More and more brands are looking into the best way to communicate through mobile content. While it seems like a new creative idea or campaign comes out every day, how do you measure their effectiveness?

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With the rise of cell phone and tablet use for browsing the internet, more and more brands are looking into the best way to communicate through mobile content. While it seems like a new creative idea or campaign comes out every day, it’s not as often that people discuss an essential element for adoption of these campaigns – how do you measure their effectiveness?

Mobile content marketing offers numerous opportunities from a measurement perspective. Since a majority of mobile sites are designed for the small screen, for example, they usually include more links to additional webpages, which increases our ability to monitor and track website activity. When implementing mobile content campaigns, it’s important to focus on elements and metrics that will map to an organization’s marketing objectives. In this case, we’ve identified three campaigns that highlight how mobile campaigns can be executed and measured against the following marketing goals: increase consumer engagement, increase awareness of a brand and conversion.

Engagement

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Via http://www.waze.com/livemap/

Gamification is becoming an increasingly popular and effective element when implementing mobile content to increase an organization’s engagement with its customers. Take the navigation startup, Waze for example. Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation application available on iOS and Android devices, which allows users to post traffic updates and alerts and interact with other application users. To increase and maintain engagement, Waze implemented Gamification elements. Waze users win points based off of navigation frequency, distance and number of reports or alerts they post. Each user has a scoreboard with five levels: Waze Baby, Waze GrownUp, Waze Warrior and Waze Knight. With each level comes increased reporting permissions and influence on real-time routing.

There are various ways to measure engagement within mobile campaigns like Waze. Platforms such as Web Trends, Google Analytics, and various others are available for your mobile application, this would allow you to track engagement through the amount of people who post updates and alerts, how many people use the navigation regularly, and how many times the average user navigates with the application. Additionally, options exist like measuring how many people and the rate at which people are advancing to the higher levels (Waze Warrior, Waze Knight. Measuring engagement helps to show that people not only use the application, but how many are making it part of their regular commute and are thinking about it enough to go on and give advice back to others in the community.

Awareness

During a seminar hosted by Waggener Edstrom on mobile content, the agency highlighted the Hot Spots application created for the popular SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. The Hot Spots app was developed to leverage the concept of Social, Local, Mobile (SoLoMo) to create an application that would cut through the noise and be useful to attendees, increasing festival awareness. Hot Spots was a free mobile application for Windows Phone 7 and the iPhone, which singled out the most popular nearby parties and talks based on Foursquare check-ins. The application’s landing page was effectively promoted with the #wedig hash tag.

Awareness is an important marketing goal as it helps to highlight just how far your message traveled. One way to measure a campaign like Hot Spot is by the number of people who were talking about the app, in this case there were over 900 mentions of either the app or the #wedig hashtag used to promote the app’s landing page on Twitter. This metric gives us information about how many times the app was shared, but adding to this could be the reach – or the total number of followers of all the people who talked about the app on twitter, since this would show you the potential number of times the message was seen. Other awareness metrics include the number of pieces of coverage the campaign received, share of voice within SXSW conversation and the sentiment of conversation surrounding Hot Spot.

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Conversion

Due to the current shift from e-commerce to m-commerce with mobile applications and social media expected to account for 50 percent of web sales by 2015, many companies are not only deploying mobile websites, but constantly optimizing their mobile sites and applications to increase sales. Recent studies have shown that consumers prefer mobile-friendly websites, and are more likely to purchase products or services when they visit a company’s mobile site. For example, when browsing Amazon’s store online, no matter the device, we are more inclined to purchase an item if the site’s navigation is simple and quick. Measuring customer focus, product preferences and mobile site effectiveness is much simpler on mobile as well.

Since mobile sites are on smaller screens with less content (ideally) and more navigation, it’s easier to measure areas that are of specific interest to a customer. Instead of dividing products up by large general categories, mobile sites can be much more specific, and by using analytics services, marketers have a better idea if people who view one group of products are more likely to buy than those who view a similar but slightly different group of products.

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Via http://www.flickr.com/photos/labyrinthx/1955692114/

Additionally, we are able to track whether consumers on a phone are more likely to purchase than those on a tablet – and modifying mobile campaigns for the type of device your audience is most likely to purchase from can help to increase purchases and conversions of your product.

The metrics we’ve offered are just a few of the many that are available to marketers who want to highlight the success of their mobile campaigns. While metrics and audiences can change for mobile campaigns, the important thing to keep in mind is the same for any campaign: begin thinking about how you will measure success from the beginning. Understanding your business goals and tracking performance against those the whole way through a campaign gives marketers the ability to effectively show their campaigns success – regardless of the platform used.

Co-Written with Ashley Paula