Mobile app marketing is all about flexibility. As more consumers shift their browsing behavior to mobile options, brands must find ways to connect with them no matter where they’re viewing content. While there are many examples of brands successfully using mobile apps for marketing, here are three with reliable results that brands can emulate when developing their marketing campaigns.
#1: Bacardi Leverages Original Video Content in a New Product Launch
Mobile video marketing is a highly effective option as many consumers prefer video over any other kind of media. By 2022, about 82% of all global IP traffic will come from video. As such, brands must find ways to add this type of marketing to their mix to stay competitive in the future. This isn’t all about advertising, either. Instead, it’s about creating original content with the potential to grab the attention of many viewers.
They went digital first.
One big focus of this campaign was ensuring it was digitally optimized to allow consumers to view it easily on popular online platforms. This expanded the reach of the marketing message.
They established themselves as industry experts.
The campaign didn’t center on hard sales but instead on sharing unique information about the creation and aging of the company’s premium rum line, discussing the process of liquor evaporation and how it can improve spirits.
They leveraged celebrity recognition.
The film was co-directed by actor and filmmaker Michael B. Jordan and Emmy-nominated director Paul Hunter, ensuring there was enough name recognition to get fans of the two interested in the advertisement.
#2.: The NFL Boosts Advertising Results With a Mobile-Enabled Ecosystem
The purpose of creating branded content isn’t always about advertising. Occasionally, it’s the primary focus of a brand. In the case of the NFL, their content, or their sporting events, is the brand’s primary product. But down the road, the NFL introduced additional products, like merchandise and memorabilia. On the other hand, sometimes a company will evolve from a single initial product into one whose primary purpose is content. For example, Red Bull began with its signature energy drink, but eventually created its own channel through its extreme sports focus. In either case, mobile is the vehicle that delivers content to the masses.
Catering to multi-screen viewers:
Just about everyone today uses their smartphones to pass the time when their favorite TV show lags or goes to commercial break. By offering an additional mobile option, the NFL kept viewers within their brand’s ecosystem, allowing them to view information from their partners and advertisers.
Reaching out to millennials:
Millennials currently watch more online content than they do traditional television. This viewership shift is essential to account for in advertising as it sets the path for future viewing patterns. By ensuring their content is viewable by the audience most likely to drive consumerism over the next decade, the NFL aligns their brand with them and improves marketing efforts.
Offering added value:
The NFL app isn’t just a smaller version of what’s available on TV. Consumers can gain greater insight on player stats, watch instant replays, and even play NFL branded games. This strategy ensures users aren’t facing an either-or scenario when dealing with the app. They’re using the app to enhance the customer experience.
#3. Purina Improves Sales Using Mobile Apps for Marketing in the Store
Mobile marketing apps can help boost sales in the store by providing consumers with timely notifications based on their location. This strategy is ideal for CPG brands that must contend with significant competition in the aisle. After all, much of that competition includes value and white label brands that can easily undercut prices and steal away their market share. Brands must find a way to direct consumers to their products to stand out among both discounted brands and other big industry names. Mobile apps that provide rewards for interacting with products can ensure that brands gain the attention they need to drive in-store sales.
By using the consumer’s location to trigger messages, Purina was able to connect with consumers as they shopped. Targeting consumers based on proximity is especially useful as it allows brands to reach those in the best position to make a purchase. It also will enable brands to scale their campaigns more efficiently, as they’re paying for marketing based on potential sales prospects rather than using more expensive mass media delivered to consumers regardless of their location.
Priming consumers for sale is critical for driving purchases, but it can be challenging to get them to interact with products in the shopping aisle. With Shopkick, consumers receive an incentive which encourages them to handle the product to scan its UPC, which increases the likelihood of purchase.
Rewards over discounts:
One problem brands may have with discounts is that they don’t typically drive long term sales. Once the product’s price returns to normal, the discount-driven consumers choose a lower cost competitor. Meanwhile, rewards programs don’t require discounts, meaning that the brand sees no immediate loss on the campaign. Consumers often see rewards as having a higher value than their simple dollar amount due to the emotional return from receiving the rewards points.