Pokémon Go Raked in $950m in Revenues Last Year

Pokémon Go racked up revenues of around $950m (£768m) in 2016, as the true extent of the game’s success over the year has been quantified for the first time. In a new report published by market researchers App Annie, it is made clear that, although the game was highly successful, it did not have this success at the expense of other games’ revenue or usage. App Annie says, in the report: “By attracting millions of non-gamers, it reached a level [...]

Formula safety still a prime concern of Chinese mums | Marketing

CHINA – Product safety, especially for infant milk formula (IMF), remains the primary concern for Chinese mums after several safety scares involving domestic brands, according to Mintel’s Marketing to Mums, China study. Overseas IMF brands are largely favoured by Chinese mums, who are also more inclined to shop for IMF and diapers at offline stores such as specialised mum and babycare stores due to concerns over product authenticity.  Hence, the report cautions IMF and diaper brands against moving the majority [...]

China Forces App Stores Across the Country to Register

Chinese authorities have filed an order that will force app stores to be registered across the country, as China tries to gain more control over mobile apps. The filing, by the Cyberspace Administration of China, notes that all provinces, regions and municipalities in China would need to ensure that mobile app stores were registered. It noted that, according to the China Network Information Office, “Many apps have been found to spread illegal information, violate user rights or contain security risks.” [...]

Telegraph Hands Digital Marketing Brief to Fetch

Telegraph Media Group has appointed Fetch to deliver digital performance marketing solutions across its business, with a focus on travel, commerce and events, as well as its newly launched subscription service, Telegraph Premium. Fetch will work on digital strategy, mobile marketing, paid search, paid social and digital programmatic. Fetch was initially appointed by The Telegraph to successfully launch its new mobile app in October this year. “Having assessed a number of performance marketing agencies, we feel that Fetch’s knowledge in [...]

iZettle Secures €60m, Hires a CFO

Digital payments firm iZettle has raised €60m (£52m) in a funding round that values the company at $500m. It has also appointed Maria Hedengren as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO), fuelling rumours of an IPO. The latest round of funding is made up of equity from existing investors in a Series D extension as well as debt funding from US based, Victory Park Capital via its credit fund, VPC Speciality Lending. The company said the funds will be used [...]

Wordplay welcome in HK, but poor efforts will be pun-ished | Analysis

While puns and wordplay are technically not allowed in mainland China, Hong Kong creatives find them to be irresistible and effective—most of the time. Puns and wordplay are a part of everyday life in Hong Kong society. Cantonese, spoken by 89.5 percent of the population, is written in traditional Chinese characters, but is richer in tones and retains archaic phonetic elements Putonghua has lost. Certain puns work for both Cantonese and Putonghua due to their shared written forms, such [...]

Newly-granted Google patent sheds light on how the search engine sees entities

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big fan of reading Google patents — or, when I’m feeling lazy, reading Bill Slawski’s analysis of them over on his blog, SEO By The Sea. I also have a particular interest in those involving entities, as they are (to me at least) the ones that are defining the problems Google is trying to solve. As machine learning evolves, entities represent how search engines increasingly are viewing the world. Before we dig into [...]

WhatsApp Readying Commercial Messaging Offering

Last August, WhatsApp unveiled plans to let brands use its platform to send commercial messages to its users. Since then, it seems, the company has been making moves behind the scenes to get the platform ready for commercial messaging. A report in Business Insider says that multiple references to “enterprise” message templates have been uncovered in WhatsApp’s code, according to Tweets from an account named ‘WABetaInfo’. One of the templates, for example would translate a message sent by a [...]

Twitter is Closing Down its Dashboard Business App

Twitter has announced that it will be shutting down its business suite that enables businesses to track and monitor tweets, schedule posts and access analytics regarding their brand. The Dashboard feature, which only launched in June 2016, will close on 3 February. Twitter broke the news through a vague series of tweets from its Dashboard account. However, Twitter did make it clear that it hoped to, in the future, ‘bring the best features from Dashboard to the broader Twitter [...]