Mobile marketing over Wifi connections, interesting idea?

5 08 2009

I want to share this valuable information that Andy Bovingdon, VP Product Marketing at Bango, shared last week:

Recent reports clearly show a rapid increase in mobile phones browsing using Wi-Fi – according to recent Bango research over 20% of your customers are now connecting via Wi-Fi (see Bango Wi-Fi stats). Millennial Media also reported 22% Wi-Fi use in the USA as part of their June U.S Scorecard for Mobile Advertising Reach and Targeting (SMART) report (see Millenial Media report).
Bango goes on to predict that over a third of all mobile customers will use Wi-Fi by 2010. Combine this with the increased growth in smartphone sales with 38.1 million units sold worldwide in the first quarter of 2009, and it represents a very large percentage of your customers. Using Wi-Fi makes browsing your store fast, easy and cost effective, but it also introduces significant challenges which, if not addressed, will lose 20% of your sales.

Last week Bango launched operator billing over Wifi connections. This means customers accessing your site over a Wifi connection can pay for your content on their mobile phone bill – the same quick and easy payment experience familiar to them when connected via their operator gateway. Watch this video to see the payment experience for yourself. You’d think that more companies are doing this, but actually Bango is the only one!

With the increase in mobile visitors connecting over Wifi have you thought about how this will affect your mobile marketing strategy? Will you start using different techniques to engage with these Wifi connected visitors or will you treat them the same? If you think you’d treat them the same let me put this into perspective – would you have the same messages for someone that shares a flat and someone that owns a mansion with a swimming pool?

Of course you wouldn’t, so let’s understand the opportunity here and get creative! Once connected over Wifi mobile visitors are not so worried about how much data is being downloaded or uploaded. So don’t be afraid to offer them some richer content and get them engaged.

For example, why not try surprising your mobile visitors with an engaging MMS message. Interact with them by offering video content or ask them to upload a video, a picture or a voice recording from exactly where they are.
You can now detect visitors using a smartphone device with tools like Bango Analytics. You can also identify when they come back again to make the most of your mobile marketing.

People with smartphones love their phones (if you have one, you know what I mean!) and best of all, they know how to use it and want to get the most out it. This is an open door to new creative mobile marketing campaigns!
If you’ve recently undertaken some creative mobile marketing campaigns that you’d like to share with us – get in touch we’d love to hear from you.

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10 08 2009
Jubaloo Mobile — Mobile Marketing Agency & Mobile Media Placement

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8 09 2009
Would you like a piece of the BlackBerry pie? « Mobislim Webmasters Blog

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