When our family travels to a new place, we usually get restaurant recommendations from friends who have been there before; we check Lonely Planet tour guides; or, we look at the reviews on Google maps. Have you ever used Google maps for local recommendations? We only started using it recently. But, so far … Continue reading Credibility of online reviews typed on a mobile vs on a desktop
Market research recently published by Globalwebindex shows that Huawei customers were the most likely, among technology users, to recommend the brand to others. Should competitors like Samsung or Apple worry? No. And why not? Because when it comes to the impact of word of mouth on consumer behaviour volume of word mouth … Continue reading Huawei customers more likely to endorse the brand than Apple ones. So what?
My good friend Tim Kourdi brought these graphs to my attention, recently. They show how much time we spend online on our mobile phones, and convey two key messages: We are now spending more than double the time online on our phones than we did 4 years ago; Younger segments spend around seven times more time … Continue reading Mobile phone usage – perceptions v reality
Last weekend, the teen had a friend over who has a smartphone. Well, what teen does not have one, these days, right? The reason I am mentioning this is that said friend’s smartphone did not have a sim. Initially, I thought that they meant that the sim was malfunctioning. But, no. What they meant was … Continue reading The teen with no phone number
Statistics company, Statista, published this chart showing the manufacturing costs of leading smartphone brands: Focusing on phones launched in 2016, only, we can see that Huawei uses the cheapest components, and Google Pixel the most expensive. And that Samsung phones use more expensive hardware components than their Apple counterpart: Phone model Manufacturing cost $ … Continue reading Smartphone manufacturing costs vs retail prices
That picture of a 13 year old’s mobile home screen reminded me of a really interesting paper written by Sunila Lobo and Silvia Elaluf-Calderwood (who is a whizz about all things mobile) on how young female Saudis use their smartphones. The paper is available here, though, unfortunately, it is behind a paywall. The research … Continue reading Young Saudi females and their smartphones
When I taught Principles of Marketing many years ago, I used to draw on Abell’s framework to define the market that a business was operating in. The reference is Defining the business: the starting point of strategic planning written by Derek F. Abell and published by Prentice Hall in 1980. Abell’s framework states that … Continue reading Three questions to define the market