'Media Planning & Buying' Category

The War of App Acquisition Analytics

Posted by Jordan Greene on February 20th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Welcome to the $9.6 billion U.S. mobile ad jungle.  In a dark corner of the mobile app world, there is a war brewing.  As more mobile advertising money continues to flow to acquire app users, the value is rapidly increasing to accurately understand what specific ad budgets are generating.  In practice, that is enabling an app owner to identify the best ad sources which drive installs and activity, and act upon that data.  The two leaders in this province, HasOffers and Kochava, have been conciliatory adversaries, each acknowledging, but not sniping at, the other.  But with one, small, facebook announcement last week, all that looks to change.
Since 2005, we have bought mobile media for clients, and tracked subsequent activity.  Somewhat surprisingly, we continue to see that across the mobile landscape that there is still an under-appreciation of the importance of understanding app analytics (not to be confused with the over-collecting of data, which is causing drowning).  At Mella Media, we stress to clients that acquisition tracking needs to be a “given.”  It is the front-door to knowing your users, and seeing where new opportunities lie.  Ultimately, it is the top of the funnel which leads to real business goals and... Read more

3 Ways Brands Are Using Mobile To Power Donations And Fundraising

Posted by Ashley Eckel on February 20th, 2014 at 9:30 am

With the Olympics in full swing, we're seeing a lot of brands using the power of goodwill to put sponsorships to good use. This act of marrying charity and sponsorship marketing is paving the way for a new type of giving: mobile powered donations. Which got me thinking: how did we ever handle charitable donations on a mass level without it taking months to fulfill?
In the past, charitable giving meant researching a cause, finding a worthy charity, and then writing and mailing a check. Door to door, galas and even 1-800 numbers enjoyed (and still do) their day in the sun as a way to provide donations. But with today’s on-the-go, and online, consumer, this method of payment won’t stand the test of time.
Enter mobile. New technology now offers brands huge opportunities to enhance their fundraising strategies. Charitable giving no longer has to await a check, a 5K run or a pledge drive. Why? Because mobile bridges awareness of a cause with immediate action.
According to Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in 2012, 1 in 5 U.S. adults had made a charitable contribution online and 1 in 10 has made a charitable contribution through mobile texting. With these numbers are... Read more

Love Is Everything: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted by Denise Zimmerman on February 13th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Millions will get engaged on Valentine's Day. Billions in products and services will be sold from jewelry to candy to flowers in a celebration of love. If you're not Hershey's, Godiva, 1-800-flowers, Alex and Ani, Red Envelope, Zales - what does this have to do with you?  Everything.
As we mixed, mingled, and shared our customer love stories at the recent iMedia Brand Summit, it was clear we are marketing in an age where human interaction and technology are intersecting in new ways. From wearables to holographic rock concerts, as summit keynoter, Becky Frankiewicz, SVP/GM Global Costco, PepsiCo adeptly put it "We are in the economy of experiences. The rules of marketing have changed. It's about engagement."
True engagement elicits emotion from joy, pleasure, happiness to love. The potential to elicit brand love is possible anywhere and anytime – and eMarketer has the data to prove it. Unlocking the power of love, creating brand evangelists, spreading and sharing brand love - creating true engagement is fundamental to our goals.
Love is one of the most potent human emotions that can connect and power us as a community. It connects us to the most successful brands in the world. It is... Read more

A Restaurateur's Best Friend: Q&A with James McKinney, CEO of SimpleDeal (Pt 2)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on February 7th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

In part one of my interview with SimpleDeal CEO James McKinney, we heard about how this new app connects passersby with restaurants right at the point of maximum interest.

In part two, we'll hear more about what it means to restaurants - including how they might be able to turn a trove of data into a gold mine.
CLICK TO LISTEN: Q&A: James McKinney, CEO of SimpleDeal (Pt 2)
(Approx 7 min, 25 sec)

Q&A: James McKinney, CEO of Simple Deal – A New Twist on Mobile Deal Apps for Restaurants (Pt 1)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on February 5th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

I'm digging SimpleDeal, which looks to be a promising new hyper-local mobile app that connects restaurants with customers at the point of maximum interest.
Unlike apps for setting reservations, receiving daily deals, pre-ordering meals and so on, SimpleDeal acts like a kind of digital wingman, enabling passersby to point their mobile phones at a restaurant to see the menu, find out more about its offerings, review any special deals and make a dining decision.
The restaurant can then follow up with new deals if the consumer opts in, but the app capitalizes on what I believe is mobile's greatest promise.
That is to say it is not push-based, it is pull-based - consumer activated, at the consumer's discretion, at the moment when a consumer is most interested in what you have to offer. And it is enabled through an online portal where restaurants can modify their messaging, or change out specials or deals, in real time.
Most important of all, it gives the client restaurant more than just a transactional ROI, it gives them added voice and value, by enabling them to share what they believe makes their offerings unique.
Time will tell if SimpleDeal, which is live in Long Beach California today, and about... Read more