The past few months have brought new developments from Facebook and others. Younger platforms and other large companies have been trying to gain their share of the marketplace as well. Even though these products from these companies are new, they take into account what went well for others, and what’s flopped.
Contactless payment with a smartphone, without use monetary notes, coins, or cards are the way of the future. But this isn’t anything new for many countries already. Forms of mobile payment have long been established and analogue forms of payment money a distant past. Compared to China or the USA, Germany is so old-fashioned in this aspect. On one side there Google and Apple and on the other the traditional German banks. Both want to change the way people in Germany pay for things every day.
But German customers and businesses don’t just change their ways because of “innovative” ways of doing things – even if analysts say a potential for change is very high.
“Not without my smartphone” – This is how daily life in the age of mobile Internet is. We want to be online any time, anywhere. Over half of Germans now surf the web on the go – 30 per cent even daily. Mobile Internet consumption should continue to increase over the next few years. Users aren’t the only ones putting pressure on companies to optimise for mobile – Google is too.
Other mobile devices, like smartwatches and voice assistants, have changed user behaviour. Voice search, in particular, has been one of the biggest changes. By 2020, 50% of all Google searches should be based on voice input. It’s faster to say something than type with a keyboard, and users will still be able to find the information, the inspiration, or the products they want.
Six or seven years ago, it was above all the older generations who were astonished by people staring at small electronic devices in subways, streets, and cafés. What are they doing? And why aren’t they reading newspapers or books? Just moving their thumbs over a screen almost to a rhythm.
The smartphone is probably one of the most important inventions of the 21st century for consumers… and unsurprisingly, Google is one of the drivers of this pocket-sized revolution. So, in the fifth article in the 20 years of Google series, we’ll explore the question of how a search engine company could develop software called Android, which millions of people use every day.
Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are probably the best-known social networks in the Western Hemisphere. Despite a data scandal, Facebook still has 2.34 billion active users. Social media is, therefore, a phenomenon that affects the current state of affairs on the Internet.
That’s what also Google thought way back in the year 2010: With Google+ and Google Wave, the company tried to gain momentum in the social media area. In hindsight… These were failures. The fourth article in the Handelskraft series »20 years of Google« is taking a look at a dark time in their history. The attempt to build their own social network.
A lot of people think »Dang that looks cool!« when they’re looking at photos on Instagram or Pinterest. But until recently, it took a little research – or at least some work – to find and buy the products you saw. As of a few weeks ago, that’s a thing of the past. The “shop-the-look” function for various social channels has an enormous popularity with consumers and Social Commerce has become the norm within a very short time. But as always when a hype arises, so does the question: Is there more to it? Before we could even think about whether to expect something new again. The answer is not surprising, as commercial features on Facebook and Instagram continue to evolve. Each social commerce update awakens desires, desires that become routine within a very short time.
Online retail is continuing to grow in Germany. This increase can be felt in two main directions – on the one hand, the digitisation of stationary retailers and the considerable dominance of Amazon, on the other hand in the proliferation of smartphones in all day-to-day operations.
This tendency covers the main points of the current survey of the retail association of Germany (HDE) “Onlinemonitor 2018”. We’ll summarise which trends are defining German online retail and which aspects retailers and manufacturers should pay particular attention to in order to master the digital transformation.
After months of speculation WhatsApp finally announced the release of their business app: WhatsApp Business. This will enable SMEs to build even closer customer relationships and facilitate customer contact. And that’s just when consumer behaviour becomes more mobile and brands are trying to capture those mobile moments.
The German-speaking area e-commerce is in top form, growing at fast-pace, and concentrating even more strongly. The biggest players are keeping up a solid lead whereas the smaller can’t catch up. This is the result of the rankings of the 1,000 biggest online shops in Germany “E-Commerce-Markt Deutschland 2017” and the Top 100 onlineshops in Austria and Switzerland “E-Commerce-Markt Österreich/Schweiz 2017” from EHI and Statista.
There has been, for quite some time, speculations about the business functions of the WhatsApp messenger app. Now it’s official – the company recently announced on its blog: »Building for People, and Now Businesses«. With this, WhatsApp will finally start to make some money. However, the messaging service is turning its back on Facebook’s typical business model and opposes monetisation through advertising. Instead, the business customers should pay for its use.