Dentsu Aegis forecasts improved ad spend outlook for 2018

Dentsu Aegis forecasts improved ad spend outlook for 2018

Dentsu Aegis Network’s latest Ad Spend Forecasts, based on data received from 59 markets, puts global growth at 3.6% in 2018, up from 3.1% in 2017.  Events will play an important role in 2018, with the Winter Olympics & Paralympics, FIFA World Cup in Russia and the US Congressional elections all expected to stimulate ad spend growth. At […]

Netflix beats Tinder to be top earning non-game mobile app of 2017

Netflix beats Tinder to be top earning non-game mobile app of 2017

Netflix was the world’s top earning non-game mobile app in 2017, according to SensorTower’s new year-end report, with Tinder finishing second. Netflix saw gross subscriber revenue of approximately $510m last year according to the report, representing a 138% increase or about 2.4 times the $215m users spent in the app during 2016. Netflix was also […]

New CAMRA beer app guides people in the UK to perfect pints

New CAMRA beer app guides people in the UK to perfect pints

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has developed a new app which lets users search for their closest pint from any smartphone while reviewing the pub and sharing their activity. The Good Beer Guide app collates data from over 40,000 pubs, 10,000 beers and 2,000 breweries which have been individually visited and reviewed by thousands […]

WeChat opens its closed ecosystem for brands

WeChat opens its closed ecosystem for brands

WeChat has made a fundamental change to the way it works. China’s most popular social media app has always limited its posts’ visibility to the sharer’s friends, or an official account’s followers. While this closed ecosystem limits the potential for content to go viral, it has been an asset for the app’s parent company, Tencent, […]

Dogology promotes digital dog training with AR out-of-home campaign

Dogology promotes digital dog training with AR out-of-home campaign

OUTFRONT Media Inc. announced a campaign for Dogology, Inc., a New York city based virtual dog training startup, that showcases the ability to use augmented reality in out-of-home campaigns, along with out-of-home and mobile advertising creative developed by OUTFRONT’s in-house creative boutique, OUTFRONT Studios. Between December 25, 2017 and January 12, 2018, OUTFRONT’s out-of-home displays […]

Google buys UK startup Redux, which turns screens into speakers

Google buys UK startup Redux, which turns screens into speakers

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has quietly acquired a UK startup focused on technology that turns surfaces such as phone displays into speakers. Redux developed technology that eliminates the need for small speakers in mobile phones, freeing up space for batteries or other components, the Cambridge, UK-based startup said on its now defunct website. It is unclear […]

Samsung phones will have functioning FM chips from now on

Samsung phones will have functioning FM chips from now on

Samsung is the latest company to team up with NextRadio to bring FM service to its new phones. The company will unlock FM chips in all its upcoming smartphones in the US and Canada. The bulk of smartphones around the world are manufactured with an FM chip, but hardware makers often do not unlock them. […]

Top 10 worldwide operators claim 76% of cellular IoT market

Top 10 worldwide operators claim 76% of cellular IoT market

A new report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight says that the ten leading global mobile operator groups have a combined market share of 76 percent in cellular IoT. The top players reported a combined active base of 407 million cellular IoT connections at the end of H1-2017. China Mobile was number one with […]

Capgemini report finds that voice assistants will become a dominant mode of consumer interaction in 3 years

Capgemini report finds that voice assistants will become a dominant mode of consumer interaction in 3 years

Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute has released a new report titled, “Conversational Commerce: Why Consumers Are Embracing Voice Assistants in Their Lives,” which highlights how consumers are using voice assistants and the opportunities this creates for businesses to connect with their customers. The report, which surveyed more than 5,000 consumers in the US, UK, France and […]

InMobi acquires Los Angeles based AerServ for $90 million

InMobi acquires Los Angeles based AerServ for $90 million

InMobi, one of the world’s largest independent mobile advertising platform, announced the acquisition of AerServ for $90 million in cash and stock to create the industry’s first mediation platform with a unified programmatic auction for mobile in-app publishers. This acquisition will enhance monetisation for publishers globally and further enhance the InMobi Exchange, a premium mobile […]