Mobile penetration in Africa hits 80% and is still growing

Mobile penetration in Africa is still growing at 4.2 percent annually.

People tend to have certain paradigms about the “developed world” and the “developing world.” Including, of course, media-fed images of Africa as a place of almost irredeemable poverty, deprivation, and pain. Many of our paradigms are, of course, illusions.

 

 

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Shocking difference between technology in 2005 and 2013

St. Peter’s Square in 2005 and 2013.

Sometimes it’s hard to gauge just how much things have changed with the surge in mobile devices. Sure, we know they’re popular, are loaded with awesome cameras and apps, and ensure we’re connected to the digital world throughout the day, but how have these devices changed society as a whole?

 

 

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20 expert predictions for the future of customer service

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” ~ John F. Kennedy

Preferences and expectations are changing and growing among consumers just as quickly as advancements in technology, encouraging (if not demanding) that brands embrace a strategy of non-stop adaptation to the next generation and the next big thing.

 

 

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Taobao breaks mobile shopping record in less than an hour with over $100 million in sales

China’s leading e-commerce marketplace.

Taobao, China’s leading e-commerce marketplace, racked up RMB 1 billion ($164 million) in mobile purchases from over 14 million user accounts one hour into China’s annual Single’s Day shopping blitz,

 

 

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Mobile trends in job searching

The number of mobile job seekers will climb to 50% by the end of 2015.

Simply Hired reports in a new survey on job search trends that the use of mobile devices for job seeking continues to increase. Simply Hired found that 30% of its job search traffic came from mobile devices. LinkedIn reported a similar trend in the third quarter of 2013, with mobile accounting for 38% of unique visitors.

 

 

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Massive growth in mobile media consumption in 2013

Even as smartphone sales slow down, mobile-centric social networks, mobile video companies, and location based services are well positioned to feel the biggest benefits from the massive shift in consumer media consumption and usage patterns. But how can companies truly capitalize on this consumer revolution and adapt to their mobile-centric customers?

 

 

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Why mobile gaming is so popular in South Korea

Mobile gaming is expected to generate $1.4 billion in South Korea.

This year, in South Korea mobile gaming is expected to generate $1.4 billion.  Mobile games like Anipang have become a cultural phenomenon within the country. It’s as common to see older women in their sixties playing games in the subway as it is to see younger children playing games at the bus stop. The mobile gaming craze in Korea is largely a result of the following factors.

 

 

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40% of YouTube traffic is now mobile

YouTube’s mobile traffic is up 25% from last year.

YouTube seems to be the exception when it comes to getting people to concentrate long on anything on their phones and tablets. YouTube is quickly going mobile, with small screens making up 40% of its traffic now compared to 25% last year, Google said on its earnings call today. In 2011, just 6% of YouTube traffic came from mobile.

 

 

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Mobile coupons are going mainstream

Mobile commerceis exploding. As recently as late 2010, commerce transacted from phones and tablets was only 3% of e-commerce. By the end of last year’s holiday shopping season, that number had risen to 11%. That’s approximately $18.6 billion in consumer spending — and that doesn’t even include travel-related purchases.

 

 

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