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Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of November 17, 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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This year will mark a major milestone for tablets and their influence on Internet retailers. We believe tablets will account for 50 percent of the total value of U.S. retail sales made over mobile devices. Read Original Content

The first report of a three-country African Growth Market Study on mobile content and commerce by MEF, shows Kenyan industry leaders are optimistic about mobile content and commerce revenue growth. Mobile money was found to be the main source of end-user revenue at 53 percent followed by social networks (37 percent) and mobile commerce (30 percent).  Read Original Content

Location-based sensor fusion technology for smartphones represents a "huge potential" for mobile advertising and retail, judges ABI Research.  ABI Research forecasts there will be one billion smartphones with location-based sensor fusion by 2016.  Sensor fusion combines data from multiple sensors in a way that is more comprehensive and useful than the data from the individual sensors alone.  Read Original Content

Verivo is a leading provider of enterprise mobility software. Verivo helps companies accelerate their business results. Its unique technology empowers teams to build, deploy, manage and update their mobile apps -- rapidly and securely. Verivo’s mobility platform is used by hundreds of companies in numerous industries, worldwide. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Verivo.

The approach of the Isis mobile payments wallet launch was first reported by Mobile Commerce Press from the Money2020 event, and now the day has finally come in which the service has rolled out across the United States so users will be able to use their devices to pay for their purchases.  Read Original Content

In the three months ending in August of this year, the European mobile retail audience was 31 million, an increase of over 43 percent from the same period the year before, according to data from comScore.  Read Original Content
Sionic Mobile, a mobile commerce firm specializing in gifting and reward programs, has entered into a new partnership with Liberty USA, supplier of beverage products. Together, the two companies will work to introduce Sionic Mobile’s loyalty services to Liberty USA’s 2,000 chain customers. Sionic Mobile’s ION Loyalty service is a cloud-based solution that is designed to connect merchants to mobile consumers, providing merchants more capabilities within the realm of mobile commerce.  Read Original Content

According to Internet Retailer, in 2012, nine retailers out of 400, or around two percent, offered a bar code scanning feature to help shoppers access more information about products or scan and store a loyalty card in a mobile app for use at checkout in store. In 2013, 93 out of 500, or around 18.6 percent offer such functionality.  Read Original Content

Digital marketing company Silverpop Systems has launched Mobile Connector, applying the company's marketing automation services to better track customer behaviors on mobile devices.  Silverpop's Mobile Connector helps coordinate the accumulation of customer data and behaviors across mobile platforms. Read Original Content

Emma, a fast-growing provider of “simple, stylish and smart” web-based email marketing, has announced its integration with Salesforce.com.  Read Original Content

The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that promotes standards for NFC technology, has announced it has formed a liaison partnership with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, a trade association focused on Bluetooth technology. The partnership will allow the two organizations to work more closely together in the future, potentially collaborating on projects concerning the use of NFC and Bluetooth technology.  Read Original Content

A new Shop.org/comScore report finds consumers have become more willing to use tablets and smartphones for mobile commerce in recent years. In June 2013, 55 percent of retail-related Internet usage came from mobile devices, while only 45 percent came from desktops.  Read Original Content

With Apple’s Passbook proving the iDevice maker is interested in mobile coupons, payments, and digital payment options, some industry experts believe Apple’s next-gen iPhone 6 (likely to be released in the fall of 2014) could support Isis Mobile Wallet.  Read Original Content

Best Buy is making bold moves in mobile marketing this month in hopes of ramping up Black Friday sales.  With the stated goal of keeping customers aware of holiday discount shopping opportunities, Best Buy is strongly encouraging shoppers to opt-in to its SMS database with a holiday-specific keyword that, according to Mobile Commerce Daily, “will likely prompt consumers to join Best Buy’s mobile database once the holidays are over to keep opted in to future marketing opportunities.”  Read Original Content

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

According to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan, mobile marketing is predicted to rapidly grow over the next five years, to reach $682 million by the close of 2018.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict is an opinionated futurist, Principal Analyst at the Center for Digital Intelligence™, C4DIGI.com, emerging technologies analyst, and digital transformation and business strategy consultant. In the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries, and is a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. He spent nearly 5 years working as a Senior Analyst at Cognizant (CTSH), and 2 years serving in Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work where he wrote many reports, hundreds of articles, interviewed technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries. He has written articles published in The Guardian, wrote the Forward to SAP Press' book titled "Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP", published over 3,000 articles and was featured as thought leader and digital strategist in the Department of Defense's IQT intelligence journal. Kevin lectures and leads workshops, teaches and consults with companies and government agencies around the world to help develop digital transformation and business strategies. Visit his website at C4DIGI.com.

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