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Mobile Strategies for Community News and Information

by: Amy Gahran |

This list of links supports the information presented April 4, 2013 at an event for Chicago-area community news publishers. It was hosted by KDMC-USC and the Chicago Community Trust, with support from the McCormick Foundation. The presenter was Amy Gahran, mobile/digital media consultant and a regular contributor to the KDMC website.


comScore: Mobile Future in Focus 2013 (February 2013)

BIA/Kelsey: Annual Analyst Picks & Predictions

Nielsen: State of the media, social media report 2012 (December 2012)

Pew Internet: Smartphone ownership update, September 2012

BIA/Kelsey: Mobile Local Search Volume Will Surpass Desktop Local Search in 2015 (April 2012)

Mailchimp: E-mail on mobile devices report plus mobile-friendly e-mail templates.


News websites featuring top-end responsive web design: Boston Globe and Quartz

Text4Baby: Interactive, customized, informational text messaging service. Free of charge.

Mobile-friendly web app: Propublica Dialysis Facility Tracker

VotoLatino smartphone app to support Latino voting in U.S. elections.

SeeClickFix app to support reporting, tracking of community issues.

MePorterPosterous: mobile tools to support community reporters.

Cocktail Compass, local happy hour app developed by The Stranger (Seattle alt weekly), rolled out to several other cities.


Community mobile market research survey: PDFMS WordInstructions

Crowdsourced maps (and apps) for local wireless carrier network coverage: OpenSignalMapsRootmetrics 
Rootscore Chicago report, February 2013

Text messaging interactivity tools: Twilio and Mobile Commons

Google Analytics: mobile and goals

Wordpress: mobile pluginsresponsive themes for news sites

Drupal mobile documentation

What the heck is responsive web design? Presentation by John Polacek.

Bootstrap, free open-source front end development framework for responsive websites. Built at Twitter.

Mobile Marketing Association mobile advertising guidelines

Google mobile ads: Info for big brands, but useful. I think AdSense will eventually carry similar mobile offerings.

Google mobile Adsense. Not great, but a useful place to start.

Google mobile Adwords with maps

Google display ad builder

MobiFriendly mobile landing page builder with analytics and more. White label reseller program.

Click-to-call advertising: be louder than "call me maybe"

RedOxygen: text messaging vendor, very reputable. Will keep you on the right side of the law.

Amy Gahran

Amy Gahran is a journalist, editor, trainer, entrepreneur, strategist, and media consultant based in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to writing
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