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Michael Boland
Michael Boland is Chief Analyst and VP of Content at BIA/Kelsey. His research reports define innovation and value creation in online and mobile media; as do his contributions to leading industry news sources such as Business Insider, and Huffington Post; and frequent speaking roles at top tech conferences such as Ad:Tech and WHERE. Previously he worked as a journalist for business & tech publications including Forbes, Red Herring, and Business 2.0.

Entries by Michael Boland

Can Everything be 'Uberfied?'

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 12:43 PM

We're now entering what I like to call "phase II" of the on-demand economy.  Phase I was defined by the movement's poster child, Uber; and the replication of its model into everything from dog-walking to weed delivery.  The unit economics have made some startups successful, while others flamed...

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Apple Pay's Real Killer App: The Uber-ification of Local Services

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 11:54 AM

The debate rages on: Will Apple's halo effect mainstream mobile payments and cement Apple Pay's world domination. The discussion has accelerated with the product's real-world use over the past month. I've been using it all over town.

Even before that, I made no secret of skeptical

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Apple's Next Reinvention: Shopping at IKEA

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 12:23 AM

We in the tech analyst corps are always making predictions, and sometimes they come true. Mobile ad revenue forecasts and Apple's move into mobile ads (iAd) are a few things I was proud to call correctly in the past couple years.

This week another one popped...

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Once Again, Facebook Is Supposedly the Latest 'Google Killer'

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 5:42 PM

As is traditional in tech reporting, the requisite "killer" proclamations have 1c.1.12.psy-ab.MfxJeQELZbI&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.45960087,d.cGE&fp=61967fd3e70e14f3&ion=1&biw=1030&bih=711" target="_blank">surfaced to identify Facebook's recent move into the $40 billion search market. So once again, Facebook is the latest Google Killer.

For those unfamiliar, Facebook's Graph Search will integrate search deeper into...

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Yelp's Mobile Imperative Comes to Light

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 6:19 PM

There's been lots of talk about Yelp's mobile opportunities and intentions since its Q2 earnings call last week. CEO Jeremy Stoppelman said in no uncertain terms that mobile monetization is finally just around the bend.

This is something we've been anticipating for a while. Yelp has a...

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Apple's Mobile Payment Plans Come Into Focus

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 1:21 PM

Last week, Apple announced a nifty new feature in its Apple Store app. Customers in its physical stores can fire up the app to scan a barcode with their smart phone, and pay for items through their iTunes account. For now it only applies to lower...

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Googorola One Week Later: What's it Really About?

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 3:40 PM

We're about a week into the news and opinion cycle following Google's bid to acquire Motorola's Mobility group for $12.5 billion in cash. But lots of coverage has missed the point.

Moto's patent portfolio has been one area of focus,...

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Mayor of Galapagos: A Conversation With Foursquare

(3) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 2:27 PM

In television's early days, typical ads involved a guy standing in front of a camera smoking a Lucky Strike and reading a script. That's simply because it was done that way in the previous golden age: radio.

Early automobile...

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What Will a Post-"FMail" World Look Like?

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 5:09 PM

The blogosphere is abuzz over what Facebook will launch during its announced press event in San Francisco Monday.

Few doubt that it will be a new email client. Rumors point to an internal "Project Titan", and Facebook spent most of this week...

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iPad: Is it a Computer or Mobile Device?

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 1:15 PM

We're days from the awaited iPad release and the reviews are in from tech review titans Walt Mossberg and David Pogue. Reactions are mostly positive -- not a big surprise from the traditionally Mac-friendly Mossberg.

Not a product reviewer myself, I'm happy to defer to the...

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Apple and the Gadget Continuum: Where Will the iPad Fit?

(3) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 3:30 AM

In the past week, we've endured a lifetime of iPad conjecture, most of it before the device was even seen. Since its unveiling, the subject has been whether or not it's a viable device, a Kindle killer, or if Steve Jobs will be canonized by the Vatican.

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Nexus One: Not a Blockbuster, But Still a Big Deal

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2010 | 4:17 PM

There's been lots of talk about Google's Nexus One falling short of expectations. Research firm Flurry indicated that the device's first week sales pale in comparison to those of the iPhone 3Gs, HTC MyTouch 3G, and Motorola Droid.

The Droid is perhaps the closest comparison in...

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Avoiding Head Injuries and Bad Dinner Guests: The Future of Mobile Search

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2010 | 4:01 PM

With new smart phones and "superphones" pelting us from all angles, we're increasingly equipped to take the internet with us wherever we go. As these devices evolve, so are the ways that we search the web.

Specifically, we're seeing developments in search inputs that are more fitting...

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Happy Droid Day: Please Stop Saying "iPhone Killer"

(6) Comments | Posted November 10, 2009 | 12:40 PM

November 6th has been well marked on the calendars of gadget geeks throughout the land. This of course is the public release of Motorola's Droid.

The mobile device runs on Verizon's network, and is the first to be powered by the newest release (v. 2.0) of Google's

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All the Blogging That's Fit to Print

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2009 | 3:26 PM

It's always fun to look back on past decades' visions of the future -- especially when we're currently living out those actual periods. We didn't end up with the levitating cars, dreamed up in the 1950s; the imperialistic government of Orwell's 1984 (kind of); nor the spacecapades of Arthur C....

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Good Beer In Bad Times

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2009 | 3:48 PM

As an analyst who covers local media and the small-business marketplace, I'm always trying to engage real-life businesses on how they're running their shops -- kind of my own little focus group.

This can get especially annoying for my friends who run local businesses. Lately these conversations have shifted to...

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