How to monetize your mobile site without driving traffic away

We all know that mobile is on the rise.

According to the latest Adobe Digital Insights report, mobile traffic will overtake desktop by Q1 of next year.

If you’re like most of the publishers I speak with, you’ve already experienced remarkable growth in mobile and you have a responsive, mobile friendly website. But you’re still not earning the RPMs you enjoy on desktop.

Despite the huge buzz around our smart, handheld devices, monetizing mobile sites effectively is a real challenge for...

By Roy Peleg, 10 April 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Mobile Marketing.

Prepare your business for changes to the ePrivacy rules - or face hefty fines

Businesses need to prepare themselves for changes to the ePrivacy Directive in preparation for the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The changes are set to come into effect 25th May 2018.

Earlier this year, the EU Commission ‘quietly’ proposed a new Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications to replace the ePrivacy Directive.

The proposed Regulation will address the rules of confidentiality of electronic communications, including VoIP, cold calling, third party...

By Gareth Davies, 07 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Mobile Marketing.

Video streaming leads to data usage rise as Android overtakes Windows

Research by giffgaff has shown that an increase in mobile video streaming is driving a projected 720% rise in global data usage by 2021.

This will see the average individual use 5.07 GB a month by 2021, up from the current 1.72 GB.

Mobile video streaming will see the biggest increase, with giffgaff predicting a rise from 0.58 GB a month to 2.85 GB in 2021.

This is proof that the way consumers are digesting content on their mobile phones is undergoing a drastic shift.

 Other figures from the study:

  • web browsing is projected to rise from 0.29 GB a month in 2016 to...

Mobile gaming as a truly global marketing tool: Are you a gamer, or ‘brandventurer’?

Mobile gaming is the world's first truly global marketing tool.

With over 1.9 billion players worldwide according to Tapjoy, it is time for brands to start to adopt the video (mobile) game platform across their marketing platforms and use video games to provide solutions to their marketing needs.

Video or mobile gaming?

Perhaps part of the delay in using mobile gaming is the misunderstanding of the profile of current gamers, who are mistakenly thought to be people with limited income, who sit home playing...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Gamification, Mobile Marketing.

Top 5 SMS security tips for protecting your customer data during mobile marketing

There are many reasons why your business should consider implementing SMS marketing into your overall marketing strategy:

  • It’s budget-friendly - you can send messages from 1.9p per message

  • It hits the mark - over 97% of text messages are read within the first four minutes

  • It gets your customers to act - 19% of people will click a link in a SMS campaign rather than just 4.2% for emails

  • It produces results - 30% of SMS campaigns receive average response rates of 30%, compared to 4% for emails

  • It’s easy to streamline into your day to day business 

But, how secure is it?

How do you implement SMS marketing, without...

By Gareth Davies, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing.

Three mobile trends to watch in 2017: Post-MWC thoughts

This year’s Mobile World Congress was arguably less packed with announcements than previous years – but this doesn’t mean mobile is losing its crown in the eyes of marketers.

According to the IAB’s digital ad spend report, mobile display grew 56% in H1 2016 and now accounts for over half of digital display advertising, and eMarketer predicts mobile ad spend...

By Todd Tran, 27 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising Technology, Mobile Marketing, Programmatic.

Why your 2017 budget needs to include ‘data-driven marketing’

The tables have turned. Rather than marketers using blanket advertisements to draw customer interest and raise awareness of their brand or product, consumers are now connecting with their favorite brands.

Marketers now have access to information about exactly how, when and where consumers want to engage with them.

This means that retailers must be dynamic when it comes to their marketing efforts. Brands can no longer rely on a key billboard at the busiest intersection in the city. They need to give the...

By Rachael Kotadia, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

Marketers getting to grips with mobile but not confident about mastering it

Good news: marketers have definitely understood the importance of mobile in their campaigns. Bad news: they’re not confident over getting the most out of it.

That was the verdict from a study issued by the Mobile Marketing Association and RadiumOne comprising interviews with more than 300 senior marketers. Six in 10 (61%) said they were not fully confident in their ability to find new profitable customers on mobile, while more than half are unsure when it comes to their ability to acquire new customers...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

Mobile marketing is dead: Long live gaming marketing

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Opinion A recent study conducted and released by MobileBridge indicates that mobile marketing tools, though accepted by the marketing community, have been slow to receive updates and delayed in expanding their current mobile apps. It seems that mobile technology is way ahead of marketing applications and perhaps ahead of the understanding of this potentially beneficial technology as well.

What does that mean to me, as a supporter of integrated marketing and omni-channel marketing? If the...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Gamification, M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing.

Why consumer apps are evolving, not dying – and what brands should do about it

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By Paul Jarrett, MD, Sonin

Since the launch of the App Store back in 2008, apps have evolved from simple novelties to intelligent tools that brands use to reach and engage their customers. Yet, despite 71% of marketers now considering mobile as critical to hitting their targets, rumours continue to circulate claiming that we’re on the brink of a ‘post-app era’, or an ‘app-ocalypse’.

What we’re currently experiencing isn’t the death of apps...

By Sonin, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Mobile Marketing.

How the next generation is shaping digital – and what this means for marketers

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Today’s ‘digital natives’ are one of the first generations to have grown up in a world where every aspect of their communication, entertainment, social activity, private and school lives are entwined with technology.

Initially conceived in 2011, the Amaze Generation Project – the first of its kind – set out to track how ever-changing technology has influenced the lives of a group of 10 – 15 years olds and observe how five years’ immersion in...

By Alex Comyn, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Mobile Marketing.

Why marketing is the true ‘game of games’: Could a video game be in your future plans?

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What connects the ever-increasing rash of zombie-based, end/beginning of civilisations series, history of now, robotic lifestyles, and topic-related movies? They all seem to pose the question: does media drive culture, or culture drive media?

I ask this question in part based on this story, as well as my recent readings, which include Pendulum, by Roy H. Williams and Michael R. Drew, Prosper, by Chris Martenson and Adam Taggart, and Tribes, by...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 09 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Gamification, Mobile Marketing.

Number of marketers who understand consumer mobile usage ‘underwhelming’

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The number of marketing executives who understand the importance of keeping pace with consumer levels of mobile engagement is ‘underwhelming’, according to a new report from MobileBridge.

The report, which surveyed more than 50 professionals in the EMEA and US, argued marketing teams have a ‘rich opportunity’ to integrate ‘beyond push messages’ and create greater integration with consumers. Key initiatives for respondents in their road to digital...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Mobile Marketing.

From CRM to CMR: How to make things work in the era of the connected customer

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The idea that brands can decide how and when to engage their customers – on their terms and according to their rules – is out of date. Attempts to tell customers what to think or how to buy now receive short shrift from today’s savvy shoppers. As we enter the era of Consumer Managed Relationships, power has swung firmly back in favour of the customer.

The shift from CRM to CMR represents a sea-change in the dynamic between brands and consumers, with brands scrambling to...

By Juliet Schuler, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Mobile Marketing.

Research argues how brands can benefit through subtitling adverts

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You’ve put together what looks like a knockout campaign; the creative has been done to perfection, the budget is all on side, the analytics have been mined for the best possible reach. Wouldn’t it be a shame if all that hard work was undermined because people viewed the advert with the sound off?

The issue of how to get consumers to connect with advertising has been one marketing teams have faced since time immemorial. Yet a new piece of research from AdColony –...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Campaigns, Mobile Marketing.

How to ensure your email campaign grabs your customers’ attention

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In today’s mobile world, email is still one of the most, if not ‘the’ most effective forms of marketing. With the ability to access emails almost anytime and anywhere, marketers have the opportunity to reveal their products to the public on a much larger scale.

However, people can be apathetic towards a large chunk of the sponsored or branded emails they receive. In order to overcome a potential client’s indifference, one must be creative and relevant. New and...

By Kym Reynolds, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Email marketing, Mobile Marketing.

Moving from device to screen agnosticism in 2017 – and how to make it work

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I should make it clear that I am a sincere unbeliever when it comes to buzzwords in my industry. Neither is there a ‘jargon agnosticism’ for me; purely an atheism towards the very concept of waffle and piffle that permeates media as a whole.

I take great delight in hearing comprehensive mocking of the way I talk – it’s important to identify our professional flaws, and terms like ‘screen agnosticism’ serve only to confuse the audience into...

By Dom Mellin, 30 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Customer Experience, Mobile Marketing.

Mobile payments: What marketers need to know in 2017

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It was inevitable that the next big step in mobile payments was going to come from Amazon. Yes, with the announcement that they will be launching a checkout-free store in 2017, the omnichannel customer experience is set to be transformed (admittedly on a small scale, for now).

The technology in the Seattle-based Amazon Go shop will allow customers to choose their products and then leave without the pain of queuing – the bill will be charged back to their Amazon accounts. Innovation indeed, and...

By Guy Chiswick, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing.

Should your brand have a top-level domain?

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The way we access websites is changing. No longer are businesses tied to a small number of traditional domain name endings.

While the best known ones, such as .uk, .com and .org still retain their valuable place in the marketer’s toolkit, there are now many new options available to help target different audiences or serve a specific purpose.

In 2012, ICANN – the global organisation responsible for the internet’s website address database – opened applications for generic...

By Oli Hope, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

How to ensure human engagement in mobile advertising campaigns

2016 will be remembered as a landmark year for many reasons, but for the mobile industry it will be remembered for enabling us to refocus our energies on metrics that define campaign results.

A few of the biggest worries in the industry this past year were ad fraud and measurement discrepancies. The good news for advertisers is that it is possible to ensure human engagement with mobile campaigns if those who are paying shift their mentality and demand zero-tolerance on money wasted on fraud.

Today consumers...

By Christophe Collet, 22 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Mobile Marketing.