It’s happened. Google has lately confirmed that ‘more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan’. It appears that the relative volumes of desktop and mobile internet use are shifting, as more people begin to connect online ‘on the go’, and are adapting to the explosive real-time culture made more accessible through mobile devices. For businesses this revelation signals the pressing need to consider the benefits of targeting an increasing mobile audience, and especially take advantage of Google’s recent mobile-friendly algorithm update.
Consumers are increasingly shifting to using their mobile devices for purchases. Predictions expect that the market share for smart devices for both 3G and 4G, will grow by as much as 127% by 2019. Advancements in technology also mean that handset prices are also decreasing, driving more people to use their mobile devices as the primary method for engaging with the online world.
Plus, with consumers generating more data than ever before through mobile devices, now is the right time to use the data analytics to improve attribution (the measurement of user events such as click-throughs, app installs and launches, or in-app purchases), and create a better overall user experience.
The Challenges of Mobile Marketing
The recent boost and predicted increase in user data generated from mobile devices, is an exciting new potential resource for marketers, however one which does present some challenges. In its early stages it’s still difficult to measure the success of mobile marketing campaigns, and there are additional issues regarding data accuracy. This could prevent businesses engaging with mobile marketing from reaching their target audience with the appropriate message.
Effective mining of mobile data will involve relying less on cookie-based technology and getting access to more offline data. Marketers will therefore need to move towards the real-time insights of their users, which as a new development, cannot currently be provided by many third-party data companies.
To move away from cookies, mobile technology uses ‘identifiers’ for data based user measurement strategies. As the most prominent operating systems, iOS and Android have made some headway in making their identifiers user friendly and privacy compliant. It’s been stated that identifiers are more persistent than cookies, so further developments in mobile technology will enable a more strategic and long-term data audience measurement.
Businesses aim to target specific audience groups or target consumers through points of interest, however currently only location technology is a proven method to create mobile campaign attribution.
According to a study by xAd in May this year, 8 in 10 marketers worldwide use location targeting for mobile advertising. Mining mobile data in this way can provide valuable customer insight; for store based brands for example, mobile location data can help determine who’s visiting its stores and what places they visit outside of the store, such as the workplace or a university. However, marketers will need to approach the challenge of reaching the right audience within the targeted location.
Mobile for the Future
- As online advertising and video promotion continues to increase alongside the growth of the Internet of Things, mobile location targeted ad spend is expected to rise. It’s important to be able to stand out amongst the surge in these advertising strategies, with personalised and audience specific, experience focused offerings.
- Although location technology is a valuable tool, it is the developments in real-time insights which will really enhance the measurement of mobile campaign attribution.
- Mobile devices are already becoming slimmer and smaller, and smaller future screens will be orientated around increased functionality and user experience. In this case, design will be a key aspect for ensuring mobile websites and advertisements and campaigns, are fully optimal.
If you’re looking to immerse your business in this growing market and integrate mobile marketing with your existing strategies, the SEO it Right team are happy to offer advice. Contact us today on 0121 308 0219 to find out more.
If you have logged into your Google Analytics account in the last 24 hours or so, or perhaps you are an online marketer then you will have noticed something strange regarding search queries and usage. Last night I did some reading around and sure enough my fears were confirmed – it looks as though Google has switched to https:// settings which means that in Analytics all search queries will show up as ‘Not Provided’
In effect this means that anyone who goes online and uses Google to search for the keywords or phrases that may lead to your website will still be able to do so – but you will not be privy to this data. Google will be encrypting all of this data, so you won’t be able to see the search terms used to find your site. The good news for those who use paid advertising with Google is that keyword data will still be available for clicks on ads and realistically, this is most likely the reason that Google has made the move – to increase revenue from ad sales. Most of us, however, will just see it as another nail in the coffin for all those involved in delivering and building their business around a decent, honest online marketing strategy.
So if Google has gone large on ‘Not Provided’ it is time for us to look elsewhere to satisfy our hunger for keyword data. Watch this space…
Posted by Frances Berry