Twitter losses grow to $132m

Twitter appears to be leaking cash

Social media darling Twitter reported a net loss of $132m for the first quarter of 2014, up considerably from the $27m loss for the same period last year. Revenues for the same period jumped over 119 per cent however, to $250m, versus $114m a year ago.

Phorm chosen by China Telecom for Big Data advertising plan

Phorm is moving into China

Controversial UK-based behavioural advertising company Phorm, which now labels itself an “internet personalisation technology company,” has scored a partnership with China Telecom as a supplier of advertising tools.

Partner and Lead Digital Strategist, AsiaDigitalMojo:“Telcos do best when they offer clear pricing, flexible contracts and excellent service”

David Williams, partner and lead digital strategist for AsiaDigitalMojo

David Williams, partner and lead digital strategist for AsiaDigitalMojo is speaking in the Monetising LTE track on Day One of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how telcos can innovate in digital advertising and we find out more about what inspires him.

Mobile delivers over 40% Facebook ad revenue

Mobile is a significant channel for Facebook

Mobile advertising delivered 41 per cent of Facebook’s total $1.6bn ad revenue for the second quarter of 2013, prompting CEO Mark Zuckerberg to say that the work done to make Facebook a mobile company is paying off.

AsiaInfo-Linkage touts Big Data contextual ad platform

Contextual advertising is more effective

Chinese BSS provider AsiaInfo-Linkage has teamed up with IBM to bring its Big Data appliance to Europe and other markets outside of China. The key to the Veris C3 (C cubed) offering is contextual awareness to ensure operators are only delivering relevant ads to their customers.

Tablets to become mobile ad hotspots

Mobile ads work well on tablets

Tablets could be responsible for as much as 20 per cent of Google’s paid for search ad clicks in the US in 2013, which considering the company reported advertising revenue in 2012 of $46bn, could be a very big number.

Global mobile advertising revenues to reach $12.8bn in 2013


The global mobile advertising market will generate revenues of $12.8bn in 2013, growing from $8bn in 2012, according to the latest research published by Informa Telecoms & Media.

Tablets gaining traction in finance, shopping and advertising

Operators will have to fight for tablet retail revenues

For consumers who own both a smartphone and tablet, the primary device is still the smartphone, yet this situation will be reversed in early 2013 and tablets will generate more than ten per cent of all website visits by 2014. These forecasts came from research published by software house Adobe, which surveyed 1,200 US mobile users in March to see how they interact with the web via mobile.

Facebook is not the only OTT player falling short on mobile ad revenue

Facebook doesn’t “directly generate any meaningful revenue” from its mobile products

Concerns about Facebook’s ability to monetize its growing mobile traffic have resurfaced following its first earnings report since its IPO in May. The social media giant posted a 2Q12 loss of $157m, sending its stock price tumbling to $24 a share – which means its shares are now trading at two-thirds of the value they sold for during the IPO.

Google buys Quickoffice, Meebo

Google buys Quickoffice, Meebo

Web giant Google is on the acquisition trail, having this week forked out for social engagement platform Meebo and mobile office suite Quickoffice.

Euro soccer will overcome Euro crisis to boost TV advertising

The 2012 increase is being driven by the Euro 2012

European net TV advertising revenues will increase by 5.4 per cent in 2012 to $40.7bn, according to analysis from Informa Telecoms & Media. This follows a three per cent increase in TV advertising revenues in 2011 and one of 9.9 per cent in 2010.

Mobile product search coming of age says Google

Android is growing fast as an ad platform

Web giant Google is waxing lyrical about the potential for mobile advertising, predicting that 44 per cent of UK searches for last minute Christmas gifts will be from mobile devices, up from 20 per cent this time last year.

Free wifi on the streets of London

The free wifi offering will target short term users

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has teamed up with wifi network operator Spectrum Interactive and location based media firm Selective Media, to trial a free wifi offering on the streets of London, UK.

Opportunity knocking in mobile ads sector

Mobile advertising opportunites are growing globally

There has been more consolidation in the mobile advertising sector, as UK-based mobile ad agency Fetch Media this week moved to acquire local rival Lucidity Mobile for an undisclosed sum.

Winds of change

Rory Sutherland, Ogilvy

Rory Sutherland, VP of advertising firm Ogilvy, champions the mobile as the most potent tool for creating behavioural change.

A mobile future

Ian Carrington, Google

To have a future strategy, means to have a mobile strategy, says Ian Carrington, mobile advertising sales director at Google.

Keeping it relevant

Jonathan Milne, general manager of Europe, Celtra

As mobile adverts progress beyond basic buttons and banners, location enablement is at the forefront of that evolution. Jonathan Milne, general manager of Europe at Celtra, a web-based platform for creating and tracking mobile ads, believes that location has the opportunity to be seen as “the most important thing in rich media advertising.”

William of Orange

Will King, head of product development at France Telecom's Unanimis

Will King, head of product development at mobile ad agency Unanimis, joined the company when it was four years old, and five years before it was acquired by France Telecom in 2009. The French carrier had previously tried to establish a presence in the UK by itself, with varying levels of success, but post acquisition, Unanimis incorporates Orange’s UK network and Orange Mobile Portals, which in turn incorporates the Blyk-powered Orange Shots initiative, into its own ad network offering.

The principle of Moments


In July, O2UK launched a location-based loyalty and retention scheme offering its customers discounts and deals from 30 partners from the fashion, leisure and retail sectors. The launch builds on existing loyalty and location-marketing initiatives from O2, which is among the most advanced carriers in the world in terms of location.

Death of a salesman?

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The hype and excitement generated by the advent of digital advertising a decade ago led to widespread speculation on the death of traditional media. But were those predictions very much exaggerated or just premature?