Friday, December 19, 2014
  • Comcast's Xfinity Launches 4K TV App On Samsung TV

    Now Comcast's Xfinity media platform is launching Xfinity in UHD -- a new 4K TV app on 2014 Samsung 4K TVs. Comcast's own NBC and USA Network will start with the launch, posting the current season of TV shows, which will expand to other Comcast On Demand programming. Comcast says the app is "completely free" to Xfinity TV customers. ...Read the whole story

  • Time Inc. Taps IFTTT For Multichannel Distribution

    Time Inc. has entered into a new strategic partnership with technology firm IFTTT (which stands for "if this then that") with the goal of boosting cross-channel distribution of its digital content. The new service, called Channels on IFTTT, will debut with Time Inc. titles, including "Entertainment Weekly," "InStyle," "People," "Sports Illustrated" and "Time." ...Read the whole story

  • IAB Says Q3 2014 Online Ad Revenue Reaches $12.4 Billion

    Internet advertising revenue in the U.S. rose 17% to $12.4 billion for the third quarter of 2014. The numbers also mark a 6.5% increase from the second quarter of 2014, which delivered $11.7 billion. It also beat the prior record set in the fourth quarter of 2013 of $12.1 billion, per the Interactive Advertising Bureau. ...Read the whole story

Around The Net

  • Target Ramps Mobile for Late ShoppersMobile Commerce Daily

    During the final week of the holiday shopping season, Target is ramping up efforts to bring added convenience to last-minute shoppers via a variety of mobile services, including special offers, store pickup and gift cards. According to a new survey from location-based mobile app Retale, 20 percent of all holiday shoppers wait until the last-minute to buy their gifts and 58 percent will use smartphones or tablets to help them shop. ...Read the whole story

  • Starbucks Continues Mobile Payments DominanceMobile Commerce Press

    Starbucks is leading the way when it comes to mobile payments. The company has emerged as a sort of unexpected competition for Google, Apple, and others that have invested heavily in mobile commerce. Google was among the most aggressive companies to enter into this market with its Wallet platform. Apple followed suit years late with Apple Pay. Neither of these services have managed to become mainstream successes in the mobile commerce field, but Starbucks’ mobile payment app has. In 2013, 90% of all mobile transactions made in the United States were conducted in Starbucks stores, according to CEO Howard Schultz. ...Read the whole story

  • Mobile Impacting Luxury Shopping in ChinaJing Daily

    The growth of mobile use in China is closely related to the growing popularity of mobile messaging app WeChat, which hit 468 million monthly active users this year. The app’s rapid ascent to become China’s top mobile messaging site has had many luxury brands rushing to set up their official accounts. Mobile dominance has huge implications for online luxury shopping as well. A survey released by marketing agency DigitasLBi in April found that 70 percent of Chinese respondents had made a purchase via smartphone within the past three months.  ...Read the whole story

  • Messaging App Maker Open Garden Gets $10.8MTechCrunch

    Messaging app maker Open Garden just raised $10.8 million in a Series A funding round led by August Capital. “The company recently found its footing with the launch of FireChat, an anonymous messaging app that can use mesh networking to connect you to nearby users, even when there is no other connectivity available,” TechCrunch reports. Additional investors included Firebolt Ventures, Future Perfect Ventures, Kima Ventures, Tseung Kwan Ventures and Sherpalo.   ...Read the whole story

  • Facebook's "Rooms" App Get "Explore" ButtonThe Next Web

    Rooms, Facebook’s topic-based discussions app for iOS, is getting an “Explore” button, which helps users discover new and potentially interesting discussions. “The Rooms team says on its blog that it has ‘been wonderfully surprised by the breadth of topics that are connecting people,’” The New Web reports. “Still, some people may have tried the app and never come back … so this is a good way of showing off some of what Facebook considers is the best content on offer.”  ...Read the whole story

Then & Now: Mobile & Email Marketing Predictions

I love reading those articles that compare 20thcentury science fiction to our modern world. This week, I stumbled across a list of author Isaac Asimov's 1964 predictions for 2014. While we're still not colonizing the moon, ...More