Nokia's OVI store reaches 1 million downloads daily

Julie Ask

There were a number of sites that reported that Ovi is reaching nearly one million downloads a day. Here's one post with quite a few stats on the store. Congratulations to Nokia. 

I'm writing a piece of research before the end of the year on important trends in wireless. Both increasing and improved direct access to consumers through application stores on cell phones is one of the top trends. The success this past year of Android, Apple, Blackberry and Nokia provides supporting data points. The percentage of smartphones in the market grew at least by 50% from 2008 to 2009. I expect to see more of the same in 2010. Putting an application on your customer's phone is only getting easier. 

HITFIX - Local Entertainment Recommendations on the iPhone

Julie Ask

HitFix launched their iPhone application at the beginning of last week. They basic service provides entertainment - movie, TV, performing arts - listings near where you are or where you live.  

I judge the quality of mobile services within the context of the Convenience Quotient. (See report). I define the benefits of mobile services as immediacy (value of having the information or service now), simplicity and context. This service does all three fairly well though I'd like to see it do more.

Immediacy - let's me see what is playing nearby and soon. Would love to see the application go beyond pure forms of entertainment like films and TV, but this is a starting place. I would have liked to see local festivals and street fairs ... or "Christmas Tree Lighting in GG Park," but I know this is hard. 

Simplicity - Let's me link to an area to purchase movie tickets from within the application. That seems basic, but it is not a no-brainer to get all of these partnerships lined up. If it could link to my DirectTV DVR service so I could record TV shows I find within the application, that would be cool. 

Context - uses my location/shows me what is nearby.

They also do well to help with discovery by promoting the iPhone application with two banner ads on their home screen. The link falls short though by simply connecting me to the Apple web site where I can download iTunes - it doesn't give me directions for finding the application within the App store or give me much of a description. 

Here's a screen shot:

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Online Holiday Sales Are Looking Pretty Bright After All

Patti Freeman Evans

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By Patti Freeman Evans

Overall, Christmas 2009 may be far better for retailers than expected, following a turbulent year for the retail sector. Many retailers have successfully adjusted their tactics to maximize sales and margins such as reworking their assortments around lower price points. According to Kelkoo, sales in the six weeks to Christmas are expected to reach £44.7 billion this year and account for 18.5% of total annual retail spending. And the best bargains are likely yet to come in the final week before Christmas.

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Updating our research on support for eBusiness: Please participate in our current survey

Carrie Johnson

[posted by Elizabeth Davis]

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A final snapshot of our Marketing Forum EMEA

Zia Daniell Wigder

By Zia Daniell Wigder

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Forgive the
long post, but I wanted to make sure I captured the final sessions of our
Marketing Forum EMEA for those of you who were unable to join us in London over the past
couple of days.

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On to day 2 of Forrester’s Marketing Forum EMEA

Zia Daniell Wigder

By Zia Daniell Wigder

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Our events are well underway in London: We spent Monday with Forrester Leadership Board’s eBusiness Council, then on Tuesday the official Marketing Forum EMEA kicked off. You can follow some of the conversation live on our other blogs - I’ve also
summarized a few of the keynotes below.

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A Look at Next Week's Marketing Forum EMEA

Zia Daniell Wigder

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By Zia Daniell Wigder

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This Year, US Online Holiday Retail Sales Will Be Up 8%

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Sucharita Mulpuru

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Globalization among the top 50 US online retailers

Zia Daniell Wigder

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By Zia Daniell Wigder

The past week has seen two significant online retailers make
announcements about their global plans: last week Gap indicated its intention to
expand into Canada and the UK and yesterday Buy.com launched sites for Canada, the UK,
France and Germany
, with Italy
and Spain
to come.

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Take The Conversation Offline At Forrester’s Chicago Tweetup

Carrie Johnson

Are you attending Forrester's Consumer Forum 2009? Do you
live in the

Chicago area? Do you ever wonder who you are talking to on Twitter?

On October 26, the night before Forrester’s
Consumer Forum
, Forrester will be hosting an Chicago Tweetup. Tweetups are low-key social
events where Twitterers can network and meet the people they tweet with. Anyone
can attend; it is an informal atmosphere that allows casual conversations.

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