The Web is becoming more mobile. Marketers must realize and embrace blended desktop and mobile search and SEO campaigns to remain competitive.
Customer experience is king when it comes to travel this holiday season.
Location-based technology and QR codes are in heavy rotation at the Ford Motor Company.
LBS and QR codes leave an impression on the mobile marketing landscape.
Point Inside, a provider of mobile engagement solutions, launched nSide, a private ad network designed to allow retailers to send targeted advertising messages to in-store consumers, said Point Inside CMO Todd Sherman.
The advent of smart, constantly-connected handheld devices means customers are more mobile than ever before.
PayPal said to visit its Shopping Showcase for a big-picture look at its mobile payment plans.
Facebook has acquired location-based social network Gowalla, both companies said Dec. 5. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Marketing automation company Silverpop has acquired PlacePunch, a location-based marketing services company. PlacePunch will retain its brand but the firm will be relocated to Silverpop's Atlanta offices.
Neiman Marcus will run a four-hour Foursquare campaign on Oct. 1 that asks consumers to check in to a store for a chance to find a free handbag.
Virgin America launched a check-in deals campaign on Sept. 26 that rewards consumers with merchant, flight and hotel discounts. Virgin America developed the "VX Deals on the Fly" program in-house.
Direct marketing has always been about connecting with customers through timely, relevant and targeted messages that drive action. Technology's evolution this past decade hasn't changed these fundamentals, but it has opened up a new set of parameters.
Toys "R" Us, Simon Malls and InStyle magazine have partnered with Shopkick to allow their customers to use the mobile application for rewards and discounts. Sports Authority will expand its Shopkick partnership nationwide later this year.
Media and marketing services company Valassis said this week that it will offer clients a "rapid response" media-placement strategy for crisis response.
MasterCard launched an out-of-home campaign on Aug. 1 that integrates QR codes and Facebook Places to enable consumers to enter a sweepstakes.
American Express Co. and Foursquare rolled out a location-based offers service on June 23 that enables partner companies to deliver discounts. Participating merchants at launch are retailers H&M and Sports Authority and holding company Union Square Hospitality Group, which owns various New York City restaurants.
US mobile advertising spending will increase 406% from $790 million in 2010 to $4 billion in 2015, according to a forecast released June 23 from BIA/Kelsey. Local mobile advertising spending, which the advisory firm predicted will increase 600% from $404 million in 2010 to $2.8 billion in 2015, will drive the growth in large part.
Media agency GroupM has issued privacy guidelines for mobile marketing vendors aimed at preventing the need for government regulation, the firm said June 22. WPP Group-owned Group M developed the guidelines with its mobile marketing agency Joule.
Congress is finally wrapping its head around mobile devices' GPS capabilities. Last week saw two bills introduced that would outlaw nonconsensual location tracking and sharing.
Behavioral marketing provides value to consumers, said US Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on May 19. McCaskill's opinion contrasted with those of her upper chamber colleagues, who spent much of the mobile privacy hearing discussing location tracking.
Mobile has the potential to amplify any marketing channel while at the same time connecting everything, from TV to print to online. Most marketers have not been taking full advantage of the fourth screen, and as a result are leaving money on the table.
Apple said April 27 that it has never tracked iPhone users' locations and dismissed the possibility of doing so in the future. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company said that although it does not monitor devices' locations, it does so in relation to nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers "which may be located more than 100 miles away from your iPhone." The company said the monitoring is "anonymous and encrypted" and used to calculate a device's location through GPS systems.
OfficeMax launched a location-based rewards program this week that allows consumers to receive a $10 virtual savings card for "checking in" at any retail location using Facebook Places. The goal of the program, designed by OfficeMax's social media AOR Tribal DDB New York, is to increase consumer participation in the company's ink recycling and refilling program.
To maintain their relevance, brands must adapt to the unprecedented rate at which consumers are using technology, said Bonin Bough, global director of digital and social media at PepsiCo, on March 23.
For the past day or so, I've been trying to parse a direct marketing angle from AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile. It goes without saying that there will be mobile marketing implications.
Neiman Marcus launched a location-based mobile marketing campaign on March 17, rewarding consumers who complete challenges with prizes such as a free makeover or a chance to win a $2,500 shopping spree. Customers can use the Scvngr mobile application to participate in the in-store challenges.
Coffee chain Dunkin' Donuts is running a location-based mobile marketing campaign in the greater Boston area throughout this month. Consumers who use the Scvngr mobile app to complete challenges can win rewards from Boston professional sports teams, such as discounted merchandise or free T-shirts.
AT&T launched a location-based mobile marketing service on February 28 that lets brands deliver customized SMS or MMS messages, such as coupons or sale notices, to opted-in AT&T customers near a participating location. JetBlue, Kmart and HP are among the brands using the platform.
Citysearch, a local online business guide, launched a location-based iPhone and Android app on February 15 that aggregates coupons and daily deals. Citysearch parent company CityGrind Media and third-party providers, such as Groupon and The DealMap, are participating in the program at launch.
After Food Lion redesigned its dozen of stores in the Greenville, NC, greater area, the grocer looked for ways to generate excitement about its brand among the younger, social media savvy population that congregates around the local college, East Carolina University (ECU).
What's in our mailbox this month: fitness postcards from Retro Fitness, American Woman Fitness Centers, Union's United Taekwondo Academy, and Bally Total Fitness. (We're totally pumped.)
Social data can improve a brand's bottom line and customer relationships. Just ask brands Infiniti and Diamond Nexus.
Here are three must-have data sets that every marketer should include in his or her email strategy.