4 Mobile Marketing Trends to Focus on in 2017

Creative marketing can set your business apart from the pack, so it’s wise to stay up on the latest mobile marketing trends for 2017.

As we begin our descent to the end of 2016, it’s vital for small businesses to look ahead to 2017 and beyond. Creative marketing can set your business apart from the pack, so it’s wise to stay updated on new approaches and trends.

The amount of consumers accessing the web via mobile devices now outweighs desktop users. These days, it’s not enough to just be “mobile friendly.” Here are four ways your small business should be utilizing mobile marketing in the upcoming year.

Mobile Marketing Trends for 2017

Mobile Search

One of the most important factors is that your business is visible via mobile search. Confirm that your website is responsive, meaning it automatically adjusts to the device being viewed on. This will help your rank with Google and ensure you don’t lose customers over poor functionality.

Your next course of action involves identifying key mobile word searches for your industry. What questions are potential customers typing into their mobile searches that your product or service can fulfill?

Once you identify the search questions, you can determine how to deliver the content-based solution.

Mobile Payments

Consumers are more comfortable than ever using mobile payment options. Make sure your business is set up to accept mobile pay for your goods and services. “Buy” buttons already exist on various platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Imagine you’re in the market for a new coffeemaker. You’ve done some online research and think you’ve landed on a pretty great Cuisinart, but you’re not totally convinced.

Later, while scrolling Facebook … what do you notice? A Cuisinart ad directly on your Facebook news feed! Not only is it an ad, it’s an ad showcasing the very model you were just researching. Directly on that ad, there’s a “Buy” button that will quickly and conveniently have you well on your way to coffee heaven.

Instead of sending you to another site for payment, you’re able to purchase directly from your news feed effortlessly. Because consumers don’t have to go through multiple steps to make a purchase and the potential for distractions or hesitation is decreased, sales increase. As awareness goes up and retailers begin using these buttons more often, this tool could really take flight in 2017.

Mobile Apps

A recent Gallup poll indicates that 72 percent of Americans check their phones at least once an hour. The overwhelming majority of that time, up to 90 percent, is using apps. If your business doesn’t currently have a mobile app, now is the time!

Apps increase engagement, provides your business with customer data and increases the ways in which you are able to connect with your audience. Mobile app development can be done inexpensively and stands to benefit even the smallest companies by growing awareness of your brand. 

Mobile-Only Social

We all know how big social platforms are, but mobile-only social apps continue to rise in popularity. Periscope, Snapchat, Instagram and others should be part of your mobile marketing strategy. Make sure you’re always monitoring your social channels (either live or via social listening tools) and tailoring your message accordingly.

Don’t post the same content at the same time across all platforms. This leads to message fatigue and is the quickest way to lose subscribers. Connect with your followers by posting in-the-moment pictures and video that reflects your brand philosophy, experiences and attitude.

Marketing trends will come and go, but to capitalize on growth, you must stay current. Mobile will continue to expand in pervasiveness, so be sure your business is well supported.

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Megan Totka

Megan Totka Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for Chamber of Commerce. Chamber specializes in helping SMB's grow their business on the Web while facilitating the connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide. Megan specializes in reporting the latest business news, helpful tips and reliable resources and provides advice through her column on the Chamber blog.

8 Reactions

  1. Aira Bongco

    I think that a new breed of SEO will be born. More and more websites have to be optimized for mobile viewing.

  2. Since the mobile is now the primary device to browse the web, we should all focus on mobile marketing. We have also started working on our mobile apps to give personalized experience and improving our mobile websites.

  3. It is an advantage for the business person to stay updated with the newest and latest trends that will set his or her business on top ahead of the other competitors. One of the upcoming trends was the mobile marketing that can be the factor for your business to be visible even in mobile searching. It is true that these days, the amount of consumers accessing the web via mobile devices now outweighs desktop users, so, be sure that you should utilize mobile marketing and most especially make sure that your business is well supported.

  4. It’s crazy to think that 72% of Americans check their phones every hour! I think mobile usage is a huge advantage for every one in any business. I know myself, I find the majority of news online on my phone. Being able to keep the mobile apps like instagram and snapchat up to date (if used for your business) is so essential to keep the audience interested and engaged. Marketing, mobile phones and technology in general is always changing so being able to stay ahead of the game is so important. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Hi, I’m an Article editor myself and really enjoy this in-depth article, mostly people has been said about the benefits of SMS marketing for the mobvertiser. The humble SMS or Short Message Service is undoubtedly an excellent strategy for businesses wanting to connect with more customers, via their mobile phones and smartphones. However, this aspect of mobile marketing is not without its downside. It is important that the mobvertiser understands the pros and cons of SMS marketing, before actually entering the field and creating elaborate advertising campaigns.

    Every newbie marketer should be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of mobile marketing. The same is the case with SMS marketing. While this aspect of marketing can really help a company reach the heights of success, it also has its own negatives.

  6. What can you say about business owners who want to build an app? Should they hire a professional app developer?

  7. Its 2018 and this article is finally happening.
    Mobile payment is increasing day by day.

  8. Mobile search is really important. Now Google is shifting to mobile first indexing…..it already rolled out

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