Tagged 'mobile marketing'

Thanksgiving is the new Black Friday

Posted by David Shim on November 26th, 2013 at 9:12 am

Black Friday remains one of the most important shopping days of the year, with that said, Thanksgiving is now the official start of the holiday shopping season.  Macy’s, Walmart, Best Buy, J.C. Penney, and Target are among a growing list of retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving.  In a recent study of the holiday shopper, Placed found that 22% of panelists planned to shop on Thanksgiving with 54% planning to shop at brick and mortar retailers.
While both Thankgiving and Black Friday shoppers are looking for value, they aren't necessarily the same person:

45% of panelists indicated that they planned to shop on Black Friday, 2x the Thanksgiving percentage
Black Friday shoppers were 17% more likely to shop at a brick and mortar retailer

With 63% of Black Friday shoppers planning to visit a brick and mortar retailer, it is critical to reach the right audience to drive them in-store utilizing mobile advertising.  The challenge with reaching the right audience is the Black Friday shopper doesn't look like the general US population, and visits are less a result of proximity and more an event driven visit.
To understand where to reach Black Friday shoppers before store proximity, Placed modeled where these shoppers were likely to... Read more

Response is not always RESPONSE

Posted by Bill Guild on November 1st, 2013 at 7:42 am

Ad responders are clear about their preferred methods and channels for responding to ads.
Every year ChoiceStream polls consumers to find out how they think and behave around digital advertising, and every year I learn something new and actionable.  This year’s ah ha moments didn’t come from one specific question, but from the combination of several questions and our experience in programmatic campaign optimization.  We cross tabulated several questions and interpreted results from one cross tab in light of the results from others then matched those findings to our experience optimizing campaigns.  Here’s what we learned.
Survey Finding: More people respond to ads by searching or browsing than respond by clicking.
Programmatic Experience: Optimizing for clicks takes a completely different campaign setup than optimizing for conversions.  Usually optimizing for clicks will reduce conversions.
Take-away: If your attribution model doesn’t give significant credit to view-throughs you are: a) missing more than half of the effect of your ads, and b) giving your advertising partners incentive to hunt clicks instead of hunting customers.

Survey Findings: 1) The percentage of people who have shopped at least once on a mobile device is catching up to the percentage of people who have shopped on a computer (see the... Read more

Google Research: 70% of Mobile Searchers Call Businesses

Posted by Jason Wells on October 24th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Mobile marketers have long thought that about 50% of mobile searchers called businesses as a result of their search. These people tap the phone number on a mobile landing page or the number in a paid ad itself and immediately connect with a business.

Google now says that number is low.

According to new data from Google, the number of people that call a business immediately after a mobile search is much, much higher than previously thought. Google says that 70% of mobile searchers call a business immediately after their search. They tap. They call.

After the all-important map look-up, calls are the next action of choice following a business search on a smartphone. Searchers want to connect with businesses immediately.

Google published this new data a few days ago.

Here are some highlights:

- 70% of mobile searchers report they click-to-call directly from the search results to a business

- Google is now driving 40 million calls each month directly to businesses

- Google found that "calls are not only an important channel for research and transaction, but even the presence of a phone number in search results can strongly influence the perception of a business's brand."

- 76% use call features to make an appointment for local... Read more

Three Essential Tech Tips Small Businesses Should Know

Posted by Devanshi Garg on October 4th, 2013 at 11:44 am

Technology and small business go hand-in-hand. The premise is fairly simple — most technology solutions offer a level of automation that can handle increased workloads, giving you the ability to take on new business, expand to more regions and enter new markets.

Why The App Won The Software War

Posted by Devanshi Garg on August 30th, 2013 at 9:39 am

The word "app" has become ingrained into the global lexicon of software development. As time has passed and technology has evolved, people have viewed software from progressively different perspectives. Microsoft Office is a piece of software—yet so is a video game. And so is PayPal, for that matter.
As Marc Andreessen, co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, eloquently puts it, “Software is eating the world.”
But as software rises, we use the term less and less. Andreesssen's statement, meant to describe how software companies are disrupting entire industries and challenging the norm, is best manifested in the proliferation of apps. In 2013, we’ve been inundated with the concept of apps—on smartphones, tablets and laptops, of course, but also more unusual domains like cars and refrigerators.
The term's newfound ubiquity raises an interesting point about how we perceive the software that now surrounds us. What exactly is an "app"? When did a package of code meant to execute a function stop being a "program" or a "piece of software"? And is there a difference that goes deeper than a linguistic fad?
Software Is Old And Busted, Apps Are The New Hotness
Prior to the proliferation of mobile devices, downloading software and experimenting with new programs... Read more