It’s remarkable how much the marketing landscape has changed over the last decade and how much it continues to evolve each year. Traditional offline marketing, while remaining strong, has taken a back seat to the advent of digital starting with email and web, and expanding into the mobile, display, and social channels.
As digital channels rise, change, and get adopted by marketers, Yes Lifecycle Marketing wants to keep their finger on the pulse of what’s new and what works. One of the unique up-and-coming digital channels that can prove extremely effective for marketers is Mobile Wallet.
Mobile Wallets are native mobile apps that come pre-installed on both iOS and Android devices. For all of you iPhone users out there, that app is called ‘Wallet,’ while the Android alternative is named ‘Google Pay.’ These apps make it simple for smartphone-toting customers to save, store, and revisit things like loyalty cards, coupons, offers, boarding passes, event tickets, VIP passes, and more for convenient use on their mobile devices.
Mobile Wallet also benefits marketers because it provides the ability to pass these pieces of digital collateral directly to their users, thus allowing brands to streamline content and boost engagement on a novel digital front. Because it’s simple to use and easy to add to existing marketing streams, Mobile Wallet empowers marketers to quickly create and deploy mobile offers that prompt subscribers to download and save offers to their smartphones.
According to the 2016 Vibes Mobile Consumer Study, today’s consumers understand the inherent value and convenience of mobile offers – about a third (32%) of all smartphone users currently utilize their Mobile Wallet as a passbook for offers, loyalty cards, and more. 94% of consumers using Mobile Wallet have said that they’re likely to save personalized Mobile Wallet offers and coupons sent by brands, making it a highly relevant and actionable communication stream for many marketers. In fact, since the announcement of Apple Pay in September 2014, Vibes has seen a 1,143% increase in Apple Wallet content installs across 2,000+ campaigns run by more than 30 leading brands. The signs are clear: Mobile Wallet adoption is only going to grow as smartphone users begin to recognize its convenience and versatility and become comfortable with its capabilities.
Marketers can tap into two types of communications that can be sent to their subscribers:
Marketers have the ability to deploy trackable, updatable, location-aware content that is standardized for both major mobile operating systems. Mobile Wallet helps brands drive in-store and online visits, coupon/voucher redemptions, and ROI. The channel establishes a direct connection with a marketer’s consumer base, much of which is constantly connected to mobile devices.
Mobile Wallet users can save and organize offers, coupons, and loyalty cards in a single digital place, easily accessible on their mobile devices; gone are the days of needing a paper coupon or a plastic loyalty card/keychain fob for redemption. Since this content is readily available at users’ fingertips– and automatically updated by savvy marketers – Mobile Wallet provides a timeless connection between brands and consumers.
Marketers can leverage the location feature on consumers’ phones and deliver push notifications to those users who have saved a brand’s Mobile Wallet campaign as they get within a specific radius of a store location. This Mobile Wallet functionality can be very effective for savvy brick-and-mortar retailers; imagine a consumer walking around on her lunch break and having her Mobile Wallet ping her with the latest offer as she walks by a store whose content she’s saved! It’s both timely and convenient.
In addition, this Mobile Wallet feature can be extended to beacon support for more targeted messaging tailored to consumers’ locations.
To lay the groundwork for marketers less familiar with this channel, here are the basic elements of a Mobile Wallet campaign:
To provide further context into Mobile Wallet, here is what a campaign actually looks like:
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