Another day. Another thought-provoking post from Tomi Ahonen. This time he’s dissecting the latest “Asia-Pacific wide survey of 16,000 consumers in 29 countries by TNS Global.” Included in his analysis are troubling numbers for companies looking to build location-based services.
There’s a lot of positive information for mobile in the TNS Global survey, but before I talk about the positive stuff, let’s take a look at what Tomi says about the location-based services (LBS):
Bear in mind, that LBS services were launched around the same time as music, gaming and the mobile internet here in Asia; and even more alarmingly, LBS services were launched several years before cameraphones and MMS picture messaging. Yet LBS has found a total traction of 3 percent in this time, when other services get 30%, 40%, 50% even 70% usage levels.
I am serious that I truly do not believe in LBS as a mass market proposition. Don’t bet your company, product, brand or career on LBS, ha-ha..
This is pretty stunning for two reasons. First, the established pattern for mobile is that Asia is a year or two ahead of Europe and America is a year or two behind Europe. So location-based services have been there, done that, and not been adopted. Second, I highly value Tomi’s opinion and his doubts about location-based services even without the numbers would be enough to give me pause.
I’m not going to draw any conclusions now. I need to noodle on this a bit more.
Onto the good news.
|Percent||No. of People||Notes|
|SMS||88%||1.23B||More than the total number of email (or IM Instant Messaging) on the internet worldwide|
|Games||71%||994M||So close to 1B|
|Camera||61%||854M||98% of those who have a cameraphone, use the camera|
|MMS||47%||672M||Lots of recent discussion about whether or not MMS will finally take off. These numbers are encouraging.|
|Music||43%||602M||Only 150M or so iPods in the world.|
|Internet||34%||476M||This is better than I expected. Lots of room for growth.|
|TV/Video||20%||280M||Approximate population of U.S.|
Lots of good news there on what the mobile future might look like for Europe and America down the road. I’m particularly happy with the MMS and Camera numbers as they are two areas I have particular interest in.
Finally, all of this data is from Tomi Ahonen and Alan Moore’s blog. If you’re into mobile and you’re not reading their blog, you’re missing out.