Mobile marketing is a fairly new competitor in the advertising world, but is quickly gaining momentum and becoming an industry standard for success. It requires adaptation to new and more compact media, thus a different way of thinking is required to capture and keep a potential consumer’s interest. There are plenty of ways to do this, but they will require some new concepts and a sharp mind.
Be prompt with your messages. This goes along perfectly with being relevant. You can send out an email about something happening, but it doesn’t always translate when you need to send a text message. Don’t be too early or too late with your messages. For example, you can announce a sale minutes before the store opens, versus days.
Keep track of a customer’s buying habits, and use those results. Personalize your messages to a customer based on their actual habits and you will find that people become more interested in your business. When you take the time to make a person feel important, they will become return customers much more easily.
Keep your text messages, social network posts and e-mails brief and concise. If the message is too long, people tend to dismiss it immediately. The message shout be short, urgent and contain a call of action. It should not be a quarter page ad, but instead a short message aimed to alert consumers of discounts or promotions.
Target your message to the people you are sending it too. If you send your customers too many messages that do not apply to them, they are very likely to cancel any text message or e-mail subscriptions. Do not send your customer “junk” mail through their cell phones if you want to keep them interested.
Unless it is absolutely necessary, avoid large files such as photos in your mobile marketing message. When including a link in the message, make sure to use a URL shortener. These steps will help you keep your message short and concise, which greatly reduces loading time and helps to keep your customer interested.
Mobile ads need a stronger call to action than regular ads, so make sure that you’re proficient at providing this type of material. A dozen exclamation points and some words like “must” and “now” aren’t going to cut it. You need to come up with a wording that will persuade people in only a short sentence or two.
Out of pure etiquette, refrain from sending messages out to your customers on Sundays or late at night. And even though time zones vary, make sure you never send out messages when it’s nighttime in your neck of the woods. Just wait until midday to be safe, and always avoid Sundays and Saturdays too if you can help it.
Draft a mission statement that will keep you on track as you roll out your mobile marketing campaign. Following your principles will enable you to be focused on your target.
Sometimes you have to ride out a storm with your marketing campaign, so remember to sit tight and not to do anything drastic. There will be times when a product takes a dive in popularity or when your customers are too cash-strapped to purchase. Just sit tight and keep doing what you do.
If you often have great sales or give-aways, consider using SMS to get the word out. Text messages shine in their ability to cut through the clutter of an otherwise busy, application-filled mobile device. The messages usually trigger a pop-up notification on the system, making SMS a terrific choice for getting the word out about a sale that can’t be missed. But be careful to only text message customers who have signed up to receive them, as many people feel SMS mobile marketing is invasive. It could have the opposite effect than your intent.
A key element to mobile marketing success is to target your message whenever possible. If you have known buying habits of customers, your advertising and marketing should be targeted towards the buying habits of these customers. You already have your foot in the door with them, so why not go with what has already been successful with them.
Shorten a lengthy or complicated URL, by using a QR image generation shortener. This will keep the code design basic, and it will be easy to scan. URL shorteners are simple to learn how to use and they will allow you to shorten any URL, in just a few, short steps.
Include QR codes in different types of promotional materials. You can have QR codes in magazines, billboards or flyers. Using QR codes on the internet does not really make sense: a QR code allows you to take a potential customer from a printed form of advertisement into a digital one.
Use your mobile QR codes everywhere you can. They are links to mobile devices, but the can be used in print advertising too. Any kind of advertising that your business produces should have your mobile QR code on it, even your business cards. Put it on your store signs, brochures, television ads, and catalogs.
Find a way to get your customer’s phone number. Ask them to sign up for a member’s club or simply give them a sheet to fill in when they buy something at your store. Make them understand that you will be sending them messages about products and discounts in the future.
Those are a few ways to spread your message via the mobile world and still manage to look professional and elaborate. Compacting your advertisements or messages is not an easy task and takes some practice through repetition. As long as you follow the advice and study for your audience, you are sure to increase profits.