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Herman Trend Alert: Our Wireless Future

In a recent report issued by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, data indicates that many Americans would find it more difficult to give up their mobile phones than the Internet, television or landline telephones.

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Herman Trend Alerts are written by Joyce Gioia, a strategic business futurist, Certified Management Consultant, author, and professional speaker. Archived editions are posted at http://www.hermangroup.com/archive.html

From “Herman Trend Alert,” by Roger Herman and Joyce Gioia, Strategic Business Futurists

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — One of the judges at a recent round of “Wargaming,” sponsored by Fuld & Company, in Cambridge, Mass., was a principal from a new organization called JumpTap.com. JumpTap is a leader in mobile search and related advertising.

In a recent report issued by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, data indicates that many Americans would find it more difficult to give up their mobile phones than the Internet, television or landline telephones.

The report also found that 62 percent of respondents use their cell phones and additional wireless devices for other activities, including text messaging, taking pictures and sending e-mail. Interestingly, it is not just the younger generation that appreciates this beyond-voice access. Research shows African Americans and English-speaking Latinos are more likely than white Americans to use these applications on their cell phones.

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To us these findings mean that JumpTap is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the emergent love affair between people and their mobile phones. If you think for a moment about the installed base of millions mobile devices in the world, the opportunities seem staggering.

Apparently, the company provides mobile search capabilities tailored to the individual by tracking search behavior, then providing better relevance on subsequent searches. With the knowledge that it’s easier to make mistakes on a mobile keypad, like other search engines, it also provides likely target keywords, close to whatever was typed in. JumpTap makes the mobile search experience more relevant and enjoyable.

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From the business side, JumpTap helps advertisers create mobile Web sites with a variety of advertising buttons and banners that maximize return on investment, including a click-to-call option.

The company markets worldwide and already has international partners TeliaSonera, the leading mobile operator in the Nordic and Baltic regions, and TelefÓnica its first partner in Spain. Domestically, JumpTap powered Virgin Mobile USA’s innovative "SugarMama" Platform, providing customers a faster, more tailored way to find relevant content with mobile advertising beyond.

We believe that very soon mobile search will become much more important than computer-based search. If you think about the possibilities, it is easy to comprehend.

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