Does your marketing plan for 2012 involve mobile advertising? If not, perhaps it should.
Website Magazine just published some predictions of how mobile marketing will be an increasingly big factor in advertising. The most interesting opportunities for brands come from the closer integration between mobile devices and everything else electronic. For example, you may have started to notice TV ads that incorporate QR codes where smartphone users scan the QR codes to get more information. Or brands that offer their own mobile app with built in loyalty programs where users can unlock deals by scanning QR codes, rewards and coupons, or by using their mobile device to unlock GPS based deals when visiting the store.
As the New Year begins, resolutions and predictions are out in full-force, and many observers are expecting the biggest year yet for mobile advertising. Below are a few predictions from global content delivery network Mirror Image Internet that may help your online and/or mobile advertising plans.
- Advertisers will use HyLoMo (hyper-local mobile) technology to offer consumers more engaging advertising options. The advertising options will be directly relevant to consumers, based on device type and user behavior, and will include interactive coupons and games.
- Interactive TVs will be an important part of an advertiser’s marketing strategy. Because consumers will have the ability to make purchases and interact with ads from their living rooms.
- Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets will interact more with home devices. And, therefore, will provide advertisers with new avenues to promote and sell their services. This will result in a shift of marketing dollars to online mediums because advertisers will rely on connected devices to reach target audiences.
- More consumers will use smart devices in real-time to find deals while they're out shopping. This will result in advertisers taking advantage of geolocation detection to reach customers closer to the point of purchase. This will directly impact the way marketers and brick-and-mortar stores interact with consumers.
- The growth of online videos will put a strain on websites. According to ComScore, U.S. Internet users watched an average of 20.5 hours of video online in November 2011, a total of 40.9 billion videos – more than 20 billion more videos than in November 2010. With the growth of this number in 2012, there will be an increased strain on websites, which will lead TV networks and video providers to look for new services that can deliver rich content faster and remain competitive.