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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, thorough, comprehensive about advertising on cellphones, May 12, 2008
This review is from: Mobile Advertising: Supercharge Your Brand in the Exploding Wireless Market (Hardcover)
This book is exceptionally well researched and written, covering comprehensively the full spectrum of cellphone advertising, from the pioneer markets such as Finland and Sweden, to the backwards markets of mobile telecoms such as the USA to the cutting edge markets such as South Korea and Japan, to markets in developing countries such as India. The content is totally up-to-date, including the brand new mobile ads based UK wireless carrier Blyk. The authors have interviewed numerous industry thought-leaders for the book, include 16 case studies and even short essays by 13 executives from major players. The book is very well balanced covering the advertising and media angles as well as the cellphone side. It is also a robust and realistic treatment of the current state of the industry, not pulling punches, and admitting to lots of issues that need to be resolved. A thoroughly useful, practical and insightful book that I can recommend to anyone interested in advertising on cellphones.

Tomi T Ahonen
Author of 5 books on cellphones and convergence
Lecturing at Oxford University short courses on cellphones
Hong Kong
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Book Before It's Too Late :), March 11, 2008
This review is from: Mobile Advertising: Supercharge Your Brand in the Exploding Wireless Market (Hardcover)
It's today's freshest (March 2008) book on Mobile Marketing. I am half through the book and I want to share my immediate impressions.

I like how the book is organized. The way the presentation unfolds enhances my reading experience - I am interested to be reminded about all existing marketing channels. Even if you are a teacher of marketing or an experienced marketing professional, it is still good to review - even if one has to battle the temptation to exclaim "I know this!" - the history of marketing. And what this history is teaching us, or at least is making clearer for me, is this: it is hard (the change is usually revolutionary!) but possible (it is just growing a lot!) to predict the next turn in development of marketing.

March 1, 2008 article at [...] by Henry Blodget cites a poll of 1,979 adults surveyed online by [...] In this, claimed representative, sample of the US population:

* 48% said their primary source of news is the Internet (up 20% from only a year ago)
* 29% of Americans say their primary news source is TV
* 11% say it's radio
* 10% say it's newspapers

Whatever the statistics, here is a general trend: people, on average, spend more time on the Internet than with any other single media. Obviously, the ad budgets follow eyeballs of people (in 2007, the online portion of the total ad spend was estimated at 30%).

The shift of marketing to the Internet is truly revolutionary. Growth of the channel and its effectiveness are amazing. The speed is "7 percentage points of market share in a single year". Effectiveness is truly redefined - to paraphrase the famous quote of John Wanamaker, we now know which half of the advertising dollars is wasted. It became possible with the invention of online search advertising model that was introduced by Google. Ads became relevant and contextual; campaign planning became easier; campaign results fairer. What is even more important, in my view, is that marketing campaigns become measurable. Also note that the Internet combines all the features of the old media, to wit: video, audio, pictures, text. At the same time, there is something very new about this channel. It's also interactive.

Now think about this: in 2008 the Internet will be more frequently accessed on mobile phones than on PCs. In Japan and Korea, browsing is used by 90 percent of all cell phone users. There are 3 billion cell phone subscribers worldwide, three times the number of PC users, who stare on their phones at least daily. There are two times more people using SMS (TXT) than email.

What does it mean? It means that the potential is huge and that it has been building up for the last ten years, now reaching its tipping point. So what is awaiting us soon and how to capitalize on the opportunity?

Read! (I also have to finish the book!)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Handbook for Mobile Marketing, December 6, 2008
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This review is from: Mobile Advertising: Supercharge Your Brand in the Exploding Wireless Market (Hardcover)
Chetan Sharma, Joe Herzog and Victor Melfi have provided a comprehensive analysis of the growing field of mobile marketing and advertising--deftly illuminating the refinement of advertising arts from persuading the customer to now engaging the customer wherever, whenever, and whatever they may be doing via their mobile or wireless phone.
As an executive and consultant in the mobile marketing business, I especially liked their engaging tone and educational style which truly separates them from other books which spend too much time on the bits and bytes of mobile technology and fail to take on its complex commercial methods.
Mobile Advertising's extensive review of this developing and lucrative field will supercharge beginners understanding and even polish a professional's perspective.
Setting the stage with an evolution of the advertising business and how its convergence with mobile technology will transform marketing, they take the reader from baby steps to the most current uses and applications of mobile marketing including an entire chapter covering 20 case studies drawn from in-market company experiences around the world--well beyond the now 5 year old scenario of mobile coupon delivery as you walk past a Starbucks. That chapter is worth the cost of the book on its own if you want to learn about this business.
They demonstrate a full command of the complex ecosystem as reflected by their technical diagrams illuminating the magic of mobile, their illuminating business model analyses as well as comparative pricing methods and current levels for mobile advertising. These guys know all the buzz around mobile advertising and show the reader where the biz is. Very valuable for anyone interested in this new medium for mass advertising.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read - a good overview, February 25, 2009
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This review is from: Mobile Advertising: Supercharge Your Brand in the Exploding Wireless Market (Hardcover)
The book provides a comprehensive overview of mobile advertising. It proposes a five-points framework of reach, targeting, engagement, viral effects and transactions for mobile advertising. There a number of insights into the potential of mobile advertising. For example, it is mentioned that turning the mobile digital footprint into a consumer's "declared intent" could be more achievable than other media. Three key features of the mobile as an advertising platform are identified: context, immediacy and personalization. This combination could make the mobile standout compared to other media. It is noted that given enough incentives, people might be willing to accept ads on their phone. I particularly like the idea of contextual or behavioural advertising as noted in the book, which is an important area, I feel. A number of case studies on mobile advertising from around the world makes the book a practical interesting read: including Lenovo, Bluecasting, NTT DoCoMo, AdMob and others! From "mobile ads" to "pervasive ads" would be interesting to watch... The recommendations concerning use of mobile advertising at the end of the book are useful, for those in business or technologists. Finally, the "contextual nirvana" of the mobile is noted, and I quote, "The opportunity to do one-on-one advertising, anytime-anywhere, in any spatiotemporal context is simply too attractive to ignore." The book, I feel, is a useful read, even for researchers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must read" for mobile leaders, June 16, 2008
This review is from: Mobile Advertising: Supercharge Your Brand in the Exploding Wireless Market (Hardcover)
This book is a must-read for all mobile marketers and folks who are in the mobile content space. The book is interesting, informative, well-organized and detailed. I really enjoyed the primer on the history of advertising and was amazed at the amount of up-to-date information that this book holds(facts, figures, quotes, trends, market analysis) along with practical insights and recommendations. The case-studies and the essays (by mobile executives) are very helpful and gives you a global perspective on mobile advertising - what has worked (or not-worked) and why? A must-read..

-Sunil
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4.0 out of 5 stars great insider look into the mobile marketing world, September 22, 2010
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Great book and very interesting to see how far and what changes have taken place in the last 2 years for this marketplace . Great read and highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must read for mobile marketing professionals, November 4, 2008
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This review is from: Mobile Advertising: Supercharge Your Brand in the Exploding Wireless Market (Hardcover)
Covers the basics, history, and psychology of mobile advertising. He's the guru of mobile advertising and has a great blog too. Highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, September 4, 2014
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This review is from: Mobile Advertising: Supercharge Your Brand in the Exploding Wireless Market (Hardcover)
Good, Timely info.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mobile Advertising: Supercharge Your Brand in The Wireless Market, July 17, 2008
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This is an interesting book about the people who are looking for more detailed information about mobile advertising. Mobile advertising models were also deeply concerned and I strongly recommend the people who are related with the new challenges in advertising .

The book is also clear to understand and get focused therefore I strongly recommend for the people who are involving the digital advertising business.
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