Marketing consultant believes 2012 an exploding year for mobile marketing

Mobile marketing gets a nod in connecting with the consumer mass market, with marketing consulting firm saying this year will experience a significant growth in terms of “mobile marketing and mobile-related ad spending”.

Noting an average of 30% that US adults spent over mobile interaction last year, Winterberry Group, a marketing consulting company, said that mobile will increase by a whopping 50.2% to $1.8 billion in 2012. During a presentation to Direct Marketing Club of New York, the firm’s managing director explained that mobile marketing has grown in value with the prevalence of Smartphones, geolocation and increasingly tech-savvy consumers. With such a notable change in terms of consumer market’s behavior, advertisers are advised to adopt quickly into it.

Direct and digital ad spending in the US reached a total of $215.9 billion in 2011, according to Winterberry report – 41.2% ($1.2 billion) of which came from mobile advertising. The insert media spending increased 12.5% to $0.9 billion in 2011, compared with 2010. Direct-response broadcast spending increased 7.6% to $25.4 billion year-over-year, while direct-response print increased 2% to $15.3 billion and teleservices spending increased 1.5% to $40.1 billion.

With this evolution seen to be exploding, strong data management platforms are vital to support vast new streams of information from mobile and digital channels; to include consumer behavior data, opt-in information, web analytics, contact and demographics information, transactional and loyalty records and public records.

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