Leading online mobile marketing network mobileFUSED recently published their list of the “Top Seven Projections for Mobile Marketing in 2014” and the article is getting a lot of buzz. By incorporating these tips into your text marketing campaign, you can empower your small business to grow and succeed.Taming big data. In a nutshell, “big data” is a complex system of data sets that exceed the processing capacity of conventional database systems. Some examples include analysis of web behavior and social network interactions. MobileFUSED predicts that big data must be tamed in 2014 for an optimized mobile marketing experience. As a small business owner, reposition your company in 2014 and generate more leads by incorporating more...Read more
Which is better, buy-one-get-one-free or 50% off?
A recent s tudy published in the Journal of Marketing found that students didn’t think there was difference between a 33% discount and 33% extra on an equally-priced item. It’s not just youngsters – rese arch shows that most adult shoppers prefer buy-one-get-one-free offers to 50% discounts, despite the (obvious, right?) fact that the discount is always the better offer (presuming the starting price is the same). In short, consumers generally get the math wrong. You can rely on that fact. For your business, buy-one-get-one-free is better, and the customers think it is too. Your scruples can do the rest.
Do I have to give stuff away?
Yes, accept this reality and start offering...Read more
According to the Pew Research Center, 78% of teens have a cellphone, half of which are smartphones. Nearly 25% have a tablet, and you’d be hard pushed to find a Gen Z-er who doesn’t use the internet regularly (Pew says 95%, but even this sounds conservative). In a very real sense, teens are predictors of the future of mobile media, and technology more generally, which is why getting a handle on how to conduct a Gen Z marketing campaign is so important.
Of course, it’s no surprise that Gen Z are so tech savvy. If we take 1996 as the earliest birthdate of the demographic, that means they were already born into a world in which most adults had cellphones. By the time they started...Read more
One effective way of using mobile to supplement eCommerce sales is by offering SMS online offers via mobile text marketing. Companies can always send text blasts to offer a discount when customers show their text message to the cashier at the time of purchase. However, text marketing offers certainly aren’t limited to in-person purchases. Text messages can of course contain a link, which allows customers to navigate directly to the mobile web site to make a purchase. Additionally, brands can get creative in using text marketing campaigns to help boost desktop sales. Text campaigns may contain a product code to enter into the web site for an exclusive product or service, offered only to marketing list subscribers; or texts...Read more
To hone in on proven tactics, it would be prudent to take a look at what other brands are doing and how they’re becoming successful in building their SMS text advertising lists. ACE Hardware, for example, has created well-designed and well-placed signs throughout their stores to grow their SMS marketing lists…and it’s working! But just as important as the design and placement of advertisements is the incentive provided for customers to opt-in. Brands must make it worth a consumer’s while to give up their personal information. Customers want to know that they will be engaged with appropriately, respectfully, and be given exclusive opportunities to earn rewards and save money via creative SMS marketing campaigns.
Plus, remember the importance of social media when developing a mobile marketing strategy. Integrating in-store advertising and coupon...Read more
As brands start to discover the opportunities afforded by SMS mobile marketing campaigns, they’ll find that text messaging provides a pathway to a wide array of additional marketing channels, including MMS, gathering email addresses, and location-based touch points. Even voice broadcasts and the integration of hyperlinks within SMS messages to drive users to a mobile website — all of these strategies compel users to interact with the brand and engage through various channels.Thus, SMS marketing becomes a genuinely interactive method of perpetual and cyclical information delivery, offering everything from tips, coupons, alerts and rewards to behaviorally targeted initiatives, like karaoke, contests, surveys, and trivia. A knowledgeable marketer will maintain that user experiences be focused specifically for each type of...Read more
In an age of free content, consumers have come to expect a few tidbits in advance of parting with their hard-earned, but it requires a certain level of trust on the part of commerce and, yes, an acceptance that not every individual will end up as a loyal customer.The chief objective of incentive-based mobile marketing strategies is a sure, steady increase in participants. As this audience grows, so do your chances of improving long-term ROIs. If every SMS marketing campaign included an incentive, the relationship between business and consumer would change for the better. Rather than making the consumer feel as if they are doing you a favor by visiting your store or website, incentives make them feel like you have done them a favor. And most people feel compelled to return favors. But what are the most effective forms of...Read more
The ROI for these rapidly-expanding budgets is similarly impressive. By 2015, when 81% of the US population will own a smartphone, analysts expect mobile revenues to be worth $400 billion. Right now, three out of every four smartphone owners use their mobile device for shopping.
Considering the transparent benefits of adopting mobile marketing strategies, it’s surprising how many businesses have yet to catch on. There is a resistance – especially amongst older, more established brands whose main point-of-sale is offline – against following the current mobile marketing trends. Some are overwhelmed by the possibilities, and prefer to stick to what they know. Others are dyed-in-the-wool luddites who refuse to engage.In any case, marketers who put their head in the sand will ultimately...Read more