Back in March of this year I wrote an article in these hallowed halls entitledÂ Pulling Back The Curtain On Text Message Mobile Marketing. In my article I made reference to a conversation I had withÂ James Citron, the CEO of a company calledÂ MogreetÂ â€“ â€śthe leader in video text message marketing andÂ mobileÂ technology solutions.â€ť
He told me that even as mobile marketing explodes all around us,Â â€śmany marketers have yet to embrace this new reality.â€ť
I was none too surprised to hear this as it never ceases to amaze me just how many marketers/brands/businesses still have not woken up to the fact that ours is a mobile society. Case in point: According to a recentÂ EconsultancyÂ Â report 55% of businesses now have a mobile optimized website.
The good folks at Econsultancy spin this as a positive whereas I look at it as a negative – a big negative for it means that 45% of businesses still do NOT have a mobile optimized website.
Don’t know about you but to me that is simply unacceptable.
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But I digress.
Across the Pond
In the same aforementioned article, I also included the following quote which was gleaned from a New York Times article:
â€śMobileÂ text messaging, the same 160-character dispatches first popularized by nimble-fingered teenagers, may be the closest thing in the information-overloaded digital marketing world to a guaranteed read.â€ť
Oh yeah, that quote came from aÂ 2009Â New York Times article meaning “this” AKA mobile marketing, is not something that brands should just now be waking up to.
And if you’re a brand that does business in the U.K., you will absolutely want to factor inÂ SMSÂ as part of your mobile marketing and mobile advertising strategies.
From a recentÂ eMarketerÂ article:
That is a very telling statistic asÂ SMSÂ comes out on top, coming in higher than social media, email and even using their camera on their phone.
Truth be told, you will see the same type of data coming from U.S. consumers as we Americans love to text as much as our friends in the U.K. do with eitherÂ SMSÂ or taking photos coming out on top of the list, depending on what source you look at.
From theÂ Pew Research Centerâ€™s Internet & American Life ProjectÂ from 2012:
And fromÂ comScoreÂ via eMarketer from earlier this year:
Text Is Not A Four-Letter Word – Oh Wait It Is
“…still it appears as if marketers would rather plan a campaign using Morse Code than do anything related to mobile and in particular, text message marketing.”
That line is from the aforementionedÂ Pulling Back The Curtain On Text Message Mobile MarketingÂ and I am curious if those same marketers would have the same apathy or fear or both toward text messaging mobile marketing after they saw this infographic courtesy ofÂ SlickText.com, which shows that, among other things, 98% of text messages are read and 75% of consumers prefer to receive ads visÂ SMS/text.
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