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Mobile marketing is changing the way retailers think about the in-store experience

Brick and mortar shops are finding that smartphones present an important opportunity for advertising.

A new report from InReality, the first from this firm, which was entitled “Reality of Retail”, has shown that mobile marketing is starting to play an important role in-store due to the massive increase in the use of smartphones by consumers.

Despite the influx of mobile device use, in-store purchases still represent the largest percentage of retail sales.

In fact, 94 percent of retail sales in the United States are made in-store. That said, those shoppers are using their smartphones to an increasing extent while they are inside those shops, so it represents a very important opportunity for retailers to be able to connect with customers through mobile marketing. The InReality also went on to report that not all of the research that consumers are doing with regards to products that they want is being conducted online.

This means that mobile marketing in-store has a considerable chance to influence decisions.

Mobile Marketing - In-Store ExperienceThe participants in the research showed that 53 percent of shoppers prefer to learn more about the products that they are considering by going to the store itself. Among shoppers between the ages of 18 and 24 years, that percentage rose to 57 percent. Among the shoppers who do head to the brick and mortar shops, 75 percent reported that they use their mobile devices. This does not stop them from making the purchases inside the stores. Among those who did buy, one in four said that they had bought items using m-commerce.

That said, while traditional advertising in-store is still very important, InReality said that they will need to alter their strategies. Fifty six percent of shoppers explained that advertising has an impact on the decisions that they make while in-store. Only 12 percent feel that sales assistants in-store are “an important touchpoint in a purchase decision.” At the same time that 46 percent of shoppers say that loyalty programs help them to make their decisions, 71 percent of the users of loyalty programs will still use their smartphones while in-store in order to compare products and prices through mobile marketing tools.

SocialVibe teams with Placecast to launch ambitious new marketing solution

SocialVibe teams with PlacecastSocialVibe and Placecast introduce marketing solution for retailers

SocialVibe, a digital advertising firm, has announced that it has teamed with Placecast, a location-based marketing provider, in order to launch a new marketing solution for the retail industry. The campaign will feature in-app advertisements in a mobile game that could help retail brands reach a new demographic of mobile consumers. The idea is simple: The mobile game associated with the campaign would encourage consumers to interact with advertisements from retailers. Interacting with these in-app advertisements would reward consumers with in-game points and other benefits.

Duo combines gaming with location-based marketing

The solution from SocialVibe and Placecast is being put to use by Best Buy in a new marketing campaign with mobile gaming and location-based marketing at its core. Through the use of a mobile gaming application that is associated with the SocialVibe and Placecast campaign, Best Buy customers will be receive a variety of in-app advertisements while they are playing their mobile game. Interacting with the advertisement and opting into a marketing program will net consumers with rewards in the mobile game as well as special offers from Best Buy and any other retailer participating in the game.

Location-based marketing may be enhanced through mobile gaming

The advertisements that consumers will see in the game are meant to make use of geographic information to appeal to specific demographics. The mobile game will use technology and methods developed by both SocialVibe and Placecast in order to accomplish this feat. Location-based marketing has been very effective in the past and may be able to be enhanced through mobile gaming.

Best Buy campaign to run through December

SocialVibe has been leveraging location-based marketing in the social gaming space since 2007. The company has a wealth of experience in this field, which may be attractive to a wide variety of retailers. The Best Buy campaign will run throughout December, giving shopper ample time to experience the campaign during the holiday shopping season.