Mobile today seems to be similar to how social media was about five years ago - brands realize they should probably be using it, but aren’t quite sure how to get started. As consumers increase the amount of purchases made on their mobile devices, brands will need to find a way to make mobile work for them.
Can you really make assumptions about which age demographics are using which devices? Maybe, but maybe not. Millennials have changed the tide of mobile marketing, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only place they go to make purchases. And while the older generations aren’t as quick to hit “buy” on their smartphone, they aren’t all sitting in front of desktops, either.
Mobile apps matter, even when they aren’t a company’s major channel to their users. Mobile apps’ functionality is increasing. They are taking on a greater importance in the connection between many businesses and their target audiences. To maximize the investment in mobile apps, app marketers need to proactively implement marketing-related features that can impact their app’s performance.
Which viewing experience holds more of your attention – consuming content on your mobile or seeing it on a big screen TV? You’d expect that TV would come out on top in that battle, but a recent study commissioned by Facebook found that the smartphone experience is actually more immersive than TV viewing in terms of overall attention, positive emotion and engagement.
If mobile video is the new black when it comes to advertising, then according to this eMarketer study , the future is blacker than ever. More people than ever are watching video on their phones or mobile devices: in 2015, adults in the US will spend an average of 39 minutes per day watching video on their phones and tablets, which is more than half the average amount of time spent per day on digital content. But while the numbers are slightly staggering, a lack of coherence is keeping advertisers from charging full force ahead and catching up with desktop video ad spend.
IAB’s Millennial Media took a look at comScore data and put together this infographic. 45 % of those millennial dads and 37% of all make mobile purchases, with a larger amount of money: over half of mobile dads have an income of over $75,000, about a third higher than the average mobile income. Dads are 2x more likely to spend upwards of $500 on a mobile purchase, and millennial dads are 3x as likely.
What’s the best way to market your mobile app or game? I reached out to a variety of experts including app developers, game studios, app summit organizers and extreme gaming machine builders to get their thoughts. Here’s the advice that made the most cents, along with my two pennies’ worth, of course.