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Mobile marketing remains small but booming in Canada

Spending on ads targeting smartphone and tablet users almost doubled last year but still represents a sliver of the total.

Last year in Canada, mobile marketing spending on ads increased at an explosive rate, nearly doubling what it had been the year before, and yet it is still considered to be only a tiny fraction of the overall digital ad marketplace.

That said, if the growth continues at this rate, it won’t take long for this channel to carve a much larger slice.

This mobile marketing data is according to a report that was released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada. The report indicated that the smartphone ad revenue in 2012 came to $160 million. This was an increase of 97 percent over what it was in 2011. At the same time, revenues from online ads increased by 13 percent, bringing them to $2.9 billion. That still managed to beat the forecasts that had been established by IAB Canada.

This year, both online and mobile marketing ad revenues are expected to rise, but more moderately.

Canada Mobile Marketing ad revenue The digital ad revenues for 2013 are predicted to increase by 9 percent by the close of the year, reaching a total of $3.36 billion. This includes the 50 percent rise that is expected for ads over mobile marketing, which will come to an anticipated $240 million. These forecasts were created based on the advertising budgets that survey respondents provided to IAB Canada. These respondents included ad networks and exchanges, on top of online publishers. Those budgets reflected the first half of the year’s data.

The dollar figures have revealed that while mobile marketing does still have a great deal of potential as a channel over which to advertise, marketers are still only in the earliest stages of figuring out how they will be using the channel to reach their customers over these widespread and yet still quite new devices.

This also reflects a challenge that publishers face in being able to sell adequate advertising over smartphones and tablets in order to be able to recoup sizeable investments into the creation and establishment of their mobile marketing campaigns and smartphone based presence.

Mobile marketing with gas coupons is proving highly effective

Mobile Marketing Gas CouponThe promise for discounts at the pump over smartphones is drawing consumers into stores.

A new study has just revealed that, through the use of mobile marketing, motorists can be made to make additional in store purchases when they are pumping gas.

Research performed in Canada showed that 10 to 30 percent of consumers redeemed coupons in convenience store chains.

The mobile coupon was from U.S. National Oil and Gas Inc. It was distributed through a mobile marketing campaign to encourage drivers who were pumping gas at one of their stations to head inside the adjoining convenience stores in order to buy additional products. This, according to the owner and director of the company, Trent Moser.

The company had been using iSign Media Corp. technology for its mobile marketing campaign.

The mobile marketing strategy involved the use of the technology – which distributes the coupons to consumers who enter within a radius of approximately 300 feet of an antenna – to draw gas pumping customers into the store by sending them a coupon over their smartphones for a discount on their gas, but only if they head into the store to pay for the purchase. The coupons were sent just as the consumer would pull up to the location, so that they would already have it right before they went to pump the gas.

There were over 150,000 customers who received the coupons from National Oil within a period of three months. Within that timeframe, there were enough of the coupons redeemed that National Oil felt that it justified rolling out the iSign technology based offers to 200 of its stores across the company, said Moser.

Moser would not reveal the actual response rate that was achieved through the mobile marketing campaign.

A similar campaign was held by a chain of gas station and convenience stores in Canada, which has found that the response rate from the mobile marketing strategy’s coupons was between 10 percent and 30 percent among the million consumers who receive it every day. According to the founder and CEO of iSign, Alex Romanov, the coupons were for 10 cents off per gallon.