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The 9 commandments of location-based mobile marketing

Jessica Biber

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Smartphones are with us everywhere, and GPS technology has made it possible for third parties to know where we are at all times. While this poses a big opportunity for marketers to target audiences in a whole new way, it can also be interpreted as majorly intrusive and lead to a whole host of other problems if done incorrectly. CJ Chaney, co-founder of proximity marketing platform Smartwhere, walked us through his nine commandments for effective location-based marketing in our recent webinar. Here’s what you need to know.

Follow these commandments to maneuver proximity marketing

1. Thou Shalt Not Be Creepy

Don’t use the technology in a way that it makes the customer raise their eyebrow. Click To Tweet

Don’t use the technology in a way that it makes the customer raise their eyebrow, where the first thing they’re going to say is, “How did they know this about me?” You want to create value and you want to let people know what the value is ahead of time.

2. Thou Shalt Provide Value

Don’t immediately prompt a user for location permissions out of the gate without telling them what it’s for. A much better way of handling a scenario like that is to pop an interstitial, which is a page that pops up before or after an expected content page. Within the interstitial, give users a really clear picture of what you’re doing with their information, and why you want to know their location, and more importantly, what’s going to be awesome about it once you do have this information. Then, if they want to opt in, allow them to enable permissions; if not, then just pop them out of the interstitial.

3. Thou Shalt Do No Evil

Don’t negatively affect a user’s device. So first and foremost, think about battery. Click To Tweet

Don’t negatively affect a user’s device. So first and foremost, think about battery. “We spend a lot of time doing [research and development] on really optimizing location services so it doesn’t impact a user’s battery,” CJ explained. “Same thing with data. Don’t chew up all of their data if you don’t have to.”

4. Thou Shalt Message at the Right Time and Right Place

Sometimes, the best way to engage with your customer based on the location information is after the fact. “Imagine a scenario where I walk into a store, and you know that I’ve been looking at a point of display for a new television for about 20 minutes. You don’t necessarily need to pop that ad right there at that moment,” CJ said. “It could be that you know I was there; you know I was looking at that television. Three days later, go ahead and send me a push notification or give me an interstitial that says, ‘Here’s that television, it’s 20 percent off now.’”

5. Thou Shalt Clean Up Messaging

If you do a local notification or a push notification based on users’ proximity or current location, if they leave that location and that message doesn’t have context anymore, make sure you clean it up. “There’s nothing worse than going to a location, getting some type of cool notification that you got 50 percent off, and then not seeing that notification until you’re 10 miles away from the store. Those are the types of scenarios that you want to avoid,” CJ said.

6. Thou Shalt Favor Dwells Over Enters

“Being able to see that somebody went into a specific store, that tells me a little bit. But being able to tell that they spent an hour and a half in the store, ooh that tells me a lot more. And that really helps me target those customers in a much better way.”

Get The Rest of the Commandments

For the final three commandments, check out the on-demand recording, “Navigating Location-Based Mobile Marketing.” You’ll catch not only the final commandments right around the 12-minute mark, but examples of brands generating major revenue dollars through proximity marketing, tools you can incorporate in your own mobile marketing campaigns, and ways to leverage across all the major industries.

Did you catch the webinar? Tell us what you thought in the comments below!

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Author
Jessica Biber

Jessica is the Senior Content Marketing Strategist at TUNE. Prior to TUNE, she managed a Marketing and Communications team for a national healthcare company, and she contributes to The Huffington Post and several blogs. She received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Pepperdine University, and loves exploring Seattle, traveling, and entertaining with friends.