Mobile Marketing – Relax its Geofencing

Geofencing is a must-have tool for mobile marketers. The ability to target by latitude/longitude in 254 countries is impressive, but sometimes the client gets a little “greedy” and asks us to drill down to .00001 miles from a location. While the mindset is to eliminate waste, this thinking can cause wasted impressions and missed opportunities.

Sometimes buyers have a split personality regarding mobile. On one hand, they see the possibilities of geotargeting smartphones, running video ads, downloading IDs of tagged users that received an impression and a retargeting folder for devices that engaged with the creative. It is exciting and makes billboard, TV, and radio advertising look inefficient-which is true, they are.

On the other hand, buyers have an issue with perceived waste. They want to build a geofence around a store with no leeway, but there are a couple of problems with this. First, people enter and exit the store to go their cars, bus or walk to their next destination. This is an overflow that should be captured. Second, when we drill down to lat/long we are hitting a small target on the planet earth; rather, we would be more comfortable to drill down to .2 miles out. This gives the system room to breathe.

We can set up a campaign for each location and monitor to see if the click rate is within goal projections. If the ID pool was polluted, this would be the first line of defense to indicate there is a problem. As we use our optimization the program (app placement, operating system, etc.), we’re making the campaign efficient; this acts as a filter to weed out any underperforming impressions.

We capture impression IDs and the IDs that have engaged with the creative. The impression ideas will then be filtered by additional mobile campaigns: retargeting IDs will come in between 2x and 16x and have already passed the first test by engaging with the creative.

When Copley Advertising reviews the program, clients ask how many locations they can geofence. One… three? 40. I like to start with 40 because I need data. The more data we have, the quicker we can optimize and build ID folders. This way, when during the first week, we find four or five locations getting lower than a .2%, we pull those locations and stop delivering impressions and ask for five more locations to take their place. Over time, we like to get down to about 15 locations that are doing very well, fully optimized, with a large impression ID pool and a retargeting campaign ready-to-go.  Now that is fun.

“Copley Advertising is first and foremost a resource. I want every company or agency to know that they can call Copley Advertising and we will break down exactly how we create and implement a mobile marketing program. If they become a client, that is secondary.” says John Flynn, CEO of Copley Advertising.

So, remember what I said: go with a geofence with a radius of .2 miles and rest assured that when it comes to data, less is more because its geofencing, not geo-strangulation!

 

Geofencing – Off-Campus Housing

Mobile Marketing is a perfect fit for companies that own off-campus housing properties. College students are a great demographic for geofencing. The expansion of mobile capabilities and tracking have allowed mobile marketing companies to be creative in their approach to client’s needs.

Off-Campus Housing properties need to fill beds. The competition is fierce. There seems to an insatiable appetite for newer and better. But if there was an ability to meet the short term goals of filling units and create a consist pool of would-be renters that would be an interesting model.

Mobile Marketing can deliver that model. Here are some key aspects that mobile marketing uses to create a campaign for off campus housing properties.

Video Ads – The rise of video ads continues. The price has dropped and video ads are more effective than banner ads.  Another important aspect is that they tell a story. Marketing is all about telling a story.  By delivering your commercial to the tagged smartphones you can bring your property to them before they visit you.

The first week can be an introduction video commercial the second week could be commercial inviting device users to an event at your property and so on. After the device owner clicks on the video they are brought to your landing page to see the conclusion of the presentation. Copley Advertising is offering a video commercial in each tagged smartphone on campus. All user data (engaged IDs) is stored for future retargeting.

Geo-Conquesting – Your best demographic is students living in other off-campus housing. Even if the property is not in the targeted demographic the results we have seen is that the click rate is still between 2x to 6x higher than the average campaign.  Plus delivering those impressions that engaged to the retargeting pool is key.

Data – Many mobile platforms ignore the data. Copley Advertising helps clients see that each target location has subtle differences. Drilling down to operation systems (Android or iOS), app placement (which apps are overperforming and which apps are underperforming) and creative A/B testing. This information changes from college to college.  It’s extremely important that the information from the data guide the campaign.  This will increase effectiveness and efficiency.

Mobile marketing is not about just geofencing. Copley Advertising has the tools and experience to put together a complete marketing program that will reach off-campus housing’s short term and long term needs.

Questions? i[email protected] or (617) 651-2249.