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Mobile websites grow sevenfold in 1 year

The amount of mobile internet websites has increased times 7 in just one year time, according to the mobile web domain registry dotMobi.  Scanning the largest Top Level Domains (.mobi, .com, .net, .uk and .de), it found about 1,1 million mobile sites, compared to only 150.000 a year ago.

Unfortunately, there’s still no standard to identify a mobile site.  While dotMobi stimulates the use of the domain extension .mobi, there are mobile sites using the subdomains m., mobile. or wap., while others extend their URL with /wap, /m, /mobile, /pda or something similar.

MobileWeb.be encourages the use of the m. subdomain, which means a short URL (no need to type a long URL on a mobile keypad) and no need to register an additional domain extension.  Good examples of its use are m.standaard.be, m.nieuwsblad.be, m.jobat.be, m.vdab.be and of course m.mobileweb.be 🙂

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MobileWeb.be creates Nieuwsblad Mobile for Corelio

After De Standaard Mobile and Jobat Mobile, MobileWeb.be has now developed another mobile internet site for Corelio: Het Nieuwsblad Mobile.

As of today, everyone can use their mobile phone to surf to the mobile version of Nieuwsblad.be via http://m.nieuwsblad.be. You will quickly find an overview of:
local news from every Flemish city
– general news
– showbizz news
live reporting of soccer games, cycling and Formule 1
– an agenda with thousands of events, categorized by genre and by city

 

‘More than 600 soccer games live’

“We are very happy with our new mobile website”, says Patrick Salien, site manager of Nieuwsblad.be and Nieuwsblad Mobile. “We succeeded to not only offer general news and showbizz, but also sports and regional news in a very relevant way.  For all 308 Flemish communities we give news articles, with of course a separate approach for our city issue De Gentenaar, which can be found on http://m.gentenaar.be. On top of that, our sports editors cover yearly no less than 180 cycling days, more than 600 soccer games and a lot more sport events. And all that live on your gsm. A must for the sports lover!”

‘Out tips for everyone in Flanders’

“Another fantastic application is the ‘Uit’ agenda“, continues Patrick Salien. “Based on your postal code and/or the kind of activity you’re interested in, you will receive a list of movie and theatre screenings, among others. From now on, all that information will be available anywhere, anytime.”

“With this, Corelio takes another step into the mobile internet, after the successful launch of De Standaard Mobile and Jobat Mobile. These projects as well were completely worked out by our own people with  MobileWeb.be as integration partner.” says Johan Mortelmans, Director E-Media at Corelio.

Nieuwsblad Mobile is a free service. Of course, the mobile users pay for their data connection with their  operator. But ever more operators offer interesting formulas that lower the costs significantly. Even more, the mobile site is suitable for every kind of mobile device.  You don’t need a sophisticated phone for it.

“Apart from the high information value for the user – fast, everywhere and anytime – this is a very targeted medium for our advertisers. With this medium they will be able to reach a very specific and  interesting audience. The version that was launched today is 100 % ready to get the advertiser and the consumer in touch with each other”, adds Stijn Vercamer, Commercial Manager E-media at Corelio.

Nieuwsblad Mobile

The mobile internet train has left the station

Finally we’re there: after many years of patient evangelization we see this year the launch of the first commercial mobile internet sites. De Standaard was the first to launch his mobile news site. This was followed by several other mobile initiatives, such as De Tijd, VDAB, Jobat, Telenet, Truvo and the VRT.

The development of the mobile internet in Belgium seems to have lifted off. And this is only the beginning: when we look at our neighbouring countries, we can expect a strong growth in the offering ànd the use of the mobile internet in the coming months. In France, 25% of the 15-50 year olds uses the mobile internet on a weekly basis. In the Netherlands, 1,6 million mobile subscribers frequently use the mobile internet. In the past few years, the growth of the mobile data traffic has shown a growth rhythm of 50 – 100%.

Many companies and marketers are, with good reason, asking themselves whether they should jump the band wagon or not. Proponents see enormous business opportunities for specific mobile internet applications:

  • The possibility to stay in touch with the client or the end-user “anytime, anywhere”;
  • The capturing and monetizing of “impulse-moments”, when the mobile phone is the only device at hand of the consumer;
  • The building of a mobile user group, complementary and even larger than the users of existing media.

Critics however see mainly barriers for the implementation of a mobile internet site:

  • Many companies are only just now occupied with the building up of their corporate website and internet activities. An additional mobile platform only causes an additional complexity.
  • Some claim that the availability of a separate mobile site is not really necessary since the iPhone and its adapted Safari browser.
  • In the present difficult economical circumstances, there is not much budget available for the implementation of such new initiatives.

For many different initiatives, we – as a privileged partner – have been able to build up certain insights, which can serve to bring some perspective to the decision process:

  • Mobile internet is mostly important for young people (hence the success of the mobile version of Facebook) and professionals who want to be continuously fed with “real-time” information, as proven by the rapid success of De Standaard Mobile;
  • The consumption of the mobile internet site is often very different and complementary to this of a website (as well in intensity, time and frequency of the use);
  • The simplicity of the pages and the speed at which they charge are primary design elements at the development of a mobile internet site; most existing websites are totally not adapted for consumption on a mobile device (not even on an iPhone).

The question is no longer whether companies will launch mobile internet sites, but rather when they preferably should do this. Building up the first insights in time seems primordial to us to have a good position in this fast developing market. The companies that now have, within a limited budget, the guts to launch their first projects will without a doubt be able to get the benefits from this on the short term. That’s what they call: “first movers’ advantage”.

MobileWeb creates Jobat Mobile for Corelio

Job search & career advice on every GSM, Blackberry and iPhone

MobileWeb, the Belgian specialist in mobile internet solutions, has created the mobile job portal Jobat Mobile for Corelio. Based on the unique Mobile Web Server, jobs and career advice are optimally presented on every GSM, Blackberry and iPhone. MobileWeb has previously developed De Standaard Mobile for Corelio.

Jobat Mobile: find the job of your life, wherever you are
On August 20th, the career website Jobat has launched a new mobile site, covering all domains that are present on the website. “Jobat Mobile allows to check for new incoming job offers any time and anywhere, on your mobile phone or smartphone”, explains Luc Van Haute, managing director of Jobat. “The launch of this mobile service is an important step to bring career opportunities and info closer to the job searchers.” A job search on the mobile site can be done by function, by region or by sector. The site also gives career tips, company profiles, and news articles taken from De Standaard Mobile. Interaction with visitors is possible through the weekly poll.

An optimal presentation on every GSM, Blackberry and iPhone
“The job search on your mobile phone should be easy and user friendly, no matter which mobile device and which operator you use”, adds Danny Lein, Managing Director of MobileWeb.be. “Depending on the type of device, whether it is a GSM, Blackberry or iPhone, the font size and the images are adapted to the screen size.”
In June 2008, MobileWeb.be has also created De Standaard Mobile, another mobile service from the Corelio group. This allowed to integrate news content and traffic info from De Standaard Mobile into the new Jobat Mobile service.

Available for free on m.jobat.be and on PlazZza
The mobile internet site can be visited for free by entering the address http://m.jobat.be in the mobile browser. This is possible for every mobile device that has Internet access. MobileWeb.be also registered Jobat Mobile in the listings of PlazZza, the Belgian portal for mobile sites. If you send the keyword JOBAT by sms to the free number 8080, you’ll receive a sms message with a direct link to Jobat Mobile. The mobile site is a free service, available in both French and Dutch.

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