobile penetration. The launch last week of Line Shop, a free application for both buyers and sellers, is also expected to drive the growth of e-commerce, especially consumer-to-consumer e-commerce.  Read Original Content

Nigeria's online car classified, has introduced a mobile application for android devices. The mobile application which was unveiled during the company's car dealers forum in Lagos, will allow users to browse through over thirty thousand cars listed on Carmudi's website.  Read Original Content

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IBM and Monitise have announced an expanded, global alliance to deliver cloud-based mobile commerce solutions to the financial services industry. The expansion will bring together the IBM MobileFirst portfolio of offerings with its financial services and retail industry expertise with Monitise’s mobile banking and payments capabilities.  Read Original Content

Convenience is the key to mobile success, and Starbucks has plans to introduce a new service that will have convenience as its most attractive feature. Starbucks will soon introduce a new feature to its popular mobile application that will allow customers to order products directly from their mobile device.  Read Original Content
The mobile commerce home page of bookseller Barnes & Noble, No. 41 in the Internet Retailer Mobile 500, fails to adhere to any of the best practices recommended by Keynote in terms of performance and general page construction.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry unveiled its new mobile technology, Blackberry Assistant, which is its first digital assistant designed to carry out tasks through voice command and the feature could be new competition for Microsoft’s Cortana, Google Now and Apple’s Siri. Read Original Content

As one of the top commerce infrastructure providers worldwide, Visa already has introduced a new app. Dubbed Visa Checkout, the premise will probably feel familiar for avid mobile devices users, because it is designed to enable consumers to pay for goods online from virtually any device.  Read Original Content

Mobile commerce company Paytm will be unleashing its Rs 100 crore advertising and marketing campaign later this week, as India’s online commerce companies fight for a greater share of the country’s retail market.  Read Original Content

Nearly 25 percent of e-commerce site visits in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2014 came from smartphones, up from approximately 18 percent for the whole year 2013, according to data from Custora, compiled by BI Intelligence in the chart below.  Read Original Content

Mobile commerce has skyrocketed by 448 percent in Australia since December 2010, according to the latest findings by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Mobile commerce has been defined as when the mobile phone is used for banking, to pay bills, or to purchase goods and services online.  Read Original Content

Amazon’s new online and mobile commerce service has been called Kindle Unlimited and it provides access to as many of the over 600,000 ebooks and several thousand audio books.  The service has now become available to users of Kindle hardware devices, with the Kindle cloud reader, or with the existing Kindle apps from.  Read Original Content

A survey of 1,000 U.K. adults who own smartphones and tablets reveals 66 percent of iPhone users are making purchases via mobile sites at least once a month, compared to only 47 percent of those with an Android smartphone, according to EPiServer.  Read Original Content

According to The Buzzcity Report, in the second quarter, Thailand became the ninth biggest mobile advertising market in the world with more than two billion banner ads delivered to over 12 million mobile users.  Read Original Content

International mobile entertainment company, Chukong Technologies, recently signed a global carrier billing contract with international mobile payments platform, mopay, which will enable the Beijing-based company to offer its consumers the option of paying for digital goods and services through the consumer’s company invoice.  Read Original Content

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