89% of Major Brands Planning to Market via Mobile Phones by 2008; Mobile Marketing to Accelerate with More Than Half of Brands Planning to Spend up to 25% of Marketing Budget
February 21, 2006 06:02 AM US Mountain Timezone
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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 21, 2006--Major brands are shifting significant marketing resources to marketing via mobile phones, according to an independent survey of 50 brand name companies commissioned by Airwide Solutions, the mobile infrastructure software provider. By 2008, 89% of brands will use text and multimedia messaging to reach their audience, with nearly one-third planning to spend in excess of 10% of marketing budgets on the medium. In five years over half of brands (52%) expect to spend between 5% and 25% of total marketing budget on mobile marketing.
Recognizing the prevalence of mobile text messaging, 40% of brands have already deployed text messaging campaigns, and 18% have deployed multimedia messaging (MMS) campaigns. Despite enthusiasm to adopt mobile marketing, growth is still inhibited by the lack of supporting information to manage and optimize marketing programs. More than half (55%) of responding brands are unsure how to reach specific target audiences via mobile campaigns, 58% are unsure about how to implement and measure an SMS campaign, and 61% unsure how to implement and measure a multimedia message (MMS) campaign.
The top three things that would make mobile marketing more attractive to brands are the ability to reach a specific target audience, information about how the user responded to a marketing message and proof that a message has been received by the user's handset. Airwide addresses these issues with the launch of Airtrends, a new business analysis tool for mobile messaging that will remove the main inhibitors to mass adoption of mobile marketing. Airtrends provides proactive information that is far more comprehensive than what can be derived from existing handset reporting tools. Not only addressing the requirements of the brands, Airtrends also provides critical information to mobile operators to allow them to optimize their networks to support marketing campaigns and to prevent spam by alerting them to suspicious activity.
Jay Seaton, chief marketing officer at Airwide comments: "The widespread acceptance of mobile messaging has created a pervasive and valuable new marketing opportunity for brands which is, in turn, creating a significant revenue opportunity for mobile operators. With reliable infrastructure in place and a means to control and measure campaigns, the starting gun will have gone off and it will be a race to create and deliver the most effective mobile marketing initiatives to subscribers that are more receptive than ever."
According to the survey, brands expect mobile marketing to become far more effective than traditional direct mail, with 47% expecting between 5% and 15% of recipients to request more information or a sample, and 34% expecting between 5% and 20% of recipients to undertake a financial transaction after receiving a mobile marketing message. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Mobile phone users are expected to benefit from a range of incentives as part of the growth of mobile marketing with half of brands to send special offers via the mobile phone and two in five sending competitions. Other incentives will include discount vouchers, free gifts and preferential terms.
Airwide Solutions provides mobile messaging, device management and security solutions to over 70 mobile operators, content providers and aggregators in over 46 countries. The company commissioned Vanson Bourne in January 2006 to survey 50 of the Europe's leading brand names about their plans for mobile marketing.
About Airwide Solutions
Airwide Solutions is a global leader in providing mobile infrastructure software to enable, enhance and ensure mobile communications for more than 70 wireless operators worldwide. Airwide Solutions has a rich tradition of innovation; it sent the first commercial SMS (short message service) in 1992 and deployed the first A2P (application-to-person) MMS push gateway in 2004. Airwide's mobile security products secure more than 200 million mobile devices globally. Airwide Solutions has regional offices in England, Canada, Australia, Singapore and the United States. For more information on Airwide Solutions, please visit www.airwidesolutions.com.