When Should You Invest in the Smartphone Replacing the Credit Card? © 2011 Tina Whitfield

In this post we provide several recommendations to enable the opportunity available from the action of combining NFC intelligence with that of smartphone LBS sales apps. We provide historical context, analysis of present challenges, and our recommendations.


The “Why?” Behind Apple and Google Device Location Tracking © 2012 Tina Whitfield

All the Apple and Google headlines have propelled friends, colleagues, and clients to ask me about the “why?” behind Apple and Google embedding tracking technology with their controlled handsets. Let’s take Google as the framework to answer the “why?” While Google is developing relationships with wireless operators, Google through Android can by-pass the carriers to…

Local Search Industry Channels Ad Profit into the Gutter © 2011 Tina Whitfield

Why is the mobile local search ignoring the government pages and the associated Ad opportunities? So far electronic yellow page directories lead the way with restaurants, hospitals, gas stations, and retail shops.  Success has been enhanced beyond associated display and banner Ads to include coupons, particularly mapping of coupons and aggregation of purchases to achieve…

Extending Rutberg’s Analysis with Operational Perspective on Mobile Advertising, Cloud Services, and Mobile Wallets © 2010 Tina Whitfield

The Rutberg July Industry Newsletter covered the mobile advertising market, cloud services across both consumer and enterprise markets, and a cross-carrier payments initiative by AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile USA. As usual, the Rutberg team provided solid analysis of current events and their financial implications [if you would like Rutberg’s indepth financial analysis, please visit…

Can iPhone apps lift your brand value through association? © 2010 Tina Whitfield

Brands can get a generous lift when affiliated with high quality products such as the iPhone. But what about the applications in the App Store? Let’s look at why Apple should build a sustainable eco-system for technology-based mobile applications, which is the key to product quality and research into the potential of mobile applications that brand marketers can harness.