Mobile handsets are fast becoming a shopping tool. Near field communication (NFC) technology catapults that movement with the inclusion in devices and service by Google, Nokia, Apple, AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless.
This year, mobile becomes a marketing discipline or practice in overall ad strategies, rather than an application in a campaign or on a handset or tablet, according to the white paper “Upward Mobility: Developing an Effective Mobile Shopper Marketing Strategy” that Augme will release this week.
Sitting on the front line in campaign planning sessions with consumer product goods companies like Johnson & Johnson in 2010 reveals that many strategies were based on applications or QR codes for specific products, according to David Apple, CMO of Augme. That changes this year, he says, as more consumers use mobile devices to advance consumption, knowledge and capabilities about products and services with or without assistance from the brand.
CPG companies have begun making the transition to integrate technologies, such as NFC, into point-of-sale platforms in stores, Apple says. “Many things still must happen, and it will become easier for chips to be integrated into mobile devices, than retailers to rip out lasers and put in imagers,” he says, referring to NFC technology. “The big catalyst in the U.S. becomes what companies and carriers get paid in the process.”