Shaking Up Mobile Marketing: 3 New Strategies to Know

Mobile marketing is a must, but too often brands miss the mark. These new strategies could improve engagement...

Throughout 2015, we (and others) told brands two things many times:

  1. Mobile marketing is a must for reaching young consumers
  2. Most mobile marketing today is not getting their attention

Most Millennial and teens actively ignore mobile marketing that unfortunately has not kept up with their behavior or preferences. Banner-like ads follow them on mobile games, and content created specifically for social platforms is still few and far between. This year, it’s clear that the mobile marketing landscape needs to change, and new tools, strategies, and services are being used to improve engagement. Here are three of the latest tactics to improve your mobile marketing game: 

1. Going Haptic

They may be staring at a screen, but according to Marketing Magazine, mobile marketing should appeal to all senses. Lately, more brands have been playing with phones’ vibration abilities to create haptic ads that can potentially surprise and engage viewers far more than a static image. According to haptic tech innovator Immersion, “Haptic effects (also known as touch or tactile feedback) are produced by actuators, such as motors, which are built into devices to create vibrations. These actuators are combined with Immersion software to create haptic sensations, like the feel of a button “click” when you press a virtual button. In October, Stoli used haptic effects in a mobile campaign to make Millennial viewers feel they were having a cocktail made right in their hand. While watching a 20-second animated video, consumers’ smartphones vibrate when a woman shakes a cocktail, and at other amusing moments. In December, French carmaker Peuguot became the first brand in the UK to put haptic…

 
 

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The Newsfeed

Quote of the Day: “Most social media is an echo-chamber for immaturity.”—Male, 30, MD

Violent video games don’t cause violent behavior, according to “one of the most definitive [studies] to date.” At a time when several states are considering tacking on extra taxes to violent video games, the Oxford Internet Institute’s study found that playing content considered violent did not cause 14-15-year-olds in the U.K. to act more aggressively. The study’s co-author says that previous studies have been influenced by “researcher biases” that led to studies that gave “undue weight to the moral panic surrounding video games.” (GamesIndustry.biz)

A new rosé brand is winning over Millennials with its Instagrammable bottle. The Wonderful Company, known for brands like Fiji Water and Pistachios, brought a new wine brand to market just in time for Valentine’s Day—and it’s already outselling their other labels. JNSQ (an acronym for the French phrase “je ne sais quoi”) sells rosé and sauvignon blanc that come in glass containers designed to look like retro perfume bottles. Influencers and a national marketing campaign helped propel the brand. (Adweek)

Minecraft for mobile made more money than ever in 2018. According to Sensor Tower, the gaming sensation’s mobile version raked in $110 million last year, rising 7% from last year. In addition, 48% of that revenue came from the U.S., followed by just 6.6% from Great Britain. All eyes may be on Fortnite, but the Minecraft Effect still has a hold on young gamers, and Gen Z & Millennials still rank the game as one of their favorites. (Venture Beat)

Nostalgic Millennials can soon set sail on a Golden Girls-themed cruise. The experiential, adults-only cruise will include themed activities like a “One Night in St. Olaf Dance Party,” a game of Ugel and Flugel, and a costume contest for fans dressed up as the main characters. There will also be plenty of trivia, bingo, and cheesecake on this five-night experience aboard the Celebrity Infinity. This isn’t the only cruise ship catering to adults recently; Virgin’s first cruise ship is 18-and-up-only and even has a tattoo parlor on board. (People)

Daquan, the meme account with 12 million followers, is teaming up with All Def Media for a slate of original content. The premium videos will signal a departure from what Daquan is known for: gritty, homemade content that ranges like blurry SpongeBob SquarePants screenshots transformed into memes via clever captions. The new videos will debut across All Def Media and Daquan’s social channels, which include Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, IGTV, and YouTube. (Tubefilter)

Quote of the Day: “I think social media can bring light to issues that are of importance such as animal rescue and environmental awareness.”—Female, 22, MI
 

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