Why SMS Marketing Can Be More Effective Than Mobile Banner Advertising
A recent eMarketer article on the effectiveness of mobile banner advertising reports the main reason people don’t click is because they aren’t interested in the offer. In fact, only 24% of those surveyed say they clicked on a mobile banner on a website in the last three months. The number of people clicking on in-app banners is even lower at 19%.
Personally, I think the only time I’ve clicked on an in-app banner is by mistake. Sometimes they just get in the way of what you want to do in the app. Sometimes your finger slips. I honestly do my best not to look at the ads at all. And I’m not alone. The article also reports 20% of people don’t even look at the ads in apps.
Mobile website banners can be different because we’re used to them. After all, most of us have been surfing the web long before the mobile revolution. Banner advertising has been around since the beginning (almost). Apps are a different beast though, they are purpose built to DO something. Ads just become an obstacle to what we want to do in the app, rather than simply advertising.
The second most reported reason people don’t click on mobile banner ads is because the ad content has irrelevant offers. For example, I am forever getting ads about cat food or kitty litter. I love cats, but I’m also extremely allergic. Cat products are not only irrelevant, but annoying since I can’t have one. On occasion, I may see a banner or video ad that offers the ability to “chose” my ads. We’ll, no ad is my choice. I don’t get that option though and instead I almost always have to choose between cats, insurance, or financial ads.
What’s the take away? Mobile marketing needs to be relevant and interesting in order to get people to respond.
The value of SMS messaging is that once you have the opt in, you know the people are interested in what you have to offer. The trick then, becomes making sure the offers are relevant.
Make sure the messages you send are targeted to the topics the person signed up for. If you start a new campaign on a different topic, offer them the chance to opt in via a reply text. Don’t send a blast to everyone assuming they’ll want to know. For example, assume someone opted in to receive text alerts for concerts at your event location. But you’ve lined up a circus and sports entertainment. Should you send them a message about those events? Not unless they say they want to hear about them. Otherwise you’ll just annoy them with irrelevant offers. Send them a text instead asking if they want to know about the different types of events. You’ll have less opt outs and a higher ROI overall knowing they want what you’ve sent.
What do 5,000 marketers from ten different countries say about SMS? It’s great, and we’re going to do more of it. Well, that’s the gist of the results in the Salesforce 2015 State of Marketing Report. Mobile marketing has taken a central place in most company’s strategies, and SMS is a growing part of it. Here are some key statistics from the report.
In marketing, everyone wants to be more influential and persuasive in order to build loyalty and return custom. To gain the highest ROI, businesses want their marketing campaigns to speak to every individual in such a way that makes them feel connected and yet, with every will in the world, an SMS marketing campaign is only going to achieve this high conversion and success if it manages to tap into consumer psychology.
Sending a text message to the wrong person can be embarrassing. I've done it many times. Thankfully though, they were just simple messages like "be home soon" or "I'll tell you later". Innocuous, harmless and easily explained away. But what if you make a mistake with your business SMS messages?
While brevity might be one of the keys to good advertising, perhaps the most important is to make sure your message reaches the right people. The goal of targeted marketing is not to bombard so many people that some will inevitably listen, but rather to target and nail down your core demographic.
Almost any business, or even a not-for-profit company, can take advantage of the frenzy of sporting events, like The Olympics. Especially when you combine it with mobile marketing. That’s because there are plenty of fans, and their devices, here in the UK.
Mobile marketing offers an unprecedented access to your customers virtually any time, anywhere. This is particularly true for SMS marketing because it is “always on”. Customers don’t have to be surfing the web, or using an app to receive messages. Instead, they see the marketing messages right alongside ones from their friends and family.
With the rise of the app, some marketers have been quick to sound the death knell for the SMS. But reports of the SMS's death have been greatly exaggerated. With over 76% of the UK population now dependent on their smartphones for everything from news to personal communication, the SMS remains a great tool to directly engage with your customers.