Mobile marketing is multi-channel online marketing technique focused at reaching a specific audience on their smart phone, tablets, or any other related devices through websites, E mail, SMS and MMS, social media or mobile applications. Mobile marketing can provide customers with time and location sensitive, personalized information that promotes goods, services and ideas. In a more theoretical manner, academic Andreas Kaplan defines mobile marketing as "any marketing activity conducted through a ubiquitous network to which consumers are constantly connected using a personal mobile device".
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SMS is an ideal way to generate leads for businesses. And there are lots of reasons for that. It’s one of the most affordable marketing mediums available with low-cost investments generating truly impressive ROI. It has a universal reach, accessing customers without Internet connections – a huge benefit over mobile messaging apps. No other advertising platform can virtually guarantee that your message will be read by your customers the way SMS can.
The easiest and most efficient way of sending an SMS marketing campaign is through a bulk SMS service provider. Enterprise-grade SMS providers will usually allow new customers the option to sign-up for a free trial account before committing to their platform. Reputable companies also offer free spam compliance, real-time reporting, link tracking, SMS API, multiple integration options, and a 100% delivery guarantee. Most providers can provide link shorteners and built-in analytics to help track the return on investment of each campaign.
Over the past few years SMS marketing has become a legitimate advertising channel in some parts of the world. This is because unlike email over the public internet, the carriers who police their own networks have set guidelines and best practices for the mobile media industry (including mobile advertising). The IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), as well, have established guidelines and are evangelizing the use of the mobile channel for marketers. While this has been fruitful in developed regions such as North America, Western Europe and some other countries, mobile SPAM messages (SMS sent to mobile subscribers without a legitimate and explicit opt-in by the subscriber) remain an issue in many other parts of the world, partly due to the carriers selling their member databases to third parties. In India, however, government's efforts of creating National Do Not Call Registry have helped cellphone users to stop SMS advertisements by sending a simple SMS or calling 1909.
Social media started getting its roots deeper and deeper, for example, the inventor of Facebook and YouTube never knew that what they have created will be so big that it can be used as tool for shaping the perception of people, the world largest companies even cannot neglect their presence on social media, theyknow that the image of their products and services can shape through social media.
You will have a greater chance of gaining access to their mobile number by following these guidelines. You can collect their numbers using a sign-up sheet at your register, asking them when talking on the phone, allowing them to submit a form on your website, or by giving them a number that they can text to subscribe to your SMS messages. Whatever you do, keep a copy of their permission to market to them via SMS, if you run into problems you will be glad you did.