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Tue, 02/04/2014 - 00:00 — EZ Texting


Personalized mobile marketing strategies are set to become the preferred method of targeting increasingly niche audiences. According to a recent survey published by Econsultancy, personalized desktop campaigns are being run by 43% of companies. Only 13% are using the same for mobile devices – but industry analysts expect all that to change over the coming year. Around 54% of companies who responded to the Econsultancy survey announced their intention to adopt personalized campaigns across both desktop and mobile over the next twelve months.

Even among those companies who are slow on the uptake, there is a general awareness of the potential of mobile marketing personalization as a way of boosting revenues and retention rates. Already, mobile drives 20% of all online sales. In 2012, e-commerce conducted via mobile was worth $139 billion. By 2015, that figure is expected to exceed $400 billion.

Desktop campaigns have proven that creating personalized, targeted campaigns gets results. Mobile marketing advertising has much to learn from desktop, but it must also adopt strategies that apply only to smartphones and tablets. Understanding what some of these strategies are will help you create a...Read more

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 00:00 — EZ Texting


Mobile surveys serve mobile customers – and that audience is doubling year on year, which means SMS marketing teams need to get wise to the potential of the SMS survey or risk losing their edge.

The good news is mobile customers often have more idle time than their desktop counterparts. Whether they’re waiting in line to buy something, or sitting on a bus or train, smartphone users   on the move are a surprisingly captive audience. Moreover, they tend to be more responsive to ads, tacitly understanding that banners are targeted to their specific spending habits rather than being issued en masse to a wide audience.

The SMS survey takes this idea further still, acting as an indirect form of advertising that also performs the function of market research. When a consumer feels engaged with the process, they are more likely to spend money. It really works. But how do you go about conducting a mobile survey? And how can it feed into the other strands of your marketing strategy?

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Thu, 01/30/2014 - 00:00 — EZ Texting


With 2014 well underway, it’s time get creative and put some weight behind your brand. Here are a few important mobile marketing tips  to keep in mind when developing your sales strategy this year:

>Increase Mobile Advertising Spend
With a growing mobile economy reaching more than 90% of American adults, companies will find it crucial to integrate mobile advertising solutions into their overall advertising strategy. Brands that have already intelligently implemented mobile marketing strategies must start thinking of the appropriate mobile advertising channels to bulk up. Tracking the success of various mobile advertising services and understanding where the greatest ROIs are seen will help companies determine a proper increase in mobile ad spending for the holidays. With the projected increase in sales revenues during November and December, there’s no doubt that increasing ad spend as well as developing creative mobile marketing ideas to draw traffic will prove worthwhile and ultimately profitable.

>SMS to Online Sales
In utilizing mobile phone advertising during the holidays, companies will find it fruitful to launch SMS marketing...Read more

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 00:00 — EZ Texting


Effective mobile marketing strategies require forward planning. A large part of the planning process is conducting a comprehensive market research campaign that will furnish your advertising department with raw data. Lots of it.  Statistics and figures are grist to the marketing mill. They can help you target specific demographics with the right message, and avoid wasting time and money on revenue dead ends. 

Research is particularly vital for mobile user behavior, as opposed to traditional broadcast channels which still use a one-size-fits all approach. Because mobile marketing advertising needs to be precision-engineered for personal preferences, research must also be personalized and relevant.

One notable case study, presented recently at the Market Research in the Mobile World (MRMW) conference, concerns Heineken’s forays into the emerging African beer market. The brand has been courting consumers on the continent for a hundred years, and has recently added mobile marketing to its overall strategy. Heineken gathered figures on top-volume beer retailers and made price comparisons with competitors. They used maps to plot the densities of product coverage in different...Read more

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:00 — EZ Texting


It’s reckoned there are some 500 million smartphone users in China. As with the rest of the developed world, smartphones have fundamentally altered the way Chinese consumers make purchasing decisions. The world of commerce has responded by adopting mobile marketing strategies[BC1]  akin to those being used in the US and Europe. But will the same tactics be just as effective in China as they are in the West? Or do mobile marketing campaigns need to be adjusted? 

To better understand the differences between Chinese and international mobile markets, let’s first take a look at the similarities. Most smartphone users in China access the web using a mobile device, irrespective of whether they are located in the city or in rural areas. SMS is proving just as popular as it is everywhere else, with 71% of businesses primarily using texts for mobile marketing.

But not everyone is on board. According to recent Experian research that looked at 321 businesses across a wide range of industries, only 36% of...Read more

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 00:00 — EZ Texting

During the web’s infancy and teen years, marketers had two main routes to an audience--gaudy pop-up ads that haunted Web 1.0, and the other was blanket emails sent to every permutation of every name at every conceivable email address--proving email marketing needs the mobile market.

Mobile marketing advertising has changed the game significantly, ushering in a new era of permission-based engagement whereby users have to opt-in to a contact list before they can receive marketing material. Mobile has sounded the death knell for unsolicited emails – but it doesn’t mean the end for email marketing altogether.

In fact, email is now an essential element of any good mobile marketing campaign and the reason is simple: smartphones. Before smartphones began to replace basic cell phones, mobile marketing was restricted to SMS. Now, 48% of emails are read on mobile devices, and 30% of consumers read their mail exclusively on their smartphones.

Not only has mobile email access superseded desktop as the go-to method, more people use their phones for reading email than making calls. With 79% of users primarily looking at their smartphones for emails, it’s the most popular activity on mobile...Read more

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:00 — EZ Texting


The growth of content marketing is hard to ignore, but marketers and business owners must consider to whom exactly they are marketing so tips for mobile content marketing are essential. Just as importantly, marketers need to consider how consumers are viewing the content. This is especially important with regards to mobile content marketing strategies, as mobile devices offer a distinct platform for navigation when compared with traditional desktop browsing. A recent study by Nielsen and Google revealed that 77% of mobile searches are actually performed at home or at the office, where PC’s were also likely available. People are obviously trending toward using their mobile devices to search; however, another study also revealed that mobile web site visitors display a 9.56% higher bounce rate than desktop visitors.

These contradicting figures suggest that while there are some fantastic opportunities for mobile marketing strategies, marketers must focus on developing mobile marketing campaigns that offer content to keep consumers engaged for longer. According to ContentMarketingInstitute.com, “3 percent of B2B marketers who create content (as indicated by CMI’s most recent research) should mobile-optimize their content marketing strategy in order to extend the time visitors spend engaging with their...Read more

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 00:00 — EZ Texting


In addition to utilizing the smartphone as a mobile marketing platform, manufacturers and companies have found that tablets are another key component in mobile marketing advertising. Tablet use has increased considerably over the last few years for numerous reasons other than a drop in price, as they are useful to a wide range of businesses and institutions.

Why the Increase in Tablet Use?

Let’s look at some of the reasons tablet use has increased:

  • Price Drop: Quite simply, the drop in the price of tablets has contributed greatly to its popularity.
  • School Use: More schools have issued tablets in lieu of laptops, in part as a form of college prep. Tablets equal access to thousands of textbooks, college lectures and videos via the iTunes U store, with some apps providing textbooks complete with interactive features. The device’s touch screens work as graphing calculators, video players and photo editors. They also function as a place to keep manuals and similar materials, which serves businesses, such as auto repair
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Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:00 — EZ Texting

There’s more to producing effective mobile marketing campaigns than simply launching the message and offering a product. The mobile web site should be optimized for mobile use; the mobile marketing strategy should be developed specifically for your target audience; and perhaps most importantly, the campaign should employ a clear, concise, and proven Call-to-Action (CTA).

Below are 5 key elements to keep in mind when developing a CTA for mobile marketing:

Description of the Incentive
When users opt in to a mobile marketing list in order to receive special offers and information, they expect to be enticed with valuable, interesting, and entertaining content. But ultimately, companies must incentivize customers to take an action, which is why the Call-to-Action must be as clear and concise as possible. Make sure the customer knows exactly what you’re offering, why he or she should want it, and how to obtain it. Whether it be a product purchase, an event signup, or simply consent to engage, all CTA’s must describe the incentive effectively in order to make mobile marketing work for the brand.

Elimination of Potential User-Error Obstacles
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Tue, 01/21/2014 - 00:00 — EZ Texting

Facebook's ad exchange launch was the single most important event in the mobile marketing industry this year. It has already begun reshaping the way mobile marketing strategies are devised. Dubbed FBX, it allows advertisers to apply cookies to users' browsers as they surf the web, and then retarget those users with the ads once they return. J.P. Morgan analysts reckon ad revenue will eventually make up 60% of Facebook's total revenue, but for that to happen, FBX will need to become mobile-specific. Right now, the ad content on mobiles and PCs is different, with mobile ads still appearing as generic, non-targeted spots. FBX has allowed desktop browsing to become personalized, and the social network hopes to replicate that success on mobile devices.

Here's how it works:

  • A user visits a travel site with a DSP rigged up to FBX
  • A cookie is dropped on the user's computer, usually after they've shown an intent to purchase
  • If the user does not purchase anything, the DSP contacts Facebook and gives them their User ID
  • The advertiser
  • ...Read more

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