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What Are The Biggest Mistakes In Mobile Messaging and Marketing?

  • 2 December 2017
  • Author: Sean Mcdonald
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What Are The Biggest Mistakes In Mobile Messaging and Marketing?

You're the marketing expert at your company and you've finally convinced your team that connecting with customers on the mobile devices is an important initiative this year. You know your new mobile strategy needs to play nice with your current programs but when you look at your current marketing - it's, well...all over the place. Tactic after tactic that was implemented to address a need. You're probably even paying for some really cool products/services and not really using them. 

You're smart enough to know that you need a mobile specialist but that's not really in budget is it? So you start googling for examples of successful mobile campaigns and you come across the likes of Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Domino's, Walgreens etc. You notice a few of them have an app and you say to yourself "we need an app!" You show your team what these other brands are doing and everyone gets on the app train. You find a developer or possibly an online service that can build your app and you're off to the races. But wait right there...you just made the biggest mistake in mobile. You just skipped all of the important steps in developing a mobile strategy.

You jumped right to execution.

"But Starbucks has an app" you're saying to yourself. Actually Starbucks has multiple apps for different objectives. When most business look to the successful mobile marketers they see the end result. They don't think like the brand or even their agency as to why they chose the direction they did. You see their results and you go to execution, trying to satisfy a need for something like a mobile website or an app before you ever defined an objective. Let's make sure you don't make the biggest mistake in mobile marketing and go through the appropriate steps.  

Step 1: Decide on One Objective

Yup, just one. This is the business goal that your mobile marketing can achieve. If you don't have enough money to achieve that goal, tough luck. Pick another. Goals that you can't afford are not realistic goals. Now you have to make sure that goal is super specific so that you can measure your marketing against it to gauge success. Let's say you're a restaurant  - your specific goal could be to increase sales by 15% in 4-6 months by offering exclusive dining experiences for loyal customers.

Step 2: Define Your Target Audience

This is not easy for most businesses. They try to please everyone and end up pleasing nobody. In this step you're trying to picture your dream customer. Why are they your dream customer? Write it down... What is their name? What do they do for a living? Are they married? Kids? Exactly how old are they? 

Break down each of your new customer persona's and list out the best place to reach them, the ideal time and appropriate form of communication to present your offering.

I recommend at least 3 personas and you should learn a bit more about defining personas. I'll even cover this in a separate post in the coming weeks.

Step 3: Find Your Identity

This is usually the most difficult step. You start looking at your competition and listing out what makes you different or how you do something differently. It's not about that, sorry. It's about your story. WHY do you do things the way you do? Now more than ever consumers connect with businesses that feel human. Say you have better customer service. Why do you have better service? Why do you as a company care so much about customer service? When your customers understands and believes why you do something better than the next guy, you win. If they don't believe you or know why you do things the way you do. Why should they care or believe you?

Step 4: Develop Your Plan of Attack

Here we go. This is part is fun and will have the biggest impact. You've defined who your customer is and you know exactly how you want them to think about you. Now is when you get to explore the various options available to most effectively connect your target audience to believe your identity and mission.

This is where it may be easy to look at the 'big guys' and try to emulate them. Be careful though, there is a whole ton of pitfalls and razor wire waiting for young budding marketers to fall into. Heck, maybe after steps 1-3, you realize that a mobile app is the best path. For the most part, this article is focused on the small to medium business sector. Yep, the rest of us that have limited budgets, time and resources in which to support our marketing efforts.

Whilst Text Messaging is certainly a safe place to start on your mobile journey, mobile messaging and marketing automation, such that MOBIT offers is a great option if you are really wanting to show off your brand, your products and services. Think of a milk-shake! You could have vanilla, but it's a whole heap more fund and excitement with the Oreo cookies, gummy bears and chocolate flakes on top.  Whatever your flavor, make sure you develop your plan of attach and stick to it for at least three months. Jumping around from strategy to strategy will confuse your audience and just create mountains of headaches for your own business.

Step 5: Execution

Ok, ok, ok. NOW that you've taken all the right steps you can go to the execution part. Before reading this post you might have actually started in Step 5, but now you're ready to set yourself up for success. When it comes time to create and execute the plan, you should run your idea back through the last 4 steps. Does your execution plan align with your target audience, your identity and fall within the plan objective? Believe me, it will be a lot easier to come up with effective programs when you follow these steps.

You'll be shocked at how much easier it is to sell in new initiatives to your team with a little bit of leg work up front. Measuring your success will also be a heck of a lot easier. So, I urge you...actually, no, I beg you to try following these steps next time around. Don't join the rest of the crowd that continues to make the biggest mistake when diving into mobile for the first time.

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22 comments on article "What Are The Biggest Mistakes In Mobile Messaging and Marketing?"

Kelly McIvor

5/23/2012 2:48 AM

Great post, Greg! I'd elaborate on step 4 to include the following thinking: What mobile experience do you want your audience to have? This is not a technology question, it's really part of your company's story as mentioned in step 3. Do you want them to have instant access to customer service? Do you want them to engage with you on social media?

Once you define the experience you're trying to create you can then dive into which technologies are best for making that happen given your previously defined audience.

I see a whole other post coming on the execution side of mobile!


Greg Hickman

5/23/2012 3:29 AM

Thanks Kelly! You make a great point and there most definitely will be another post on execution. You'll actually see an individual post on each of the steps broken down! Coming soon!

Check out tomorrows show... I think you'll like it. ;)


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7/9/2013 12:01 AM

Enjoyable post Greg. It is easy to forget however that business owners have been making the same kind of mistake in every paradigm shift. How many websites were slapped up online without any strategic thought into what they were trying to achieve. How many yellow pages adverts with poor call to action where purchased year after year. Yes mobile is an attractive concept attracting the same old mistakes.

I must admit I do enjoy received calls from agencies that have seen various businesses I'm involved in ranging from gymnastics to golf and they offer me an app. It take no more than 1 minute to expose their complete lack of strategic thought to why a gymnastics club would ever need an app and especially not what they had in mind which is a duplication of the website !!!!

Regards, Shaun.


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7/9/2013 2:12 AM

I'm glad you're able to see the lack of strategy of some. For small businesses it's almost never (stress almost) worth it to build an app.


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Excellent points of how IMPORTANT Mobile strategy and purpose are for businesses ready to get started with their Mobile Strategies.

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Greg Hickman

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Thanks. I'm actually looking to step this up a bit this year. Thanks for your input!


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