These days, the term “mobile marketing” may almost seem like a redundancy. So much of the consumer experience happens via tablets and mobile devices, it should go without saying that brand outreach efforts hinge on being mobile accessible.
It may seem as though paper coupons have been around forever. That’s not exactly true, but they’ve certainly been part of the retail experience for several generations, going back at least as far as the late 1880s. But while coupons remain prized by many consumers, the form these coupons take is changing. In fact, new research reveals that mobile coupons are about to overtake their paper counterparts in terms of overall popularity.
There was a time when TV advertising represented the best, most efficient way to get your advertising message out into the world—but that’s not necessarily the case anymore. Over the past decade or so, TV viewership has slowly declined, while daily Internet use—including consumption of streaming content—has risen. Many advertisers are aware of this, and have begun redistributing their ad dollars accordingly.
Consumers are generally aware of the latest tech product roll-outs—for example, recently announced devices from Apple or Android—but may not be as familiar with such finer points as location data policy. As a result, many mobile users may not realize that both Apple and Google have recently made subtle tweaks to their own stated policies. This has implications for the consumer, but also for the advertiser; in today’s post, we’ll be focusing on this latter point.
Though it’s hard to remember it now, it really wasn’t that long ago that we were all living in a pre-Snapchat world. Even popular social platforms like Pinterest have come into their own over the past few years, while the social media cycle has also brought us the rise and fall of Vine and, to a lesser extent, Google+. The point is that the social media landscape is anything but static. Even within established venues like Facebook, there are big trends and shifts happening all the time, such as the recent advent of Facebook Live streaming.
Social media marketing keeps you on your toes. It changes pretty regularly, with one network gaining in prominence while another falls out of fashion; just ask yourself how many companies use SnapChat today compared to a year ago, or Instagram compared to five years ago; while you’re at it, ask how many companies maintain a presence on MySpace, or for that matter Google+. And it’s not just that niche networks rise and fall.
For businesses, Twitter can have a number of useful functions: Driving website traffic, promoting recent blog posts, building brand visibility, and cultivating a reputation for thought leadership, among other things. These are all noble and worthwhile goals for your company Twitter account, yet none of them are really attainable unless the Twitter account is followed and engaged with. In other words, people need to not only read your tweets but also retweet them to others.
It’s not hard to see the value in social media when you have an audience of hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of attentive fans, engaging with your content and sharing your branded material. But when you’re speaking to just a handful of people, social media can seem a little daunting, maybe even a little pointless. But of course, every business has to start somewhere, and bridging that gap—developing enough of a following for your social media presence to really matter—is imperative.