I had an interesting conversation today with a colleague [Mark Stonham] and we were discussing strategy development and the conversation, for a while became centred around the internet. It was then that I started to talk about my concept of how I feel the internet should be viewed and positioned as a key component of a company’s marketing strategy.

Those of you have read my thoughts before will know that I position the internet as a [nother] marketing channel that organisations can use to get their message out to the world at large, this channel can be used to collect market intelligence, survey customers as well as being used to deliver the products and services of the company to the client.

I also went on to stress the point

that I believe that not enough

attention is paid to segmenting the

internet itself as a channel to market.

What do I mean by this ? well – the internet itself provides multiple sub channels that can be used to communicate with – some of them are :-

  • blogging
  • article marketing
  • video marketing
  • email marketing
  • social media marketing

… it is through these marketing channel that we as marketers and business leaders need to make sure that we communicate effectively with those who are to become our customers. For that to happen those clients must be interfacing with us through specific sub internet channels.

It is here that I can see where many companies are potentially making costly strategy development errors in not taking the time up front to develop their internet channel marketing strategy. It is here that they will be told which internet sub channels their clients are interfacing with most and direct them with respect to how much effort, time and energy should be directed towards any one or multple internet marketing sub channel.

Having said that, I do understand that there are many social media marketing experts that push the idea that using this form of marketing on the internet is all that is necessary – needless to say, I disagree as …

Strategy should precedes execution

… and this stands true for marketing on the internet as it does if you were to be selling products and services into a new country.

As always, I hope you find this useful – and do feel free to hit the contact button above and get in touch if you would like to discuss business consulting, training, coaching, speaking or mentoring services.

To your business success.

-Stephen C Campbell

mobile marketing summary

Mobile marketing is soon going to blow other marketing methods out of the water, and it’s time to get in on the …

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… ground floor of this incredibly hot opportunity.

Right now, VERY few marketers are using this method, so it’s the perfect time to get started. With very little competition, the market is wide open for you to come in and make a fortune!

I encourage you to get started right away, while the competition is still very low. You can build your business very quickly, and you’ll have a marketing avenue most other marketers aren’t even thinking of using.

This will put you miles ahead of your competitors!

Want more information about mobile marketing? Check out Mobile Profits, the complete guide to using mobile marketing!

mobile marketing traffic

Mobile marketing can be very powerful if it is used properly, but most people have no idea how to use it for the most profit. The vast majority of people aren’t using mobile marketing at all, and those that do are typically not using it correctly.

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As I mentioned earlier, it’s a bad idea to send direct marketing messages. People aren’t going to want to pay for a text message that is nothing but a sales message. That’s why it’s important to provide value in your messages.

Text Message “Subjects” One of the most important things you can do to increase the amount of traffic you get from your text messages is to use really compelling lines to open your message. This is the first thing people will see before they even open the message, so it’s important that the first line be really good.

Think of it as your headline, or like the subject of an email. It needs to grab attention and get people to read the rest of your message. Use a Clear Call-to-Action It’s vital to include a clear call-to-action in every message. You can’t expect people to read your mind. Let them know exactly what you want them to do.

If you want them to visit a web page, tell them to. If you want them to come by your store, give them directions and tell them to come on down. If you want them to reply to your text message, tell them so!

Too many marketers forget to include a call-to-action in their marketing material, and they just sit around wondering why their campaign didn’t work! Don’t forget this incredibly vital component.

Encourage Viral Buzz Viral marketing is something that is incredibly easy to perpetuate in mobile marketing. If you have an offer that is really one-of-a-kind or special in some way, don’t forget to ask people to tell others about it.

It’s very simple for someone to text a message to a friend when they find something interesting, so be sure to encourage this. It will help you get the most out of your text campaigns.

smtp and mobile marketing

SMTP messaging is typically free, while SMS messaging is not. You may be wondering which you should use, or if you should use both. I suggest using both. SMTP messaging is a little more powerful than text messaging, because it’s …

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… not subject to the same limits, but you have to be very careful when using SMTP.

For one thing, because SMTP is sent via email, you’re subject to the same laws email marketers are. Be sure you know the CAN-SPAM act inside and out and you comply with it, because one mistake could cost you as much as $11,000 in fines!

SMTP is also very unreliable. Since it’s free, cell phone carriers don’t have to deliver those messages at all. For this reason, SMTP messages are often delayed, or even never received at all.

If you’re going to use SMTP, I suggest making the most of all the features. Embed other media, use longer messages, but don’t forget to send a quick SMS message to supplement in case the recipient never receives the SMTP version.

Here’s the best SMS platform I’ve found in terms of service and value : www.SendTextAlerts.com (unlike most providers there is no per message fee and they also include their ‘TextnPix’ service for free)

mobile marketing trends

When asked, most advertisers have agreed that mobile marketing will become the most primary platform for brands to interact with younger

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consumers. The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) conducted a study and 55% of marketers who were asked said they marketing via cell phones will become the number one way to communicate with people who are between twelve and twenty-four years old. Furthermore, 73% of the marketers who took part in the study said that mobile marketing is bound to become the quickest growing marketing strategy over the next five year. They also agreed that most marketing agencies will have full time mobile specialists on staff within the next year. It is thought that mobile advertising will become less of a choice for future marketers and more a necessity if they wish to reach today’s modern, young consumers.

Mobile marketing that involves sending out promotional vouchers has been proven to be  much more effective than the more conventional coupon strategies-six times more effective to be exact. A survey that was carried out in the UK says that mobile coupons have thus far been used by more than three million consumers. Since most people have their mobile devices with them at all times, it only makes sense to offer coupons in a text message. Consumers need to only show the text message at a cash register or provide a promotional code when paying for a service or product.

The first companies to successfully use mobile marketing were mobile providers who targeted the younger generation by advertising ring tones and cell phone wallpaper downloads. Today, more and more larger companies are beginning to realize the great many benefits that this type of wireless marketing offers. Soft drink giant Pepsi now considers its mobile marketing strategy plan an integral part of its overall promotional efforts. Mobile marketing allows Pepsi to target and reward its customers on a real-time basis.

Pepsi was among  several  big name brands who partook in the annual Mobile Marketing Forum held in  Berlin, Germany on September 9th.  Lufthansa, Coca-Cola, Nike and Sony Ericsson also addressed the participants of the conference. The fact that some of the world’s largest and most recognized brands took part in this meeting clearly shows that mobile marketing is destined to become a growing power.

Young consumers of today are used to acting quickly and this generation expects instant gratification. Teens and young adults carry their cell phones with them 24/7 and are more than happy to receive text messages. This age group is also very likely to respond to offers sent to their hand held devices. Marketers around the world are scrambling to set up and run mobile marketing campaigns aimed at these consumers.