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6 Mobile Advertising myths debunked

As with anything in life, people will always have their own opinions on what works and what doesn’t. Some of these opinions are based on fact while others are simply untrue. Let’s debunk a few myths about Mobile Advertising! Myth 1: A business should choose between either Mobile Advertising or desktop advertising, and the latter usually wins. Fact: This myth doesn’t take into account that more people own mobile phones than desktop computers. Or that, in fact, a lot of people own both. If you have to choose between the two, remember it’s the needs of your target market that counts. Which device do they use most? Myth 2: Static banner ads pack less punch than rich media ads. Fact: Don’t confuse engagement and conversions. While rich media is more engaging, it doesn’t mean it is a more powerful customer converter. Myth 3: Advertising on the mobile web is only about traffic Fact: The success of your mobile campaign should rather be determined by the number of customers gained than the number of internet views you received. Don’t get too hung up on stats – quality over quantity! Myth 4: A company doesn’t need a mobile website – a regular one will do. Fact: Regrettably not. A website that isn’t optimised for mobile, won’t display correctly on a mobile handset. Remember: a phone’s screen is much smaller in comparison to that of a laptop or a desktop computer. Myth 5: Consumers don’t care about Mobile Ads Fact: Mobile ads are actually a bit more “in your face” than desktop ads – thanks to the size of the phone’s screen....

How to make the most of your Mobile Advertising campaigns

Do you want to make sure you get your money’s worth from your Mobile Advertising campaigns? We can give you 4 tips to put you on the right track! Decide what you want from your ad partner First you should decide if you want to do your campaigns on your own or team up with an advertising partner. If this is a completely new ball game for you, it would be wise to get expert help and advice. Companies that offer advertising services don’t all operate the same way. Some might offer to do everything for you from A to Z, while others have a self-service approach that will require you to be more hands-on. To incentivise or not? Are you going to reward customers for interacting with your mobile advertisement or not? (In other words, offering users a reward for their participation.) This isn’t a “must”, but it will help to drive traffic. On the other hand, you might get users who interact with your ad just to get a reward, but who have no intentions of becoming a customer. If your budget is tight, this could be a very important decision. Choose the right payment model There are different price structures for mobile ads. You can pay per click, per impression, per install etc. Your marketing goals (and product) will determine which method is better suited for you. For example: if you offer a mobile app, you rather want to pay every time a user downloads your app instead of paying every time someone simply clicks on the app. Don’t start your target market too small Why? If...

How Location Based Marketing can put you on the map

Mobile usage is on the rise, as is mobile payments and shopping. But what if you don’t have the type of product or service that is fit for e-commerce? Does this leave you “out of the game” so to speak? Not at all. You can still attract customers to your bricks-and-mortar shop with Location Based marketing. Most smartphones have geo-location technology that allows the user to know the geographic location of his/ her phone. While it doesn’t necessarily give an on-the-dot pinpoint of where the user is, it is still pretty accurate. Marketers are using this geo-technology to do Location Based Marketing. In other words, if they know the geographic location of the customer, they can time their marketing messages to reach customers at the ideal moment. If your customer is in the vicinity of your shop, you can send him a message about your current specials. The power of this marketing method lies in the fact that you are basically giving the customer a reason to enter your shop. You can either use Location Based marketing to play defence or offense. E.g. target consumers in your own vicinity or “hijack” customers in your competitor’s vicinity. It can also provide insight into consumer behaviour – for example what time of the day/ on which days your customers are doing their shopping – that will lead to highly targeted marketing campaigns. How do companies know where to “draw the line”? This is what is called geo-fencing. You can define a geographic region – big or small – that you want to target with your marketing. This type of marketing is...

5 uses for SMS Shortcodes

What can you do with SMS Shortcodes? Pretty much anything! Let’s take a look at five practical uses that are suitable for just about any type of business. Competitions Who wants to fill out a competition form by hand and then drop it into a box that looks suspiciously like the handiwork of pre-schooler? It might work at an informal event, but it is definitely not suited for a professional business. Entering a competition via mobile simply makes your company look more legit. Making donations If you are hosting a charity event or taking donations for a worthy cause, you want to make it as easy as possible for participants to commit. SMS Shortcodes can make this an instant process. After all, you want people to commit on the spot while they are “feeling” your message – not later when they are at home and have forgotten all about it. Getting information Customers don’t want to jump through hoops to get the answer to a simple question. Let them text their questions using a Shortcode. This will give the consultant ample time to get a satisfying answer for the customer and then text or phone them back.  Less time wasted, more efficient customer service! This can also work for recruiting new clients. Instead of calling them up and intruding on their privacy, you can simply text to ask if they are interested and they can reply back using your shortcode. Less money wasted! Instant feedback Conducting marketing surveys can be quite the chore – not only for the marketer, but the customer as well. Consumers don’t want to answer...

7 Tips to optimize your Mobile Advertising

Are you new to Mobile Advertising or simply stuck in a rut? Don’t stress! These seven simple tips will get you your motor running no time. Know your audience: Even though it is supposed to be your starting point, some marketers still get it wrong. Know what your customers want from you. What phones they are using? How are they using it? Remember, consumers behave differently when reading messages on their phone compared to reading viewing info on their desktop computer. Knowing this could be the difference between mobile marketing success and failure. The less clicks, the better: Make your ad interactive. The more your customer has to click, the less inclined he will be to follow through. Something like an in-ad sign-up is a great way to counter excessive clicking. Mobile Advertising is for now: Mobile communication is immediate and interactive. Placing an ad for an event that is happening a year from now, simply won’t make sense. Time your ad in such a way that your customers are able to take action at the appropriate time. Location, location, location: It is important to place your ad in an appropriate location. You want your ad to be seen quickly without being disruptive to the user. People generally don’t like to pause what they are doing because of an ad! Have a strong call to action: What do you want a consumer to do when they see your ad? Email you? Phone you? Buy a product on your website? Tell them! And give them a very good reason to take action – like a free gift or discount. (P.S...

Real customer loyalty is easy with an SMS Platform

Customer loyalty is a corner stone of every thriving business, however, keeping consumers coming back for more is easier said than done. Agreed? Not if you have a SMS Platform! Mobile is an excellent tool for driving customer loyalty programmes. The secret behind being successful in this endeavour is knowing what your customers want. What works and what doesn’t work for them? The top three rewards offered by companies are: discounts, free products and loyalty points that can be redeemed at some point. According to an article on Bizcommunity, the majority of customer votes went for discounts and savings (39%). Free products/ premiums followed closely on its heels with only 5% less votes. Loyalty points received the least of the votes – most likely because it takes too long to accumulate enough points to redeem on something worthwhile. Okay, now that we have a better understanding of consumer preferences, how do you tie it into your SMS Platform? You start with the biggest factor: value add. You are in the ideal situation to customize your loyalty programme. By looking at your customers’ behaviour, you should be able to take your texting (and rewards) to a more personal level. This way you are truly adding value to the lives of your customers – something that 32% of customers say is not happening. Also, allow your other communication channels to assist your SMS platform. It doesn’t have to be a stand-alone platform. For example: encourage your customers to check-in on Facebook at your restaurant (via their mobile) while they are having a coffee. Three things that customers regularly complain about (and...

Appeal to your customers with Airtime Vouchers

Airtime Vouchers can take the pain out of rewarding your customers. Every person owning a cell phone has to use airtime – whether by contract or pre-paid. It is hard to go wrong with such a simple incentive! It isn’t limited to age: You don’t have to worry that only certain age groups would be interested in such a reward. It will obviously appeal to a young crowd because they are constantly busy on their phones and, hence, are always short on airtime. But it can be equally appealing to an older target market who are limited by a strict financial budget. It is a good idea though to adjust the amount you reward according to your customers’ needs. An older market might not be interested in a small R5 voucher while younger customers might not be too worried about the value. Your environmental conscious customers will love it: Because Airtime Vouchers can be sent and redeemed without the use of paper material, it is much more environmentally friendly. If your business sells “green” products this reward system is a must-have – it sends a pretty clear message that you care about the planet. New and old customers will give it the thumbs up: You can use your vouchers to either attract new customers or to reward loyal ones. Give it away as: A competition prize Part of a limited marketing campaign (e.g. buy a product on a certain date and receive a reward) A set reward (e.g. customers get it every year on their birthday or anniversary of their account / every customer who opens an account receives...

Why all the hype about Mobile Advertising?

Why are marketers suddenly pushing more and more for Mobile Advertising? Is it worth all the hype, or will it turn out to be just another passing craze? Mobile as a marketing channel started out with phone calls, but almost at the speed of light, it has grown into something noteworthy. It delivers a playing field rich with possibilities and options for the corporate giant as well small business owner. From a plain and simple text to a colourful animated ad with a little song and dance – there is something for everyone and every pocket. Because of its immediacy and responsiveness, some mobile and marketing experts are calling it the “seventh mass media channel”. Not bad considering that most phones nowadays are so small it can fit in the palm of your hand. (Compare that to TV screens that are only getting bigger and bigger!) As the capabilities and features of phones are improving, so will the possibilities of Mobile Advertising. Yes, that implies that it is very safe to say that this form of advertising won’t simply disappear overnight. A good example is the slow global migration form desktop internet to mobile internet. Especially in South Africa, more people have access to the web via their phone than a computer because of the costs and inaccessibility of computer technology. Stated plainly: cell phone are affordable, while computers are expensive. When you create an ad that can be shared with friends, it has the potential to go viral and reach more people. Mobile Advertising allows for content that can be stored and forwarded from one phone to another....

USSD: when your customers don’t have smartphones

In South Africa, the majority of phone users don’t own a smartphone. If your target market falls into this category, can you still reach them with mobile marketing? Most definitely! The answer? USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) Push and Pull messages. Most, if not all, handsets are capable of receiving USSD messages. In other words, you don’t have to worry about the logistics behind this marketing channel. Yes, it isn’t as pretty or mesmerizing as rich media marketing, but you still have a choice between: Push: A message that pops up on user’s screen – it is “pushed” on the customer. Pull: Usually a menu that the user has to access – the customer is “pulled” in to make use of the service. Unstructured Supplementary Service Data menus are easy to navigate and it can serve a variety of functions. If you have ever topped up your airtime by dialling a short number and then choosing options from a menu, you have made use of such a menu. A business can use it for: balance checking, voting, polls, answers to general questions, buying or ordering of products, sending passwords etc. It is instant and fast, almost like corresponding with a live consultant. These menus can also handle an unlimited amount of users at the same time – unlike a consultant who can only take one call and only help customers during working hours. USSD is all about the content. The focus rests firmly on what you have to say and what you want your customers to do in response. You can use it for direct marketing and promote your...

Which is better: Email or SMS Marketing?

Email and SMS Marketing are both very effective marketing tools. But what if you don’t have the time or resources to use both? Which one is better? The answer is simple: SMS. Why? Texts are read, email not really: It is estimated that only 22% of emails sent are opened while SMS knocks it out of the park with 98%. There are many reasons for this, but the main problem people have with email is spam. Mobile receives better click through rates: Believe it or not, mobile users are more likely to click on a link. Email produces an average click through rate of 4.2% while SMS Marketing can produce 19%. Mobile users outnumber email users: The stats on exactly how much more mobile users there are in comparison to active email account holders differ from article to article. The latest report (from the Radicati Group) says that there are 6 billion active mobile users worldwide and only 3.6 billion email accounts. SMS is more accessible: People go nowhere without their phone – unlike a laptop or computer. But even if they receive emails on their phone, it is still much more hassle to read an email than a text. An SMS usually takes one click to open, while an email might require you to log into your account first. SMS is timelier: Did you know? It is estimated that 63% of customers use their phone at some point while they are out shopping. In other words, you can send a text to a customer while they are in your shop to alert them to your promotions. If you...

What is Mobile Advertising?

It is new, it is fresh and it is funky. Mobile Advertising can take your business into a new era. But what is it exactly? With the number of handsets outnumbering televisions, it is no wonder that marketers are shifting their focus from traditional advertising to mobile. It is estimated that (globally) there are more mobile users than users who have access to a desktop computer laptops. Mobile users triumph by 4 to 1 (PC based internet users) and 5 to 1 (laptop and desktop PC population). According to Wikipedia, 44% of mobile users in Japan are currently clicking on advertisements they receive on their phones. This country’s Mobile Advertising industry is said to be already worth 900 million dollars. Facebook has also reported a growth in advertising revenue related to mobile usage. Of their 67% increase over the second quarter of 2013, mobile accounted for 62% of that growth. Just like on the web, advertisements can take many forms. For example: mobile banners, posters, text, rich media and even interactive voice response. SMS and MMS marketing are also recognized as Mobile Advertising, as well as advertisements contained in mobile games and videos. Depending on what the marketer wants to achieve, the ads can be made clickable or simply contain a call to action. The versatility and ability to create visual stunning designs for this medium is exactly what is drawing marketers in. Now we all know that a marketing campaign can’t be successful if you aren’t able to measure the results. With this form of advertising you can see if you are hitting home with your customers ot...

What is the use of an Automated Voice Dialling system?

An Automated Voice Dialling system can be implemented by any kind of business in any industry. Depending on what you are trying to achieve, the system can provide you with multiple outcomes. It can save you money: Saving on operating costs is probably the biggest drawcard for business owners when it comes to choosing communication channels. Just like the name suggests, an automated voice dialler can be programmed to perform certain telephony functions without the assistance of a live consultant. In other words, the system doesn’t need a nanny to constantly watch and monitor every minor little thing it does. Not only does this mean fewer employees, but also less money spend on overtime. It can eliminate mistakes: Every so often, it happens that two consultants deliver two very different messages to a customer. This can lead to a lot of confusion and frustration. Not with an Automated Voice Dialling system. It can help to eliminate human mistakes. Every customer who corresponds with your business over the phone will hear the exact same message every time. It puts you in contact, fast: If there is some kind of emergency, the last thing you want to do is take forever to get a hold of your customers. Think about entities like law enforcement, emergency services or even schools. Imagine you want to warn all the parents at your school not to bring their children because the roads are flooded, but you only have ten staff members who have to dial every parent by hand. If you have an automated dialling system, you could reach the parents in a heartbeat. It...

How to ensure your SMS messages are read

Marketing SMS messages are more likely to be received and acted upon than emails and faxes. But, it is not immune to consumer rejection. How can you make sure your customers read your text instead of deleting it right away? Don’t send big files. Graphics and pictures that take too long to download or open, will only frustrate your customers. Don’t waste space. The less effort a recipient has to put in to receive and read your messages, the better. Give your customers a reason to look forward to your promotional messages. You have to give something to get something, and the easiest way to do it, is to give away freebies like mobile vouchers, airtime, discounts or prizes. You don’t have to give something away in every single message, but do it on a regular basis. Keep your SMS messages “single”. As soon as a text goes past 160 characters, it will be delivered in multiple parts. If one of those parts get delayed or aren’t delivered at all, your content will be less than effective. Don’t spam your customers. Going cuckoo for coco pops with your texting is a sure way to elicit a negative response. Don’t go overboard. Rather conduct a survey to find out how many times a week your customers want to hear from you and at what time of the day do they prefer to receive your communication. Keep it professional. Marketers are often swayed in the wrong direction when it comes to constructing texts because it is such an informal medium. Don’t use SMS lingo – it is not to say your...

4 Excellent reasons to sign up with a Mobile WASP

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How the automobile industry can use SMS Marketing

If you are in the automobile industry (selling, trading, repairing) you should get behind the wheel of SMS Marketing and take it for a spin. We will tell you why. Direct Marketing Why would I want to use mobile messages to market my products or services? Because: It is highly affordable: buying SMS in bulk will save you even more! More targeted than email messages: it is virtually guaranteed that your message will be opened within a few seconds after receipt. Can be adapted in the blink of an eye to achieve different outcomes: use it for small or big campaigns You can use SMS Marketing to: Inform your customers about specials on vehicle parts or servicing Remind your customers to have their vehicles checked before each school holiday Ask customers to text the details of their vehicles so you can do a quick check of the vehicle’s book value, then text the answer back with an invite to do a trade-in. Create excitement and action by offering exclusive deals and discounts every time you have to get rid of old stock. With SMS Marketing, you don’t have to spend much to generate revenue. Use it in conjunction with other marketing channels to give your marketing efforts a powerful boost. Customer Service Use text messages to: Remind customers of appointments Inform them that their vehicle is ready for pick-up Remind them when their vehicle’s service is due Inform them when parts arrived Wish them a happy birthday and happy holidays Congratulate them on their purchase Congratulate them on the anniversary of their purchase Share tips on how to care...

Start planning your Summer Bulk SMS campaigns now

Small businesses lose out to bigger companies if they wait too long to start with their seasonal campaigns. With summer slowly approaching, now is the time to begin your Bulk SMS planning. During the warmer months, consumers spend more and more time outdoors. Think music festivals, sport events, picnics, “braai”, the beach etc. If your products and services can’t tie directly into this (e.g you don’t sell picnic blankets) team up with another business whose products do. (Buy hairspray from XYZ Salon and we might sponsor the installation of a pool at your home from ABC Pools.) Finding the right partner to combine your efforts with, can be crucial to your success. Remember: make sure your target market will be interested in what your partner has to offer. If a partnership isn’t your thing, you can simply buy relevant summer-time rewards to use as customer incentives. Offering group deals is an ideal way to get mass opt-ins on your Bulk SMS contact list. After all, people don’t like to go to events alone. Offer “two for the price of one” deals or rewards for bringing friends along. Your consumers will spread the word for you and your contact list will grow quickly. Businesses always offer special deals during summer – this isn’t news. Are you aware of what your competitors are doing? But don’t only focus on them, because you are also competing with your non-competitors for marketing space. Consumers get so bombarded by advertisements in general, that most of these messages get lost in all the noise. Thus, your mission is to make your campaigns as attractive as...

Dating sites realizing the potential of Direct Operator Billing

Direct Operator Billing (DOB) isn’t only suited for retail or online stores. Even dating sites have now begun to realize that this payment method is a match made in heaven. How did this happen? Virtual payments allow for privacy and anonymity – much like the features users would want from a dating site as well. There is no need to reveal sensitive info like your credit card information if you can pay for membership fees with your phone. If you are accessing the dating site via your handheld device, it makes even more sense to pay your bill from there. After all, most people own a phone, but not everyone owns a credit card. And not all users are willing to go through the trouble of obtaining a credit card just to use it for a dating site. Giving subscribers an array of payment options will always prove favourable to a service provider. Plus, it allows you to tap into a broader market, which means more revenue for the business owner. Direct Operator Billing is also hassle-free. It is speedy and convenient with no forms to fill out. Users can pay (for example) by sending an SMS or clicking on a link and the transaction is completed in a flash. A quick purchase solution for small transaction! Did you know? It is expected that DOB payments will push mobile transactions to about 4 billion dollars globally in 2014. The Mobile Commerce market is expected to grow by 300% in five years. That is from 11.6 billion dollars in 2014 to 467.3 billion in 2019. This is due to the...

Fun facts about SMS as a platform

The SMS Platform has come a long way since the first ever message was sent in 1992. Today, more than half of the world own or has access to a mobile phone and people are sending still sending text messages like crazy. Finland was the first nation to use texting on a competitive as well as commercial basis. Terminology for mobile messaging differs from country to country. North America, the UK, Australia and the Philippines prefer the word “text” while Europe, Africa and Asia are more likely to use the term “SMS”. 2.4 billion out of 3.3 billion mobile subscribers make use of texting. In June 2006, 12 billion text messages were sent each month. Just two years later, this number climbed to a staggering 75 billion! In the Philippines, people really love their SMS Platform. The average user sends 10 – 12 text a day; this amounts to approximately 142 billion text messages sent over the course of a year. In the USA (2009) users topped the stats with 152.7 billion texts per month (not per year!) Despite the fact that there are many other communication channels available, even Smartphone users still love sending SMS messages. Owners aged by 18 to 24, send about 2022 texts. Now here is a statistic that will really blow your mind – and proves that texting is still the undisputed king of cheap and easy communication. In 2012, the amount of texts sent were recorded at 8.5 trillion. It is estimated that within the next five years, this number will total 40 trillion. The longer something is around, the more skilful you...

5 Reasons why you shouldn’t share ownership of SMS Short Codes

When purchasing a SMS Short Code, you usually have a choice between a dedicated and a shared code. Rather opt for a dedicated one that is exclusive to your business. Here is why. Brand recognition If you use the same code for all your marketing campaigns, people will start to associate the code with your brand. Association also makes it easier to remember. Should another company make use of the same code, they can leech off your exposure or even damage your brand. Control If the code is yours alone, you have full control over what you do with it or what you use it for. You can also keep an eye on your activities to make sure you stick to the consumer Code of Conduct. You won’t have to worry that another company will use it for “evil” – resulting in the code getting shut down. Keyword exclusivity Having sole use of an SMS Short Code also means you have ownership of all the keywords you use along with it. Why is this beneficial? Because it enables you to use general keywords like “special”, “promo”, “prize” etc. Instead of something like “Alex Cafe special”. Shorter keywords = easier to remember. The data is yours You will have full control and ownership of the data and personal info that your customers send to you. You also shouldn’t have any problems to look up the conversation history. It might prove more difficult to obtain this info if the database doesn’t belong to you alone. Better security Dedicated SMS Short Codes are a must if your industry is security sensitive e.g....

How to convince your boss that a USSD Push app is worth it

As a marketer, you probably already know that USSD Push is a powerful marketing tool. But, the decision ultimately lies with your boss. How can you convince him/ her that they should get on board with it? Unstructured Supplementary Service Data apps are a great, low cost way to reach customers fast. But that is not all. You can also use it to gain insight into customer behaviour. So what stops businesses from using it in the first place? We don’t want to spam our customers Good, you shouldn’t. But take heart, you will only annoy your customers if you handle USSD Push the wrong way. And no, it is not rocket science to figure out how to do it right. As long as your messages are relevant, personalized and timed well, you don’t have to be afraid to go for gold. We don’t really know what to do with it Be Creative! You can use it on its own or in combination with your other marketing channels. For example: send pins/ passwords, notifications, reminders, alerts, polls/ surveys etc. We don’t know if it will be effective: When it comes to mobile marketing in any form (SMS, MMS, USSD etc.) you can always be sure about one thing. Messages via traditional mediums (radio, television, paper) and even email easily get lost in the mass of other messages. Mobile messages however go directly to the recipient’s phone and is guaranteed to be opened and read – even if it is only the first sentence. Customers won’t be interested in my app: It really won’t be any effort for your customers to...

New WASPA guidelines for Mobile Aggregators

WASPA, the Wireless Application Service Providers Association of South Africa, looks after mobile users by keeping Mobile Aggregators in check. Starting from 26 August 2014, we can expect a few changes to their Code of Conduct. Because mobile marketing is still a relatively new form of marketing, there aren’t such clear-cut guidelines on which practices are acceptable and which aren’t – unlike traditional channels that have been under scrutiny for decades. In a nutshell, what does it mean for Mobile Aggregators? Opting out Keywords that consumers are allowed to use when saying “no thank you” to your services, are: End Cancel Unsubscribe Quit Stop Competition entry fees Although it is still good practice to inform entrants how much they will pay to enter a mobile competition, it is not required to do so. But only if the entry is free or the rate is that of a standard text message. Marketing times It is bad practise to send SMS marketing material at inappropriate hours. But just in case you aren’t sure which hours are inappropriate, DON’T send messages on: Sundays and public holidays as contemplated in the Public Holidays Act, 1994 Saturdays before 09:00 and after 13:00; All other days between the hours of 20:00 and 08:00 the following day. Confirming cell phone numbers If you use a web form to capture a consumer’s cell phone number, you have to prove that the number does indeed belong to the person in question. Luckily it is easy to do the confirmation: simply send a pin/ password to the mobile user (via SMS or USSD) that they have to use in...

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