Personalize marketing to reach mobile-ad-friendly shoppers

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NEW YORK Thirteen percent of mobile Americans are willing to receive advertisements on their phones in exchange for services, said a Nielsen analyst June 19 at the Mobile Research Summit: Data Insights 2014.

Millennials and Generation X consumers make up the largest percentage of smartphone users, and account for 83 percent of mobile-ad-friendly shoppers.Such statistics pointto howadvertisers must redefine the shopping experience to make mobile advertising a successful strategy.

Nielsen’s Paul Kultgen

Consumers will use their smartphone to make a purchase of an item or service, complete a mobile payment, write a product review or use social media to comment on a purchase.

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The majority of time spent on a smartphone involves this social media, which leads to a convenient opportunity for interaction between the brand and consumer.

Marketers must connect to consumers through social media, Mr. Kultgen said.

With the challenge being the 13 percent statistic, the good news is actual response is much more positive when its targeted, he said. It embraces what makes mobile unique and strikes an emotional response.

Connecting with consumers during the shopping process to see how they feel can enhance the overall experience.

Closing the gap
Walmart has expanded its mobile presence to better relate to consumers personally.

In a reflection of Walmarts strong focus on leveraging mobile to enhance the in-store experience, the big box retailers @WalmartLabs acquired location-based shopping application Stylr.

The app, which was founded by two Standford alumni, pulls inventory data from local stores to show shoppers what is available in their vicinity. The deal follows closely on the heels of Walmarts new digital receipts platform, which will be used as the basis for future in-store innovations such as automated shopping lists (see story).

Furthermore, marketers can boost mobile ad engagement with tech-savvy consumers by crafting messages around personal, local and individual shopping interests and closing of the bricks-and-mortar barrier or the digital shopping divide.

Mobile advertising can be very successful with the right formula, Mr. Kultgen said. Its about targeting the right people with the right mindset.

Final Take
Caitlyn Bohannon, editorial assistant for Mobile Marketer, New York

Caitlyn Bohannon is editorial assistant on Mobile Marketer and Mobile Commerce Daily, New York. Reach her at

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