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Food for Thought: Mobile Marketing

October 14, 2011 by Greg Price

Illustration by Josiah Bilagot

Over the past decade, digital has played an increasingly significant role in the overall marketing mix.  Smart brands have embraced this new communication medium as part of their plan, revealing unique new ways of interacting and engaging with consumers.

Then along came the smartphone revolution. Mass adoption of these devices has allowed marketers to stay connected with consumers virtually 24 hours per day. In transit, at the office, during dinner, even while sleeping, smartphones are rarely more than arms reach away. While still in its infancy, mobile advertising and promotional spending in the US is expected to increase six fold over the next five years, from $9.3 billion in 2010, to $56.5 billion in 2015. And globally, location based marketing is anticipated to grow from $2.8 billion in 2010, to over $10.3 billion by 2015. Have a look at the following companies that have found innovative ways of mobile marketing.

Metropoli (or Foursquaropoly) has taken the geosocial marketing platform, Foursquare, and turned it into a city scaled version of the popular board game Monopoly. Users are able to buy and sell buildings in their city, collect rent from check-ins, and grow their wealth with the ultimate goal of acquiring the most sought after properties in their city. There exists endless opportunities for brands to stake their presence and enhance user experiences. Think of retailers like Nike, Lululemon, Booster Juice, and the different ways they might entice consumers into store, and reward them for their loyalty.

Kiip is a marketing solution for mobile gaming.  It pushes rewards to gamers that complete levels, unlock challenges, and beat their opponents. The millions of people that play games like Angry Birds, Solitaire, and Cut Rope, can now be rewarded with real life prizes.  With rewards like food & drink, event tickets, and swag, consumers are finally being rewarded for time spent playing games. Think of how much time is spent gaming while commuting to work, waiting in line, and sitting in class.  Now think of your brand rewarding people for their hard work and dedication.  In the effort to build brand loyalty, it’s hard to beat free rewards.

Groupon Now! puts the consumer in control. No longer do you have to wait for daily emails.  No more skimming through dozens of offers that don’t interest you. Through their website and mobile app, users can define geographical area, type of deal (food, entertainment, activity, etc.), and choose the time of day they wish to redeem.  You’re instantly provided with a list of local deals that can be redeemed within 24 hours.  Heading out for dinner with friends?  Check Groupon Now! to find restaurants currently offering 50% off food and drink!

Food for Thought: The proliferation of smartphones has delivered to marketers yet another new and exciting gateway for consumer interaction.  How can we best utilize this tool for meaningful engagement while delivering greater value to our brands?

5 Comments on "Food for Thought: Mobile Marketing"

  • Jubaloo Mobile — Mobile Marketing Agency & Mobile Media Placement
    October 14, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

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  • Stan Gold
    October 15, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    Excellent thought. The fact that mobile devices are more than just tools to make phone calls with is amazing. They have become so much more than that. It only makes the industry stronger!

  • Andrew
    October 16, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    Location based loyalty incentives will change how people shop and interact with brands. You walk into a store “to take a look”, maybe you’ve been in the store before and haven’t made a purchase. Location based, time-interval and interaction services will send you an offer to incite you to buy.

  • Andrew Wong
    October 17, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

    The introduction of NFC technology to North America presents a new way for marketers to build a deeper connection between physical products and digital information.

    Currently, companies like TagAge (http://www.tagage.net/) are experimenting with uses of NFC through smart posters, but this is just the beginning. I am excited to see what innovations will come once adoption of NFC reaches critical mass in North America.

  • kit hamilton
    October 18, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    It seems that mobile will become a part of the ever-growing number of channels businesses can use to communicate with customers – and the key will be to ensure that a) consumers get to choose their media and b) the various channels work effectively together. More on this on my blog if you’re interested:
    http://www.pbinsight.com/blog/details/going-mobile-has-its-challenges-kwim/

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