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Top 3 Mobile Marketing Must Haves For Your Business

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If you are a business owner then these top 3 Mobile Marketing must haves are for you!

Mobile Marketing Quick Stats:

 

  • There are over 4.2 Billion mobile devices worldwide
  • One out of every seven minutes of media consumption takes place on mobile.
  • There are over 5,000 different mobile devices that can access the mobile web.

 

1)   MOBILE WEBSITE: Research shows that businesses who invest in a mobile website will see a return on their investment within six months.

We all know that the websites we created for our desktops were never meant to be viewed on our mobile devices. The first step in creating a Mobile Strategy is creating a mobile website.

 

Your Website on the Small Screen!

Browsing the internet on your mobile device is something you should do.  From 3/2009 to 3/ 2010, the amount of mobile web-browsing has more than doubled and is predicted to continue at an even greater rate.  Smart-phones literally are being given away by the carriers in an effort to renew more plans and steal business from competitors.  At the current rate of growth, more people will own a smart-phone in 2013 and be capable of browsing the web than not.

What does this mean for your business?

The most recent data shows that a business that invests today in a mobile website that provides the same type of easy to use and complete transactions features of your current site, will recoup your investment within 6 months.  Because of the rapid growth of the mobile web, it is easy to see why 89% of major brands either already have or are building out their mobile web presence.

 

Why build Mobile Websites?

  • Load Quickly
  • Get Information Now
  • Easy Forms
  • No FLASH
  • Large Nav Buttons finger touch operation

 

 

2) MOBILE E-COMMERCE- According to Mashable, “Mobile e-commerce is ramping up faster than online e-commerce, now making up 4% of total retail sales. In certain categories, such as computers, consumer electronics, music, movies, tickets, video games and books, online sales account for between 45% and 20% of the total retail market. Japan’s Rakuten shows how the mobile share of e-commerce is growing as well, from 10% of e-commerce in 2006 to nearly 20% now.”

Christmas 2011 generated more mobile sales than any other year and the anticipated growth through 2015 is expected to triple.

 

3)    ENGAGEMENT- So you have a Mobile Website, Mobile store and great Mobile content…now what?  It’s time for engagement.

If social media is important to your brand and your business, then you are missing out on the advantage of adding mobile to your engagement strategy.

 

These are the 3 must have for your Mobile Marketing strategy.

 

 

 

Text Message Marketing Best Practices

 When I am talking to clients about Mobile Marketing I am always asked these three questions:

  • Is it ok to send a text message to people’s personal phone?
  • What if they do not want to receive my messages?
  • Is this legal?

Since all of these questions relate to the same topic of “Best Practices For Mobile Marketing”, I have decided to answer them here.

It is important to know that there are real compliance rules for Mobile Marketing companies.  The U.S. Consumer Best Practice s (CBP) committee develops a recommended set of guidelines to ensure a better experience for the wireless subscribers in the United States. The committee is comprised of wireless operators and aggregators – as well as members of the MMA and CTIA.

The CTIA (International Association for the Telecommunications Industry) preforms weekly audits to ensure companies meet the standards and evaluate compliance with the rules.

Audits are performed weekly

Any new violations are issued on Monday

Once you receive a violation you will be rated as follows:

2 – 5 days to correct the issue

1 – 2 days to correct the issue

0 – Correct the issue immediately

So what text messages could be a violation for Mobile Marketing? Well we need to know what is acceptable in sms marketing and what is not. Here is what is MUST be done:

•Must contain Sponsor Information

•Must contain frequency of text message

•No Unapproved or Inappropriate content as defined by individual carriers

•e.g., illegal drug use, explicit sexual content, violence, profanity, hate speech, etc

•No Superimposed Text Message

•No AT&T logos

•Only use approved Carrier Logos

In addition you…..

1) You must have an “opt-out” option on your message. A common opt out method would say text STOP to or END ALL to stop receiving messages. This makes it OK to send messages to mobile numbers. We do not hold hostages, and it is required to have it. You will receive a violation without it.

2) You must let the receiver of your message know who you are. Your business name should appear in the first few words to avoid any confusion that you are spamming people. People will remember they texted in to your offer when they see your business name. You will receive a violation.

3) Must not use the word FREE in a way that would make the mobile user think the text message is FREE. Although 85% of mobile users have unlimited texting and do not pay for it, there will be the very few that pay for a certain number or do not have texting and then they would be charged the text message rate by their carrier.

So yes it is legal and yes it is ok to message your customers on their phone as long as you are working with a Mobile Marketing Company that follows the above mentioned standards

SMS Marketing for Bars and Nightclubs

When was the last time you found yourself having a great time at your local bar or nightclub?  We all enjoy a night out with the girls, a game to watch with the guys, great food and drinks, of course great live music and discounts, coupons and specials!

 

Think back to your last experience.  What was the one device you and all the other people there had?  Correct.  A mobile phone.  About how many of those people do you think were texting? If I had to make a wager, I would say 90% of them were and probably some were texting to people at their own table.

Check out these texting stats by The Retrevo Research Group in 2011

SMS Texting Stats

 

So imagine if you will, a great night out listening to a great band at your favorite local spot.  The band decides to take a break. Before they leave, they announce to the entire bar that the bar and the band will be giving away free drinks and free t-shirts.  All you have to do is text “name of bar” to 72727 and we will choose 6 winners.  Within 5 minutes, 6 happy guests receive a text announcing them the winner of a  free shirt and free drink! Very cool for the guests who will no doubt share that expierence.

The greater power lies in the hands of the owner of that bar. In one night, in five minutes, he added 315 people to his database that he can now send text messages about his business to.

Lets think about that.  Next Wednesday night, this same owner wants to offer 15 cent wings.  At 11am he sends those 315 people a text telling them about the special.  Over 20% came in and cashed in on that special. In two weeks  he sends another message with a link to their Facebook Page. If you like on to their page that day you will be put in a drawing for a chance to win backstage passes for next concert they host.  You just drove 315 people to your Facebook page and increased you likes by 200.  Can you say win win!

This is Mobile Marketing at it’s best and this is just the beginning.  The exponential power of growth is unlimited!

We have some very creative ideas to literally steal business from your competitors. If you own a restaurant, bar or nightclub email us today at aimeemobilemarketing@gmail.com