A Window into Mobile Marketing: A list of readily available resources

A Window into Mobile Marketing: A list of readily available resources

The practice of engaging one’s audience through the mobile channel, i.e. mobile marketing, has been steadily growing over the years and as of late one simply needs to look at the increasing attention it is getting in the popular press, the plethora of new industry reports being put out, the steady rise of academic papers in the field, the levels of investment being made and the rash of recent mergers and acquisitions to get a sense that something is afoot. 

It is clear that the mobile phone has made its way into mainstream society.  In many industrialized states mobile penetration exceeds 100% (Netsize 2007), the majority of U.S. households (85%) are now mobile (Steele 2007), the use of services like mobile voice, text messaging and the mobile internet are on the rise (CTIA 2007), not to mention the fact that mobile subscribers report that the mobile phone is a key part of their lifestyle and that they’ve developed a dependency on their mobile phone (MMA 2006). 

The evidence and information that the mobile channel is a viable marketing medium are amounting as are the guidelines and best practices on how to use it as such. However, given the nascent status of the industry, much of this evidence is scattered far and wide.  It can be found on the web, in electronic and print articles, reports, conference proceedings, white papers, journals, and tightly locked away within the minds of individual experts and corporate knowledge repositories.  While it is impossible in this short piece to provide an exhaustive list of resources, this article attempts to provide a summary of key sources of data and is intended to encourage others to help contribute to the industry’s growing body of knowledge around the development and practice of mobile marketing. 

To make sense of a phenomenon like mobile marketing we must first collect and amass data and then analyze the data to generate knowledge.  Miles & Humberman (1994) refer to the process of data collection and analysis as sense-making.  They start with identifying sources of data, which include documentation and reports, archival records, interviews, observation, physical artifacts and the like, and then suggest any number of methods (coding, triangulation, factoring, relationship building, statistical analysis, etc.) to make sense of the data. As noted, however, in order to get started with sense-making, one must first gain access to data.  The following provides a list of readily available resources for research into field and practice of mobile marketing. 

Again, as noted, the list above is by no means an exhaustive one, but it should provide those interested in mobile marketing with a place to start their inquiry.  If you are aware of additional readily available resources for mobile marketing data, please share it with the community by emailing the resource reference (name, description, URL) to research@mmaglobal.com.

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Michael Becker is an intentionally recognized identity & personal information management solutions strategic advisor, speaker, entrepreneur, and academic. He advises companies on personal information economy business strategy, product development, business development, and sales & marketing strategies. He also represents them at leading trade groups, including the Mobile Ecosystem Forum. Michael is an advisor to Assurant, Predii, Privowny, and Phoji. He is the co-author of Mobile Marketing for Dummies and a number of other books and articles related to mobile marketing, identity, and personal information management. He is on the faculty of marketing of the Association of National Advertisers and National University. A serial entrepreneur, Michael founded Identity Praxis, co-founded mCordis and The Connected Marketer Institute, was a founding member of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), and was on the MMA board of directors for ten years and was MMA’s North American Managing Director for three years. In 2004, Michael co-founded iLoop Mobile, a leading messaging solutions provider. In 2014, Michael was awarded the 2014 Marketing EDGE Edward Mayer Education Leadership Award for his commitment to marketing education.

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