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.

Maybe Google Doesn’t Have A Mobile Ads Problem After All

google-earnings-data-600 [caption id="attachment_91889" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Data Source: Google quarterly earnings statements[/caption] There have been a lot of assumptions that Google's mobile ad business is cause for concern. After its latest earnings report showed the price advertisers pay per ad click fell for the eleventh straight quarter, fears again arose that the search giant isn't keeping pace with the consumer shift to smartphones. So is Google's mobile advertising business in trouble? The truth is nobody really knows. In fact, it might be doing great. We do know that Google reported recor [...]


Understanding The Complexity Of Mobile Ad Attribution

advertising_mobile_devices_hand In this complex and fragmented marketing landscape where a consumer's purchasing journey moves from desktop to mobile to offline channels, measuring the contribution of all these touch points is exceedingly complicated. Recently, one of these media has become increasingly challenging: mobile. While consumer usage of mobile devices is ballooning, mobile ad spend is still lagging behind. Marketers know that consumers are on their smartphones and tablets 24/7 and that this usage will only continue to grow, but a lot of uncertainty remains around attribution and how to accurately measure mobile [...]


ShareThis Goes Mobile With An AT&T Text To Share Button

mobile-phone-stock ShareThis, aiming to help publishers better tap into peer-to-peer messaging, announced yesterday that it has created an AT&T Text to Share button. It's a natural move since publishers are starting to take note of readers' shift to mobile devices. Last month, Radium One added a WhatsApp button to its Po.st suite of buttons. WhatsApp, which is in the process of being acquired by Facebook, has 500 million global users who send as many as 64 million messages a day and there's some evidence that WhatsApp share buttons are popular with readers. SMS isn't as sexy as WhatsApp or SnapChat, [...]


How To Do Location-Based Push Marketing Without Going Too Far

mobile-target-location-targeting-shutterstock Location-based marketing has been described as "the intersection of people, places, and media." This evolving new capability centers around the idea of understanding your customers' context -- such as their current location, their location history and their current or historical beacon proximity -- to deliver more relevant, timely content as a result. Enabled by apps, mobile marketing leaders are using location-based audience segmentation to craft smarter messages to engage their mobile customers and win a greater share of smartphone and tablet screen time. However, brands must tread [...]


Study: Mobile E-Commerce Sales Projected To Reach $50B By End Of 2014

mobile-payment-wallet-featured In its latest round of reports, Custora claims mobile e-commerce revenue is set to reach $50 billion by the end of this year, up nearly $8 billion since last year, and an astounding $48 billion since 2010. Analyzing e-commerce data from more than 100 retailers, 70 million consumers and $10 billion in transactions, Custora found mobile traffic to e-commerce sites has increased from three-percent to nearly 37 percent in the last four years, while mobile e-commerce revenue climbed from $2.2 billion in 2010 to $42.8 billion last year. Custora's numbers prove mobile devices continue to take a [...]


Goodbye Email, Hello Rich Media Messaging

email vs. mobile messaging "Give us your email address and we'll give you great deals." These seductive words charm millions of customers every day eager to get a good deal from their favorite retailer. Unfortunately, soon after signing up for these deals, the emails often hit the junk mail folder, never to be seen by the intended recipient. With Millennial preferences changing, perhaps it is time to evaluate our digital marketing strategies. Instead of replicating the wheel by sending the same kinds of email messages to mobile devices, we should get a little smarter about how we are direct marketing. Goodbye [...]


Essential Mobile SEO Resources

folders-files-resources- shutterstock It occurred to me as I was making my personal site responsive and adding recommended resources that I've been doing this column for over five years and have yet to share with you readers a comprehensive list of the mobile SEO resources I recommend. This month, I'd like to right that wrong by citing the people, publications and tools that I find essential for mobile SEO, all in one place. People Pierre Far - Pierre said at one point that he wants to be the Matt Cutts of mobile search, and along with Maile Ohye (and sometimes even Matt Cutts), that’s the role he plays at [...]


4 Data-Driven Tips For A Successful Mobile Marketing Plan

mobile-devices-trends Mobile marketing is coming into its own. With the 2013 mobile e-commerce market valued at $43 billion and mobile traffic making up nearly 50% of site visits in the first quarter of 2014, the savviest retailers -- e-commerce, brick-and-mortar and omni-channel alike -- are investing in building out dedicated mobile marketing teams and capabilities. These numbers come from the Custora E-Commerce Pulse Mobile Report, soon to be published by Custora (disclosure: my employer). These metrics and others hint at the size of the opportunity for marketing teams that are able to harness the power [...]


Appsee Offers Heatmaps, Other Unique In-App Analytics

shutterstock_195165404-apps Last week, comScore released data showing that time spent with mobile apps now (amazingly) represents 51 percent of all digital media time. Brands, retailers and publishers thus have a great deal at stake in creating apps that are engaging and able to retain users. Aiding in that effort, there are quite a few companies providing mobile analytics that track various user-engagement metrics. In an early 2013 survey of "eBusiness professionals" by Forrester Research, the firm found that "only 46 percent had implemented a mobile analytics solution." In what appears to be sponsored researc [...]


Going All Responsive Is Not Always “One Size Fits All” With Mobile

responsive-web-design-mobile-tablet-shutterstock What if I told you that you could recover upwards of 200 percent in lost smartphone traffic by ensuring your site's mobile experience was implemented well? Would you make your mobile configuration a top priority? New research coming from BrightEdge shows that brands with misconfigured mobile solutions are missing out on a big opportunity. We know that Google is putting mobile front and center with features and solutions that cater to what's happening in real time. Increasingly, your customers are accessing your site via a mobile device. Run a quick report in your Google Analytics; h [...]


Pandora: More Than Half Our Revs Will Be Local In A Few Years

Pandora Gatorade It might surprise you to know that internet radio provider Pandora has outside sales reps ("feet on the street") in 37 markets in the U.S. These are people knocking on doors and taking offline meetings. It's part of a larger push (since roughly 2012) into "local advertising." The company's focus is on national and regional businesses with multiple stores or locations (e.g., HomeDepot) but extends to individual small businesses. Pandora can sell a surprising array of ad units and types to marketers: audio, video, display and branded content (native). In the latter category Pandora works w [...]


5 Key Trends To Watch (And Use) In Mobile/Location-Based Marketing

mobile-devices-trends Mobile is quickly becoming one of the most important (if not the most important) channels for marketers to focus on. As more and more users do more and more on their smart phones and tablets, understanding the needs and wants of prospects and customers is critical. On the heels of mobile/internet analyst extraordinaire Mary Meeker's now famous Internet Trends presentation -- and with a nod to the fact that we are halfway through 2014 -- the timing seems right to take a look at some key trends in mobile and location-based marketing. The Trends Within Ms. Meeker's report, it's interes [...]


Tablets Vs. Smartphones: Online Engagement Patterns Present Opportunities

shutterstock_200036231-tablet-vs-smartphone Two of the overarching goals for online marketers are maximizing the reach of their campaigns and increasing engagement levels. While delivering on the reach portion of this equation can be achieved through a number of well-known tactics, increasing campaign engagement is a much more nuanced task. The optimum content and delivery method of a campaign will vary from industry to industry -- and with consumers browsing across multiple device types, context (and how that impacts engagement on a larger scale) needs to be taken into account. In this article, we examine a month's worth of No [...]


One Of 2014’s Hottest Mobile Retail Opportunities: User Reviews

mobile-review-shutterstock Each year, the retail shopping season seems to catch us off guard, beginning sooner than we expect. Retailers begin to see a lift in sales during the back-to-school season, which continues through post-holiday sales at the end of the year. June is the perfect time for digital marketers to examine last year's trends and prepare to execute on new ideas that will help drive this year's sales. Based on the customer behaviors that we saw last year, we expect mobile -- browsing, showrooming and purchasing -- to continue to grow in 2014, supported by research-savvy shoppers who browse user revi [...]


The Flight Path: The New Cross-Device Customer Purchase Journey

shutterstock_138444350-flight-track Father's Day has just passed, and that means many consumers were scrambling last week to ensure their father's gift arrived in time for the holiday. While many may have begun their path to purchase on a desktop during work, others may have started on a mobile device during their commute home, ultimately completing their purchase journey on another device. Marketers that were aiming to target consumers during their path-to-purchase journey were most successful if they adapted their messaging to fit into any device context -- from mobile to desktop, apps to display ads. As reported in D [...]


Hellmann’s #ReciTweet Campaign Offers Recipes To Fix “What’s In The Fridge” Disappointment

hellmanns_recitweet We've all been there. Standing in front of our refrigerator, staring inside hoping something delicious will magically manifest itself. It's very frustrating, but there is a solution. No, it's not the replicator on the Enterprise; it's ReciTweet from Hellmann's. Working with Ogilvy & Mather Brazil, Hellmann's created ReciTweet, a Twitter hashtag campaign which came to the rescue of starving deer in refrigerator headlights in Brazil or, given the internet's reach, anyone anywhere in the world. With ReciTweet, all frustrated refrigerator gawkers need to do is tweet some of the ingre [...]


Digital Is Digital Wherever It Appears: The Road To Total Convergence

shutterstock_132436751-fish-cannibal Believe it or not, there are many people who don't consume digital advertising in silos. While digital marketers are continuously trying to identify how and when an action on a certain device will turn into a conversion, consumers are jumping back and forth between mobile, desktop and tablet, taking their purchase path in different directions daily. Over the past year or so, digital marketers have been obsessed with the rise of mobile and the increase in purchase power of the mobile device. However, this tunnel vision thinking has quieted a powerful media trend: the rise of total media c [...]


5 Ways To Improve Mobile UX That Will Result In Higher Conversions

mobile-responsive-design-featured Depending on whose statistics you read, mobile device usage has increased anywhere from 125 percent to 3000 percent in the past several years. Regardless of the actual number, the reality is the same: in order to get visitors to convert, your site must be able to meet their needs whether they're holding a mouse, a phone or a tablet. And the single best way to optimize for mobile conversions is to optimize the user experience. Here are five practical tips for improving your mobile UX: 1. Design For The Device The very first step in designing for the mobile device is to remember that use [...]


The Rich Media Messaging/Sweepstakes Combo Wins For Brands And Participants

RMM Sweepstakes Margarine, potatoes, artificial intelligence, Femat's Last Theorem, steam tractors, canned goods. The common link? Sweepstakes. Dating from the 15th century, sweepstakes have been used to motivate the masses -- incentivized, of course, by a handsome prize. [caption id="attachment_85159" align="aligncenter" width="600"] RMM Sweepstakes[/caption] The aforementioned inventions were the result of governments, companies and individuals calling on the public to solve major problems of the times, resulting in solutions that endure today. Advertisers in the 1950s paved the way for the present [...]


Android Google Now Updates To Include Public Transportation Alert & Upcoming “Nearby” Feature

android AndroidPolice.com reported two new Google Now features last week, a public transportation alarm to alert users when they have reached their stop, and the soon to be released "Nearby" feature that lets users - and devices - know when they are in close proximity to each other. While the public transportation alarm appears to be live, AndroidPolice.com's report claims the Nearby feature is still in development, but will be launched soon. "We've received information indicating that Nearby will come with an upcoming Google Play services update," writes AndroidPolice.com's Liam Spradlin, "Whil [...]


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