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Posted by Julie Ask on June 7, 2011
Apple's announcement today on the "Notification Center" triggered my comments. Other than the fact that I no longer need to tether all of my devices to a computer (finally!), I think this was my favorite announcement. My top "negative" re notifications to date has been the inability to save or file them. Do I want to save a FB update? No, not really. But I do want to save and file coupons, promotions, news alerts, etc. Will be interesting to watch the effectiveness of notifications now that they DON'T interrupt . . . in some ways, that's the point. Less intrusiveness may attract more uses of those afraid of annoying their customers. Re 100B notifications to date . . . wow.
"Do we need SMS?" I think the answer is "absolutely, yes." I've had more than one of my colleagues suggest to me that SMS no longer holds any relevance for commercial businesses hoping to reach their customer base. I disagree. Here's why:
I'll be writing more research on this topic in the next couple of months exploring the how, why, when, and where of SMS versus push-based notifications. If you have seen good uses of SMS versus push-based notification or good technology to help manage, please let me know -- firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm looking for case studies and technologies to explore.