Are you looking for a list of the top mobile media applications? Then you’ve come to the right place. What follows is a list of the top 101 mobile media applications divided into 11 different categories.
As mentioned in the book I co-authored with Jeanne Hopkins from HubSpot called Go Mobile, the next big thing is mobile media. If you’re interested in connecting with customers, differentiating your brand, distributing coupons inexpensively or any of the other uses for mobile media, then you’ll want to take a spin through the list below and download the applications that are most relevant to your business.
Top 101 Mobile Media Applications for Business
Bump: This is a terrific application that allows you to exchange contact information, photos, social networking information and calendar events just by “bumping” your phone with another Bump user.
eBuddy: Have friends on MSN, AIM, Facebook, MySpace and more? eBuddy lets you chat with all of them on one integrated platform.
Facebook: You can update your Facebook page on the fly with their mobile version. You can even update your Facebook Places profile, which lets people know where you’re eating, drinking, relaxing or just hanging out.
Foursquare: Ready to “check-in” to your favorite restaurant, bar, mall or retail store? If you do it enough, you’ll become Mayor or be eligible for discount coupons.
Gowalla: This location-based service allows you to explore some of the fun and interesting attractions in the world’s great cities.
Hipstamatic: This app, available on iPhone and Droid, allows you to take cool pictures with different lenses, flashes and films to achieve a unique look. You can then share your photos with people on Facebook and Flickr or enter your photos into the Hipstamatic photo contest.
Hootsuite: Using HootSuite, you can manage your Facebook and Twitter accounts within an elegant, clean user interface. HootSuite stands out from other social network managers for its extra features: You can schedule updates, set columns to monitor keywords and hash tags, and translate updates in other languages.
LinkedIn: Ready to exchange LinkedIn contacts just by bumping your phone? Or perhaps you want read someone’s profile while you’re waiting for them at a restaurant. If that sounds enticing, then this application is for you.
Loopt: Allows you to connect with your friends by sharing your location and status with friends. With Loopt, you can find your friends on a map and view their photo and status updates in real-time.
Mass Text Message: Text up to ten friends with just one click by downloading the Mass Text Message app and creating custom groups of contacts.
Photobucket: The Photobucket application lets you upload photos and videos from your Windows Phone handset to your Photobucket account.
Skout: This mobile dating site enables your cell phone’s GPS to find profiles of other uses near you. You can browse profiles and even use the site’s chat feature through your mobile phone.
SCVNGR: This location-based service app gives you the opportunity to win prizes and discounts when you check-in at certain locations. Think Foursquare, but with a twist.
Skype: Verizon Wireless users can now use Skype through their phones with free Skype-to-Skype calling and IM without using their mobile minutes. Users with other carriers can get a Skype To Go number that they can reach from any mobile phone.
Twitter: You don’t have to be sitting behind a desk to update your Twitter status. The mobile version lets you stay connected wherever you are.
WHERE: You can use WHERE to get exclusive daily deals and to find awesome new places in your city to eat, drink, play or simply hang out. If you like Foursquare, Gowalla and SCVNGR, you’ll love Where.
WordPress, TypePad or Drupal Blogging Platforms: Interested in writing a blog from your hammock, your sailboat or your private island? You can do it with these mobile apps. (But first you have to buy a hammock, a sailboat or a private island.)
Yelp: This application can give you restaurant reviews on the fly. Better still, their augmented reality mobile application lets you look through your mobile screen and places tags with reviews over the restaurants on that street.
News, Information and Entertainment Applications
ABC News Mobile: This application is for all those who love to be in the know. You can receive text alerts about breaking news, watch video, listen to podcasts or read articles all on your mobile phone.
AccuWeather: Downloading the Accuweather app allows you to view your two-day forecast based on your GPS coordinates.
AP Mobile: The Associated Press mobile app helps you keep up-to-date with what’s happening anywhere, in your hometown and across the globe. AP Mobile offers the world’s news at your fingertips. Personalize your news to meet your needs. You can select local news from your trusted local newspapers and broadcasters.
At Bat: Created by the MLB, At Bat offers one free live streaming game per day, game schedules and highlights, breaking news, and background audio playback so you can listen to the game while using your phone for other things.
Caffeine Finder: The name says it all. Perfect for people who need their daily (or hourly) fix.
ESPN Mobile: Recently named Mobile Marketer’s mobile publisher of the year, ESPN’s offering of mobile media applications has something for every sports fan including games, articles and live TV.
Fast Food Finder: Wouldn’t it be great if there were an app called “Healthy Food Finder”? Until then, there’s Fast Food Finder.
Google Books: Interested in re-reading the Declaration of Independence or Dante’s Inferno? Download Google Books to your smartphone and you’re ready to roll. I’m reading Ben Franklin’s Autobiography on Google Books right now and it’s fascinating.
Google Maps: What would men do without Google Maps? They’d have to ask for directions, which, of course, will never happen. Fortunately, Google invented their Map app for guys (like myself) who are too stubborn to stop and ask directions.
The Huffington Post: The mobile version of this popular news and opinion online newspaper features breaking news, blogs and original content.
Kindle: You can use your smartphone to preview books that you might like to buy later. Clean and customizable, the app permits you to preview the first chapter, as well as to add bookmarks, notes, and highlights.
Layar Reality Browser: The Layar Reality Browser is an AR (augmented reality) app that overlays information about such subjects as restaurants, public transit options, and apartment-search information on the view from your smartphone’s camera. You can even see the tweets from people posting to Twitter within your camera’s field of view.
MobiTV: Missing your favorite TV shows is no longer an issue. With MobiTV you can watch shows whenever and wherever on your mobile phone.
NPR News: Even if you can’t catch all of the news from NPR at home or in the car, you can still start your day with NPR News for your smartphone. You can listen to national news stories on demand, or allow the app to use your smartphone’s GPS to pinpoint local content.
Pandora: Are you a music lover? Then you’re probably already familiar with Pandora. Pandora allows you to create your own radio station based on your specific tastes. Check out the Liberace Channel! (Kidding.)
Planets: Essential for any aspiring astronomer, this app is a 3D guide to the solar system featuring constellations, moon phases, and sun rise and sun set times.
Qik: A new, faster way to share videos with all of your friends, Qik allows you to record and instantly upload videos to the internet or stream live video straight from your phone. You can also 2-way video chat or send video mail.
Realtor.com: The application lets you access over 4 million real estate listings and helps you find local listings based upon your location. You can view pricing information, property details, multiple photos and more for each listing.
RunPee: Have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the movie? Check RunPee to find the best time to go without missing any of the good parts.
Stitcher: This mobile application lets you get your news on the go by streaming up-to-date audio content about business, sports, politics and entertainment.
Viigo: This application allows you to check on news, weather, sports, entertainment and other stories you’re interested in.
Weatherbug: The location-aware WeatherBug app has detailed weather forecasts, radar maps, temperature maps, satellite views, and a cool sliding interface. You can configure it to appear as a home-screen widget, too.
The Weather Channel: The Weather Channel’s app and the mobile version of weather.com provide up to date weather information, text alerts, animated maps and more.
Windows Live Messenger: You can chat with your friends on Windows Live Messenger on the go with their mobile application.
Angry Birds: This addictive game, where you get revenge on the green pigs who stole the bird’s eggs, has reached the #1 spot for paid apps in over 60 countries.
Brain Trainer: Playing one or more of this apps 7 different “brain games” for just minutes a day can help increase your mental abilities and memory.
Doodle Jump: Guide Doodle the Doodler up a piece of graph paper using tilt controls, pick up jet packs, avoid black holes and blast opponents using nose balls.
Tap Tap Revenge: Similar to Guitar Hero, this game tests your rhythm as you tap out beats and shake left and right as the arrows fall.
Words with Friends: This crossword game allows you to match wits with your friends or one of the millions of people in the Words with Friends community.
Britain’s Got Talent App: This popular app allows fans of the show to view video, backstage footage, gossip and photo galleries. It also features an X buzzer so you can X your friends when necessary.
Fandango: This movie-lover essential allows you to search movie show times, buy tickets and watch trailers.
Happy Hours: Displays the best food and drink deals going on near you at any time each day. You can filter results in a number of ways including by day, time, location, type of cuisine and special features like free wi-fi and outdoor seating.
Instagram: 9 million people have downloaded Instagram, which is a free way to make and share photos from your smartphone. Find out what all the fuss is about and start shooting your own photos.
Magic 8 Ball: Can’t make a decision? Download the Magic 8 Ball app and all of your answers will just be a few shakes away.
RunKeeper: You can track your workouts in a fun, easy to understand way with RunKeeper and then share them with friends.
Shazam: Often find yourself wondering what song is playing right now? Shazam not only identifies the song, it also allows you to purchase it straight from your phone.
Wikihood: Wikihood blows away many traditional travel guides by organizing and displaying all of the Wikipedia information for any place in the world.
YouTube: You can now check out the latest YouTube craze straight from your mobile phone. You can search for and watch videos or record and upload your own videos.
Amazon: If you’re at a trade show or in a meeting and someone mentions a great new business book, wouldn’t it be great to order it right at that moment? With Amazon’s free mobile phone app, you can order it on the fly.
eBay: No need to lose a bidding war because you’re on the go. With eBay mobile you can search, buy, pay and check the status of your eBay activity on your phone.
Scoutmob: This website allows you to get coupons for local stores and restaurants sent to your phone that you can redeem by simply showing the cashier the text message.
Shopkick: This app allows you to collect Kickbucks for simply walking into stores or scanning products in the store with your phone. The Kickbucks can then be redeemed for cool prizes like giftcards, iPads, music downloads and more.
ShopSavvy: You can use your phone’s camera to scan any bar code and receive a list of prices and inventory information for the same product at local stores and online retailers, ensuring you get the lowest price every time.
Opera Mini: The Opera mobile browser is available on a wide variety of phones, and works well on both touch screen and keypad phones for a good user experience regardless of device type.
Safari: Safari’s mobile browser was created by Apple for the iPhone and is the only browser currently available to iPhone users, though the Skyfire browser is pending approval in the app store.
Barclay’s Waterslide Extreme: Barclaycard allows you to interact with their latest TV commercial, in which a man takes a waterslide home from work, by downloading an iPhone app where you too can take a waterslide through the city, racing to get the fastest time.
Bank Of America: Mobile banking now available from BofA. Check balances, pay bills, transfer money and locate BofA ATMs and banking centers.
Delta: Want to track the status of your flight and check-in using a 2D code? Then you’ll want to download the Fly Delta app. It’s a great way to stay connected when you’re on the go.
Domino’s: There are over 500 billion possible combinations of pizza you can order through the Domino’s Pizza app. Hard to believe, but it’s true. Surprisingly, the app is an incredibly easy way to order pizza. Brilliant.
Kayak: Kayak.com’s branded app that lets you easily search for flights, hotels, car rentals. Includes trip itinerary and flight tracker information.
Netflix: Part of your existing Netflix unlimited membership. Get Netflix on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Instantly watch TV and movies streaming from Netflix.
Travelocity: The application lets you check flight and hotel information from your mobile phone. You can check flight status, airline schedules, and Airport delay information from the FAA. The application also grabs your GPS co-ordinates to find local hotels and lets you read reviews, check room rates, and even make a reservation from your handset.
Virtual Zippo® Lighter: This realistic virtual lighter sways with you as you move and even reacts when you try and blow it out. You can choose from several different lighter images or customize your own.
CamCard: Let’s you scan business cards and automatically add that information to your phone’s contact list and/or your Outlook or Gmail account.
Evernote: After you create a text note, photo or audio note, you can synch them to your pc or to the web.
Instapaper: Through Instapaper you can save Web articles you browsed on your iPhone for later reading, using a browser bookmarklet. The Instapaper Website reformats your saved articles (sans Flash ads and clutter) for quick reading on the desktop.
Yammer: Yammer brings together all of a company’s employees inside a private, secure enterprise social network. This enterprise platform lets businesses set up a Twitter-like service allowing for the open exchange of ideas, links, and documents within enterprise communities.
Bloomberg Mobile: Use this app when you’re on the go to access financial news, stock quotes, company descriptions, market leaders and laggers, price charts, market-trends analysis, customized lists of stocks, and more.
CNNMoney: With breaking business stories and complete in-depth market coverage in a customizable format, CNNMoney provides real-time reporting of financial news and analysis, as well as data and charts.
Expensify: Takes some of the hassle out of creating expense reports by allowing you to report expenses as they happen while you’re on the move.
1Password: To maintain your usernames and passwords on your iPhone in one place, try 1Password. The mobile app syncs with the desktop version, as well. If you wish, you can use it to store other personal information, too, such as your Social Security number and credit card numbers.
Barcode Scanner: Barcode Scanner handles bar codes – including 2D QR codes – and lets you look up the associated product or URL for instant price checks and comparison shopping.
Craigsphone: Search and browse Craigslist posts near your current GPS location, and bookmark relevant listings, with Craigsphone. The app also has tools for posting your own listings with photos and maps.
PageOnce: Use PageOnce to track credit card transactions, check your bank account status, monitor frequent-flyer miles and itineraries, and get alerts when bills are due and itineraries change.
Analytics App: Full mobile service for your Google Analytics data. You can check everything from reports to specific data, and the tidy interface makes it even easier to navigate than the web-based service.
AntiDroidTheft: If you lose your phone, AntiDroidTheft turns on remote GPS tracking so that you can determine its location. You can also trigger the phone’s camera to shoot an image that might help you locate the handset.
AndroZip: The powerful AndroZip File Manager works with archives, including 7ZIPhone, BZIP2, GZIPhone, RAR, TAR, and ZIPhone files. You can use it to create GZIP, TAR, or ZIPhone archives, too. Free.
Dragon Dictation: Need to dictate an email or memo while you’re mobile? Dragon Dictation is an amazing tool that almost never misses the mark.
Fring: Really cool mobile app that lets you place free calls or chat with anyone from your Skype, ICQ, Google Talk, MSN, Twitter, or SIP contacts.
Gas Buddy: Locates the most affordable gas station closest to your present location in both the United States and Canada. Includes maps and a “price freshness” guide to let you know when prices were last updated.
HubSpot Website Grader: Interested in finding out how your mobile website (and your regular website) stacks up against the competition? This incredible FREE tool from HubSpot analyzes how effective your website is at generating traffic, inbound links, and leads. It’s an indispensable tool for anyone who runs or owns a mobile or traditional website.
Line2: Brings a second line to your phone (with a special number). Calls on that line connect as free or cheap VoIP calls over a Wi-Fi or 3G data connection, but they can move to a cell network (which costs you plan minutes) when such connections are unavailable.
Penultimate: If you’re looking for a handwriting app for your iPad, look no further than Penultimate. It’s a terrific app that gets better all the time.
Photoshop.com: Adobe’s Photoshop.com Mobile gives you an arsenal of tools to use on your Android phone. You can crop, rotate, color-correct, or change images to black-and-white with a beautifully intuitive interface.
Soonr: Need to access your PC directly from the handset? Enter Soonr, a free mobile client that brings remote PC access to your phone: search files, view documents, check emails, run programs and more.
SPARQCode Scanner: Looking for the best QR code/2D code reader around? Then check out SPARQCode. It’s the fastest scanner we’ve come across.
Talk to Me: Originally, Talk To Me translated only English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian, with its speech-to-speech functionality. Now it has many other languages from which to choose.
Vlingo: Replaces every instance where you have to type on your smartphone with voice commands. It covers your phone’s basic messaging functions, voice calls, Facebook updates, and personal notes. On Android and BlackBerry, the app will even read your incoming messages to you.
Wi-Fi Analyzer: Want to find the least-crowded Wi-Fi channel? Wifi Analyzer shows a graphical representation of Wi-Fi SSIDs’ signal strength, plus which channels are being used.
Wi-Fi Finder: A must-have for travelers, Wi-Fi Finder is a directory of paid and free Wi-Fi hotspots in over 280,000 locations in 140 countries. You can filter results by provider or by location (restaurant, café, and so on).
Did we miss anything on our list? If so, just provide the name, description and URL of your favorite mobile phone in the comment section below. We’ll acknowledge your contribution with a link back to your site in future updates.
Posted by Jamie Turner, Chief Content Office of the 60 Second Marketer, the online magazine for BKV Digital and Direct Response. Jamie’s books, How to Make Money with Social Media and Go Mobile are available in bookstores everywhere.