Chat app messaging overtakes SMS texts, Informa says

Instant messaging on chat apps, such as WhatsApp, has overtaken the traditional SMS text message for the first time, according to research firm Informa.

Informa said almost 19 billion messages were sent per day on chat apps in 2012, compared with 17.6 billion SMS texts.

The shift is likely to have a big impact on mobile operators, for whom texts have been a key revenue source. read more

 

Infographic: social media use by gender, age and network

Pew Internet released a study back in February entitled, “The Demographics of Social Media Users” which keyed into the social media use by gender, age and network (and ethnicity). There really weren’t too many a-ha moments in the study (and Google Plus was conspicuously absent), but it confirmed some key aspects such as:

– Women are present in greater number than men

– Social media usage increases inverse-proportional to age

– No social network approaches the popularity of Facebook

I thought this infographic was an especially simple and straightforward way to present Pew’s data (and it was created with visual.ly, an infographic site I really like). Let me know what you think.

49 Ideas For Mobile Business in Africa

In 2012  Africa became the fastest growing continent in the world with the highest number of new millionaires. There are now more than 100,000 millionaires in Africaand about 20.000 new millionaires will be added every 3 years.

Wanna join the rank?

From all the business opportunities available in Africa mobile telecommunication services are one of the most profitable. During the next few years about 3 billions new people will join the current 2.27 billion Internet  users. More than 1 billion of this new Internet users will come from Africa. read more

Mobile CRM Apps To Grow 500% By 2014 As Market Turns With Decline In PC Shipments

Gartner Research is reporting mobile CRM apps will grow 500 percent by 2014, another sign of a shifting market that has more to do with work getting done in the cloud more so than from a server behind the firewall.

This is buttressed by Gartner’s news that SaaS providers will represent more than 50 percent of profits in the CRM market by 2016 and the steep decline in PC shipments that Gartner  reported yesterday. Read more