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The key to successfully bridging the gap between online and offline marketing is assuring that your traditional offline marketing efforts are online friendly and easily accessible. You have to strategically create a web presence for your offline advertising materials and make sure that both initiatives compliment one another.
There are multitudes of innovative ways to get your online initiatives accessible in your offline marketing materials. When launching new promotions, offers or services, you should always generate a strategy to create offline efforts that support your online strategy. The goal is to have all of your marketing materials support one another and work together to promote your business. Offering coupons in your offline marketing that presents special “online only” deals is a great way to gain more online visitors. Online businesses can benefit from traditional “offline” marketing, just as a brick and mortar can greatly benefit from online marketing.
QR Codes are one of many ways to effectively merge your online and offline marketing initiatives. A QR Code is a two-dimensional code, which is legible by QR scanners, smart phones and other mobiles devices with an advanced camera function. QR Codes provide immediate access to online resources and information by allowing you to scan a code that is strategically placed in your offline marketing materials. QR codes are simply “offline” links that lead to “online” content. QR codes appeal to customer’s urge to have immediate satisfaction for what they are looking for with ease. QR codes allow for a direct path to the message and information that you want to provide your customers. A successful QR Code campaign will lead your visitors directly to a well organized, informative mobile site that provides the exact information that they were seeking out.
Another essential part to successfully bridging the gap between online and offline is making sure both efforts compliment one another and don’t cause confusion for your customers. Make sure that your online advertising has a mobile friendly version that renders well across all major mobile phone devices. According to Morgan Stanley Research, sales of smart phones will exceed those of PCs in 2012, so marketing to and capitalizing on the ever growing mobile market should be the corner stone of your marketing budget and strategy.
Yahoo recently broadened their mobile search display to enhance and expand their search results to provide a better mobile experience. Yahoo’s new enhancements improve how their search result pages are organized and displayed. Results are now exhibited in a more organized fashion displaying the latest web results, entertainment topics, local business listings, stock information, Twitter results, images, videos and news in order of relevancy.
As you can see in the above screen shots, Yahoo’s mobile search results are now neatly packaged to better accommodate their mobile users and offer a better experience. Users can now find what they are looking for faster and more easily while on the move.
Yahoo’s new mobile search enhancements were made available at http://m.yahoo.com for most iPhone owners and people using Android 2.0 and above. More devices and countries will get the new mobile search experience in future months.
Yahoo has taken a new approach and is catering their offerings to better suit the needs of smart phone users. They are taking into consideration user behavior on a mobile device being different than on a desktop or laptop. Yahoo is embracing an ever growing industry and has recognized the increasing importance of reaching consumers when they’re on the go, which all businesses should recognize at this juncture if they have not already.
Despite the impressive growth and success of mobile device advertising, there still remain marketers who have yet to recognize the increasing importance of reaching consumers when they’re on the go. It wasn’t until the recent back to school season that retailers started to more heavily pursue customers through the device on which they spend the majority of their time.
Retailers such as Target, Kmart, JCPenny, Kohl’s, Best Buy and Sears rolled out mobile marketing initiatives in time to reach their customer prior to the busy back to school shopping season. These retailers are just a handful of those who have begun to offer mobile coupons, send text promotion alerts and promote their mobile sites all in an effort to gain more visibility and revenue.
Mobile coupons can help to increase the frequency of current customers using your product or service. In order for customers to receive current coupons, they must first voluntarily opt-in to receiving promotions. Mobile coupons will allow you to get loyal customers to purchase from you more frequently. Rewarding current customers for their faithfulness by sending special mobile promotions gives them more of a reason to maintain a relationship with you and keep you at the forefront for future purchases.
According to Borrell Associates, the 2010 U.S. Local Mobile Advertising & Promotions Forecast estimates that mobile coupon spending will grow from $90 million in 2009 to $6.52 billion in the next four years. It is expected that customers will buy $2.1 billion worth of goods and services using their mobile phones this year, which is a huge jump from $400 million in sales via mobile phone in 2008. Now more then ever is the time to tap into the ever emerging mobile promotion world.