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Mobile: The Driver of the Future - Brands & Retailers Will Have to Change

Mobile: The Driver of the Future - Brands & Retailers Will Have to Change | Mobile Marketing Strategy and beyond | Scoop.it

This article from Mediapost gives you a glimpse into the world of mobile and how it is becoming our conduit to information, communication, engagement and much more.


What implications does this have for advertisers and retailers - interesting insights and food for thought.........


Mobile today and in the future - here are some highlights:


Reading the news, connecting with friends, finding our way, playing games — these are tasks they’ve already commandeered. So why should they not control our homes, plan our vacations, shop(in-store, not just online) and fall in love?


“Ten or 15 years from now, literally everything is going to be controlled by your phone,” says Ly Tran, digital marketing director at Proof Advertising. “It’s where we’ll get all our information, communicate and connect. They’re the driver of the future.”



Mobile devices have already revolutionized shopping. Last year, four out of five U.S. smartphone owners used their devices to help with shopping, according to Google/Ipsos. 


Such statistics make it tempting to predict the death of brick-and-mortar retail. But rather than cede their business, retailers like Best Buy will be forced to embrace mobile as part of the in-store experience, says Mark Silber, executive creative director of WPP mobile agency Joule.


The way retail works now, “you go into Best Buy to check out a TV set and then order it on Amazon,” says Silber. “If Best Buy is interested in surviving, they’re going to have to do something to the in-store experience.”


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Mobile Marketing Strategy & Beyond"


Read full article here: [ http://bit.ly/QHctVZ]



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The Future of Reading is Context, Location, Device & Time

The Future of Reading is Context, Location, Device & Time | Mobile Marketing Strategy and beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Tim Carmody for Wired magazine, all marketers need to shift their thinking on  how to present their content on the go that is compact, valuable and meaningful that reaches their audience wherever they are. 


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Reading is changing, even more than e-readers, tablets, or “readers’ tablets,” smartphones are changing it.


**It’s a mix of what’s going on in the world and what’s going on in your world, fused together


Here's what caught my attention: I'm looking at this from a content curator's point of view:


**The flurry of activity around personalized news for smartphones shows that as popular as the iPad has been, and as popular as smaller Android-based devices like the Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet might become,


the sheer number of users on mobile phones are impossible to ignore.


**It also shows that customers are demanding the ability to sync and read their content across as many devices as possible.


Finally, the subtle differences in UI and app design show that developers aren’t just thinking about building for different screen sizes,


****but around a whole range of factors that affect how, where, what and when we read.


For the new mobile reading, context becomes a cluster of these factors.


Flipboard’s Mike McCue highlights a few of these in an interview with the Los Angeles Times‘ David Sarno:


"It’s a mix of what’s going on in the world and what’s going on in your world, fused together. And it might seem weird that I’m looking at a picture of my daughters, and then the next flip I’m reading a story about Iran. But to me as a reader, when I’m standing in line waiting to get my coffee, those things are what I care about."


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Mobile Marketing Strategy and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/12/google-to-flipboard-to-flud/]

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Cyndi Seidler's comment, December 10, 2011 5:12 PM
Flipboard has been my favorite for the iPad, and now that it's available on the iPhone, I'm more thrilled than ever!
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Location, Location, Location – Geo-marketing & Why it Matters [Infographic]

Location, Location, Location – Geo-marketing & Why it Matters [Infographic] | Mobile Marketing Strategy and beyond | Scoop.it

This piece is from Kissmetrics and it contains some very significant findings for everyone in business today, in the form of one of the better infographics I have seen.


As the world changes and as new technology emerges, the phrase seems to have taken on new meaning.


**Whether you have a retail location or not, you need to pay attention to the location of the consumer, and tailor your marketing message accordingly.


Here are a few very significant statistics that caught my attention:


63% of smartphone users frequently use apps that require them to give their location (2010)


Local online advertising expected to grow 255% to $35b by 2014 (U.S.)


90% of U.S. marketing agencies had clients requesting geographically targeted online ad campaigns (2011).


65% of companies are focusing on geographical context for their mobile marketing tactics (2011).


See full article and infographic: [http://blog.kissmetrics.com/location-location-location/]

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Dea Elmi's comment, November 28, 2011 5:20 PM
location location location baby, got to read up and study more on this topic, great article thank you!
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Infographic: Android’s rise to the top

Infographic: Android’s rise to the top | Mobile Marketing Strategy and beyond | Scoop.it

This was posted by Dusan Belic and Cricket Communications prepared the following infographic to show us the rise of Android. As you're about to see, Google is about to rule the world.


Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 2:48 AM


Google’s Android platform is rapidly rising to the top.


Two years ago it was far, far away from Apple’s iOS and soon enough, it will be the most widely used mobile platform. So how did they do it? Lots of hard work, a bit of luck and the fact that competition (aside from Apple) was pretty passive…


However, the idea here is not to tell you the story – but to show you the facts via infographic (prepared by Cricket Wireless) that will most certainly explain things much better than I could. Here comes…


http://bit.ly/rREhad

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5 Reasons Why Every Brand Needs to Think About Mobile First

5 Reasons Why Every Brand Needs to Think About Mobile First | Mobile Marketing Strategy and beyond | Scoop.it

This is an excellent piece - worth your time!


The following is a guest post by Kevin McGuire, Vice President of Product for Motricity.


About the author


Kevin McGuire, is the vice president of product for Motricity, which delivers relevance-driven merchandising, marketing and advertising solutions for mobile operators, brands and advertising agencies. Kevin has been on the forward edge of mobile applications and platforms for over 12 years, leading product, marketing and engineering teams at start-ups and Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Alcatel and Adenyo.


The reality is that mobile is no longer about the phone, it’s about being connected. Many predict that mobile Internet traffic will soon surpass that of traditional wired broadband. For enterprise brands and agencies, this trend is proving to be a disruptive force that is completely changing the way that marketing and advertising campaigns are being developed. Here are the five reasons that every brand needs to think mobile first.


http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/5-reasons-why-every-brand-needs-to-think-about-mobile-first-18821/

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Social & Mobile Channels Are Evolving - Is Your Business Ready?

Social & Mobile Channels Are Evolving - Is Your Business Ready? | Mobile Marketing Strategy and beyond | Scoop.it

This piece is from Multichannelmerchant and it has some very valuable information brands need to know to keep and build a loyal customer base.


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A key challenge for retailers will be keeping up with all the new devices, platforms and applications that make shopping more engaging.


**Neglect in any of these areas can mean a loss of customer loyalty and a major blow to your brand.


To help you keep up with the ways mobile and social media will evolve in 2012, here is a list of the key trends to watch, and suggestions for how to respond to your customers’ continually changing shopping habits.


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Mobile Marketing Strategy and Beyond"


Read more: [http://bit.ly/z3ZZzJ]

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Mobile Marketing Is King – Mobile Marketing Sales Up 192% Over Last Year

Mobile Marketing Is King – Mobile Marketing Sales Up 192% Over Last Year | Mobile Marketing Strategy and beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Steve Olenski for Business 2 Community


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For those marketers and advertisers still not sold on the power of mobile marketing and the need to engage their customers and prospects via a mobile website, a report issued by IBM showed that:


**Cyber Monday 2011 increased an incredible 192% over last year.


**And you can expect that number to only go higher next year


Here's what you need to know:


According to a survey conducted by Brand Anywhere and Luth Research:


**51% of consumers more likely to purchase from retailers that have mobile-specific websites


**4.8% of U.S. retailers have mobile-specific websites


**22.8% of the top retail websites (ranked by Alexa®) have mobile-specific websites


**Web retailers could increase consumer engagement by 85% with a mobile-specific website


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "The Explosion of the Mobile Web & Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/sOiHlg]

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Rachael Johnston's curator insight, December 8, 2014 1:27 AM

This article is a bit old now, but it just shows how powerful mobile marketing has become, and it has just gotten bigger since this article was written. 

It says here that 51% of consumers are more likely to purchase from retailers who have a mobile website, and I'm sure this number has just gone up since. Now if you don't have a mobile website you look like you are behind, unless you are a small local business. 

But any big company should make their website mobile friendly and should consider investing in designing the company's own app.

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Mobile Marketing Matters NOW

Mobile marketing matters now if for no other reason than your company, brand or product can't miss another marketing revolution.


Here is why:


• Email
• Intimacy
• Darwin
• Emotion
• Influencers
• Social
• Network Effect
• iPad and Flipboard and Zite


Here is one thing that caught my attention:


Intimacy


Mobile phones are friends, the new time keepers, wallets (the new picture keepers) and an always on connection most never break (believe me I’ve tried)

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If such an intimate connection is grudgingly true for my generation it is axiomatic for the next generation and a forgone conclusion for the one after that. Watch your children’s behaviors or try to take their cells and please film reactions.


Mobile marketing is more intimate than email or social network marketing. Increased intimacy means different stories, graphics and navigation (at least).


Can your company, no matter what business you inhibit, afford to seed another marketing tsunami?


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The Animated History Of The iPhone [Video… Dedicated to Memory of Steve Jobs

The Animated History Of The iPhone [Video… Dedicated to Memory of Steve Jobs | Mobile Marketing Strategy and beyond | Scoop.it

This is fascinating whether you're an iPhone fan or not, it's pure genius and we certainly will miss Steve Jobs.


"The ongoing talk about the iPhone is probably divided into two camps. Some people are for it, and some are against it.


Ever since this groundbreaking new smartphone was announced and launched, people have been arguing about whether it is actually the best one, the first one or even the most successful one."


****What we know for sure is that the iPhone, no matter what generation it is, is a massively popular smartphone. It’s been sold in ridiculous amounts, and with


****the recent news that the iPhone 4S sold 4 million smartphones in its 3 first days of release, you can’t help but agree that it is a hot gadget for people to own.


Curated by JanLGordon covering "The Explosion of the Mobile Web & Beyond"


http://www.bitrebels.com/technology/the-animated-history-of-the-iphone-video-infographic/



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Don't Make These 9 Mobile Marketing Mistakes

Good information for B2B marketers. The mental block that B2B marketers have revolved around is the perception that mobile is purely a consumer play.

 

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As technology continues to grow at a rapid pace, your marketing approaches must continue to evolve and adapt.  Mobile devices are becoming the primary communication tool for 50% of all execs who say they prefer making purchases on mobile web vs phone.

 

"We're in the early innings of a massive phenomenon," said Mary Meekerrecently in regard to the mobile revolution. Mary has been dubbed "Queen of the Net" by Barron's Magazine and is a well-known venture capitalist.That said, B2B companies have been slow to move into mobile, which is concerning since mobile is especially pervasive in this market segment.

 

On the contrary, 72% of the U.S. workforce is mobile according to IDC, and Forbes tells us that more than 70% of executives under age 40 classify mobile as their primary communications tool, with 50% of all execs preferring business purchases on mobile web vs. phone.

 

Read more: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/24227/9-B2B-Mobile-Marketing-Mistakes-to-Avoid.aspx#ixzz1XK50h0aR

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