Location Based Services:
Innovation and Opportunities
Ben Dowling – Geomium
ben@geomium.com
28th
October 2010
Location Based Services

Any Service based on the users location

A broad range of applications

Games

Local search
...
LBS Adoption

There has been an explosion in the number of
people using LBS

More and more location based services are
b...
Why now?

Smartphones

Location aware

Mobile Internet

High speed

Fixed price

Availability

App stores

Discove...
How are people using it?

Find good restaurants

See where your friends are

Find events

Get discounts

Dating

Ent...
Who is using LBS?

19- to 35-year-old, college-educated males who
are influential among their friends and family –
Forres...
State of Play

Foursquare is the current market leader

4 million users

Popularised “check ins”

Model copied by many...
State of Play

Many new apps entering the field

Hotlist

Scvngr

Geomium

Many existing apps adding LBS features

Q...
Growing Market

The majority of people still don't have a
smartphone

This number will continue to rise as price falls a...
Smartphone shipments
The Opportunity

Mobile location-based services will generate
annual global revenues of $13.3 billion by 2013,
up from $5...
Barriers to Adoption

Privacy concerns

“Too complicated” or time consuming

Have to manually “check in” at every locat...
Privacy concerns

Privacy is often cited as a big barrier to LBS

52% said they were "very or extremely
concerned" about...
User engagement

A meaningful experience for the user

Keep the user coming back

Build a community

Provide value

L...
The Future of LBS?

Realtime

Push-based

As a communication aid

Mobile commerce

Targeted advertising

Geofencing ...
What are we doing?

Combining different types of local data into a
single platform

People

Places

Events

Deals

C...
Where are we?

Launched in September

Currently iPhone and web

Realtime location

Great response from users – promisi...
Thank you!
ben@geomium.com
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  1. 1. Location Based Services: Innovation and Opportunities Ben Dowling – Geomium ben@geomium.com 28th October 2010
  2. 2. Location Based Services  Any Service based on the users location  A broad range of applications  Games  Local search  Communication  Navigation  Social  Commerce
  3. 3. LBS Adoption  There has been an explosion in the number of people using LBS  More and more location based services are being offered  FourSquare  Gowalla  Google maps / latitude  Yelp  Geomium
  4. 4. Why now?  Smartphones  Location aware  Mobile Internet  High speed  Fixed price  Availability  App stores  Discovery  Installation
  5. 5. How are people using it?  Find good restaurants  See where your friends are  Find events  Get discounts  Dating  Entertainment – simply pass the time
  6. 6. Who is using LBS?  19- to 35-year-old, college-educated males who are influential among their friends and family – Forrester  Early adopters  Tech savvy
  7. 7. State of Play  Foursquare is the current market leader  4 million users  Popularised “check ins”  Model copied by many competitors  Game mechanics  Rewards the users with “badges”  Check in the most to become “Mayor”  Rewards for “Mayors”
  8. 8. State of Play  Many new apps entering the field  Hotlist  Scvngr  Geomium  Many existing apps adding LBS features  Qype and Yelp have added Checkins  Google latitude  Twitter  Facebook places
  9. 9. Growing Market  The majority of people still don't have a smartphone  This number will continue to rise as price falls and people upgrade at the end of their contract  Many users with a smartphone don't install apps  App stores keep getting simpler  Some people don't use LBS apps
  10. 10. Smartphone shipments
  11. 11. The Opportunity  Mobile location-based services will generate annual global revenues of $13.3 billion by 2013, up from $515 million in 2007 - ABI Research  Targeted marketing  Mobile commerce  Users engaged on a device they carry everywhere  Drive people to physical locations
  12. 12. Barriers to Adoption  Privacy concerns  “Too complicated” or time consuming  Have to manually “check in” at every location  Lack of awareness  Lack of benefit  Why bother?
  13. 13. Privacy concerns  Privacy is often cited as a big barrier to LBS  52% said they were "very or extremely concerned" about loss of privacy from using location-sharing applications - Webroot  Geomium offers a private “friends only” option, and gets the user to choose during signup  Many LBS platforms offer no privacy options and are seeing strong user growth
  14. 14. User engagement  A meaningful experience for the user  Keep the user coming back  Build a community  Provide value  Local deals  Social interactions  Discovery
  15. 15. The Future of LBS?  Realtime  Push-based  As a communication aid  Mobile commerce  Targeted advertising  Geofencing – automatic checkins  Integrated into more existing applications
  16. 16. What are we doing?  Combining different types of local data into a single platform  People  Places  Events  Deals  Creating a social community  Targeting 19-25 year olds (students, young professionals)
  17. 17. Where are we?  Launched in September  Currently iPhone and web  Realtime location  Great response from users – promising growth  Great response from businesses  Places and Deals  Push-notifications coming soon  Android and Blackberry coming soon
  18. 18. Thank you! ben@geomium.com
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