Upcoming Challenges For Mobile Development & Mobile Marketing

The digital world is evolving and the trends are changing in real world, making the world faster than ever before and technology more stable. Mobile is all about today’s world which took birth with the invention of first pager in 1956. The world started getting mobile and the launch of first commercial mobile phone by NTT in Japan was the next step to stabilize this mobility.

The innovation in this mobility with SMS happened to be originated in Europe in 1985. SMS was a boom in the later part of 1900s and early 2000s, and still it’s the top cellular activity. Now, there’re above 4 billion mobile phone subscribers, with 74% of them using SMS of which 94% of SMSs are read. Just in UK 1.4 billion text messages now being sent every week.

This is just about mobile phones and SMS, innovations like iPhone, Blackberry, Android and mobile-internet integration are constanly opening the new horizons of excellence for mobile marketing. Web marketing is one of the most cost effective marketing methods with maximum outreach. Since there’re more mobile phone subscribers than that of internet users, so mobile opens broad ways for marketing from small and medium to large businesses.

Mobile-web integrated marketed is still in the process of development, reason being the lack of awareness among most of mobile phone subscribers, i.e. there’re about 10 million users worldwide using GPRS services that makes only about 0.25% of the total subscribers. But, this low percentage doesn’t mean that mobile marketing is not growing. There’re various alternative methods within mobile marketing including SMS Marketing, Ingame Mobile Marketing, Location Based Services etc.

Ingame Mobile Marketing is the fastly growing area and the future of mobile marketing. The reason is that more than 90% of mobile phone subscribers play mobile games. From simple interactive real-time 3D games to massive multi-player and social networking games, mobile gaming is everywhere. This trend is accelerating the growth of mobile 2.0 on one hand and hence the mobile development on other.

Mobile development being the next big thing is now the focus of small, medium and large business, and hence it’s becoming a competitive industry. The cometition is becoming tougher as the industry leaders Nokia and Google have moved to opensource, and this situation is critical for ISVs. ZDNet also reports that, it’ll not be the great UI as only challenge instead, things that matter more are ideas and methodologies. Though ISV’s are more under pressure, but companies will have equal pressure and will have to face almost same challenges. It’ll be the race of collective innovation [what I can term it as] or Product Innovation [combination of innovation in methodologies, design, productivity etc] so, innovation in over all performance will win!

steps for an effective sms marketing campaign

SMS marketing is a great way to promote your business but it is not always successful. We share some easy steps with you to ensure that your sms marketing campaign gives the desired results. Not many of us know that there is an organization named Institute of Practitioners in Advertising which gives some guidelines for sms marketing or mobile advertising to marketers. The guidelines are simple and if followed, can give fantastic results to your campaign. Some of the guidelines are captured here along with other important Mobile Marketing tips.

While setting up your campaign, take care to offer ‘unsubscribe’ feature to the target group just incase they are not interested in reading any more sms from your company. This gives the impression that you are not a spammer determined to flood people with boorish messages. The second most important step is to send sms only to ‘Opted-in’ target group. It is important to run a prior exercise to collect numbers of those who are interested in your product. It can be through your website, a seminar or maybe an e-mail campaign. If you send messages randomly, the chance of success is much less here. The good news is that in the US, SMS adoption is on the increase and it is projected that mobile marketing initiatives will be second only to social media advertisement campaigns in the coming years. It is not surprising to see the phenomenal growth that mobile marketing products are creating across the country. Marketers are expected to spend around US$561 million for mobile marketing campaigns.

Campaigns can go wrong if proper data guidelines and security procedures are not in place. Ensure that the marketing message that you send cannot be altered and misused. The response that you receive should contain customer information and privacy needs to be maintained. Consult with an attorney expert in marketing and advertising practice who can guide you with the rules before the campaign starts.

A marketer or a business promoter should know the boundaries and
limitations of mobile technology adoption. In the US, the adoption of latest mobile technology is high, so marketers can target an sms marketing campaign that is rich in content and pictures. This is just an example and analysis needs to be done with respect to your target group. Mobile marketing is a unique medium in the sense that mobile users can access the message instantly and reply in an instant. Therefore the content you send out should be easily consumable by the users. Another important tip to keep in mind is the budget. Small and medium sized companies have limited budgets for advertisement and marketing and it needs to be spread across mobile marketing, digital advertisement and finally the local radio station. The prospect data that you collect should be indexed in the right way in a CRM system. Only then you can get the real benefits of a mobile marketing campaign.

The Mobile Marketing Tidal Wave, Zero Competition, Just Send a Few Text Messages and Cash In

Did you know that over 260 million Americans carry mobile phones? That’s over 85% of the whole of the country’s population. Did you also know that there are 5+ billion active mobile phones in the world right now? This number is growing rapidly, and as we all know there are over 300,000 android phones selling per day right now. It has also been estimated that in 2012, 9 trillion messages will be sent and delivered globally.

Now here’s another nifty fact. Text messaging alone has a 7 to 8 times higher open rate than email. The open rate for text messages is a whopping 97% open rate, compared to email, which is only 20%. When you get a text message, what is the first thing that you’re going to do? Read it, right? But do you open all your email messages that come into your inbox, or do you delete a whole chunk thinking that it’s spam? The speed of which a text message is opened is also usually much faster than that of email, occurring in the first few minutes, as opposed to an email, which might take a few days to read, if opened at all.

How Businesses Win With Mobile Marketing

Keeping all of the above in mind, the timing is ripe for SME’s to start to take advantage of the multi-trillion dollar mobile market. Why? Because businesses can no longer effectively update customers through email marketing. Email inboxes of customers are getting spammed by all types of services, that customers no longer have the appetite to sift through their emails one by one. But, as we know (at least in the next few years), practically all new messages sent to mobiles are opened and read, and most are opened within the first few seconds too.

Method For Profit

Let’s take the example of a restaurant:

1) Restaurant signs up to a text messaging service, and obtains a short code for the service – this means that whenever a customer texts the short code to a specific number, they subscribe for text coupons.

The person who gets all the answers correctly is given prizes. Since prizes are involved the public tends to participate and are much more interested hence the company is able to reach out to them.

SMS marketing is another technique that is being actively employed by marketers. It is found that many small businesses in comparison to big businesses have benefited from employing this technique. In this technique short messages are sent to the public explaining about their company’s products. Marketers are trying to reach out to as many people as possible hence SMS marketing plays an important role in bringing up the sales.

The latest trend that is being observed in the business world is integration of social media and mobile marketing. Many marketers have found this technique to be extremely profitable and are working to enhance the features of this marketing technique to make it even more efficient. Usage of social websites for marketing has its own advantages such as free promotion of products and publicity for the company.

According to a news brief by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), the next year will see a boom in mobile marketing as more businesses use advertising strategies that fully incorporate text messaging and other SMS techniques. Additionally, the majority of those businesses are already using mobile to increase their advertising budgets over the same twelve-month period.