President Obama himself started a movement in 2008 when he announced his Vice President pick over a mass text message, and this trend is steadily gaining popularity among political candidates running for election this fall.
Former CEO of Hewlitt Packard and California Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina, as well as former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who’s also California’s Republican nominee for governor, are just a couple of many politicians that have realized the power of holding their voters’ cell phone numbers and who are creating text message marketing campaigns to reach those voters.
“We’re definitely embarking on new technology,” said Marson Harrison, a spokesman for Carly Fiorina’s campaign, to Fox News. “Many campaigns haven’t been brave enough and bold enough to step into this realm. We’re very comfortable, had excellent results and again we’ve made thousands of calls through this technology.”
This week, InsightExpress reported very encouraging news regarding consumers and mobile coupons. When the research company asked consumers whether they had made a special trip into a store after receiving a mobile coupon, 10 percent of consumers said yes. For the age range of 18-24, that percentage jumped to 20 percent.
Motivating your consumers to change all of their plans in order to come into your store is no easy task. Mobile coupons offer a truly unique and simple way to affect your consumer’s behavior in such an instantaneous way. Forty-five percent of consumers said that they prefer for mobile coupons to be sent to them, giving the store owner the control of which items should be offered.
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received his patent for the invention of the telephone. Over a century later and after previously inconceivable innovations to it, the telephone is now mobile and the most used electronic device in the U.S., even surpassing the personal computer.
In a recent survey conducted by Forrester Research, 73 percent of 37,000 respondents choose their mobile phone when asked to pick their most used electronic item. This comes in comparison to 58 percent of respondents choosing their personal computer and 56 percent selecting printers.
When deciding on how to reach your target market, it is important to correctly identify the communication channels that your customers are using in their everyday lives. If you have this important information, you can easily deliver your marketing message to the place where your customers communicate most.
First, it was the shiny Motorola Razor cell phone. Do you remember how cool that was? Then it was the Blackberry, what a commotion that little scrolling ball created in the mobile world! Next, the IPhone made headlines for its amazing picture quality and touch screen capabilities. Now, the talk of the town has shifted away from the look of cell phones and on to their resources. Interests have migrated from the alarm clock function to the ability to text message and use applications. With all these changes occurring within such a short period of time, it’s sometimes difficult for marketers to know where to concentrate their mobile marketing efforts.
The best place to look for your answer is within the facts and statistics that are currently available. Only 35 percent of U.S. adults have mobile devices with the capability of utilizing an application, and of those, only 24 percent actually use the app programs available, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Eleven percent of adults don’t even understand the concept of an “app” and are not sure if their phone is equipped with the capability.
The PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute released a study demonstrating the benefits that mobile technology offers in terms of healthcare. The healthcare industry is now packed with mobile devices designed to improve the standard of care and convenience for patients. Forty percent of the respondents surveyed indicated they would pay for mobile health care services.
Mobile technology is not only an aid to consumers, it’s also a new business category for those interested in improving and offering more options for preventative, acute and chronic care. There are already 10,000 medical and healthcare/fitness-related applications available for download to internet-enabled mobile devices, and consumers are catching on to the idea of being able to send data to doctors automatically.