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Coming in 2017, The Mobile Marketing Essentials

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Is your business mobile ready? Take the test.

We have been working on a book “The Mobile Marketing Essentials” since 2014 and it’s coming closer to being finished. We know there is a need for this, because we have been searching and not able to find the right materials. We will announce a date and a location where you can download the book for free for a limited time. So, please follow this page and you will be notified of that date. In the meantime, look for chapters and content to roll out as well. The authors are: Michael Becker, Michael Hanley, Paul Berney and Mary Beth McCabe. We really appreciate your support and encouragement as this writing and publishing process is critical to the growth of content and distribution that has a high quality and value for the reader.

Ad Blocking: How does it work? What do you use?

How does Adblock work?

How does Adblock work?

In my search for more content on mobile marketing, I found a pub from Britain that is called “Mobile Marketing” and I found a very interesting article about Ad blocking. If you remember pop up ads, then you know why there is such a thing.
Ad blocking is coming to mobile in an explosive way in the near future, they claim. I agree with that prediction.
Yes, you can get a “White Label” for your ads. But most large companies actually pay for this, they say. So, what confidence do we have with a white label if it just costs a company extra cash?
I’ve installed Adblock, and it tells me that in 3 weeks, I’ve had 42 ads blocked and that I have saved 54 MB of data. That tracking tells me that the app has been good for me, so I will keep it and keep checking my stats.
The welcome screen says Adblock blocks banners, pop-ups and videos in any app. It works on both Wi-Fi and cellular networks and protects your privacy by blocking malicious tracking.For a visual demonstration on how this works, see the figure above, “How does Adblock work? This was a screen shot of my mobile phone.

The reason Adblock and other apps that exist is that the ad community has been obnoxious in their pursuit of eyeballs. Some few have ruined the desktop and now the mobile experience.
When we watch TV, we can zap through the commercials. Now, with an app, we can block them out, mostly. And with paying a fee to a firm like YouTube ($9.95 a month) we can go ad free! That’s Google, getting paid to serve the ads, and getting paid NOT to serve the ads. Wow.
What a business.

Want to read more? See the magazine below for some very good articles on the topic.

“It’s never too late” says MBA Grad at 57

Jeffrey Frichner

Today is the conferral date for Jeffrey Frichner, MBA, National University. Yes, he’s 57 years old, and he posted to his timeline on Nov 2 the proof. And the response has been overwhelming because he’s inspiring his teens, his neighbors and the NU faculty and student body to see the results of hard work and tenacity. Was it easy? No. Was it worth it? Yes, according to Jeffrey.

Jeffrey was my student in April 2015, in the class, Mobile Marketing. He came to the online classroom with an attitude that said, “I want to learn” and challenged his professor and his classmates to provide a superior experience for him to be successful. And succeed he has. He’s on to many new business opportunities and I doubt if it will be long before we’re hearing more.

He now has his Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Mobile Marketing and Social Media, and as of today, it’s official.

In the meantime, we salute all of the hard working students in the School of Business and Management, as well as the professors and staff for making the student experience exceptionally excellent and we congratulate Jeffrey in his achievements, especially those in academia. We look forward to hearing more.

San Diego Hispanics and their Mobile Phone

San Diego Hispanics and Mobile

Scarborough Research reaches deep into mobile here with a look into how Hispanics are using their wireless devices. This research comes from the SDX (formerly San Diego Ad Club) and the Hispanic Marketing committee. Today, Hispanics out index on almost every mobile device and measurement. We will continue this conversation in later posts. Your comments are welcome as well.

With the busiest border crossing in the world, the third largest region of US Hispanics, combined with Tijuana, the San Diego metro continues to shine as a leader. Stay tuned for more to come on this topic.

 

How to become an inventor using simple problems and finding solutions

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If you think ahead about how mobility has changed our world, and mostly for the better, watch this video from Ramesh Raskar about how x can become much more than just a variable. His TedX talk is the best one I have seen on Mobile Marketing. I hope you enjoy watching his theory and application of how your eye exam will be different in the future.

“As the Head of MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture Research Group, Professor Ramesh Raskar is credited with a long list of innovations, including a smartphone attachment that can diagnose eye problems. But he makes the point that you don’t have to be a PhD to be an inventor. This inspiring talk from TEDx BeaconStreet equips every one of us with an easy-to-use framework.”

Have you ever seen the MIT Media Lab?

Thanks, Heather Clancy, for your breakthrough article

http://fortune.com/2015/07/27/breakthrough-year-mobile-marketing/

Heather Clancy writes for Fortune Magazine about the breakthrough year for mobile marketing. She uses three main points on why it’s compelling in 2015 to do your marketing through mobile channels. She’s clear, concise and uses good examples.

She’s done her homework. She’s sat through dozens of sales pitches to learn about new products and services. So, we give a shout out to you, Heather, for some good reporting and want to know about 2016, since we’re just a few months away. What will the Christmas holidays mean to mobile in the next few weeks/months? What about the Amazon’s of the world? How will Google react to Facebook’s new free transfer of funds using debit cards in the US to your friends/business friends?

More questions. Thanks for the conversation.

Michael Becker

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Mobile Marketing Readiness Survey

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Is your business mobile ready? Take the test.

The Mobile Marketing Readiness Survey was created by Michael Becker, from mCordis. He shares it as part of the upcoming textbook on Mobile Marketing.

We’d like to see you take the survey, and then analyze your own personal results. You can score this as you feel is appropriate for your level of experience.
This is a tool that will help you to achieve your goals, and sets the expectations in advance of your work in Mobile Marketing.

Survey questions below:

1. a. Do you have a dedicated resource for mobile? Yes or No.

1b. If the answer is no, do you:
i) work with an outside agency.
ii) make mobile part of our overall marketing team’s efforts.
iii) make mobile part of our digital marketing/e-commerce team.
iv) have a dedicated mobile product team.
v) have a formal approach toward planning and executing mobile programs.
vi) none of the above

2. How are your mobile decisions made?
a) They are not made. We do not have a mobile team; our mobile programs are ad-hoc.
b) By our senior management.
c) By our marketing team.
d) By our agency.

3. Which of the following mobile channels do you use?
For each of the items listed below, choose one of the following:

Don’t Know What  This Is Not   Using Use Rarely Use                             Often Critical to our Efforts
SMS
MMS
USSD
Mobile-Optimized Email
Responsive Design Websites
Native Mobile Websites
Progressive Mobile Websites
Native Mobile Applications
Hybrid Mobile Applications
Application Enhancements        and SDKs
Push Notifications
Beacons
Mobile Commerce
Proximity Commerce
Mobile Wallets
Click-to-Calls
Streaming Audio
Optimized Mobile Video
Mobile SEO
Mobile Advertising – Display
Mobile Advertising – Native
Mobile Advertising – Rich Media
Location Enablers
QR Codes
Digital Watermarking
Augmented Reality
Device Finger Printing/Targeting

Scoring: Review your Mobile Marketing Readiness Survey results for additional questions you may want to ask yourself. You can also send this survey to your partners and co-workers to assess their level of technology adoption. If you find that the majority of your answers are “Not Using, Use Rarely, Occasionally or Don’t Know,” then you have some work to do. If you find that the majority of the items are in the “Use Often” and “Critical to Our Efforts” columns, then you are heading toward success faster than others. Reading the upcoming textbook will help you understand your mobile marketing readiness levels and how to improve them.
Stay tuned for more information to come about the textbook.

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How to use Social Media to get jobs and work

There are some good tips on using Social Media effectively here, in this case study of Linkedin.com. This was presented in Los Angeles on April 17, 2015, and perhaps will also be presented at a future workshop to help us get better acquainted with platforms that allow us to network with other professionals like ourselves.