I just read an article titled “Amazing Mobile Marketing Stats Every Marketer Should Know”. With a title like that how could I resist? Out of the nine stats in the article, two stood out to me. The first noted that it take 90 minutes for the average person to respond to an email, but about 90 seconds to respond to a text message (Source: CTIA). It talks to the urgency in which people feel they need to act on text messages. When these messages come from marketers they better be relevant or consumers will opt out. Text message marketing isn’t about brand awareness. It is about providing this audience relevant, fun or useful information they can use on-the-go.
The second stat noted that mobile coupons get 10 times the redemption rate of traditional coupons (Source: Borrell Associates). This stat has been around for a while, but does really speak to a successful tactic for mobile marketers. Mobile coupons are convenient and therefore more likely to be acted on.
Most of the other stats talk about how many people have mobile phones. Having a mobile device is certainly required for mobile marketing, but hardly earth shattering. Once my 90 year old grandmother got one and I have conversations with friends who are trying to decide if their second grader should get one, it is pretty clear we’ve reached mass adoption.
Marketers should strongly consider integrating mobile into their overall marketing strategy because the campaigns work. Adding a mobile call to action like a QR code or text campaign to print or TV ads allows you to track responses and provide more targeted information beyond the piece. Offering a text2win or text2vote campaign in outdoor advertising is a great way to engage a lot of people and quickly build your mobile database. Once opted in you can then provide them additional information about your offerings.
In a world of Do Not Call, Spam blockers and DVRs that allow you wiz right through the ads it can be challenging to determine how to reach your audience. Consumers are in love with their mobile devices. Isn’t it time to connect via mobile?