How mobile friendly are you?

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Mobiles and tablets are becoming the most used internet device, taking over desktop computers and laptops.

And, it’s forecasted that their use with only continue to grow.

Now, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your brand and customer experience on a small device is your number one priority.

There is no point ignoring the rise of the smart phone as your business will be left behind.

Besides getting your website mobile friendly there are many ways you can utlilse the rise of smartphone use to benefit your business…

Apps – Work great for online stores or where you can offer an extension of your services.

Advertising – There are various forms of mobile advertising including In-App & In-Game advertising. App use equates for 80% of mobile use so this can be an effective tool when you want to engage in very specific targeting.

SMS Marketing – An easy way to get a message or offer to your target consumers wherever they are and whatever they are doing.

Most of us are permanently connected to the internet these days, you only have to lift your head up when out at a café to see how many other patrons have their head down consumed in their smart phones.

If you haven’t considered how mobile friendly your online presence is, or you don’t even know if your website is mobile friendly, now is the time to call QA. We can arrange an assessment of your website and online offerings and advise you on the next steps you need to take.

Digital Marketing 101 – What YOU Need to Know for 2014

Matt Travers is a Campaign Manager at Reload Media, Queensland Advertising’s digital marketing partner. Reload and QA work together to ensure that clients have an integrated marketing strategy across traditional and digital mediums. If you find this article useful, please share on your preferred social channel.

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

What do you need to know about digital marketing in 2014? Well, there definitely is a world marketplace for more than 5 computers; in fact by the end of 2014 the number of personal computers in use is expected to topple 2 billion.

Take in to account the number of internet connected smart phones, tablets, watches and toasters (I wouldn’t be surprised) and you get yourself a great deal of consumer touch points if you’re a marketer.

In order to establish what you need to know about digital marketing in 2014, we need to take a step down Google lane and see how the industry has evolved so far.

Major milestones include the extreme growth of Google AdWords, display advertising and the uprising of mobile internet use.

So what can we expect this year?

Content marketing has already taken shape as one of the most important activities that your site/brand should be undertaking.

2014 will see content marketing not as an add-on to your digital marketing activity, but a necessity. If the Google search results were a mountain and your website a car, you better hope your filling the fuel tank with the premium unleaded 98 version of content; that provides value and helps your target market. Once your fuel tank is full, it’s all about how you drive it to ensure you reach the top of the mountain.

Mobile continues to grow rapidly, with search advertising on mobile devices expected to grow by 76% in 2014 and mobile banner advertising expected to grow by 100%. Mobile is a piece of the digital marketing pie (it’s a big pie) that you can’t ignore!

Social media is another hot topic when it comes to digital marketing. From a recent survey, 100% of business decision makers use social media for work purposes, 79% of marketers have integrated social media into their traditional marketing activities, and 33% of consumers cite social networks as a way they discover new brands, products or services. Social media is proving to be a great introduction piece to your marketing. Is your business utilising social to it’s full potential?

Driving a well-planned content, mobile and social strategy is all well and good…from a micro perspective. Making sure you look at the bigger picture and try and gain as much leverage off each channel is really what 2014 is going to be all about. Marketers will be looking to gain as much leverage as possible from offline channels to the online world, which, as proven by Google, is where the majority of consumer research is undertaken when looking for a product or service.

So don’t be surprised if more and more TV/radio ads plug specific URLs instead of a phone number or if a newspaper offer is redeemable purely online rather than in store.

So in short, what you need to know is leverage, leverage, and leverage. Visualise your marketing plan on a cork board and connect the dots if you have to, because chances are that there are consumer touch points you are missing out on due to placing your marketing activity in silos.

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Matt Travers, Campaign Manager, Reload Media

Matt Travers, Campaign Manager, Reload Media

 

 


Still think you can ignore mobile? Think again!

If you think mobile is still something to put in the ‘too hard’ bucket, think about these stats. Smartphone penetration has reached 65% while one in three YouTube videos are now watched on mobiles, according to Google.

Smartphone penetration is up from 52% in 2012 and 37% in 2011. Of those smartphone users, 41% said they perceived increased usage of their devices over the past year.

While the humble mobile phone started life as a communications device, the functionality of today’s models have seen more consumers perceive it as an entertainment device (91%) than a communications device (86%).

Seventy-two percent of smartphone owners watched video on their mobiles while one in three YouTube videos are being consumed on a mobile.

One in four Google searches are coming through a mobile with 58% of those surveyed searching on their smartphones daily. Sixty-eight percent of people have searched product information.

The average smartphone owner has 33 apps installed on their device, with 11 of them paid apps. In the last 30 days, the average owner has used 12 of their apps.

While the perception of smartphones is that it is an on-the-go device, 96% of owners reported using it at home compared to 82% on-the-go. Seventy-seven percent of people used it in-store.

Eighty-one percent of people use their smartphones while doing other activities such as watching TV or even reading a book. However, 75% of multi-screening done on smartphones while watching TV is on non-complementary tasks.

Source: http://www.adnews.com.au/adnews/still-think-you-can-ignore-mobile-think-again

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