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Mobile marketing being taken more seriously by advertisers

Mobile marketing studyStudy shows advertisers are shifting focus on mobile marketing

A new study from the Association of National Advertisers and MediaVest, a leading media specialist agency, shows that the majority of the marketing industry is beginning to focus more heavily on the mobile space. Mobile marketing is becoming a very important aspect of advertising, due to the large number of mobile consumers there are in any given market. The study draws upon information gathered from 68 client-side marketers, many of whom are members of  the Association of National Advertisers, during the fourth quarter of 2012.

Majority of advertisers working to engage mobile consumers

According to the study, 85% of advertising firms plan to significantly increase their mobile budgets in the very near future. These firms are expected to focus more intently on engaging consumers through various mobile marketing initiatives. Many of the brands that these firm represent have expressed interest in such mobile marketing initiatives, leading advertisers to develop strategies that will take advantage of the growing number of mobile consumers.

Location-based marketing gains momentum

Location-based marketing, or geomarketing, is expected to be one of the major priorities that advertisers have in the future. Location-based marketing is becoming increasingly important for local brands that do not have access to the same resources that large companies do. Advertisers using location-based services, especially those associated with social media networks, can develop hyper-localized marketing campaigns that have, in the past, proven very successful among their targeted demographic.

Some marketers worried over the feasibility of mobile marketing

The study shows that 42% of advertisers are have concerns regarding mobile metrics and tracking system. Without adequate metrics in place, being able to fashion a comprehensive marketing campaign is a significantly more difficult task. These marketers have also cited their inability to prove any feasible return on investment as a major roadblock toward their adoption of mobile marketing. Nonetheless, the vast majority of advertisers are convinced over the potential prospects of mobile marketing and what gains they may see through its use.

A look back: China mobile trends in the past 12 months

China Mobile TrendsSmartphones have become pervasive in China, where data from September 2011 has shown that the number of mobile phone users broke the 940 million mark, and where over half of the new device users are opting for 3G devices. Now, in 2012, China holds the largest share of mobile phone market and is experiencing the most competitive challenges within smartphone sector.

As a result, much of the world is looking to China mobile trends as the gauge of mobile progress, and is seeing mobile gaming as a vital element of the growth of the industry, and that will also be responsible for the majority of the revenue in that part of the world.

Firms and mobile app developers around the world are looking to China to take their own piece of the mobile pie. To do this, they are also paying close attention to the predictions that are being made about the mobile environment in that region. So far, they included the following predictions for 2012:

• Before the close of the year, China will break the 100 million mark for the number of smartphones being used in the country

• All three major Chinese telecom carriers will offer support of Apple’s iOS

• The market for game distribution in China will continue to divide until there will be more than 100 independent channels

• The most popular smartphones in China will be those based on Android

• The top source of mobile game revenue will come from in-game purchases

Though analysts, economists, and other experts may have yet to decide whether or not China will become the world’s next superpower, and when that may occur, what is difficult to doubt is that in the mobile gaming world, the country will already have reached its position as confirmed leader by the end of this year.

Not just China Mobile Trends Anymore – What all companies should know about m-commerce

The companies that will be seeing the greatest successes over the next few years have realized that mobile is here and it is heating up, and that the earlier they take part in it, the better the results will be.

Even better than the popularity of mobile is that m-commerce is also on the rise. Business leaders such as CEOs are now being required to find out about the latest trends and movements in mobile, so that their own companies will be able to stay ahead of the game.

The following are some points that every company should know about m-commerce:

Mobile has arrived – this isn’t a channel that is just about to get here. It’s already here, and it is expected to explode at any moment. Almost half of all Americans now have a smartphone, and most expert predictions are saying that by 2015, the spending using those mobile devices will be 8 percent greater than that generated by e-commerce.

• M-commerce is becoming mainstream – it is becoming the norm for the average consumer to make purchases using their mobile devices. Whether they buy the items online, or use the devices to make the payments in-store, the incorporation of the device into the purchasing process is becoming mainstream.

• Mobile payments does not yet have a leader – though there are many different companies vying for the top spot of the mobile payments marketplace, that position has yet to be claimed. It isn’t expected that the winner will be known before the end of this year.

• Privacy is key – one of the top concerns that smartphone owners have identified is with regards to privacy. Being respectful of this will be critical to the success of mobile efforts both this year and beyond.