Lost in the mobile maze, free whitepaper

14 01 2010

If you feel like you’re living in an episode of Star Trek when people in the industry talks about transcoders, latency, cookies, gateways, tracking codes, markup languages and postbacks,Lost in the Mobile Maze today is your lucky day!

Today, my colleagues at Bango have published a new white paper entitled “Lost in the mobile maze”, explaining Why mobile complexity continues to challenge the biggest and best in the industry.

This white paper sets out the challenges that need to be understood to succeed in developing mobile solutions and explains all the bits that need to be considered when taking your brand to mobile.

Now you´ll be able to understand the conversations and make better decisions about your mobile strategy. Download your free copy today and “geek up”!

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Google mobile analytics needs a Bango makeover

28 10 2009

This week Google finally got round to releasing some tracking code for mobile (read about it here). It uses familiar server and image techniques like many of the other analytics solutions. Naturally I was keen to test it out so I grabbed their server code and integrated it with Mobislim. So far so good, or was it…

Testing it on my first two handsets revealed a broken Mobislim site…. Arrgh, the standard simple bit of tracking code from Google does not work.

Screen shot showing my broken site after adding Google mobile analytics code to mobislim

Error on mobislim.com after adding Google mobile analytics code

My iPhone immediately threw up an error as shown in the image on the right. I assume Google expect me to detect iPhones and send separate JavaScript tracking code, but that is too much like hard work. So instead I tested the site on a mass market Nokia N95… another error, what phones did they use to test this?

So to test things correctly and in the spirit of helping build the mobile market my friends at Bango fixed the Google tracking code. So Google if you are reading this, your code is broken and here is a fix: http://mobislim.com/googleanalyticsformobile-with-jsp-fix.zip, I hope that helps.

Now that we are up and recording I will let you know the outcome in due course. Frustratingly, unlike Bango’s real-time reports I need to wait some time to get my results with the new Google mobile analytics code.

Watch this space, more information soon…

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Would you like a piece of the BlackBerry pie?

8 09 2009

We have been talking lately about the increase of smartphones accessing the internet via Wifi connections, how iPhone is gaining positions on our device ranking and today Bango published a free whitepaper Increasing your slice of the BlackBerry pie, to help us understand and overcome the challenges of how can we accurately identify BlackBerry users for tracking, CRM and marketing campaign purposes; and also how is it possible to enable these customers to make transactional payments on their mobile phone bill, just like any other phone.

Smartphones have become the standard handset of choice in the mobile phone market – even during global recession the growth in smartphoneBlackberry WP banner sales continues to soar. Gartner reported a global smartphone sales growth of 27% year-on-year in Q2 2009 compared to a 6% drop in cell phone sales during the same period. And the numbers in the USA were even more dramatic during the second quarter. The research firm NPD Group reported US smartphone sales grew by 47% and accounted for 28% of all handset sales.

Get your copy of the white paper and find out:

•Why BlackBerry has become a popular consumer device

• How BlackBerry users consume data services

• The challenge of capturing identity and delivering payment to Blackberry users

• Optimizing your mobile services to overcome these challenges

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Mobile Analytics shows iPhone gaining positions on device ranking

28 08 2009

With all the hype around the iPhone, we couldn’t help but wonder how many iPhones are accessing our mobile site. So we checked our Bango analytics package and had a look to the most popular devices accessing our mobile site since February. The data reveals the following:

Month iPhone position
February 5th
March 7th
April 5th
May 4th
June 4th
July 26th *
August (so far) 2nd

*we run a mobile campaign in June targeting everything but iPhones.

More and more mobile advertising networks have now specific targeting options aiming at iPhones. There are specific publisher groups so ads can be displayed on iPhone apps.

Taking all of this into consideration we have decided to create our own  iMobislim. Yes, you read it right. Our own iPhone specific site is on its way. Our wap master , Tom Thurston from Mobile Impossible is developing the site and this is what he has to say:

Bango analytics told us that iphone users were spending less time on pages, viewing less pages and were becoming an increasingly large proportion of our users. Tests found that due to O2 image transcoding, our iPhone users were seeing poor page presentation. So we decided to give our iPhone users cool ajax based slidey screens, some glossy iPhone icons, and we used png format instead of gifs and jpeg, which escape the dreaded transcoder. The site looks a lot cooler on iPhones now, almost like a native app – we’re hoping that our next analytics run will show an improvement in browsing stats for our iPhone users.
We also found out that even iPhones are going up in popularity the percentage of traffic that represent is not so high in absolute values. So don’t stop advertising to the rest of the handsets, because you will have not such a big market to engage with. Just fine tune your targeting capabilities and the creatives when advertising to iPhones. You can find out all the information about handsets by accessing our live Bango Analytics package and clicking on devices. To get more in depth data, filter the reports.

Millenial Media’s July SMART shows this same trend on their device highlights:

  • iPhone continued to dominate the top devices category with a 12.21% share, a 3.62% increase over June.
  • iPhone/iPod Touch impressions increased 29% across the network in July.
  • Apple continued to close the gap; however, Samsung remained the top device manufacturer in July.
  • Two new mobile devices entered the top 20 in July –the LG enV2 and the Samsung SCH-U410.

You want to have a preview of iMobislim? Check this out! Browse the whole site on http://iphone.mobislim.com/

iMobislim homepage iMobislim radish diet iMobislim registration

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Mobislim is climbing up the Google Mobile Search rankings!

18 05 2009

Since we started the site optimization a couple of weeks ago, we have seen some market improvement.

Even though Google hasn’t picked up our new site map, changing our URLS to include keywords has made a big difference. We believe this due to a higher number of links strategically spread going to mobislim.com.

The rankings are increasing, now we rank at position #39 for “slimming” while we were at  #250 a couple of weeks ago! For the keyword “calorie charts” we rank #2 and for “slimming diets” #1 and #2, “sliming products” is in position #17. This is quite amazing as all these keywords are highly competitive keywords! In the particular case of “slimming products” this what we did:

We changed the page from being http://mobislim.com/viewZone.jsp?p=zx3 to

http://mobislim.com/k-fve/zone/3/slimming-products.htm and it went from not being ranked, to now being ranked in position #17.

However we have purposely not changed the page title to be “Slimming Products” yet, just to see how big a difference this makes. It is currently the standard site title of “Mobislim | Slimming Diets & Health”

Tom Thurston, our WAP master and his Mobile SEO partner David Carruthers at One Result crew at  is now sending the sites to the list of directories that we provided you, so we are expecting to get better positions too. The good thing about taking steps one at a time is that we can really see how they affect the results.

Now, let’s see what keywords are using our visitors to get to our site. I can see this by exporting a traffic report on Bango Analytics and checking the referrer information. I find terms like “weight lost” “not eating” “cayenne pepper for diet” which makes me realize that I should be writing a page with this content!

So what am I learning from this?

1.     Applying SEO PC sites techniques to mobile sites work.

2.     Highly competitive terms in the PC internet are not so difficult to rank on the mobile internet.

3.     Mobile analytics tools such as Bango Analytics give us that extra insight about what terms our visitors are using to get to our site, so we can review our keyword strategy and our mobile site content.

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Mobile SEO, search engines and directories for the mobile web

30 04 2009

In our effort to get our  Mobislim mobile site ranking and SEO optimized, I found this blog post “The place to be: mobile search engines and portals where you should register your site” at mobithinking.com, which is just exactly what we needed for our mobile site mobislim.com.  Thank you mobithinking for sharing this with all of us! This is great information and I thought I would help to spread the word.

Not all the big operators and content sites uses Yahoo!, Google  and Microsoft as default search , so they advise you to register with white-label providers such as Medio or Jumptap. Here is a list of search engines where you should register your mobile site

  • Find.mobi: search for your site on find.mobi.
  • Yahoo oneSearch: search for your site on yahoo.mobi; and submit site here.
  • Taptu: search for your site on taptu.mobi; and submit site here.
  • Seek4Wap: search for your site on Seek4Wap; and submit site here.
  • Microsoft Live: search for your site here: live.mobi; submit site here.
  • Medio Systems: submit site here.
  • Jumptap: submit site here.
  • Google: search for your site on google.mobi; submit site map here.

For lots more mobile search providers, see wapSwap (also includes directories and portals) and the excellent WAPReview.mobi.

There are countless mobile directories and portals of varying quality and depth of content, as well as geographical and vertical focus (check which ones allow/disallow adult content for example). Most have links to submit a URL from either the home page or from a particular category. Some may request a link in return. There’s a good list of directories of mobile and PDA sites on WAPReview.mobi (including some non-English speaking ones).

Here is a handful of directories to get you started:

See this very handy list of both directories and search providers with many direct links to submit your site from UK mobile agency We Love Mobile (thanks to Simon Liss for this).

I guess Tom and his SEO squad will be quite busy these days sending our site to all these search engines and directories. I will report back on how this helped to our rankings.  We’ll use Bango Mobile  Analytics referrer information to check how much traffic the search engines and directories are sending us, and best of all which keywords people are using to get to our site.

If you have more search engines and directories that we should be mentioning please let me know so we can give something back to mobithinking.

Follow Mobislim updates on twitter  http://twitter.com/mobislim

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Mobile SEO, we want Google Mobile Search to love us a bit more…

27 04 2009

Apparently our mobile site mobislim.com wasn’t very (or not at all) SEO optimized…

Tom Thurston, our WAP master and  mobile SEO mentor, reviewed our site from an SEO point of view, and this is what he had to say:

“It’s dire. We don’t even rank for “slimming”, even though our site is all about it. (Annoyingly lots of non-mobile slimming sites come up in the mobile searches as well). I am therefore changing the Mobislim CMS to publish “SEO friendly” URLs as well as deploying a number of other SEO tactics.”

I love his determination! Check his blog to find out the technical bits about what he is talking about.

So yesterday he deployed Mobislim v2 which is now governed by the Scorch Controller, that he has created himself. This Java Spring MVC based controller framework ensures that our slimming diets and health site now benefits from SEO friendly URLs.

As an example:

Old URL for an article about a slimming product: if you read this, you wouldn’t know what that page is about…well, guess what, Google wouldn’t know either!

http://mobislim.com?p=ax5_zx2

New URL SEO friendly: just by looking at it you know is about hoodie gordonini, that is an article and that is a slimming product! Google has -at least- to like us a bit.

http://mobislim.com/k-zfve/slimming-products/article/5/hoodia-gordonini.htm

In addition to this – page titles and page meta tags are now based on the assets / articles being viewed. We are also using the heading tags when presenting article titles. The combination of the above should lead to a whole load of hot loving from Google mobile search.

We have a new site map that we have sent today to Google and now let’s see what happens in the next few weeks.

REALITY CHECK: Let’s see our rankings…

The only thing we rank for, and in the 9th position is for “slimming charts” 😦

This is what I would like to see mobilsim ranking for:

“Slimming tips” “healthy diets” “lose weight” “diets” “slimming” Very competitive terms on search, but focusing our efforts in content creation and SEO technical aspects, I think we can get there…

So here is my challenge Tom, will we or will we not be able to rank for these keywords in the next 2-3 months?

Follow our mobile SEO mission here and in twitter and learn with us how to get your site optimize!

http://twitter.com/mobislim

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