Today we find ourselves in a market centered around the seller, rather than the buyer. Innovation is mainly being led from the sell side, be that from the walled gardens, the mobile SSPs or the DSPs. There are a limited number of options available for the agency and brand, outside of the ad servers and verification companies.
Last weeks’ announcement that Telefónica’s Axonix had purchased Statiq, the three year old mobile location targeting business, was exciting news not just for the Telefónica teams across Weve and Axonix, but also for the industry. Statiq have been creating waves since they launched, breaking the mould by detaching media from supply and giving buyers what they want – control of the data. Continue reading
The mobile app market is a monstrous place for marketers and brands. We are witnessing an avalanche in the number of mobile apps, triggered by unprecedented growth in smartphone adoption and usage globally. The good news: the global App Economy is firing on all cylinders. The not-so-good news: this rapid expansion is stretching the search, marketing and brand protection models that have allowed this new economy, and the global business ecosystem it supports, to flourish.
In short, massive growth confronts marketers with massive challenges. Continue reading
As an industry, we’re increasingly understanding the critical role mobile plays at at each stage of the consumer journey. While these journeys will undoubtedly change and fragment, the role of mobile is here to stay as mobile data plays an ever-important role in how we identify, target and measure retail behaviours.
Historically, we’ve always treated the retail journey as a linear process, with the key aim to move the customer through the funnel: building awareness, driving consideration and intent and, ultimately, encouraging purchase. The importance of loyalty and advocacy were only considered once the customer had been acquired, rather than considered as an integral part of an evolving process. Continue reading
Today mobile users are spending more and more time in few daily apps and it’s clear that messaging apps continue to dominate mobile usage. Certain activities are now completely done in apps. For example instant messaging and communication apps dominate 94% of user’s time spent in this activity. This presents a huge opportunity for brands to leverage messaging platforms and engage with consumers directly from mobile advertising campaigns.
Identifying audiences, gaining actionable insights based on their interactions with advertising is of course a key focus across the industry.
Data is a key instrument in how we go about achieving this. It also binds together other areas such creativity, video and also metrics such as Viewability. For example as important as it is for ads to be viewable, is it not just as important to ensure that the right people are viewing the right ads? Continue reading
Love it or hate it, Mobile World Congress (MWC) never fails to turn heads in the marketing world. This year was no exception.
Despite a look back – in the form of Nokia’s nostalgic 3310 re-launch – stealing the show early on, the main headlines were all about looking forward. From IoT, VR and AI to driverless cars and 5G, marketers’ appetites were whetted by a future filled with endless new opportunities to turbocharge consumer engagement. Continue reading
With attendees growing year on year, MWC is now THE event on the mobile calendar. I only wish Scotty had the transporter working to get me between Hall 1 and 8!
New handset launches, features and operator announcements took the limelight; but this year, we saw new acronyms of the digital world come to the forefront, namely AI/IoT/VR/CH (Connected Homes). Continue reading
Another Mobile World Congress has come and gone, with over 2000 exhibitors and over 108,000 attendees. This year I found that attention had moved away from the topic of connected devices and to the trilogy of AI, VR and AR.
While virtual reality headsets completely take over your vision to give you the impression that you’re somewhere else, augmented reality adds to your current vision, projecting info on top of what the consumer is already seeing. Continue reading
What a whirlwind 2016 has been for the mobile marketing industry. We have been seeing more creative, integrated mobile marketing campaigns that go beyond conventional display advertising, as new technologies and innovations unlock a myriad of possibilities for deeper, more meaningful consumer engagement.
It’s not surprising then that among marketers we surveyed, 61% believe that mobile is critical to the future of the company. Here are five key predictions for mobile marketing in 2017. Continue reading