Enough with the self-serving industry predictions. We get it. 2014 will be the year that the market inevitably wakes up to the genius of your startup. Instead, let's start a to-do list of what we should be working on to improve the mobile experience.
One of the most coveted gadget-geek brands of the last century, Leica, embraces Instagram as a sales channel. Like Pinterest before it, Instagram is evolving into an aspirational social network just begging to be treated by marketers as a catalog channel.
A new app-controlled LED lighting set from Phillips foreshadows a new era in marital relations. the war over the remote escalates considerably when basic appliances migrate to app control.
According to one ad platform, mobile rules the retail roost for last-minute Santas. These deadline-driven searchers need to use brick-and-mortar at the last minute, but mobile is the way they get there.
The new "visual album" from one of the world's most popular artists underscores how much apps, devices, social media, Apple and video are inviting music to reinvent itself.
AR pioneer GoldRun has focused the simplest implementation of augmented reality, the overlay, on branded assets. Its Snaps app allows fans to play with virtual images of product, logos, characters. It lets the brand get into the picture -- one of the killer apps of mobile.
Do mobile ads actually work best when they involve high-involvement products that are highly useful? Three academic researchers hypothesize that mobile banners don't inform us so much as remind us of what we already know.about a product.
Quiznos is testing geo-fenced ads that appear in-stream and onscreen for connected cars on the Aha network of personalized Web audio content. Location has become an interesting new contested space.
Best Buy is inviting its cold line-waiting customers to Vine the experience. Apparently, Black Friday has become such a reflexive ritual of unabashed consumerism that the down sides of the experience have become the up side.
In a program with Sony built by IPG Media Lab, the mobile messaging app Kik tries to turn promotional content into conversation fodder. Ultimately, this is one direction all social networks are headed -- toward giving users more to talk about.