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Engaging the mobile customer

With the rise of mobile and social technologies, customers are now more powerful than ever. They’re always-connected status and ability to find information in seconds puts them in control of their own experience, and this trend has forced marketers to rethink how they engage and connect with their customers.

The 2015 State of Marketing report from Salesforce, involving the survey of 5000 marketers across the globe highlights the top five areas for increased marketing spend in 2015[i]:

  • Social media advertising (70% of marketers)
  • Social media marketing (70% of marketers)
  • Social media engagement (67% of marketers)
  • Location-based mobile tracking (67% of marketers)
  • Mobile applications (66% of marketers)

Globally, 38% of marketers plan to shift spend from traditional mass advertising to advertising on digital channels, where 84% of marketers will maintain or increase overall marketing spend in 2015. Social Media is the primary area of focus followed closely by mobility. But considering that 60% of social media time is spent on mobile devices rather desktops[ii], engaging the mobile customer becomes a number one priority.

As such marketing to consumers via mobility offers a level of intimacy and immediacy that can greatly enhance their experiences of your brand.

Mobility offers marketers a range of options and channels to choose from including SMS, mobile apps/website, location based tracking, in game ads, live chat, etc. To decide what mix of channels should be part of your strategy, you need to analyse how your customers use mobility. Are they transacting or using it to gather information? Do they play games or use their device for entertainment? Are they mostly on Android or iOS; smartphones or tablets?

[i] https://www.salesforce.com/form/marketingcloud/2015-state-of-marketing.jsp?nc=70130000000i5Ug&d=70130000000i5XL&ls=Blog&lssm=Corporate&lss=SFDCBlog.StateofMarketing2015&camp=701A0000000y214IAA&content=701A0000000y214IAA.

[ii] http://www.businessinsider.com.au/social-media-engagement-statistics-2013-12.

[iii] http://www.yankeegroup.com/about_us/press_releases/2014-02-06.html.

[iv] http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2013/08/19/what-is-mobile-marketing.

[v] http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveolenski/2015/01/29/11-things-cmos-need-to-know-about-mobile-marketing-strategy-and-app-development/2/

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