Mobile Marketing involves reaching customers and prospects when they’re using the internet away from the traditional home/office desktop environment. The increased usage of smartphones, tablets and similar mobile devices has made mobile marketing a must for many online businesses.

Google Wallet & Apple Passbook: A Brand’s Next Best Friends

google wallet POS Recently, the industry has seen a considerable amount of buzz surrounding mobile wallet applications such as Google Wallet and Apple's Passbook. Defined as an effective mobile solution for providing customer loyalty rewards and savings, there's no question as to why these apps are becoming more popular. Even though consumers have expressed a desire for mobile offers, some brands and retailers have been slow on the uptake. This column explores the loyalty and rewards features of each platform, their benefits and how they can be used to create a truly revolutionary customer experience when [...]


Study: Load Times For 69% Of Responsive Design Mobile Sites Deemed “Unacceptable”

mobile-responsive-design-featured While many brands are using responsive design to create websites that deliver a consistent experience across multiple platforms and devices, mobile web developer Trilibis found that image-heavy responsive design mobile sites are taking an "unacceptable" time to load. Evaluating page weight, images and load times for 155 prominent responsive design websites -- including Starbucks.com, Engadget.com and BoldandNoble.com -- Trilibis found 69 percent took four seconds or more to load on a smartphone. Trilibis revealed only one in five of the sites it analyzed delivered a "good" load time on [...]


Health Org’s Creative Social Experiment Proves Smoking Is Ugly

tinder_smoking_hot_600 Ah, Tinder. That Hot or Not-ish site on which those who care only about looks can seek intimacy with others who only care about looks. It's the way of things these days. After all, who really cares what a person is actually like when that gets in the way of the simplicity of a dating app like Tinder? But, perhaps proving that looks aren't entirely everything -- even on Tinder -- the Action on Smoking & Health organization is out with a campaign entitled Smoking Hot which aims to determine whether or not smokers are seen as less attractive than non-smokers. To prove the point, ASH [...]


Native Mobile Apps May Dominate Now, But The Mobile Web Will Endure

Time spent with apps If you’re lucky enough to be a huge brand marketer with unlimited budgets, what I’m about to say probably doesn’t apply to you. You have the good fortune to focus on providing not only a phenomenal mobile website experience, but a great experience in mobile apps, as well. Not or, but and, as it should be. So, you can feel free to use the contact info below to discuss how to take your campaigns to the next level and stop reading this column. For the other 99% of us, the recent announcement by app analytics provider Flurry that users are still spending more time in apps than the mo [...]


Google Glass Turns 2: Here Are 60 Brands & Businesses Using It

google-glass-600 Google Glass turns two years old today. It was April 4, 2012, when Google announced an idea that was actually called "Project Glass" at the time. Although the device still hasn't had a wide consumer launch, much has happened to Google Glass in these two years. It's being used in education at colleges and universities, medical schools and even veterinary schools. Police, firefighters and other emergency responders are testing Glass. There are hundreds of apps available, but only about 40 that Google has vetted and approved for inclusion in the official Glassware directory. Google Gla [...]


Microsoft Releases Advertising SDKs And Tools For Windows App Monetization

windows-phone-featured Though Cortana is has generated the biggest headlines from Microsoft's annual Build Conference, the company dangled a few new carrots to entice app developers to focus on creating apps for Windows. Microsoft released new software development kits (SDKs) designed to help developers earn more money from their Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone apps through advertising as well as new tools to monitor revenue performance and promote their own apps. The new ad SDK for Windows 8.1 allows for ads to be served from third-party mobile rich media ad servers and connects to the Microsoft Ad Exchange. T [...]


As Mobile Revolutionizes Commerce, How Marketers Are Taking Advantage

AmericanApparel-ShoppingAssistant How many of your daily tasks would be nearly impossible (or at least more difficult) without mobile devices, e-mail and the internet? It's tough to imagine accomplishing even the simplest of tasks, especially when it comes to buying and selling goods. Mobile has revolutionized commerce, including the way consumers engage, research and ultimately purchase products. On the flip side, advertisers now have more ways to reach and influence their audiences. Retailers are now witnessing first-hand how traditional "brick-and-mortar" ideology is rapidly transforming into a new "brick-and-click" real [...]


How Users Of Various OSes Differ In Their Online Behavior Over Time

social-media-clock-featured For marketers, timing is often as important as creative, the most obvious example being campaigns tied to particular holidays. These days, with complex analyses now possible for activities like email marketing, online promotions and blog posts, industry practitioners are actively pursuing the "best" timing for their latest initiatives. In this piece, we drill down into the nuances of this issue by examining the differences in hourly usage behavior between users of different operating systems and device types. These insights should hold particular value for those marketing to one or more def [...]


Count Incoming Calls Right To Maximize Cross-Platform Marketing Returns

call-phone-600 Calls are in -- in a big way. The adoption of mobile and ease of satisfying a near-immediate search need with a quick phone call have fueled the universal acceptance of calls as a key engagement and conversion indicator. All direct response advertisers -- regardless of size or sophistication -- understand and appreciate the value of a call. As attribution conversations heat up and marketers look for ways to validate the performance of their various ad campaigns, many are adopting calls as a cross-media performance metric for their desktop and mobile search campaigns. With this growth, ho [...]


Mobile Will Be Primary Channel For Paid Search By End Of 2015 [Study]

mobile-devices-featured Looking at current trends, Marin Software predicts more paid search clicks will come from mobile devices than desktops by the end of next year. By December of 2013, mobile accounted for more than a third of all paid search clicks on Google. By the end of 2015, mobile devices will drive 50 percent of Google's paid search clicks, according to the 2014 mobile search advertising report published by Marin Software today. Smartphone paid search ad clicks nearly doubled throughout 2013 and accounted for just over 20 percent of total click share. The Marin study looks at Google performanc [...]


Google Releases New Tools For AdMob Including Full Google Analytics Integration

Google Admob Logo Today, Google will announce new features for its mobile ad platform AdMob at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The new features are powered by Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager. Rather than having to access AdMob and Analytics from separate interfaces, app developers can now get performance reporting from the AdMob home screen and a new Analyze tab right within AdMob. On the Analyze tab a dropdown menu, shown in the screenshot below, allows users to switch between the full set of reporting for individual apps. The home screen features a combination of reporting f [...]


Micro Content, Maxi Effect — How Shifts Toward Visual Content Will Impact Marketers

Content types The written word seems to be on the decline, at least in the online space. Articles and white papers have morphed into blog posts and status updates. Hashtags, acronyms and emoticons stand in for sentences. OTP, BRB, LMK, OK?   How low can you go? In a year or two, 140 characters -- a miserly allotment now -- will seem a luxury, a vestige of an era marked by logorrheic verbosity. If you doubted it before, believe it now: a picture really is worth the proverbial thousand words. Maybe more. Opinion? Sure. But the facts bear this out. Facebook keeps redesigning to feature bigger, bolder [...]


Survey: Consumers Ready For Indoor Location, Marketing

smartphone-shutterstock A new consumer survey by "iBeacon marketing platform" provider Swirl, which works with specialty retailers such as Alexi and Ani and Timberland, shows that consumers are ready for indoor location and marketing. Industry and retailer fears about consumer acceptance of indoor location tracking may thus be overblown. It is true that consumers are concerned about who has access to their location data in the abstract. However when they receive clear value for sharing it they're more than comfortable with doing so.  According to the Swirl survey of 1,000 US adults, 85 percent of consumers hav [...]


Omni-Channel & Mobile-Focused Marketing Aren’t Mutually Exclusive, Stupid

mobile-devices-analytics-featured Okay, so the title's not as catchy as James Carville's famous rallying cry or even Aaron Strout's recent usage of it on Marketing Land last week. And I don't think Mr. Strout -- or anyone who holds the opinion that mobile-focused marketing is only possible at the expense of having a good user experience across all platforms -- is stupid. But I do take exception with the unfortunate trend of claiming that focusing on a mobile context is somehow a thing of the past simply because users are accessing the web from a number of different devices. Yes, we must stop assuming that mobile users [...]


What Does The WhatsApp Deal Mean For Brands?

social-comms-facebook-600x450 Unless you’ve been hiding under the digital equivalent of a rock, or perhaps living in China, it’s almost certain that you’ve heard by now about Facebook buying mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion. There has been a huge amount of discussion and speculation about why Facebook spent more than it cost to put men on the moon to buy a product built off the back of open source software, but as WhatsApp is an ad-free product, it’s more important to think about what broader lessons the purchase has for brands and marketers. First is the fact that WhatsApp’s founders have alwa [...]


OpenX Pushes Programmatic Into Mobile Native Inventory With New Ad Exchange

OpenX_Logo_highres OpenX Technologies has launched a private real-time bidding exchange that caters specifically to native ad inventory on mobile devices. The exchange, called Native O|X, is meant to help app developers and mobile publishers buy and sell native ad inventory at scale -- and couples the two hot trends of programmatic and native for the first time. The ad units, injected in-stream among content, link to app stores available on users' devices. The inventory will be available to a pre-approved group of advertisers. “In speaking with OpenX buyers and sellers, it’s becoming clear that a funda [...]


Five Must-Have Mobile Elements To Incorporate Into Your Marketing

mobile-apps-200px Take a look around any party, office or public event and you’ll see someone texting on their smartphone or checking Facebook on their tablet. It’s undeniable that mobile devices have become an integral part of our day-to-day lives. Adults actually now spend more time on mobile media than they do on newspapers and magazines combined, and some experts are predicting mobile Internet usage will overtake desktop browsing this year. On a practical level, this means that if you’re not incorporating mobile into your integrated marketing strategies, you are missing a huge opportunity to connec [...]


Digital Ad Spend Quickly Shifting To Mobile: Are You Ready?

mobile-devices-featured Recent projections from eMarketer show that mobile ad spending will surpass desktop spending by 2017, reaching more than $35 billion compared to desktop based advertising at $27B. The ultimate force behind the growth in ad spend is the massive increase in mobile web usage and smartphone activity by consumers. In order for the market to reach these lofty projections, it will be of paramount importance to work through key challenges such as fragmentation and cookie-based targeting. The Opportunity eMarketer reports that the global smartphone audience surpassed the 1 billion mark in 2012 [...]


AdRoll Launches Mobile Retargeting Solution For Cross-Device Campaigns

AdRoll Logo Today, AdRoll announced a private beta launch of a new mobile retargeting offering that enables marketers to retarget users across devices. The mobile retargeting solution allows marketers to identify high-intent desktop users and target them across mobile devices to promote app installs and conversions on mobile optimized sites. AdRoll, currently the only ad tech that integrates with both Facebook and Twitter, enables advertisers to retarget desktop site visitors as they visit Facebook and Twitter on their smartphones and tablets. Marketers can also retarget mobile web visitors when they b [...]


Location-Based Mobile Marketing Is Where It’s At For Consumers

iStock_000028298156Medium The ability for mobile devices to track and report a person's location in real time with a reliable degree of accuracy has come into its own. The tendency of consumers to use that feature is increasing in popularity, as well. According to the Pew Institute, "74% of adult smartphone owners ages 18 and older say they use their phone to get directions or other information based on their current location." Use of a geolocation feature is more than a nice-to-have option on a smartphone or tablet -- its use has become a routine part of a consumer's daily life. With U.S. smartphone penetration [...]


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