Coupons & the Gradual Migration to Mobile WiFi engagement

Woman Clipping from Magazineby Chuck Martin, MediaPost

Those mobile coupons keep coming, mainly because they work.

Going through a new study by BI Intelligence confirms what various other  research has been finding, that mobile coupons are small, but effective and  growing.

The study points out that the number of mobile coupons is expected to  increase to 53 million a year by next year.

More significantly is the redemption rate of 10% compared to the 1%  redemption rate of traditional coupons.

It’s no secret that mobile coupons drive traffic to stores and that shoppers  are attracted to and enticed by deals.

The coupon market is huge. Last year and the year before, there were 350  billion consumer packaged goods coupons, notes the BI Intelligence study.

About 90% of those coupons were distributed as print inserts in publications, with digital coupons representing less than 1% of the total. Talk about a  mobile growth opportunity!

Coupons will have to move to mobile, both due to the decline of physical  newspapers and the convenience factor for mobile shoppers.

The reasons retailer brands offer coupons through digital means such as apps  and mobile websites are to drive digital revenue, increase foot traffic to stores, gather data and build relationships, according to the BI Intelligence  study.

While traditional coupons can be used to gather data on certain promotions  and offers, mobile coupons can substantially increase the information captured,  not to mention the ability to personalize offers based on a consumer’s shopping  history, habits and location.

While the print coupons data is only linked to a campaign, mobile coupon data  can be tied to an individual as well as to their wider shopping behavior, the  study notes.

With mobile coupons, retailers can leverage location-based data and device  information for additional insights into shopping patterns, at least those of  mobile shoppers.

Mobile coupons are still a tiny part of all coupons and mobile commerce is  still only a very small part of all retail commerce. Just like the number of  people with smartphones,  the direction of both is clear.

For more information about starting a pilot mobile coupon campaign, engaging any WiFi enabled device at or near the point of sale, contact paul@webtelmarketing.com or visit http://www.webtelmarketing.com for more information about affordable WiFi advertising and free WiFi for your customers.

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