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Weekly Retail Furniture Media Note #2 from Lance Hanish - MobileFirst

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by Lance Hanish

As we live in a new DNAge, mobile is becoming THE ‘node in the digital multiverse’. Mobile is set to become the most dominant media that marketers and consumers have ever known with more users turning to the channel to search, play, shop and connect.

During the “Mobile Marketing: Understanding the Wireless Future” session in San Francisco, the discussion centered on the evolution of mobile and the impact that it will have on marketers and consumers.

Consumers are increasingly turning to their mobile devices to not only interact with brands, but also to search and rate products. “We are now at a stage where we have to, as advertisers, relearn how to approach how we talk to our consumers, how we use mobile in smart ways and how we connect brands to the actual customers”, said Tin Unterlaender of AKQA Mobile.

“Mobile phones were initially created for people to speak to one another-one conversation at a time- and now we’re entering a stage of perpetual change”, she said. “We’re trying to keep up with what’s actually going on and how we can make use of the smart device. “People are doing billions of things on their mobile devices.”

There are four macro mobile trends. They are search, rate, buy and report. With search, consumers are comparing, and checking prices and availability on products, and buying.

Ratings provide consumers with a peer-driven choice and crowdecisions.
One of the most important trends, buying, shows consumers are making more purchase decisions and actually purchasing on mobile.
Finally, report shows how consumers are continually checking into places and letting others know where they are and what they are doing. “People are using mobile devices to report on actual live events”, Ms Unterlaender said. “There’s also this check-in craze. Who wants everyone to know where I am at all times?” she asked. “Apparently lots of people. Imagine how we have changed what was so close and dear to us-our privacy and personal. We have become much more open to share a lot of our things.”

Mobile applications enable consumers to express, distribute and quantify their opinions like never before. In addition, mobile helps consumers make their research more precise and efficient.

New technologies such as mobile apps and retail adoption will allow consumers to carry their credit, gym membership and grocer club cards simply in their smartphones. “Most massively popular mobile apps have been either focusing on entertainment, news, weather and social networks”, stated Ms Unterlaender.

“That’s just the beginning. Just imagine what will happen. There will be a true exponential increase. It took the Web 10 years to actually grow from one hour time spent per day to two hours spent today. With mobile, you can only imagine how much faster we will get to that point in less time.”

Another key trend emerging are tablets, especially Apple’s iPad. Devices such as iPad are increasingly changing and being updated with new features and more consumers are switching and updating their devices today then they did years ago.

It has been barely a year since the iPad launched and there’s a second iPad that is better and has better features.

More consumers are getting rid of feature phones and moving into the smartphone space.
Put it this way, mobile is becoming the most dominant medium. It’s time for manufacturers and retailers to understand it and use it. It will help you increase our sales.

Think MOBILEFirst.

Lance Hanish is Chairman/CEO of Sophis1234 Data.Digital.Direct. He can be reached via email at Lance@Sophis1234.com.

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He was formerly Chairman/CEO, LBC Advertising, the leading marketing communications firm for retail, specializing in home furnishings.

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