Insights Galore: MobileBridge Releases 2017 Mobile Marketing Trends Report

Following the biggest year ever for consumer activity via the mobile channel, “an underwhelming number of exec level marketers understand the necessity of keeping pace with the rapidly evolving consumer preferences for mobile engagement.”

That’s according to MobileBridge’s first edition of its Mobile Marketing Trends Report.

“The fluidity and omnipresent change in the way consumers engage with a brand via mobile presents obvious challenges to marketers in today’s business landscape,” says MobileBridge CEO, Eyal Oster. “While it is clear marketers are only beginning to scratch the surface in creating truly engaging mobile experiences for consumers, expediting this learning curve is crucial for organizations to thrive in the present market.”

As for the juicy details, here’s what we can tell you.

MobileBridge surveyed professionals in various marketing and management roles from a range of organizational sizes, industries, and global regions for the report. Among the key takeaways are:

Digital Transformation: Top initiatives for respondents included:

  • Building a responsive website – 59%
  • Building a new mobile app – 54%
    • Surprisingly, only 35% included revamping or updating existing app.
    • With 57% declaring to already have a mobile app, this presents an obvious missed opportunity by not investing in enhancing an existing app to leverage work and assets already in place.

Who’s Responsible for What: Marketers are increasingly responsible for a company’s mobile strategy:

  • 70% responded mobile strategy falls under marketing departments’ responsibilities.
    • 90% stated mobile initiatives designed for existing customers.
    • 40% stated mobile initiatives designed for attracting new prospects.
    • 2% stated mobile initiatives designed for engaging employees.
  • Top goals for respondents’ mobile apps include:
    • Engage customers – 84%
    • Drive Revenue – 66%
    • Build customer loyalty – 63%
  • Companies are investing heavily to achieve these goals:
    • 70% stated budgets will somewhat or significantly increase in 2017.

Defining Success: Which metrics are used to define success of mobile apps?

  • Active users – 91%
  • Revenue – 56%
  • Downloads/installs – 47%

Strategies & Tactics: How are marketers going about mobile customer engagement?

  • Push messaging – 88%
  • Social media – 72%
  • In-app messages – 56%
  • Coupons/offers – 28%
  • Surveys – 16%
  • Games – 6%
    • 59% stated their app engages their customers only somewhat or not at all.
    • 78% stated ability to measure mobile success is merely somewhat or not sufficient at all.

Systems: Increase in number of tools being used to attract and convert prospects to customers:

  • Web content management (WCM) – 63%
  • Customer relationship management (CRM) – 56%
  • e-commerce – 45%
  • Marketing automation – 39%

Want to know more? Check out the 2017 Mobile Marketing Trends Report here.