15 Tips to Start Mobile Marketing with a Zoom!

mobile marketing plan zoom So you're finally starting to get the basics of online marketing. You have a website and a blog. You might have a Facebook account with some engaged fans. You may or may not have a Twitter account but you’re definitely on LinkedIn!

You keep hearing about mobile marketing and how you can leverage it to grow your business yet you aren’t sure where to start.

15 Tips to Zoom Your Mobile Marketing Plan:

1. Mobile marketing is not a strategy. Doing mobile marketing should not be your objective. Mobile marketing is a medium for communication, marketing and relationship building. Mobile marketing should support your business, marketing and social media goals and objectives.

2. Don’t skip the plan. You’ve been without mobile marketing this long, it’s not going to destruct your business if you wait another 30-60 days to build a plan and do it right.

3. Avoid random acts of social media (RAMs). If you find yourself and your team thinking, doing and executing random acts of social media, stop immediately and do not pass go. Head to the nearest conference room and grab a marker, whiteboard and some chocolate. Take the time to develop your plan before the RAMs eat your quarter three profit!

4. Learn the ecosystem of social media first. It’s imperative you understand how mobile marketing fits into the bigger picture.  Do some quick research, hire a consultant or agency if you aren’t  sure yourself.

5. Develop a social media policy. Every business big and small should have a social media policy that defines how team members should and should not engage in social media. It will protect you and help guide you when and if something does go wrong.  Make sure to include key contacts and processes for handling situations if they should arise.

6. Start with social listening. The best way to learn is to listen to what others are saying and doing. Check out your competition on your mobile phone. Can you see their website or blog on your phone? What social networks are they promoting and helping guide you to? How are they engaging with their community? How are they leveraging location based social platforms and apps such as FourSquare?

7. Don’t follow in the path of your competition. Just because your competition has a Foursquare account it doesn’t mean they know what they are doing. Define your own objectives and build your own plan.  Copying others with no plan of your own is a recipe for disaster.

8. Don’t build a solo mobile platform without a home base. Make sure your goals and objectives include more than just the mobile platform.  Where do you want the user to visit from a Foursquare or Facebook Places page? Do you want them to visit your blog? What do you want them to do when they get there?

9.  Stay focused on your audience. Get in the head of your customers. What will help them succeed in life and business? Don’t launch a mobile platform that is focused on only you.  You have only a few seconds to grab their attention. Make sure you do it with a focus on them, not you. Know where they are hanging out in social media. What are they talking about? What is the tone of the conversation?

10. Remember social media is one big conversation. Focus on understanding your audience and how you can have a relevant and engaging conversation with them. Mobile marketing is not just about getting Foursquare check-ins. You want people to tell their friends about you and your business.  Focus on creating experiences using the social platforms that will inspire your audiences to have a conversation.

11. Mobify your website and blog. Check out your own blog and website on several different mobile phones. You might be surprised how good or bad it looks.  Keep it simple and focus on good quality content.  If your site is not mobile ready hire an agency to develop one for you. A simple mobile site should cost hundreds not thousands of dollars if you have a platform to support doing mobile in the first place. If you don't know where to start give us a ring and we can have your site up within the next 2-3 weeks!

12. Claim your location based pages on the social networks. At minimum this includes Foursquare, Google Places, Facebook Places.  There are many others such as Gowalla, Scavngr etc.  However, keep focused on the basics to start. Claim your business on Facebook and setup your business page including custom header and logo on FourSquare as a start.

13. Integrate your home base and other social platforms with your location based pages. Make sure to include and connect your Twitter, Facebook, website, blog  urls with the location based accounts. Don’t wait to do this. Do this as a top priority or chances are you’ll never do it. Don't forget the importance of a consistent brand experience across the platforms. The last thing you want is a mobile presence that looks and smells nothing like the rest of your online and offline world.

14. Yes, real business does happen in social media. It’s true, connections are made that drive real business. Foursquare and Twitter are not just for kids silly rabbit! You may even find that your leads are better qualified that come in via the social media sales funnel.

15.  Don’t focus only on how you will find the time and budget for social media. Instead focus on how you can integrate social media and mobile marketing into the DNA of your business. What can your sales and marketing team NOT do because of the integration of social media? What can they do better by using social media? How could your customer service and customer satisfaction metrics be improved due to the new communication medium that never shuts off and is always listening? Focus on the positive and how you can leverage social media for your business.

Your Turn

Are you using social media to help meet goals and objectives? What has been the result? Have you become frustrated before you got started? What are your concerns that are holding you back from using mobile marketing?


About the Author:

CEO / Founder Marketing Nutz, full service social media, digital marketing, experiential brand, conversion optimization agency. Ranked by Forbes as Top 10 Social Media Women and 10 Social Media Power Influencer. Keynote speaker, author, strategist, consultant, coach, & trainer. Helps businesses of all sizes integrate social media into the DNA of their business, connect with target audiences to nurture authentic customer relationships. 15+ years experience working with Fortune 500, Franchised corporations with 4000+ local franchises to entrepreneurs and startups.


  1. Mathy Lisika- Minsende August 10, 2011 at 9:31 am

    That’s a great article it feels like the 15 social media comendemant. I will be taking all of them in consideration

  2. Sparkle7337 August 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

    You continue to inspire me. I decided to shift my career specifically because of your point #15.  After spending years doing corporate strategy and analysis, this part seemed so apparent to me and so invisible, incomprehensible, and completely foreign to others. One thing that I think adds to this is that just like in technology (my field), if you are in one place for a long time with one basic focus you lose site of the changes and innovations in your own field of expertise.  It is almost inevitable.  I think that this has occurred with many marketing professionals as well.  I can’t believe the number of friends I have in marketing who still believe that social media is just “a small part” of a marketing effort and don’t see it as a part of the DNA as you say of the organization. Thanks for bridging that gap and being a needed voice!

  3. Joseph Ruiz August 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Excellent tips Pam to build on what you have here, consider adapting SEO to include mobile here is a great site with free tools to help. http://www.mobilemoxie.com/mobile-tools/ 

  4. Joseph Ruiz August 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Oh and don’t forget to monitor mobile performance, you can do this in Google analytics without using special filiters or there are some other options available.

  5. Debster707 August 14, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Great article, but I wanted to email it. Why don’t you give people that option? I’m really old fashioned I guess.

  6. Anonymous August 18, 2011 at 3:46 am

    As we know that Internet is now one of the source through which buyers comes to know about new products. So that social listening is essential and effective tips yet. Really informative article. I will try all these strategies for mobile marketing.

  7. Wesley Wise August 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Number 9. Stay focused on your audience is really true. The public is your audience therefore you should give them your best performance. 🙂

  8. media marketing September 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I was just thinking about creating a mobile version of my websites when I found your article! My friend told me that her website traffic tripled when she created mobile version. As far as I understand people usually surf through internet when they’re on the go, so mobile websites became more important than in the past. If you’re not doing it – you’re losing a lot!

  9. LawrenceFajardo September 13, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Correct! also as opposed to email, of which often stays not opened, each SMS Mobile Marketing person likely will open your message at the very least. These positive aspects have brought about an answer rate of 20% to 82%, depending upon the trade.

  10. ambreen11 January 28, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Make sure you are always ahead of technology; it changes quickly. You will be more competitive if your technology is advanced. Don’t forget to use QR codes on your printed advertisements to appeal to smartphone users. This makes it easier for smartphone users to gain quick access to your website or promotion.

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