With all the talk of iPhone vs. Android these days, it’s easy to forget how the majority of the world’s mobile users still make calls and access data: via feature phones. A recently released report (download) from mobile strategy firm VisionMobile takes a look at today’s mobile marketplace finding that, despite the sharp rise in smartphone shipments over 2010 and 2011, global smartphone penetration (by OS) is at just 27%. [Read more…] about It’s Still A Feature Phone World: Global Smartphone Penetration At 27% [TechCrunch]
Digital Integration, or Connected Marketing it goes by a few different names however it is all about pulling together your marketing effort to work efficiently. It still surprises me that companies that have split marketing functions continue to split the effort, or worse still end up competing!
My favourite example is the firm who had separate department for on and off line marketing, both with their own KPI, demands and strategies. The print ads would never even mention the website and would only give a phone number, by using reference numbers in newspapers, magazines and billboards they tracked customers by what reference number they quoted, or over all just the number of people who called. The reason for not mentioning the site? The department was only setup to count the calls. If more people came via the website the other department got the credit.
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In a blog post Thursday, Google Fellow Amit Singhal also referred to a recent op-ed piece suggesting that regulators should control how search engines rank results. He stressed that developing search rankings is very difficult, implying perhaps that regulating search would be hard for any government to do well.
Laying out the challenge, Singhal said Google processes hundreds of millions of queries a day, with at least 20 percent of them totally new. To handle the volume and variety of queries, the company uses a collection of algorithms to sift through data.