iPhone Delivers Bling – iPod Touch Delivers Bang For App Economy

iPhone gets all the attention and the lion share of the paid app economy according to industry observers. However, it is the iPod Touch that is the workhorse in delivering the sheer numbers that drive the 2 billion+ app downloads. For marketers seeking to extend their brand targeting a teen-male-fashion-gadgets-social audience in the app economy, iPod Touch users represent the primary sweet spot.

Let’s take a step back for a moment and get the lay of the unit volume land. iPod Touch represents approx. 40% (22.3M*) of the global OSX installed base as of Q3 2009. In particular, iPod Touch has played particularly well in North America and the UK and proportionally continues to represent a larger install base than the global figures and coincidentally come in at the same level; approx. 46% (15.5M) and 46% (1.9M) of these respective markets.

Note: Apple does not release iPod Touch global or regional figures. However based on certain publicly available resources it is possible to reasonably estimate.

The rise in downloads continues to scale with the latest figures coming in at 10.5 million apps per day. But here is the real kicker. For every 1 app downloaded by an iPhone user; 1.8 apps are downloaded by an iPod Touch user, according to Admob. Almost double. This translates to iPod Touch consuming 54% (146M) of all apps globally and 12M in the UK in the month of September 2009. Given that iPhone volume is accelerating and iPod Touch is expected to grow within a stagnant overall iPod market, a crossover point is expected later this year. Nonetheless, the iPod Touch segment remains a key demographic versus the flash of its twin brother.

As a target audience how are iPod Touch users uniquely defined versus iPhone users? According to comScore and Flurry Analytics they have;

Lots of teen angst. 69% are between 13-24 years and are primarily characterized as teen centric

Less cash. Only 66% have at least 25K annual income

Zeal for fashion and gadgets. More likely to be in the market for mobile, clothes, TV’s and other consumer electronics

Voraciously share their lives. Made up of heavy MySpace, Facebook and SMS users

Of course, one thing both devices have in common is machismo, depending on which industry report you read they are 65-70%+ male.

Here is the slap in the face. iPod Touch users have an insatiable appetite to download the latest shiny new thing; however the tendency is to use it once and chuck it. According to Pinch Media, only 20-30% of users return after first use. Laughably this plummets to approx. 1% of users that continue with the product after 70-90 days. Indeed, Flurry with a much larger sample indicates that in North American and the UK the retention level is 12%. They define this as someone who has downloaded an app at some point in the past and has used the app in the past seven (7) days. Neither Pinch or Flurry break it down by device type, however given the trigger happy nature of iPod Touch users, I would suggest they bear the brunt of the responsibility for these types of stats popping up.

So, if you are a marketer wanting to target this teen-male-fashion-gadgets-social audience, what to do. I would suggest you either create a super engaging app or explicitly design a throw-away app. Don’t bother with the in-between. The app type should factor into your decision-making process as according to Flurry, categories like music, health & fitness and news tend have higher retention levels. In contrast categories like lifestyle and predictably entertainment have lower levels.

Often the best marketing is simply embracing user behaviour and not trying to get all fancy pants on your target market. Design for “use once & dump”, deliver a great one-off “pop” of utility that reinforces the brand. The bonus here is likely to be a faster and cheaper rollout based on a simpler concept realization process.

In contrast, the engaging app needs to deliver a well crafted experience in terms of content, design and go-to market elements. Part of that experience is the integration of social capabilities to appeal to that voracious sharing need mentioned earlier. The result is, hopefully, durability and traction over the long-term with your audience. Indeed, one might argue the reason why users download and use once is the large number of lame home-grown apps.

There you have it. Build a super engaging app or explicitly design a throw-away app.

Hot Hot Hot UK Fashion Trends

The Latest Fashion Trends

The latest cool trends in fashion to hits London high street fashion shops are taking shoppers by storm. London high street shops and boutiques are showcasing the new fashion styles that everyone will want to be seen in. Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, London has dedicated the entire fourth floor to the hottest fashion labels around. Trendsetting designers featured on Harvey Nichols’ fourth floor fashion haven include London designers like Peter Pilotto and Meadham Kirchhoff.

Current hot looks featuring designers such as Peter Pilotto are being dubbed as the label to watch in 2010. International cool fashion label on display at Harvey Nichols include Brian Reyes and Cacharel, under the talented creations of ex-Lanvin designer C├ędric Charlier. Graphic prints at Holly Fulton have made an impression on the UK fashion trends scene.

Chic, cool and stylish Rochas, Stella McCartney and Celine went with the eighties look for the latest trend fashion styles in 2010. Like spring fashion trends in 2010, winter cool fashion trends for 2010 are about making a brazen and bold statement. The traditional stilettos was suddenly passed over for the hot new and more trendy kitten heels. Low heels are the latest trend so give your high heels a miss in exchange for ladylike kitten heels and slingbacks for winter.

Winter Fashion Trends

In 2010, the eighties bodysuit made yet another comeback. The return of this sassy eighties look also saw the return of endless group-exercise activities. Biker shorts and bumbags were the big news for the nineties revival look in the spring. Donna Karan brought back the eighties bodysuit is a stunning fashion trendsetting way to mark 25 years in fashion. Festival chic style makes dressing up and staying cool a cinch for the London fashionistas this year.

Not to be out done by the ladies apparel, fifties-style knickers were revived by Dolce & Gabbana. All over London, fashion celebrated a reissuing of classic designs from the glamourous fashion days gone by. Sweet trends including delicious Liquorice Allsorts Designers took their inspiration from Bassett’s sweets.

Wearing gloves this winter is sexier than ever if you go elbow length. Speaking of length, taking your midi line just below the knees is the hot new trends for dress wear. When in doubt, go with lots and lots of buttons as they are back with a vengeance.

For those really in the fashion know, Net-a-porter celebrates 10 years in business. The iPhone phenomenon brought fashion to your finger tips with hot fashion apps. Making shopping on your hand held devise just a matter of pressing a few clicks. The handy fashion apps also means that you can get the latest in fashion trend news via daily tweets.

Fashionable Fingers Are Wooed By BlackBerry

Thanks to their sleek design, superior cameras and express connection to those all important social networking sites and fashion blogs – the BlackBerry has become an indispensable tool for the novice or seasoned fashionista.

Despite the novelty of sending pictures of your new lust-have never losing its appeal, serious bloggers and industry insiders are now utilising the latest BlackBerry technology to stay on trend. From revealing what editors think of this season’s collection, installing apps that track down designer handbags, to shooting your own creations – fashions focus may be what’s on the outside, but they like their phones smart on the inside it seems.

Most of us take for granted that our mobiles now come with video recordings and powerful cameras as standard. The new BlackBerry Torch advances these standard accessories meaning its 5 mega pixel camera will capture a crystal clear photo of your latest vintage treasure, picking out minute detail and realistic tones that can be loaded straight onto your blog or Twitter page. The busy stylist can also be inspired by watching the latest collections using the phone’s video player.

The introduction of phone apps is nothing new, and fashion apps are largely available on most smartphones. In keeping with their tradition of initiating rather than following trends, BlackBerry has run the inspirational London Fashion Week app for the past three seasons. The app feeds information to all the journalists on show times, details of individual show content plus any delays or changes. Thankfully it’s not reserved for the industry professionals – anyone can use the app to have an insider’s view at what’s going on with regular news updates and highlights throughout the shows.

BlackBerry fashion apps have become essential tools of the trade for the industry big wigs and dedicated followers. If your day feels incomplete without the latest words of wisdom from Tavi, then Fashion News Service offers up to the minute news from 360fashion.net, alternatively Trendtracker previews the latest runway looks, fashion news, trend ideas and coverage of the shows.

For the past two seasons BlackBerry has also worked with House of Holland on an app that lets you buy catwalk creations as they come off the runway, months ahead of the retail launch.

Get yourself logged into Twitter via your Curve and start following the fashion pack. Many fashion editors were novice Tweeters until just two seasons ago. Now they’re not just tweeting but posting pictures live from the catwalks. Make sure you follow Karl, Carineand Anna from your phone to discover their favourites from Paris or Milan, and make the bus journey to work slightly more glamorous.

Not content with reading what others have to say about the latest must-have? Make your mark with a blog. WordPress – a tasty piece of software that enables you to create and design your own blog – has developed an app that allows you to update from your handset. Just sat through a fabulous fashion show and want the world to know about it? Take pictures with your phone, add some blurb and upload the lot via the app in a flash.

Whichever way you stay connected to the fast paced world of fashion, it seems that BlackBerry have all the latest features for the glitterati.

Top 5 Apps For Fashionistas

Staying on top of the fashion express is not an easy task at all. Ask a fashionista and you will know exactly how much work goes into looking oh-so-perfect at all times. At the core of being a fashionista is the ability to follow and even anticipate fashion trends before they hit the retail market.

Even in this most creative industry, technology has a great role to play. Using fashion apps, a fashion fiend can enjoy having the world at her fingertips. Here is the low down on a few apps that are most useful for fashionistas.

Vogue Stylist

If there is one name that is eponymous with fashion, it is Vogue and with the free Vogue Stylist smartphone application, the fashion fan can get hold of all the gen on the season’s fashions and read what the editors of Vogue are saying about the various trends of the season. This app will also give the user product suggestions based on the weather of his or her location. Even better, you can shop for the clothes and products that you see on your mobile device.

The Find

Looking for a bargain is made so much easier with the help of this application. The Find will help you scan a barcode and research the product. It can show you comparable and comparative products and even locate stores close to your current location. Probably one of the best features of this application is that it does not have advertisements to clutter up the space.

CAbi

CAbi or Carol Anderson By Invitation offers a fabulous shopping experience. From the comfort of your home, you can experience the luxury of having a personal shopping assistant who helps you plan what you can wear and what you can buy. Personalization at its best – that’s what the CAbi experience offers you.

Rue La La

This is a private website but totally worth the membership. Looking for upmarket brands is a breeze with the help of this application. The number of big names who use this application to sell their products is staggering.

This application is also available across many devices such as Blackberry, iPhone and Android devices. With this application, one can access online boutiques which are open for a very short time. But during this time, the big name creations are available for a significantly lower amount.

ModiFace

Now – make up simply has to be the coup de grace for any fashionista and with the application called ModiFace, you can enjoy a veritable cornucopia of apps that will give you a chance to experiment with hairstyles, cosmetics, colours and so on to find out what suits your face the best. Totally worth the time you spend on this application!