Mobile Advertisers Can't Resist Thinking That A Single Call To Action Means Universal Rights To Bug People

from the pull,-not-push dept

For years, we’ve been trying to convince advertisers that mobile advertising needs to be about “pull” rather than “push” advertising. Since mobile users are “on the go” and often busy with something else, interrupting them with their mobile phone is going to be seen as a tremendous intrusion, often pissing off most recipients. Instead, the focus should be on setting up situations where the ads are effectively “called” by the user who is specifically looking for something (think Google ads, rather than pop up ads). For example, having a billboard that offers someone something if they punch in a code on their phone. Or, perhaps, making it easy for someone to proactively check if there are discounts at nearby coffee shops — rather than simply bombarding them with offers as they pass-by coffee shops.

Unfortunately, it looks like some advertisers are only getting half of the message. While they understand the importance of there being some kind of “call to action” by the user to initiate any kind of advertising relationship, many seem to think that after that initial call to action, users are more open to receiving ongoing communications. That’s unlikely to be true — as many users may want a particular type of communication at one time, but will not be in the mood to get something similar the next day when they’re in a rush to get somewhere. The companies pay lip service to not bothering people by saying things like: “If there is no response after several times, the phone will stop sending alerts.” However, by that point, you’ve already annoyed the person “several times” after they only opted-in to hear what you had to say once. It’s hard to see how that’s beneficial at all.

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Companies: clear channel

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