I’ve been interested in mobile marketing for some time now – actually I’ve been waiting with PDA, and phone in hand for the time that I could zip through a shopping center and have retailers beam me their latest offers. Unfortunatley that never happened. I believe that that did not become a reality for several reasons:
- Consumers were slow to adapt to mobile marketing technology, since it is OPT-IN
- Retailers too scared to bombard unsuspecting shoppers with marketing messages – they didn’t want to be labelled as sending SPAM to mobile phones
I suspect more the latter than the former, especially if you have a look at this article – http://econsultancy.com/blog/5174-o2s-major-mobile-marketing-spamfail - which is pretty recent that goes into O2′s mobile marketing campaign which according to the article, failed and generated more negative publicity that perhaps was their intention.
Now, I can deal with the cold weather, annoying consumers barging past me to seek out discounted high street treasure, and wall-to-wall bad TV. But I can’t deal with the fact that a mobile operator is unable or unwilling to remove me from its marketing list. It’s a marketing basic.
But now with millions of people carrying around iPhones, and the introduction of the 3G iPad plus the dozens of new smartphones on the market and an eager public (mostly teenagers that have some money and young adults who have more money and working adults that are looking for deals without hitting their PC all the time) perhaps the time is ripe for companies to look at mobile marketing again.
Over the weekend I met someone by the name of Mohamed Amirali whose company is involved, among other endavours, SMS and mobile marketing. This got be back into research mode to see what is the state of mobile marketing:
- Mobile Marketing Association – http://mmaglobal.com/main
- Mobile Marketing Magazine – a UK based magazine – http://www.mobilemarketingmagazine.co.uk/
- Mobile Marketing Watch – http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/
Based on the little research I did and few quick searches, mobile marketing is becoming a hot topic again.
Mobile marketing really hit home a few weeks ago:
I had gone out to buy some shoes for my son, and before paying the clerk asked if I had a cell phone and if I wanted to save 30% on my purchase. Who doesn’t want to save money? All I had to do was send a short code to their company, who would add me to their SMS marketing campaign (AKA mobile marketing). Within seconds of sending the short code through, I received a reply and was given a virtual one-time-use 30% coupon.
That’s what I envisioned mobile marketing to do and it’s great to see that some companies are going forward, using an opt-in method to gain eyeballs directly instead of the hit and miss method of using other forms of advertising such as radio, newspaper or flyers.
Here are three books that I found on Amazon that discuss mobile marketing – I will be picking these up this week to brush up on what I know already and where this industry is headed.
|The Mobile Marketing Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Mobile Marketing Campaigns|
|Retail Price: CDN$ 32.95|
|Amazon Price: CDN$ 25.83|
The first book I found is called The Mobile Marketing Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Mobile Marketing Campaigns and has 10 customer reviews on Amazon.
From the review page: Mobile technology not only lets marketers reach customers where they are, it allows them to engage mobile users by targeting their immediate and specific needs. Giving users what they want when they want it is the unique value proposition of mobile marketing, and businesses, agencies, and nonprofits of all types and sizes can create successful campaigns without breaking the bank. In this practical handbook, mobile marketing consultant Kim Dushinski offers easy-to-follow advice for firms that want to interact with mobile users, build stronger customer relationships, reach a virtually unlimited number of prospects, and gain competitive advantage by making the move to mobile now. If your organization wants to reach mobile device users locally, nationally, or within a specific demographic niche The Mobile Marketing Handbook will help you put your message in the palms of their hands.
One of the comments that stood out was this one:
If you’re looking to learn about mobile marketing – I highly recommend buying this book, it provides a great introduction to mobile marketing. And where Kim can’t get in depth on certain topics, she provides resources that you can utilize to get more information.
She provides great information on how to determine if your target demographic aligns well with the mobile crowd and whether or not it is worth pursuing. She provides great demographic hints related to both culture and age that I wasn’t aware of.
Also, she effectively presents all the different players that need to come into play for a successful mobile marketing campaign – like short code providers, aggregators, text message companies and more. You can’t just start a mobile campaign without having your ducks in a row, and Kim tells you what you need to consider before starting. Although I have created mobile websites in the past, I hadn’t considered all of these factors when it came to effectively marketing a mobile website.
The only reason I’m giving this boof 4 stars instead of 5 is because I thought it was a bit light on content in some areas – especially related to mobile search. Since this is the area that most interests me I would have liked more insight about pay-per-call, click-to-call, and examples of campaigns that actually had success. I would have liked to have seen screenshots of AdWords for setting up a mobile campaign and how ads look on a mobile browser. I would have liked to have seen the Google mobile search interface – and I am curious why Google mobile search defaults to web results instead of mobile (at least for me). But I do realize that I’m being a bit nitpicky and that in order to do all of this for each content area would have resulted in a 2000 page book.
Overall, if you’re interested in mobile marketing, I highly recommend this book. While it can’t get into the depth I would like in certain areas, it provides a fantastic jumping off point as well as links to plenty of resources to get the answers that you need.
The next book is called Mobile Advertising: Supercharge Your Brand in the Exploding Wireless Market that has 7 customer reviews.
|Mobile Advertising: Supercharge Your Brand in the Exploding Wireless Market|
|Retail Price: CDN$ 32.99|
|Amazon Price: CDN$ 20.68|
This book has some great Editorial Reviews:
—Ron Elgin, Chairman and CEO, DDB Worldwide Communications Group
—Dr. Young-Chu Cho, President and CEO, KTF, and board member, GSM Association
“Very rarely do books like this offer equal value to both advertising buyers and sellers, but Mobile Advertising is a wonderful primer on the mobile landscape and advertising opportunity from both perspectives. Its completeness and clarity makes it an essential resource for any company or person looking to help pioneer or participate in this emerging category.”
—Chamath Palihapitiya, Vice President, Facebook
“As mobile emerges as the last true individual ‘channel,’ understanding where the marketer fits will be critical… Mobile Advertising gives us a map of this powerful emerging platform.”
—Larry Weber, Chairman, W2 Group, and author of Marketing to the Social Web
“If you believe the future is wireless, then this book is a guide to that future. Simple, fact-filled, and astute.”
—Om Malik, founder, GigaOM
“Today’s youth spends more than fifteen hours per day with their phones. One can imagine what a tremendous business opportunity mobile advertising is. The authors of this book explore the critical aspects of this opportunity with analytic rigor, in-depth analysis, and practical insights. I strongly recommend it for anyone involved in the mobile and advertising industries.”
—Dr. Yasuhisa Nakamura, Executive Director, NTT DoCoMo, and coauthor of Wireless Data Services
A practical guide to the emerging mobile advertising market, Mobile Advertising covers all the major topics in this emerging multibillion-dollar industry. This is a complete how-to guide for anyone who wants to understand and take advantage of this hot new advertising medium. Drawing on the experience of three industry veterans, insights from key influencers and decision makers, and detailed case studies, the book gives you practical guidance for getting the most out of mobile advertising.
|Mobile Marketing: Finding Your Customers No Matter Where They Are|
|Retail Price: CDN$ 25.99|
|Amazon Price: CDN$ 16.37|
Finally the third book on my buy list is entitled Mobile Marketing: Finding Your Customers No Matter Where They Are.
Finding Your Customers No Matter Where They Are
Use Mobile Marketing to Supercharge Brands, Sales, and Profits!
Using brand-new mobile marketing techniques, you can craft campaigns that are more personal, targeted, immediate, measurable, actionable–and fun! Now, one of the field’s leading pioneers shows exactly how to make mobile marketing work for your business. Cindy Krum cuts through the hype, revealing what’s working–and what isn’t. She guides you through identifying the right strategies and tactics for your products, services, brands, and customers…avoiding overly intrusive, counterproductive techniques…and how to successfully integrate mobile into your existing marketing mix. Above all, Krum shows you how to effectively execute on your mobile marketing opportunities–driving greater brand awareness, stronger customer loyalty, more sales, and higher profits.
• Getting started fast with mobile marketing
• Understanding the international mobile marketing landscape
• Targeting and tracking the fast-changing mobile demographic
• Taking full advantage of the iPhone platform
• Leveraging mobile advertising, promotion, and location-based marketing
• Building micro-sites and mobile applications
• Performing search engine optimization for mobile sites and applications
• Building effective mobile affiliate marketing programs
• Integrating online and offline mobile marketing
• Avoiding mobile marketing spam, viruses, and privacy violations
• Previewing the future of mobile marketing
A recent user had this to say about this book:
This book came very timely. I just heard on the news that we just hit the milestone where phones are used more for data than voice. This exponentially growing communication method (Mobile devices) cannot be overlooked or dismissed by marketers – unless of course you don’t like leads and want to go out of business. That said Mobile Marketing remained a mystery to me. Perhaps an age thing. Just when I get a handle on “Web 2.0″ i.e. Social Media, now comes the vast and confusing world of marketing to mobile devices. Need help: this book is it!
Every aspect of Mobile Marketing is covered in this 300+ page book. The book is well illustrated and not written in a dense incomprehensible technical babble. The breath of Mobile Marketing is remarkable – even covering international markets. Whether you need to implement a Mobile Marketing strategy, sell your CEO on a budget, or actually have to understand the technology, you’ll get your answers here. I found Mobile Marketing helpful even as a Blackberry user and information consumer.
The print is small and there is a lot of information packed into this book. So don’t expect an easy or quick read. However it doesn’t require an engineering degree either. This is a go-to resource and must read for salespeople, marketers, and entrepreneurs. As cell phones, iPads and other mobile devices become central to communication the marketer who knows how to profit from them will be well ahead of their competition. This book is a short cut and resource for the Mobile Marketing area without having to spend months or tons of money. I am actually grateful to the author for this book – a sentiment I have seldom had before.
If your organization is serious about tapping into this market, speak to Mohamed Amirali or pick-up one of the books.