It’s Time to Start Paying Attention
The mobile market is huge and it’s only growing. Sales of mobile devices are skyrocketing and some experts predict the mobile web may become THE web of the future. Unfortunately, lots of businesses are ignoring this trend and paying the price. Are you one of them?
Dunkin Donuts SMS Text Message Campaign: Dunkin’ Donuts wanted to entice high school/college age students in the Boston area to try their hot lattes. They used text message marketing to drive in-store redemption of $0.99 small hot latte mobile coupon in the month of October. The SMS offer was sent to 7,500 targeted opt-ins. Boston radio DJ’s invited participation; “text in to DD-123” each Thursday morning. In addition, 400,000 Mobile Internet (WAP) ads ran in Boston targeted content. Over 1,000 Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners and workers were educated with marketing materials about how to help consumers redeem the SMS coupons.
Results: The targeted WAP and SMS messaging coupled with radio created a 21 percent increase in store traffic and redemption of the mobile coupon. The SMS message promoted the viral element of the coupon. This proved to be a very beneficial aspect of the campaign, in that 17 percent of participants forwarded or showed the message to a friend. In the research subsequent to the campaign, 35 percent considered themselves more likely to buy lattes and coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.
IHOP SMS Text Marketing Case Study IHOP is connecting with consumers using SMS Text marketing. Consumers are encouraged to opt-in for a free short stack of pancakes.
Calls to action are publicized in Money Mailer direct mail pieces. Consumers are asked to text the keyword IHOPFREE to short code 686868.
IHOP is seeing a 10% mobile coupon redemption rate. “I look at cell phones & text messaging – it’s the most widely used communication method,” Mr. Santana said. “There’s a low cost to get in, it’s easy to execute, it reaches a wide variety of people & to me that was the homerun of the program.
“The offer that we chose to do, I think it is a very powerful offer,” he said. “You have to start with something like that – once you get them in, you obviously have to wow them with your service.”
IHOP initially sent out weekly coupons, but found that sending texts four times a month was too often. IHOP has since cut back to two messages a month.
IHOP sends its Mobile Text Coupon offer earlier in the week when business is typically slower in order to get customers in mid-week.
IHOP also sends texts to offer a free dessert, getting consumers to come in for a dinner instead of a breakfast.
IHOP is currently working with Money Mailer, which helped them with their SMS text campaign. Mr. Santana is currently working with Money Mailer on a campaign for his Dunkin Donuts franchises.
Mr. Santana will also incorporate mobile marketing for Sonic.
“SMS gave me the opportunity to get more people in the restaurant,” Mr. Santana said. “I consider myself a mom-and-pop business & for anyone that wants to market themselves, SMS text is an efficient, low cost method.
“I’ve done billboards & this is really the most cost-effective way to reach consumers,” he said. “We haven’t really had a large number of people that have opted out of the program – 90% of the people that opt-in to the program, stay in.”
Money Mailer optimizes direct marketing results through integrated shared mail, one-to-one, & interactive solutions. The company worked with IHOP on its SMS campaign.
According to Money Mailer, mobile has been the best channel to extend advertiser’s coupon reach.
Steven Gray, COO of Money Mailer reports, “We’ve seen successful mobile campaigns – we’re consistently seeing conversion rates being 15-20%.”
“Mobile Coupons are one of the number one things that consumers are looking for with their mobile phone,” he said. “There is a commitment to mobile & a long-term focus to make this viable.
“At the end of the day, you are investing the opt-in database long term – that’s something that we continually strive for.”
Mobile marketing advantages
There is an increasingly attractive ROI, higher level of engagement & interaction controlled by the consumer with mobile.
The mobile phone is always on, always at hand & includes a built-in mechanism.
Additionally, mobile easily integrates into existing traditional marketing channels, like print & offers compelling campaigns with value the consumer understands.
You can mobile-enable & optimize your traditional marketing, especially print advertising.
For a successful campaign, brands should begin with SMS Text messaging, then build a mobile site & continue with other integrated mobile marketing initiatives.
IHOP suggests there are several keys to a successful mobile program, including commitment to promote campaigns, a trained staff, use of all media for call-to-action, relevant & valuable offers, respectful message frequency with no more than 4 campaigns a month.
“I think that the system that we’re currently using, it works very well for us,” Mr. Santana said. “I actually encourage people to send offers to their friends, even if they aren’t members.
“You obviously have to pick the right message that you want to send out & be comfortable with what you’re giving away,” he said.
Pizza Hut Text Marketing Case Study Pizza Hut ran a Text Campaign during April 1-29, 2009 offering “Pizza for a Year”. Pizza Hut wanted to make its pizza & pasta dishes stand out among other brands. Pizza Hut’s target audience were consumers between the ages of 18-35.
The strategy was to quickly build a database using television. Fox ran the television spots promoting the shortcode & keyword with the call to action.
Coupling SMS text & great prizes, such as the first prize of free pizza once a month for a year & a second prize of chicken alfredo. Other prizes included Pepsi or a large pizza for forwarding to friends.
Friend-forwarding was also used to further drive participation & put individuals in control of their ability to win prizes, taking the element of luck out of the equation. By forwarding the text to five friends, they received a free two-liter of Pepsi & by forwarding to 10 friends they received a free large pizza.
Pizza Hut received over 12,000 entrants in the first two weeks & more than 3,000 texts during the commercial alone. The rest of the entrants were driven by the friend-forwarder.
The combination of a great prize – free pizza for a year – combined with other compelling consolation prizes that are easy to attain – free two-liter soda or large pizza for forwarding – with the use of mobile phones led to tremendous participation numbers.
Pizza Hut did not realize how popular & successful the friend-forwarding would be, with participation numbers much higher than anticipated
Text Marketing. It is simple, inexpensive, and can deliver a terrific ROI – much better than many of the traditional advertising methods you may be using today. The growth in mobile usage over the last few years has been staggering. And the features now available on smartphones make mobile the most effective method of marketing! While it is becoming increasingly difficult to compete on the internet, mobile text (SMS) marketing is WIDE open. In fact less than 5% of US businesses currently use it at all. This gives savvy business owners who do use SMS a distinct advantage over their competition.
Get a step ahead of your competition and implement a mobile marketing strategy right now! Just imagine for a minute that you were one of the internet pioneers. It’s easy to say after the event, oh, I can’t compete on the internet. There are too many similar websites about. Well, you can compete on the internet, but you can compete even easier on mobile, because there is almost no competition!
So I guess you are now thinking “that’s all well and good, but how do I actually go about using mobile for marketing?”
There are many options available to you and we will cover the most popular and effective methods here.
Just as internet marketers will (or should) tell you “the money is in the list”, the same can now be said about mobile marketing. The only difference is that instead of collecting names and email addresses, you are collecting mobile phone numbers.
In fact, it’s EASIER to do this on mobiles than on the internet!
You’ll have seen messages like “Text DISCOUNT to 88100 to receive 25% off…..”. What these “savvy” marketers are doing is building a database of the mobile numbers of people interested in their product or service. You can do the same and it’s not as hard – or expensive – as you might think.
Let’s take an example of a beauty salon.
Bookings are down and the next month is looking a bit bleak!
What if you could send a quick text message to all of your existing customers saying “Quote code XYZ when you book before dd/mm/yy and get a free manicure with every hair styling”
Do you think that might bring in a few extra customers? Of course it would.
And it’s easy to set up. All you need to do is hand a card to customers when they pay, and the card might say something like “Text BEAUTY to 88100 to receive special offers and discounts”. Simple, and most people will go ahead and text the message. Everyone loves a discount!
We’ve developed a text messaging system that will work like gangbusters for restaurants and many other types of businesses. It is simple, relatively inexpensive, and can deliver a terrific ROI – much better than many of the traditional advertising methods you may be using today.
If you are currently spending money advertising, keep reading…
First, let’s run through a few stats. If they don’t make you realize the importance of mobile phones marketing your business, then I don’t know what will.
The growth in mobile usage over the last few years has been staggering. And the features now available on “smart” phones and other mobile devices such as iPads make mobile the most effective method of marketing!
In the US, over 96% of the population has a mobile phone! In fact, mobile is bigger than Google and Facebook… Combined! 91% of cell phone users keep their phone with them all day long.
97% of text messages sent are read within the first 5 minutes.
Inquiries from mobile users are 3 times more likely to result in a sale than inquiries from a computer!
73% of mobile phone users actually WANT to receive offers and coupons on their mobiles (most emails with the same offers would end up in the Delete folder!). 95% of SMS text messages are opened and read compared to around 10% of emails!
And TEXT marketing messages have a higher open and read rate than ANY other message delivery system… bar none!
At any given time, 46% of people on social media sites are accessing it through a mobile device.
Google says that 30% of all searches are now made on mobile devices. Given the earlier stat that mobile users are 3 times more likely to buy, you should sit up and take notice!
Hopefully a light bulb has just switched on in your head and you are beginning to see just how powerful a medium mobile is for marketing. If you thought the internet was big, this is set to completely dwarf it. And get this last statistic…
Less than 5% of businesses have used mobile in their marketing strategy! Get a step ahead of your competition and implement a mobile marketing strategy right now!
Just imagine for a minute that you were one of the internet pioneers. It’s easy to say after the event, oh, I can’t compete on the internet. There are too many similar websites about. Well, you can compete on the internet, but you can compete even easier on mobile, because there is almost no competition!
There are over 264.5 million wireless devices, including 61.2 million smart phones in the United States. Microsoft estimates that by 2014, mobile internet usage will overtake desktop internet usage. Still, less than 1% of all businesses have a mobile-ready website. Chances are high that this includes your website.
See the difference… between a mobile-friendly website vs a desktop website.
Just because you can still view your desktop site on a mobile phone, users will click away and go to a more mobile friendly competitor.
However big the device screen, viewing your desktop website on a mobile device requires too much scrolling, images are slow to load; and, sites that use flash will not work on some handsets.
A mobile friendly site gives you the best chance of having local customers find your business ‘on the go’ via maps and driving directions and click-to-call phone numbers.
Increase your customer traffic with mobile coupons offered to marketing campaign respondents that find you on their mobile phone.
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QR (Quick Response) codes are those two dimensional barcodes that you will see cropping up all over the place. They are quirky, fun and very useful, best of all they are free and people with smart phones love them.
What happens is when someone with a smart phone scans them they immediately see the information hidden within the code which in this case is a link to my website.
Great for printing on laminate posters, T shirts, posters in windows etc.
If you are using QR codes then you had better make sure your website is optimized for mobiles!