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Mobile Marketing Economic Impact Study
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Mobile Marketing Economic Impact Study

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The Economic Impact of Mobile Marketing In the United States

The pages that follow report the results of a six-month investigation by the principal authors into the size and scope of the impact of mobile marketing on the United States economy, conducted at the behest of the Mobile Marketing Association.1

We found that the mobile marketing ecosystem...

  • ...exhibits remarkable levels of investment for an industry so young: $6.7 billion spent on it by client-side marketers and retailers across all industries in 2012, a figure likely to reach almost $20 billion by 2015;

  • ...contributes even more impressive levels of incremental output to the U.S. economy: $139 billion in 2012, and reaching $400 billion by 2015, with at least 85% of this sales impact taking place in “off-line”, “brick and mortar” locations;

  • ...currently sustains over a half million jobs in 2012, and will likely support upwards of a million and a half workers by 2015, including both direct and indirect employees; in fact, every single employee in a direct mobile marketing communications role will support over 23 workers in non-mobile occupations throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia in that year.

In interpreting these facts, the reader should bear in mind that these figures of increased economic output and employment are entirely comprised of supplemental U.S. income and jobs that would not exist but for the successful exchange of marketing communications through mobile media. 

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Agency: A company that provides strategic, creative or media buying and related services to marketers.
Marketer: A company that sells its products directly to consumers and businesses and buys marketing services to achieve its goals. Company must also not fit into any of the other sales definitions.
Carrier/Operator: A mobile network operator that provides voice and/or data services.
Enabler: A solutions provider offering technology and services that enables and supports mobile marketing.
Associate: Companies or organizations that do not generate revenue from mobile, but are integral to the development of the mobile industry. (i.e. trade associations, legal firms, consulting agencies, etc.)
Seller: Companies that create and/or promote media and content or broker the sale and distribution of mobile advertising.