What Have I Learned From NTFM?

This is the end…my only friend the end…

So here we are, after 10 weeks this is my final blog post as part of the NTFM module. I have to say that I have really enjoyed this module as a whole, its given me a chance to really express myself on a variety of subjects that I have a profound interest in, that being social media and technology in general. These tend to be the ultimate forms of procrastination for me when I am normally at the end of semesters and trying to get study done, so when I was given the option instead of actually being on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube etc for genuine college purposes, and not having to study for an end of module exam, naturally I thought “Winning!”

Of course, this being a college subject after all I have learned quite a number or rather interesting and helpful terms, phrases and skills that will stay with me for long after I’ve left college and am in my future career- hopefully with the aid of NTFM in the area of digital marketing. Things like finding out about instagram, Pinterest and Linkedin and how to edit and put videos together . Watching a number of interesting TED talks and lectures from the Digital Marketing Institute have all but added to my overall positive experience of this module;
10 weeks ago if you were ask me to give you a lesson on Mobile Marketing or explain to you the whole area of “The Filter Bubble” I would probably have stared at you blankly and made excuses not to. Now however with thanks to this module I could now talk to you openly and confidently about these topics as well as giving you my personal opinions, which you may have already read in my previous blogs.

Blogs…..blogs are perhaps the fundamental skilled I have learned over the course of this semester. I was always aware of the concept of blogging and was a little interested in giving it a go myself. So when the main part of this module was to write a series of blogs, naturally I was enthusiastic. And how right I was! I’ve really become drawn into blogging, the idea that you can get out all of your thoughts and opinions into a single site that can be visible by the world is rather overwhelming. I can definitely see myself continuing with blogging even after the semester is over. Its just too fun!

Would I do NTFM again next semester if given the option? Yes without a doubt! It has been perhaps one of my favourite modules over the course of my 3 years of college life. Is there anything I could do to improve it? I would probably make it a subject in semester 1 for first year students as it will be an important element that they will need throughout their entire college experience. I would then have a more advanced module of NTFM in one semester every proceeding year as students become more and more in touch with the digital marketing world. I hope some strings will be pulled in order to make this happen.

So thats about it for this blog, and my NTFM module in general. Its been a pretty great few months and I’d like to thank you all for coming on this adventure with me! Fear not however this will not be the last you will have heard from Hayden’s Blog Box! šŸ˜‰
I will leave you with this song, as it is “The End”
Goodbye friends

Mobile Marketing: My thoughts

ImageI still remember my first mobile phone. I must have been about 10 or 11, it was a Nokia 3310 and I thought it was the coolest thing I’ve ever had. I could keep in touch with my school friends and I could play cool games like Snake! Fast forward about 10 years and if you saw someone with a Nokia 3310 today you would probably laugh and call them poor and old fashioned.

This is because of the dramatic change in the term “mobile phone” from the 90’s to the present day. Because now, a mobile is not just a “phone” it is a fundamental element in how we live our lives. Mobiles, particularly smartphones have changed the way we communicate, do business and overall how we entertain ourselves. Imagine telling someone in 1992 that there would be phones that can play mp3’s, take photographs, help you shop online, and pretty much anything else imaginable? They would have laughed in your face!

I, like some 1 billion others am theĀ possessorĀ of a smartphone. Ok mine isn’tĀ an i-phone or a samsung galaxy but I still feel like it gets the job done that a smartphone should do, and certainly more than a 3310 could even dream of doing. And it is clearly not only myself that thinks this, lets take a look at some stats;

-There are an estimated 6.5 billion mobile phone users worldwide, 1 billion of which are smartphone users

-It is estimated that this year (2013) that around 840 million smartphones of all types will be shipped

– By next year more people will beĀ accessingĀ the internet by their handheld rather than their standard PC or laptop.

( reference: Digital Marketing Institute)

I truly believe this is a valid estimation as I know too well the standard effect of “dual screening”. This basically means that I am always on Twitter or Facebook from my mobile whilst I am also watching the TV, just last week I was live tweeting whilst I was enjoying the WWEĀ Elimination Chamber event. I was looking at what thousands of other users were making of what I was watching with them. It was like having them all in my house. This is only an experience I experimented with about 2 years ago, and now I can’t imagine watching a show without my phone close by.

Not surprisingly this information can and has been picked up by businesses and firms of all types all round the world, this is a process which is known as “mCommerce”. Mobile apps have changed the way we interact with brands as almost all brands have some form of app. Tesco, SuperValu and Dunnes allow you to do your shopping on your phone without even leaving your bed, RTE, TV3, ITV etc allow you to catch up with your favourite TV shows with their catch up apps as well as news apps from Sky News so you are never lefi in the lurch. If I carried on with examples I could be writing this blog until I’m 40.

This therefore gives us an estimated prediction of how mCommerece and mobile marketing in general will continue to grow;

-Unexpectedly a further massive growth is predicted in smartphone sales (an estimated 40 billion dollars in this year alone)

-The explosion of the tabletĀ revolutionized by Apple and the i-Pad is also expected to continue ( an estimated 24 billion dollars)

-An increase in the “augmented reality”

I predict that by the year 2020 when you walk into someones house you will see no TV, no computer, no radio etc, only i-pads and i-phones that have the capability of doing everything….except downloading food!

What is even better is that mCommerce is not difficult and anyone can work it…anyone….

The app is dead, long live mobile marketing!