Tech & The District » Mobile Tech the way we see it: insights and musings on technology PR, policy and the District, from H&K’s D.C. Tech Team. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:06:44 +0000 en hourly 1 Current wireless industry = PC Biz in its infancy? I think so. Fri, 26 Jun 2009 22:08:14 +0000 Sandra Rodriguez On June 25th, I attended the afternoon sessions at the Digital Media Conference  held in Tyson’s Corner, VA.  Sometimes these types of events are full of sales people, and while there were some, in general it was an interesting mix of speakers and attendees. Given my work here at H&K, I was definitely looking forward to the mobile apps panel, and I ended up hearing from AOL on mobile platforms, which was unexpected.


Ted Cahall, President of AOL’s Product & Technologies led the lunch keynote, where he set the stage for mobile content and media as the focus of the afternoon.  He noted that currently there are too many hands in the cookie jar of mobile applications and platforms. Carriers, developers, device manufacturers and wireless enablers are all creating competing platforms, however eventually there will be a PC – Mac battle, which is already brewing. Currently the iPhone is in the position of the Mac; however, we’re still waiting to see who will be the PC in the mobile world? Panelist Daniel Odio of stated that Google’s Android platform will eventually take that position. Android’s volume will increase in comparison to the iPhone platform, as Android will be available through various devices and carriers. However, from the four panelists only AP Digital and rmbrME said they had or were working on Android versions of their apps. In addition, all of the panelists agreed that the iPhone’s platform and ecosystem are the most evolved and easiest to work with. I hope RIM’s listening because it didn’t seem to be the most favored platform!


 In the mobile marketing session, Kevin Bertram, CEO of Distributive Networks ; the creator of the Obama text messaging campaign was on the panel. The best take away from the panel was that in order to be successful, mobile marketing campaigns must have call for action to the user and link to traditional media.  Speaking of traditional media I also attended the session titled “Is the Newspaper Dead?” To sum it up, it sure isn’t the same as it used to be. However the panelists all agreed that in order to succeed its print and online sites must not be mirror images, including the ads, online ads must be interactive. In addition, newspapers must focus on what they do best, and add value to its audience. It’s no longer about the product, but the audience, online and print audiences differ. The baby boomers still enjoy opening up the newspaper that landed on their porch and drinking a cup of coffee, however the younger generations are reading the news via a mobile device or online. Publications must cater to both audiences separately to succeed.


Right now the mobile industry is constantly changing, but we all can say that it’s all about the apps and what your device can do for you. The iPhone is sleek and sexy, but it has many other devices nipping at its ankles with the same features. It’s about the experience and what’s inside the phone. Think about it, when’s the last time you saw a commercial about making a phone call?

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Staggering Uptake in Digital Media Starts with Mobile Social Networking Fri, 26 Jun 2009 19:35:26 +0000 Andrew Cuneo Attended the Potomac Tech Wire’s Digital Media Conference on June 25 and the show didn’t disappoint.  The opening panel excited me the most as predicted numbers around digital TV (DTV) and the uptake in social networks at a mobile level were soaring higher than I, or many others, expected.

During the first panel, in which three analysts were asked to give their top five trends on where they see digital going, CEA analyst Ben Arnold indicated his association has seen a tremendous interest in DTV, much as we’ve seen HDTV take off in recent months. In particular, watching TV from your computer of mobile device is going to be huge among adults.  According to Arnold, 44 percent of adults have already expressed an interest in Net-enabled TV such as Hulu or YouTube. Smartbrief has already posted their piece.

Further, Arnold alluded to the enormous uptake in mobile social media. Over the course of 2008, mobile social networks grew more than 280 percent according to Arnold’s findings – making me feel comfortable knowing I am not alone!

Fellow panelist Michael Zaneis, of the International Bureau of Advertising, seemed to follow the same pattern noting that social media sites, even at a mobile level, are great generators for online advertising.  During our current economic recession, Michael noted that ad spending is the ONLY growing online sector at the moment.

Finally Jay Baage of Digital Media Wire wrapped up the opening stanza with some numbers that had even the most well informed digital media folks surprised. He listed the top 20 social media sites available today, and showed the dramatic mobile uptake in all of them. The most impressive was that of Twitter which was of no real surprise. What was surprising however was the percentage uptake in the site. Twitter users had increased, since the beginning of 2009, by over 2600 percent. Not a typo! Further, despite the incredible push by the iPhone, Jay predicted a surge in mobile widgets and a slow decline of iPhone users.

The conference was heavily attended as over 500 attended the show. It did leave me asking this question: What do you use your mobile device for?

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On the Agenda Tue, 23 Jun 2009 20:01:07 +0000 Sharla Lane

I would like to introduce the newest blogger and member of the H&K DC Tech Team, Lindsay Campbell, who has joined us from Rochester, N.Y., for our summer internship. She has kindly authored the post below and will be contributing to the blog on a regular basis.


Well, after weeks of this Seattle weather, D.C. is finally starting to prove why we live here. The sun is back and the clouds are scarce. With June coming to an end, July is rolling in fully stocked with events to keep you busy throughout the month.

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Recapping Mobile World Congress Wed, 25 Feb 2009 22:27:59 +0000 Chad Torbin Barcelona, home of Gaudí architecture, Salvador Dalí, the right foot of Lionel Messi and of course, home to Mobile World Congress. I have yet to attend one of these, but I have to say that the show seems to continue to be fruitful, delivering some meaningful announcements, products, ideas and discussions worth highlighting. Here are the three key trends that I consider likely to keep the mobile industry, and myself, abuzz and busy in the months to come.

  1. Handset announcements took center stage once again this year. The screens are bigger, the interface slicker, the batteries solar powered and the memory capabilities are larger, but what happened to all the flip phones? Despite a few new models, the design format du jour seems to be the slider or a bar format. As someone that still pockets a Motorola Razor phone each day, I’m feeling a bit out of touch.
  2. The shows seems to have helped stoke the battle of the mobile operating systems, with Android and Symbian making a strong showing and Microsoft unveiling Windows Mobile 6.5 and the new Windows Marketplace app store. Android is clearly a threat to Microsoft’s plans for Windows Mobile and the company can’t afford to sit idle while Android and Symbian gain nearly another year of improvements and with the next iPhone on the horizon.
  3. It wouldn’t be a wireless show without a little talk about the future of the networks. Long term evolution (LTE), the step-up from HSDPA/HSUPA and the standard most of the world is counting on to deliver 4G (not lookin’ good WiMax), also got a fair amount of coverage. LTE trials are starting to pop-up around the world and we got the chance to see some LTE-enabled smartphone prototypes already on display by LG and Samsung amongst others, but the biggest piece of news on the LTE front is the announcement of a new logo that somehow reminds me of one of my favorite dishes. You be the judge:

Disclosure: Hill & Knowlton works with the GSM Association and other wireless organizations

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