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Analysts continue downward revisions of ad spend forecasts

downward ad spendingDown, down, down. Some major analysts have recently revised their projections of ad spending for 2009, and it comes as no surprise that the original projections of double-digit growth have shriveled into the low single digits for the sector.

UBS Equities recently downgraded its ad spending forecast to 1.4 percent growth, compared to the company's previous estimate of a 10.4 percent rise in spending.

Veronis Suhler, meanwhile, broke digital media spending out of its overall forecast. While overall US advertising is now projected to decline -0.4 percent, versus a previous forecasts of 4.9 percent growth, online will fare better.

— Internet and mobile spending are projected to grow 9.1 percent, down from previous forecasts of 15.5 percent. 


— Mobile content and video games will grow 34.2 percent and 19.5 percent respectively.

— Traditional media: newspapers, TV, magazines, and radio ad spend is forecast to plummet -16.2 percent, -9 percent, -8.5 percent, and -7.2 percent respectively.

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Study: iPhone apps have a short shelf life

Mobile users are quick to discard iPhone apps, with just 30% of buyers using them the day after buying and downloading them from Apple's App Store, according to a new survey.

The drop-off rate is even higher for free apps, with just around 20% using them the day after download, and less then 5% 30 days later, with games apps the most durable category.

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Mobile site review: Sccope

I wrote an article about the quality of shopping comparison sites on mobile a few weeks ago, and was disappointed by the quality of most of them.

Reevoo and Kelkoo both had useful iPhone versions, and Reevoo has further improved its app by adding price information and transactional functionality, but most were less useful than they could have been.

I've been looking at another entrant into the market, Sccope, as well as talking to CEO Douglas Orr.

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Nielsen - websites need mobile versions

mobile website usabilityThe mobile user experience on most websites, even when accessed on the best devices, leaves a lot to be desired, and companies need to optimise their sites for the small screen.

This is usability guru Jakob Nielsen's verdict in his latest Alertbox column, and having accessed a lot of websites on mobile recently, it's hard to disagree with this point of view.

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Mobile site review: LoveFilm

Mobile site reviewDVD rental company LoveFilm launched a mobile version of its website earlier this month, allowing users to browse through titles, read news and reviews, and view trailers.

The site is not fully transactional yet, though this is something that is planned for the future, but it does provide an opportunity to promote the LoveFilm service to mobile users, as well as providing advertising space.

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Mobile app review: Telegraph on iPhone

The Telegraph released an iPhone app last week, the first to be developed by any of the UK's newspapers, though others will surely follow. 

In an area where few of the UK's newspapers excel, The Telegraph had one of the better mobile versions of its site, so has it managed to create a decent iPhone app?

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Mobile wifi usage on the rise

Thanks to growing adoption of the iPhone and other smart mobile devices, an increasing number of Americans are logging onto WiFi networks to access the internet on the go.

Growth is heaviest in the heavily metropolitan West and Northeast sections of the country, together with Texas. California led the way with 18 percent of usage, followed by New York with 14 percent and Texas with 8 percent.

The findings come from mobile ad network AdMob's Mobile Metrics Report.

Worldwide mobile ad requests increased 8 percent month over month in January to 6.8 billion, led by double digit growth in Western Europe and Asia, but ad requests remained flat to negative growth in most of North America.

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Mobile app review: ITN News

ITN has just launched a news app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which provides the latest news and sport in a more accessible format.

News organisations in the UK have been pretty slow to adapt their mobile sites or provide apps for smartphones; FT.com has a useful mobile site, with an iPhone app on the way, but others, like the Guardian, need to improve the user experience on mobile.

ITN News iPhone app

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Reevoo improves its iPhone site

I looked at price comparison websites on mobile yesterday, and found many of these sites were not up to scratch,  have not released versions for smartphones, or in many cases have not even developed mobile sites.

Of the five mobile shopping comparison sites I looked at, Reevoo's was one of the best, and has now improved its mobile offering by adding pricing information from retailers. 

Reevoo iPhone site

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Are mobile shopping comparison sites any good?

Mobile shoppingFor mobile internet users shopping offline, mobile price comparison sites should provide a useful service, allowing shoppers to look up reviews and see what kind of value they are getting.

Mobile users are using their phones to access product reviews and compare prices when shopping instore, so how well do price comparison sites cater for this consumer behaviour?

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Retailers need to look to mobile internet - survey

Mobile shopping25% of shoppers are using mobile phones as part of the buying process when in retail stores, using phones to compare prices and look for reviews or recommendations from friends.

A recent survey suggests that retailers have an opportunity to get more mobile users shopping instore by providing them with mobile apps and more mobile-friendly websites to allow customers to access this information to help make a purchase decision. 

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Mobile site review: FT.com

FT.com has been giving its mobile site a makeover, launching a new version which matches the pink look of the website, and has also been optimised for smartphone users.

I looked at a few mobile newspaper sites recently, and haven't been all that impressed so far, especially with those from UK publishers, so how well does FT.com translate to mobile?

m.FT.com

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