As smartphone ownership reaches record levels, it’s hardly surprising that apps of all stripes are experiencing a boom. One of the hottest varieties right now are augmented reality (AR) apps, which combine live, real-world environments with supplementary computer generated input.
AR is one of those futuristic technologies that you can’t quite believe is really upon us. It provides a Terminator-like view of the physical realm, with live events such as sports games augmented by statistics, graphics, sound or any other digital data.
Not only is AR a reality, it’s already big business – and growing fast. In 2013, revenue from mobile augmented reality was around $180 million. A recent Juniper report predicts AR apps and services to generate a staggering $1.2 billion by 2015. The contributions it can make to existing mobile marketing solutions are manifold, and major brands including Unilever, Nestle and Heinz have already cottoned on to the potential of AR as a driver of consumer engagement.
The mobile industry itself has helped power interest in AR apps, as more and and outreach strategies as a necessary part of their overall business. AR promises...Read more
It’s been almost 10 years since smartphones and subsequently mobile apps were introduced to the world, thus revolutionizing the marketing industry in a way few expected. While numerous mobile marketing solutions are available for companies to utilize, three stand out as the best strategies for securing prospects and maintaining relationships with current clients. So what are these solutions, and what makes them so effective?
A somewhat new solution regarding mobile marketing tactics, response web design is defined as tailoring the layout and function of a website based on device screen size and viewing capabilities. Whether viewing site content from a laptop, smartphone or tablet, responsive web design allows for easy viewing minus distortions and other issues that crop up when browsing a site that does not include this feature. Responsive web design only requires one code and one content management system (CMS), making it easy to add new features, publish new content and fix site issues. A website optimized for any device also allows for much more traffic and overall site use.
As we move further into 2014, more and more digital marketing talk revolves around “big data” among other emerging trends. Companies have increasingly utilized the big data approach over the last few years, as the method has created a whole new genre of “personalized” marketing. The ultimate goal of the big data method is to develop one-on-one marketing strategies in hopes of maintaining lengthy, positive relationships with prospects and clients.
So how will big data affect the , and what consumer information is needed to create an effective mobile marketing strategy?
Hailed by JiWire as one of the foundations of mobile marketing, location data serves as “real-world cookies.” It helps companies/marketers develop a deep understanding of their target audiences and what exactly such audiences are looking for. However, “sophisticated data science” and “big data platforms” are required to translate large amounts of raw data into something that businesses, and subsequently their audiences, can use.
Customer expectations are at an all-time high...Read more
As mobile usage continues to grow apace, the need to optimize your website for smartphones is essential. Mobile marketing is no longer a single feather – it’s becoming the entire cap. If you have yet to create a mobile website, take a look at some compelling reasons to get started:
One of the most important aspects of a business plan is an effective mobile marketing strategy. Anybody who has started their own business understands the problems inherent in such a major undertaking. A paucity of resources – be they personnel or economic – can hobble even the brightest start-up. On the plus side, such restrictions can promote creative thinking and lead to untapped sources of business. Compared with traditional advertising channels like television, mobile marketing campaigns needn’t be prohibitively expensive. They just need blue-s
ly thinking, flexibility, and a lot of hard work. If you are in the early stages of building your business, try adopting the following mobile marketing tactics…
Text Smart. Despite being, by nature, always on the move, the mobile audience is captive in the sense that their phone is always about their person. By offering people the opportunity to opt in to receiving messages via SMS, you can provide the distraction they need while waiting in line or sitting alone in an airport lounge. Update user on promotions, offer them...Read more
Location-based marketing, also known as geo-targeting, is becoming one of the most useful weapons in the retail marketing arsenal. The technology allows businesses to contact customers as they enter a certain geographical radius.
As mobile marketing tactics go, geo-targeting is highly successful, with consumers 30-300% more likely to click a geo-targeted ad compared to an untargeted one. This success rate has not been lost on the big brands, 58% of which employed geo-location strategies during the first quarter of 2013 – more than double the 27% of the previous year.
Consumers like geo-targeting because it only gives them in-store offers at times they can actually use them. Businesses are getting ever-more sophisticated in the way they use the technology; many are starting to use micro location-based mobile marketing strategies, whereby customers download an app in-store and receive personalized offers once they enter the store.
So what about the stragglers? If it’s one of the most effective mobile marketing solutions, why aren’t all companies using geo-targeting? Despite the obvious benefits, the complexity of using the technology effectively – and ethically – is beyond the ken of many businesses, especially those who lack the financial clout for...Read more
Quick Response codes have been popular among mobile marketing strategists for some time. They can be used to link to web content or activate emails and text messaging. Posted out and about in relevant places, a QR code is a great way of giving consumers immediate access to useful information.
But not all mobile marketing strategies are using QR codes. Some analysts have even gone so far as to predict its imminent demise. Such dire predictions are, in part, down to the emergence of invisible ink and augmented-reality apps which are increasingly being used instead of QR codes. Proponents of the new technologies say it is superior because users don’t need to take so many steps to get the information they require.
To put this in context, let’s have a quick recap of how QR codes work. When someone comes across a code – on a poster, next to a checkout, attached to a takeaway menu – they have to photograph the code, wait for it to record their information, and then be sent to a website or some other form of online content.
Mobile voice messaging, is equally powerful as SMS text messaging in that it shares many of the same desirable features, providing a structured means of sending messages that can effectively target many individuals at once. Such messages may be recorded using real voices, or text-to-speech tools may be used instead.
There are many benefits of marketing through voice messaging. Here are just a few powerful things that voice messaging can allow you to do:
. Messages can be changed as needed and thus customized. Messages may also be scheduled to run at times that work best for your clients. If you choose, messages can be interactive, allowing customers to respond using their touchpads, directing the caller to another extension (such as the sales or customer service team) or another menu. Easy "do not call" list setup can also allow your company to immediately respect consumer privacy when it is requested.
Today, both B2B and B2C companies benefit from using mobile websites and/or setting up their current websites to be mobile-friendly. While both B2B and B2C businesses use blogs and other social media sites, as well as eNewsletters and online articles, B2C marketers (even more than their B2B counterparts) are finding mobile content distribution through mobile apps to be particularly beneficial.
There are several points to remember when considering the fact that are a must for your B2C business: