Is this really the year of mobile?
I’m going to share a statistic I came across in a Forbes magazine story and I’d love to know whether you find it as absolutely staggering as I did when I first read the piece. According to a study released by Cisco last month, by 2016 monthly global mobile traffic is estimated to exceed 10 exabytes (for reference, an exabyte is a million terabytes) – and while that alone is quite significant, a whopping 40% of that traffic will come from Asia. 40%, it is hard to believe that nearly half of worldwide mobile traffic is poised to come from our region alone!
As mobile marketing has gained momentum over the past few years, there’s been prolific industry chatter nominating that each new year was ‘the year of mobile‘. Frankly, I’ve never taken that view. I think we’re just starting to grasp exactly how far we in the marketing industry can go with one of the most exciting and expansive areas we’ve seen in years.
Today’s marketers have a vast mobility tool kit full of tactics for consumer engagement such as QR codes, SMS, location-based marketing using GPS technology and more. Long gone are the days when mobile device users were considered a niche audience. These days, developers understand that they have a wide audience to reach via a wide range of platforms like iOS, Android and Windows. Those platforms are running on an devices like smartphones, tablets, and even ‘phablets’ (yes, a phone-tablet hybrid now exists). More often than ever at marketing events we hear industry leaders proclaim that when it comes to digital content we need to ‘build for mobile first and expand out from there’.
The proliferation of devices shows no signs of slowing down, and mobile delivery platforms are continuing to mature. So, what does this mean for marketers across APAC? Marketing directly to the palm of consumers’ hands through their personal devices is now well received. According to the Asia Digital Marketing Association’s (ADMA) 2011 Digital Marketing Yearbook, more than two-thirds of consumers across the region say they are comfortable receiving mobile advertising. Also worth noting:
- 65% of consumers use online services to locate nearby services
- More than a quarter of mobile users across APAC say they will use their device in-store to research products and services
- Nearly half of mobile users in the region say they’ve benefitted from being introduced to a product via mobile advertising
Rather than stating last year, this year or even next year as the singular banner year for mobile marketing, perhaps we’re best to agree that we’re right in the middle of the mobile era — or is this just the beginning? I welcome your thoughts on the topic.