Software is a multi-billion dollar industry but that doesn't mean it hasn't changed dramatically in the past several years. From the rise of the app store to software-as-a-service, how software is bought and sold has been evolving rapidly.
That creates both opportunity and challenges for software's biggest players.
Mobile search spend in the UK increased by 250% for Q1 year-on-year (YOY) as traffic on mobile devices increased four-fold, according to data from Adobe.
Mobile now accounts for 11% of all UK search spend compared to 8% in the US.
Of this, tablets alone accounted for 4.25% of UK search spend.
But despite this boom, Adobe’s Global Digital Advertising Update shows that overall search spend only increased by 2% in the UK compared to 16% in the US.
For many, Flash is the bane of the web and its death will be a cause for celebration.
A more balanced perspective is that Flash was at one point incredibly useful, but like many useful things, it was overused and abused and will increasingly have less and less utility as newer and better web technologies let us achieve things we once had to turn to Flash for.
While the native versus mobile web apps debate continues to rage, one thing is for sure: mobile browsers are going to get a lot more capable, and that means there will be more development of mobile web apps.
Developers of mobile web apps will face numerous challenges, from performance to monetization. But one challenge stands out perhaps more than the rest: building an app that functions and looks good across multiple devices.
Adobe has launched a new web-based video technology platform that allows marketers to create and edit live video clips for use in online advertising almost instantaneously.
The Primetime Highlights software, which was launched today at Mobile World Congress, means that marketers could create an ad featuring video content from a live event that is still ongoing.
It integrates with the Adobe Auditude ad platform, which delivers behaviourally targeted video ads, to create a single workflow for creating and monetising live video clips in real time.
Flash might not be dead, but Adobe is acting like it knows it's past its prime.
Case in point: the company ditched Flash for mobile late last year, and is increasingly hedging its bets with investments in standards-based web technologies like HTML5.
This week we launched Econsultancy's fourth quarterly intelligence briefing, produced in partnership with Adobe, which highlights developing trends within digital marketing.
Social engagement was found to be the top priority for the next year, alongside content strategy and mobile optimisation. With our annual state of social study showing in December 2011 that 64% of businesses have matured beyond basic use of social media, that desire for a deeper connection was no surprise.
One area that the briefing did happily highlight however is the the growing importance of connection between digital activity and offline marketing. Though integration is often on the lips of marketers from all walks, actually connecting the two in reality is still an arduous task.
New research about digital marketing trends published today shows that social media engagement is rated as both the top priority and most exciting opportunity for companies this year.
But while the fourth Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing, published by Econsultancy in association with Adobe, shows a huge appetite for social media programmes, there is a worrying lack of commitment to investment in associated analytics and measurement.
Adobe today announced that it has acquired digital marketing technology and services company Efficient Frontier, though the value of the deal has not been disclosed.
According to Adobe, the move will "add multichannel ad campaign forecasting, execution and optimization" to its current offerings.
Last week, Adobe announced that it is abandoning Flash for mobiles and Flash for televisions.
It was a significant announcement that raised a lot of eyebrows, and led
some to question whether the end of Flash is near. One of Apple's
biggest fanboys even went so far as to declare the company's retreat
from mobile Steve Jobs' last triumph.