My answer to this question was, "never" until a couple of years ago. Sure, I was more likely to make a phone call on my cell phone than on my computer, but that is to be expected - it has traditionally been designed to be a voice communication device.
Opting for my cell phone rather than my laptop first started for me a couple of years ago. I began using SMS as a substitute for email. Then I started using email on my Blackberry because it would boot faster than my computer. Next came Google SMS - for me it was soooo much faster to get a phone number for a business through Google's SMS service than to call (ok, which costs money) or look online. Then, I got an iPhone and started downloading all kinds of applications. Some I barely use, but .... there are quite a few that I use rather than comparable experiences on the PC. These include Facebook (I'm more likely to be doing something interesting when I'm out and about), Scrabble (tallies the score for you), and maps (stopped printing all those maps out) among others.
For all of these services whereby I opt for my phone rather than my PC, I do so because the experience on the cell phone is more convenient. That means the benefits outweigh the inhibitors to use. When it comes to mobile services, there is convenience when there is value to the immediacy of the information or service, tasks are simple to execute and there is context - like my location.
We lay out this framework in our newly released report, "The Convenience Quotient of Mobile Services: A Facebook Case Study."
This is a follow-up video to the one I posted last week about how technology has changed the world. This video shows how consumers' use of these new technologies affects traditional media channels and communication patterns.
My colleagues and I are busy preparing our Forrester’s Consumer Forum presentations. I'd like to invite you to two Technographics Theatre presentations that give more insight into Forrester’s data capabilities. My team members Andrew and Vikram will share highlights from our global benchmark survey data, as well as our forecast data, examining technology-driven trends in consumer behavior.
We're hoping that you're getting as excited as we are about the upcoming Consumer Forum on October 27th and 28th in Chicago. Many attendees come back from the event raving about and asking for more information on our extensive consumer data that we highlight at the event and in our research. Here are some opportunities at the event to get more information on our data.
Forrester’s Consumer ForumTheater
Presentations highlight Forrester’s extensive
data capabilities. Forrester analysts will share highlights from our global
benchmark survey data, as well as our forecast data, examining
technology-driven trends in consumer behavior. These demonstrations will be
hosted in the International Ballroom at The Fairmont Chicago.
We've been flogging the media industries for years at Forrester. So much so that we sometimes assume that people remember all the ways we've warned, cajoled, and exhorted for more than a decade. But based on the things we're seeing the pundits finally say, it's clear that "the end is near" is a pressingly recent recognition on the part of many. For examples, see Malcolm Gladwell's review of Chris Anderson's book Free; Mark Bowden's lament over the loss of journalism ethics in The Atlantic; or programmer/essayist Paul Graham's thoughtful reflection on Post-medium Publishing.
Don't get me wrong: we welcome these and more voices to a conversation we've been trying to start for some years now. (If you think I'm just posturing, I direct your attention to former Forrester VP Mary Modahl's July 1994 piece entitled Publications Get Wired where she first blew up the "print isn't going away" myth.) But there are some very fundamental things that are getting lost in most of the discussions we are hearing. Namely, people are stuck on processes, historical reinterpretation, future prognostications, and personal feelings at the passing of an era.
In the end, however, none of that will matter as the fundamental economics of digital media assert themselves. Basically, it's now cheaper to make, distribute, and consume media. That changes everything.
Many innovative start-ups have pioneered mobile social networking in the last few years: BuzzCity, Peperoni, Fring, Nimbuzz, eBuddy, Zyb, Plazes, Loopt, Foursquare and many others demonstrated the potential of the market.
In the last few months, a bunch of announcements clearly showed that the convergence between mobile and social computing is gaining traction and attracting the largest stakeholders:
Now that solutions are finally available to "clean up" panels, will buyers at last insist that providers use them, or will a myopic focus on price continue to be the rule when on-line sample is used?
The use of online panels for market research was highly contentious at one time. Traditional researchers thought that they would be prone to the same problems as traditional off-line panels: filled with respondents that are not representative of the general population motivated by the desire to earn money taking surveys.
Despite these misgivings, online panels have taken off in the US (and are coming on strong in Europe.) Why? Because they allowed research to be conducted in one third the time at one fifth the cost. This allowed buyers to say to themselves, "ok, maybe its not quite as project-able, but give the savings it's worth it." Also, many panel vendors claimed to be doing something special to ensure that their panels were better, and indeed several of them did.
Laptops and flat-panel TVs have seen the strongest growth over the past two years in absolute terms. Data from our Technographics European surveys shows that laptop penetration increased from 26% of households in 2007 to 38% in 2009, while flat-panel TVs more than doubled from 16% to 34%. Flat-panel TVs also rate highest on consumers' wish list. Seven percent of Europeans intend to buy a flat-panel TV in the next six months — mostly as a first-time purchase — making it the fastest-growing household device among Europeans.