Mobile’s Already The Next Big Thing

Mobile’s Already The Next Big Thing

The shiny new year of 2017 has kicked off and judging by the flurry of predictions streaming in, it’s going to be a grand one for mobile! We were just getting to grips with the exciting news that mobile overtook desktop for the first time globally in 2016. That is to say, for the first time in the history of the human race (not to sound overly dramatic), there were more consumers globally accessing purchasing-enabling browsers from mobile devices like handsets and tablets. That really speaks to a workforce and a society on the move and our industry is perfectly-positioned to tap into the move to mobile. Our own Mobile Marketing Association confirmed in April last year that mobile has also “outstripped growth in desktop adoption and is now driving internet access in South Africa”. This was according to the MMA SA’s Mobile Report for 2016. We eagerly await the 2017 installment of what InTarget Mobile Advertising is hoping will become a regular feature on the local mobile marketing calendar. Smartphones will continue to be the dominant access device in South Africa and the world and that’s great news for marketers as we can really let our creativity test the limits of cellular functionality. Just this month, respected ad rag Advertising Age is using phrases like “mobile marketing’s awesome potential” when referring to likely trends in 2017. They’re backing up their glowing and possibly new-found respect for mobile with stats like this: research firm BIA/Kelsey predicts that mobile-ad spend will exceed $40 billion. Because we’ve just come to the tail-end of another December / January holiday season, this time...
Mobile Coupons Set For Further Growth In Tough Times

Mobile Coupons Set For Further Growth In Tough Times

During a recent skim through some international mobile marketing news headlines, I noticed a press announcement from the parent company of America’s second-biggest pharmacy chain, Walgreens. Apparently, in-store and online chemist customers now have the ability to redeem mobile coupons. I thought surely this has to be some small tweak to the current mobile marketing offering of this massive 370 000 employee business as they cannot be that far behind in the game? I had recently played around with the mobile coupon offering of one of South Africa’s major retailers and I recalled, looking at the Walgreens press release, how impressed I had been. We really have some outstanding retail organisations in this country that simply get mobile marketing, and mobile coupons in particular. Of course, a major reason why South African retailers understand the power of a potential 55 million population accessing mobile discounts is because they have great mobile marketing advice from specialist advisors like InTarget. Shoprite Checkers, for example, launched Eezicoupons mobile coupons as far back as four years ago, in the process becoming the first SA retailer to enable consumers to get instant shopping discounts on their cellphones. InTarget’s experience is that a huge number of consumers admit that they actively search for mobile coupon rewards on their phones before making purchase decisions. That’s significant. In conclusion, coupons are not the sexiest of mobile marketing tools but they have come a long way from mom cutting up pages of the things over the kitchen table. Their appeal to consumers will only increase as our sluggish economy keeps shedding jobs. They definitely are worth taking another...
New Industry Talent For Intarget Mobile Advertising

New Industry Talent For Intarget Mobile Advertising

Seasoned mobile industry veteran Grace Mlimo has joined the InTarget team as Vice President: Mobile Solutions. Former Vodacom and MTN executive Grace joins one of South Africa’s foremost wireless application service providers (WASPs) at an exciting juncture in its decade and a half history. The provider of mobile marketing and advertising solutions recently completed a rebranding exercise to better position it as the mobile aggregator of choice to African corporates and their marketing and advertising agencies. Grace’s most recent tenure was as Regional Business Development executive for Clickatell, also a leading WASP. “South Africa’s mobile marketing industry has burst its banks and it’s no secret that today’s growth is coming from other African markets. I’m thrilled to be able to help InTarget explore opportunities as a fully-diversified mobile advertising solutions provider with an expansionist culture,” says Grace. As VP: Mobile Solutions, Grace’s role covers all VAS-related business. “Grace comes with a fantastic telco pedigree, having achieved significant success at the continent’s biggest mobile network operators and at the biggest SMS aggregator in the world. She is welcomed as a key team member,” said Herman Cremer, InTarget South Africa CEO. As one of South Africa’s most established WASPs with a 15-year pedigree, InTarget provides mobile advertising, aggregation, premium SMS, mobile billing and bulk SMS services across the African continent. It has an enviable record of commercialising mobile advertising platforms in 32 African and Middle East...
Client Service Delivery Boost For Intarget Mobile Advertising

Client Service Delivery Boost For Intarget Mobile Advertising

The appointment of Nomathemba Mokoena as Group Vice President: Mobile Advertising at InTarget is a huge coup for the mobile marketing leader and a tremendous boost for seamless client service delivery. This is the first time InTarget has appointed a group-wide executive to integrate all advertising work across the organisation, in consultation with InTarget’s country managers and the different business unit heads. Thembi was previously Group Media Strategist at RamsayMedia, a subsidiary of Caxton Group. A self-confessed media lover, she claims to have ‘a never-ending crush on the industry’. “My passion is to ensure that the messages we communicate to our audiences are crisp and clear the first time. InTarget is the perfect vehicle to help me design the very best mobile campaigns for valued clients,” she says. InTarget is a wireless application service provider (WASP) with a 15 year pedigree. The provider of mobile marketing and advertising solutions last year completed a rebranding exercise to better position it as the mobile aggregator of choice to African corporates and their marketing and advertising agencies. As VP: Mobile Advertising, Thembi will report directly to the Group CEO. “As VP of Mobile Advertising for a mobile advertising company, Thembi’s role cannot be overstated. We welcome her as a key team member,” said Herman Cremer, InTarget South Africa CEO. As one of South Africa’s most established WASPs with a 15-year pedigree, InTarget provides mobile advertising, aggregation, premium SMS, mobile billing and bulk SMS services across the African continent. It has an enviable record of commercialising mobile advertising platforms in 32 African and Middle East...
USSD A Powerful Tool In The Hands Of Creative Marketers

USSD A Powerful Tool In The Hands Of Creative Marketers

SMS tends to get a lot of airtime (forgive the pun) when it comes to mobile marketing but there is another ‘old reliable’ mobile service that’s also earned its stripes over the years. If you’ve ever used a prepaid airtime recharge PIN or sent a ‘Please Call Me’ message, then you’ve used a USSD service. USSD has nothing to do with Russia and is, in fact, short for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data. USSD specifically refers to messages sent and received by users in real time over cellular networks. USSD is different to SMS because it is menu-driven. In other words, the mobile user types what is called a USSD string and pushes the green call button to bring up a menu. Users then respond to the menu by transmitting responses back over the mobile network. These responses typically perform a function, request a snippet of information, and so on. However, as with the Please Call Me example given above, some USSD services are single requests, without the need for a menu or further navigation. USSD’s great advantage for mobile marketers is that there is no need for the mobile user to remember a short code as would be the case with an SMS-based mobile campaign. Of course, users do have to remember what USSD string to input but once this is done, a whole world of menu-driven information can be opened up that is simple and logical to navigate because it can be displayed on any GSM cellphone, not just smart phones or feature phones. You could think of USSD as an automated helpdesk. Getting the information you require...
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