Collaborative post – may contain affiliate links
Mobile marketing is fast becoming an important form of marketing for all businesses. Almost all of us have a smartphone and many of us spend hours a day on these devices. It therefore makes sense to find ways of targeting these devices. Below are just a few different ways in which you can market your business via people’s smartphones.
Build a customer app
Creating an app for customers to use can be an effective form of marketing. This could be a loyalty card app which they can scan to get points – this could encourage return customers. Alternatively, it could be a digital catalogue or menu that they can order via. With your app on their phone, your customers will constantly be reminded of your company whenever they use their device.
Building an app can be expensive – the more elaborate it is, the more you will pay. Once you’ve built your app, make sure to focus your energy into promoting your app to all customers so that people are downloading it.
Try SMS marketing
More companies are using SMS for business. This involves communicating with customers via text. Much like an email mailing list, you can get people to sign up to your SMS mailing list and promote regular deals. Studies show that such messages are more likely to be read than emails.
You should use a bulk text message service to send these texts. Make sure not to send texts too frequently and always ask for consent before adding people to your mailing list (an opt-out feature should also be included in all texts).
Use location-based advertising
Social media platforms like Facebook allow you to use location-based advertising. This allows you to send targeted digital adverts to people’s devices in a certain area. Many people use social media on their phones and you may be able to connect with people locally this way.
Not all phone users will see your ads – only those that have opted in using their phone settings. You can find out more about location-based advertising online.
Make your website mobile friendly
It’s also important that your website is mobile-friendly. While most websites are mobile compatible, the text may be too small or the formatting may not look right when viewed on a mobile screen. Make sure that your website is mobile-friendly by creating a mobile version – this could include larger call-to-action buttons that can be easily pressed with a finger and larger fonts.
A website development company will be able to create a mobile-friendly version of your site.
Use QR codes
QR codes are images that can be scanned using a smartphone camera in order to automatically bring up your website. They prevent consumers from having to manually type out your web address and are often printed onto flyers, business cards and other forms of print media.
There are lots of free QR code generators online. Consider using these whenever you are using print advertising.