We all know the mobile will become the centre of what consumers do. In the recently concluded Mobile Future Summit, the impact of this device has been summarized quite well. There were several good speakers and here is the essence of what some of them had to say:
Steve David, was a keynote speaker. Steve spent over 30 years at P&G , the final assignment as P&G’s CIO responsible for their Internet Strategy.
Steve laid out the case for Advocacy being the new measure of marketing. It has a lasting impact on the brand, the sales, and the relationship with the consumer. Companies who have a better understanding of the customer via sophisticated analytics and can quickly take the solutions and products that consumer want and need gain long-term competitive advantage. Insights from the market must be processed in real-time that can empower decision making at every level of the company. And mobile is central to this strategic shift. Mobile is being used to attack the counterfeit problem worldwide, in formulating personal recommendations as trust in brands erodes, in collecting analytics, and engaging interactions with products and services using NFC, etc.
In the session of The Balance of Privacy and Monetization from Consumer Data, advertisers like adidas want to move from 1-2-many to 1-2-1 relationship with the consumer that increases the volume and quality of the transactions. The valuable variables to track are location, propensity to buy, past actions, traffic inputs, etc. Discovery and recommendations also become important part of the whole process.
I do believe the next phase of customer engagement is on the mobile. The ability to build relationships using content, engagement & micro-transactional engagement using analytics & interaction studies are going to determine the success of brands.