Category Archives: Smart Phone

How Consumers Use Smart Phones In-store During Holiday Shopping

There is mounting evidence that “showrooming” will be commonplace this holiday season.  One of the benefits that mobile consumers find while shopping is that smart phones give them all the information they need.  This can lead to showrooming.  Smart phone functionality can also be used to reinforce the value of making purchases in stores.

shutterstock_117336892• Close to 70% of holiday shoppers said they will use their smart phones in stores this year

• Nearly 60% of these “smart” shoppers are planning to check or compare prices

• Roughly four in 10 will get product information or scan a barcode associated with products

• 36% will use mobile devices to find discounts, coupons or other information
on sales

• Over one-third will read reviews

• Just under a quarter will check product availability mobil-ly

• Approximately one in five shop or browse via mobile web

• 16% receive text messages or exclusive offers from retailers

• 14% plan to access social networks on their mobile device

• Roughly one in 10 will use geo-location applications

What Does This Mean To You?

Mobile’s affect on all shopping – not just holiday buying – is going to continue to grow. During the holidays, when consumers are short on time, making purchases  for the best deals – mobile’s impact is just amplified.  Some of the mobile activities that consumers engage in can help you mitigate “showrooming”.  Nearly 40% of shoppers are scanning bar codes.  Utilizing QR with custom messages promoting the value of shopping in-store can sway shoppers to complete there purchases in-store.  Permission-based SMS campaigns can being the same affect.  Using virtual testimonials in your social entities are also something that can draw traffic in-store and keep keep them shopping there.  Consumers are looking for the quickest and easiest way to get through the holidays – but they also don’t want to pay too much. If you leverage mobile functionality to keep sales in-store, you will diminish the affect “showrooming” can have on your business.  For more information on how mobile can make your holiday sales stronger, please contact your Orlando Sentinel Media Group representative or:
Al Fiala
Advertising Research Manager

Source: Mobile Commerce Daily; Deloitte


Mobile Moviegoers

Going to the movies is a time honored tradition.  Things like streaming media and on-demand programming has made going out to the movies something special.  Economic conditions have also made going out to the movies something of a treat.  Moviegoers don’t want to waste time or money on a film that may not be something they want to see.  Mobile is one of the tools they are using to make sure a trip to the cinema is worth it, Recently a study has been released that shows how much moviegoers rely on mobile.

• One in five regular moviegoers always consult a mobile site or app before picking a movie to watch in
a theater

• 10% visit most of the time

• Nearly 40% sometimes check mobile resources before buying
a ticket

• 17% rarely visit and 16% never check mobile functions before deciding a movie to see

What Does This Mean To You?

Nearly one in three regular moviegoers utilizes mobile technology before they purchase a ticket for a movie.  This speaks volumes about how mobile affects the purchase cycle.  Mobile devices have become consumer’s on-the-go research department.  With so many consumers forming buying decisions based on mobile websites, apps, mobile search, mobile social presences and reviews – you need to make sure your businesses mobile site is something that will help bring you results.
Is the site easy to navigate?
Can users easily find contact information and location?
Are you promoting any positive reviews?
Do you offer any mobile coupons or offers?
Don’t let your mobile strategy cost you customers, for more information on mobile tactics that can help your business grow, please contact your Orlando Sentinel Media Group
representative or:
Al Fiala
Advertising Research Manager

Source: eMarketer; IAB

Smart Phones And Couponing

Mobile technology has rapidly evolved from the brick phone of the 90’s, to the flip phone of the early 2000’s, to the smart phones of today.  The size is not the only thing that changed, the number of things that we use them for has incrementally increased.  New research shows that helping consumers save money is one of the latest capabilities smart phones are now doing.

How have smart phone owners used their device in the past month?

• Over in five have accessed a coupon via email

• Nearly 20% compared deals

• Approximately one in six downloaded a coupon

• 15% downloaded a savings app

• 15% also used a discount code they got from a text message

• Just over 10% looked for deals through social media

What Does This Mean To You?

Look at your customer base, how many have mobile devices?
How many are using them in your store?
Smart phones are a great way to target your customers through a device they have with them an incredibly large amount of time.
Mobile devices give your customers an easy way to store and redeem coupons & offers from your business.  It’s fairly easy to forget to keep your coupons or misplace them.  But consumers tend keep a closer watch on their smart phones.  For more information on delivering effective messages to consumers through mobile devices, please contact your Orlando Sentinel Media Group representative or:
Al Fiala
Advertising Research Manager

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Mobile Ads And Effectiveness

Over the past year or two, mobile has become a consumer-driven force.  There has been much research done on who is using mobile devices, the activities they participate in, the apps they use and the content they want.  With all
this information, there is still one question businesses need to know – how effective is mobile in delivering my message.  A newly released study looked
into the acceptance levels of mobile advertising and the affect mobile ads had
on consumers.

• One in three tablet owners and one in five smart phone owners think that ads on mobile devices are acceptable

• 22% of tablet owners and 15% of smart phone owners don’t mind if they get ads on their device as long as they are relevant to them

• Nearly 20% of tablet owners clicked to view the full ad or product offering on a mobile device

• 8% of tablet owners and 5% of smart phone owners made a purchase on their mobile device after seeing an ad

• One in four tablet owners and 22% of smart phone owners made a purchase on a PC after seeing a mobile ad

• 17% of tablet owners looked for more information about a business after seeing a mobile ad

What Does This Mean To You?

The key to success with mobile ads, much like any form of marketing, is targeting.  The most effective and efficient campaigns are based on connecting with a target audience through media products they rely on and content that engages them.  The message you convey must speak to the needs of your target audience.  There is a time and place to talk about the features your product has or services your company provides; but to move the needle, you need to speak to the value you deliver.
Does it save your target audience time?
Will it save them money?
How does it enhance their life?
What problems will your goods and services solve?
Consumers look at mobile devices as a solution to great many things. By marketing your company or products as solutions as well, it will help you forge relationships and create awareness.  For more information on creating strategies that develop results, please contact your Orlando Sentinel Media Group representative or:
Al Fiala
Advertising Research Manager

Source: Nielsen

Second Screen Activities By Device

If there was ever a question of how important mobile devices have become to consumers, second screening activity should put it to rest.  It’s usually the television that keeps people mesmerized; now mobile content has become so important, it’s disrupting the time honored tradition of vegging out in front of the tube.  A new study has looked at second screening and the differences between watching TV while using a tablet or smart phone.

• 88% of tablet owners use their device while watching TV and 87% smart phone owner do the same

• The top activity is checking email – nearly 60% over tablet owners
and over 50% of smart phone owners check email with their devices while watching TV

• Accessing online content unrelated to the show being watched – 55% of tablet owners were distracted by unrelated content as were 36% of smart phone owners

• Utilized a downloaded app – Half of tablet owners and over 40% of smart phone owners used an app while watching TV

• Shopping – 45% of tablet owners shopped while watching TV, 23% of smart phone owners did the same

• Visited a social network – Over 40% of tablet owners and smart phone owners went to social media content while watching TV

• Accessed information related to the show they were watching – Nearly 4 in 10 tablet owners and almost a quarter of smart phone owners did this

• Looked up product information on an ad viewed on TV – Just over one in four tablet users and less than one in six smart phone owners went online to access content about an ad they saw

• Looked up coupons/deals related to a TV ad – Only 22% of tablet owners and 12% of smart phone users went online with their device to find coupons or deals because of an ad they viewed

What Does This Mean To You?

There has always been multi-tasking.  The difference is that consumers are accessing content that rivals the attention of what is on TV.  In fact, second screen actions that involve TV programming are the lowest ranking of the surveyed activities.  This shows how disruptive second screening is to any messages you may have on TV.  Consumers who are using their tablets or smart phones while watching TV are usually holding those devices, so they have added engagement.  Even with on-demand options, mobile technology gives users more choices and allows them to decide the content they want to watch.  That also gives businesses more targeting option.  For more information on how to create more awareness and engagement using mobile, please contact your Orlando Sentinel Media Group representative or:
Al Fiala
Advertising Research Manager

Source: Nielsen

Smart Phones Or Tablets, What Devices Do Consumers Use (Part 2)

In yesterday’s post, we examined research that showed the types of content that consumers are more likely to enjoy on their tablet vs. a smart phone.  Today, we’ll look at the activities that are done more often on smart phones.

Content Types Accessed More Often On Smart Phone Than Tablets:

• Reading The News – 62% of smart phone owners access news content

• Social Networking – Over half access social media

• Sports Content/Scores – One in four smart phone owners check their device for scores and results

• Streaming Audio Content – Nearly a quarter of smart phone owners access streaming audio

What Does This Mean To You?

Smart phones can almost be considered a frequency medium. Because consumers interact with their devices so often for varied reasons, your message needs to stand out.  You should make sure to maximize efficiencies through targeting.  You know who your targets are, position your message in content that is relevant to them,  For more information on maximizing mobile content to deliver results, please contact your Orlando Sentinel Media Group representative or:
Al Fiala
Advertising Research Manager

Source: Nielsen

Tablets or Smart Phones, What Devices Do Consumers Use (Part 1)

Mobile device has become the generic term for tablets, smart phones and pocket PCs (for the few people who still own pocket PCs), but the functionality and capabilities of these devices differ and so does the types of content most accessed on them.  A new research report looks at the type of device and the content consumers are most likely to use it for.  Knowing this information can help you create strategies that will maximize your mobile offerings.

• 46% of tablet owners access books on their device, that is 4 times more than the amount of smart phone users that access books on those devices

• Over one in four tablet owners watch movies on their device compared to just 9% of smart
phone owners

• 26% of those who have tablets use them to look at magazines, that over 4 times as many smart phone magazine readers

• A quarter of tablet owners watch TV shows on their tablets, just 10% of smart phone owners watch TV content on those devices

• Among iPad owners , users credit the device’s larger screen for its preference as a web and video viewing tool over the iPhone

• When it comes to social media and shopping functions, iPad owners are more likely to access this content via mobile web vs. app

What Does This Mean To You?

We’ve had several recent posts that point out how tablets are consumer’s preferred mobile device for mobile shopping. They are also the device consumers’ use most during second screen activities. Tablets are certainly the device of preference for long form information.  Consumers have long periods of engagement and tablets offer many benefits during the transactiontional phase of the sales process.  In tomorrow’s post, we’ll look at the activities that consumer do more of with their smart phones.  For more information on leveraging the right content to boost your mobile strategy, please contact your Orlando Sentinel Media Group representative or:
Al Fiala
Advertising Research Manager

Source: Nielsen