How much should I pay for mobile advertising?

27 05 2009

The answer should be: as much or as little as you want. But the reality is completely different.
I have been trying for quite a while to find mobile advertising networks, or mobile social networking sites to run one of my small campaigns targeting South Africa. By small I mean $100. I know is not much money, but I would have thought that if I had money to spend, mobile advertising companies, social networks and mobile search engines would be happy to take my money and let me try out their services.  But the minimum expenditure by campaign in some of them is so high that only the big fish can swim in those waters.

Let’s be honest, everybody says that is still early days for mobile advertising…well, no kidding! There are only a number of brands that can afford and are willing to test out a new medium like mobile for the reasonable price of $10,000. I am no fool, I know that big money comes from big companies, money calls money. But what happens to the long tail of advertisers that don’t have the big bucks but still see potential in mobile advertising? In this case, you have very few options – Google, Admob, Decktrade, Mojiva or Buzzcity (that I know)…which are great ad networks, but maybe not the only ones I would like to target.

Let’s say that I’m interested in local search and I’m a local garage that wants to target people in my city only, my only choice is to go to Google as Yahoo! would cost me a minimum of $10,000(ekk).
Let’s say I want to promote my new song from my small independent band: Nokia wouldn’t let me for less than $5,000 and Itsmy – on a more reasonable range – would charge $500 (although I want to thank them again for letting me try their services with a $100 campaign). In this same range is another mobile search engine, Taptu.

So isn’t the Mobile advertising industry interested in the long tail? Thanks to mobile analytics solutions, such as Bango Analytics, we see traffic from all over the world accessing the mobile web. We see new markets using the mobile web more and more. Small businesses with small budgets have potential customers in those markets, and guess what – they all have mobile phones.
I wonder why advertising networks that have the online back end to manage mobile campaigns don’t open their networks to smaller advertisers. And those ones that haven’t got the online platform, what are they waiting for?


If you are a mobile ad network or a mobile search engine, and have a flexible pricing model, please send us your website so we can tick you as friendly small advertiser provider.  We should create a badge for these kind of companies!!!

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Mobislim is climbing up the Google Mobile Search rankings!

18 05 2009

Since we started the site optimization a couple of weeks ago, we have seen some market improvement.

Even though Google hasn’t picked up our new site map, changing our URLS to include keywords has made a big difference. We believe this due to a higher number of links strategically spread going to mobislim.com.

The rankings are increasing, now we rank at position #39 for “slimming” while we were at  #250 a couple of weeks ago! For the keyword “calorie charts” we rank #2 and for “slimming diets” #1 and #2, “sliming products” is in position #17. This is quite amazing as all these keywords are highly competitive keywords! In the particular case of “slimming products” this what we did:

We changed the page from being http://mobislim.com/viewZone.jsp?p=zx3 to

http://mobislim.com/k-fve/zone/3/slimming-products.htm and it went from not being ranked, to now being ranked in position #17.

However we have purposely not changed the page title to be “Slimming Products” yet, just to see how big a difference this makes. It is currently the standard site title of “Mobislim | Slimming Diets & Health”

Tom Thurston, our WAP master and his Mobile SEO partner David Carruthers at One Result crew at  is now sending the sites to the list of directories that we provided you, so we are expecting to get better positions too. The good thing about taking steps one at a time is that we can really see how they affect the results.

Now, let’s see what keywords are using our visitors to get to our site. I can see this by exporting a traffic report on Bango Analytics and checking the referrer information. I find terms like “weight lost” “not eating” “cayenne pepper for diet” which makes me realize that I should be writing a page with this content!

So what am I learning from this?

1.     Applying SEO PC sites techniques to mobile sites work.

2.     Highly competitive terms in the PC internet are not so difficult to rank on the mobile internet.

3.     Mobile analytics tools such as Bango Analytics give us that extra insight about what terms our visitors are using to get to our site, so we can review our keyword strategy and our mobile site content.

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