Investing in Mobile Apps for Marketing: Scope and Challenges

Shailendra More

Shailendra More – Mobile Developer Lead

Mobile Apps are not just representative of cutting-edge digital technology, they have also revolutionized the face of business marketing worldwide. With an increasing number of users relying on internet-enabled mobile devices, there is a high-potential consumer base in mobile phones, for marketers across all niches. Needless to say, this realm is of course plagued with intense competition, and it often becomes a debatable topic whether it is monetarily worthwhile to invest in mobile apps for marketing, despite its various challenges. Here’s a quick look at them:-

Challenges in Mobile Apps Marketing
  Choice between a site or an app
The biggest question while designing the mobile strategy is if you should go for an app or a mobile site to promote your business. Many players fail to take consumer behavior into consideration when implementing their strategy.

Delivery of mobile content
The content that is delivered through mobile apps or marketing should optimize the user experience. The biggest challenge is when the sites are not compatible with the screen size of the device that can mean loss of business.

Privacy concerns
The marketers using the mobile platform need to be extra sensitive towards the privacy of the users. They must seek permission before they involve the users in any promotional activity.

Tough Navigation of the content
The mobile screen has a small size with no external hardware like a mouse which means that the navigation can be a bit of a challenge. Some of the ads may not even be viewed because of the hassles involved in screening the content.

Myriad Benefits and Scope

A smart marketer will aim at overcoming the aforementioned challenges to reap the myriad benefits of investing in Mobile Apps.

Quick Results
Most of the users will receive your marketing message as soon as it is sent. The message will be received even if the mobile phone is on standby mode. This is the reason the mobile marketing methods show instant results.

Budget Friendly
It is comparatively more economic to design images and content for mobile viewing that a full fledge website. This is why the mobile marketers can share part of their profits in the form of incentives for using their mobile app or site. This promotional technique can be used effectively to push the business to your end customer.

User Friendly Interface
To make the site or the app user friendly, the content developers need to limit the size of the content as per the screen size which is much easier to work with. The content is basic and uncomplicated for the users to get information quickly.

Reach out to your customers directly
The mobile marketing strategy has been designed in such a way that it interacts with the use directly. This makes the ad and promotional activities more personalized with greater propensity to show results.

Easy to track the response
The marketers can easily track the effectiveness of their mobile campaign which helps them in analyzing the user behavior. This can further culminate to enhancement of services and user experience.

Success Stories
While we’ve assisted many of our clients in the realm of Mobile App Development, the Golden Bonds Mobile App for Pidilite (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scriptlanes.goldenbonds&hl=en), is definitely noteworthy of mention. With its stimulating layout, easy to navigate pages and excellent compatibility, it has been tailor-made to assist architects and interior designers in the process of choosing substrates for surfaces. There has been overwhelming positive response from the Pidilite Consumer Base, ever since the launch of this app in January 2014. Yet another innovative app is the Racold’s “Steam a Doodle” App (https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/racolds-steam-a-doodle/id824151734?mt=8) that allows users to create, save and share steam doodles!

The greater the innovation, the greater is the success as far as the intensely competitive zone of mobile apps is concerned. It’s definitely a zone worth treading for every digital marketer!

 

What Is The Future of Digital Marketing, A Marketer’s Guide – 2012-22

Digital can be mainstream in 10 years

Youth in the larger metros and hand-held devicescould be responsible for driving this change.

Why?

  • Already a major source for news even in real-time
  • TV networks seeking online model to secure their share of the online revenue pie.
  • Online ads are not just cheaper, but efficient and can be customized and served in real-time.

Social Communities Will Be a Part of Life

Current Global Trends:

  • 57 percent of people talk to people more online than they do in real life and 78 percent of people trust consumer opinions posted online.
  • Social networking has exploded globally. Nearly 1 in 5 minutes online is spent on social networking sites.
  • What does it mean for brands: Digital media is increasingly becoming a part of life. Weave social media into everything you do to reach, engage, listen to consumers and invest in ORM.

Auction-Based Buys Will Take-over

  • The top ranking reach networks Google and Facebook operate on bidding. The display investment with Google increased by 92 per cent in the past year.
  • Real-Time-Bidding (RTB), based on audience data will become a ‘must’ for marketers due to their potential to enhance campaign performance.

Digital Media Agencies Will Buy Audiences

As it is an era of an increasingly data-driven market where consumers play a central role,traditional ad space buying model will slowly disappear, in exchange for an audience-centric model with greater efficiency to eliminate campaign waste.
This is the most outstanding trend that every marketer, publisher, agency, data mining company and technology enabler will have to watch out for.

Real Time Planning Will Take Over

Pre-campaign planning will be replaced by planning during the campaign. Instead of inventory, marketers will choose for an audience based on valuable intelligence that satisfies an advertiser’s requirement in real time.

Websites Will Be Critical

  • Branding is going to play an enormous role in the future of website marketing because consumers are seeking information when they want and not necessarily when you are pushing content.
  • Web marketers who take a strong branding and business building approach to the online platform (brands like Nike, the Mini, Adidas, Uniqlo, etc.) will flourish as opposed to those who do one off tactical initiatives on their websites.

Connectivity Will Be Independent of Devices

By 2016, it will all be about connection and what your device can do to achieve that. Media communications will be simplified owing to everything being well connected. Increased compatibility will facilitate communication across multiple platforms through which, the advertising industry will benefit tremendously.

Technology Will Drive Marketing Online

Will we be using a search engine like Google in 5 years? Will we be using desktop computers in 5 years? What will future social networks look like?
The acceleration of innovation in online technologies and the ways we can discover, consume and engage with information can be a challenge to keep up with.

Technology Will Drive Creative (& vice-versa)

  • Driven by consumer expectations who need stimulus beyond the ordinary, first movers, stand alone innovations – that deliver a WOW experience to the consumer will stand out
  • Marketers will need to look for communication opportunities that have the right mix of relevancy & surprise – To have long term ‘Top of Mind’ impact in the increasingly competitive space.

App-based Behaviour Will Drive Mobile Ads

  • With mobile internet usage and mobile search already ahead of desktop, behavioral and geo-targeting, apps will completely change the way ads are sold and consumed on mobile.
  • In the Indian context, apps can drive rural marketing where other modes of reach are limiting.

Location Based Services on the Go Advertising

  • If used right, LBS can be a boon and offer an important basic capability that enables all sorts of innovation in mobile device tools and marketing.

Branded Apps Will Be a Norm

  • Letting someone download a branded tool to enhance their experience of your brand, offers great potential for engagement, lead generation and even direct sales.
  • The App revolution is fueled by a new level of utility in content for mobile devices. The popular tagline “there’s an app for that” is based on this utility. When you can find an app to enhance just about anything you are doing, the net effect becomes transformative.

M-comm will take Over E-comm

  • Easily click a button on a device to trigger a micropayment from your own account without having to re-enter or re-confirm credit card details. M-coupons and offers will further fuel marketing efforts.
  • As the recent text-to-donate campaign for Haiti from the Red Cross showed the world, trying these payments to user’s phone bills may offer another solution.

Digital Will Go Beyond Desktops & Hand-held

  • Digital will link to outdoor, ambient and unexplored realms; all with traditional digital linkages to the Internet
  • National Geographic’s Augmented Reality (AR) Experience in malls, Lynx Falling Angels outdoor AR experience, will be unforgettable for a long time to come and looked up on the web- way beyond the time when these events actually happened.
  • For Marketers it means – Integrating digital in all your plans and capitalizing on activation opportunities where digital can add a revolutionary layer plus long term shelf life.

Consumer-centric Approach v/s Brand Approach

  • Consumer data in terms of their likes and preferences is more accurately available. These can be harnessed to deliver a communication that is relevant and meets intangible consumer needs thereby strengthening relationships. Brands need to be more humane and grounded in order to strike a chord with the audience.

Brands with Pull Strategy Are the Dark Horses of This Race over push strategy.

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