Today’s guest blogger is Rachel Rodriguez, my assistant and account executive extraordinaire. I “found” her when I was teaching for a day at Johnson & Wales University in Miami and, as soon as she graduated, I brought her into the Lois Geller Marketing Group family. She’s made my working life so much easier. Lois
I’m starting to feel that my iPhone is an appendage. I never leave home without it. I’m sure a lot of people are like that, young people, anyway.
The right kind of marketers should know that they can reach me and millions of people just like me through our omnipresent cell phones in a number of ways and with perfect timing. Here are a few examples:
One of my favorite iPhone apps is RedLaser. It’s simple (and everyone I know has it). RedLaser is software that can scan any bar or QR code. Once I scan a code, it searches thousands of local and online retailers for the best prices. If you’re like me, you don’t want to spend your day researching or jumping from store to store to find the best prices.
I went to a computer store the other day to buy a charger for my laptop and it was $60 (far more than I wanted to spend). I scanned the barcode with the RedLaser App and found the exact same charger on Amazon for $10. I ordered it right away and Amazon got it to me a few days later. How cool is that?
You can scan a coupon in a magazine or newspaper and bring it, on your SmartPhone, to, say, a theater or a restaurant for a discount. If you’re walking by a store, you can enter its name into your phone and there’ll probably be an offer you can take advantage of right way.
A lot of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn users, access their accounts on their SmartPhones. At the mall, I’ve noticed a lot of stores featuring in-store promotions mentioning to “Like” them on Facebook or “follow” them on Twitter. Macy’s offered me an extra 10% discount, if I showed them on my iPhone, that I “liked” them on Facebook.
Text message advertising has also grown tremendously in the past few years. In 2011, a survey conducted by the International Association for Wireless Communication showed that over 2.12 trillion text messages were sent and received. Crazy, right?
Advertising via text message, is a great way to reach your target audience directly and in real-time. 98% of all recipients read their text messages, 95% of them within 15 minutes of receiving them. People change their mailing and email addresses more often than they change their phone number. Companies can take advantage of this large consumer base.
Our good friends at Per-Keys help make this a seamless process for marketers, by offering a platform where they can integrate mobile and direct marketing. Since mobile marketing is permission-based, they use print communications to ask for permission. It uses personalized keywords to make the SMS message highly targeted, and allows for marketers to track responses. It’s also great to use, because everyone doesn’t have a Smartphone, so you can reach a broader audience via text message.