Desktop Marketing vs. Mobile Marketing

The recent exponential growth of mobile consumers (using smart phones or tablets) has made mobile marketing a major focus for digital marketers and business owners alike. But where do mobile marketing strategies stand in comparison to desktop marketing? Where should you, as a business owner, be focusing your marketing efforts? In this article we explore the difference between mobile and desktop marketing in reaching consumers, and hopefully give you better insight as to where your company should devote its marketing attention.

Mobile Marketing

Mobile marketing is the winner when it comes to engaging consumers. Statistics show consumers tweet and share at a much greater rate when using their mobile devices. This is excellent for a non-profit organization who is trying to be heard or an ecommerce site with a special sale, but maybe less important for other companies.

Mobile marketing is surprisingly more beneficial for videos, because viewers watch full-screen on their mobile phones- completely focused on your video. Whereas desktop screens typically display ads or other videos to the side of the one being shown, allowing users to get distracted from your message.

As you might expect, mobile flourishes with location-based marketing, sharing the right message to match a user’s location and actions. Looking for directions to your closest shoe store? Need a doctor? Location based mobile marketing strategies are vital to any business with a storefront, a bit less important if your business is ‘in the cloud.’

If these mobile trends continue, you’ll probably need to focus more of your efforts on mobile marketing, regardless of your business. Just take a look at these mobile marketing statistics, offered by Chris Warden for Convince & Convert, here. Warden notes that mobile device usage is expected to be more prevalent than desktop usage worldwide as developing countries have easier access to mobile devices than desktop computers.

Desktop Marketing is not Dead

While mobile marketing has become an effective way to connect with consumers, desktop marketing still has some distinct advantages. You’re limited to what you can do with mobile phones because of the small screen, so a large desktop display gives your business the chance to shine. Take the opportunity to flesh out your message and show everything your company offers.

More people make purchases through e-commerce sites through their desktops, so you can focus on this area for most of your sales. But don’t overlook tablets in the process, these are quickly gaining speed in sales and create much higher conversion rates than smartphones. Tablets also tend to have higher-priced sales because of the demographic that can afford one.

Digital Marketing Strategies

It’s not really a fight between mobile and desktop. Most consumers are now practicing “multiscreening” across their different devices, explains Danyl Bosomworth for Smart Insights (Click for Full Article). Because of this, digital marketers need quality testing across devices to make sure the experiences between them are cohesive.

Your business should utilize both desktop and mobile marketing. By focusing on both, you can capture consumers both when they’re home and when they’re out, and you can create an effective mix of engagement and selling. More specific attention and targeting depends on the business.

For more information or if you need help with your marketing strategy, please contact us today. It’s our job to keep an eye on mobile trends, and keep up with your consumers and their changing habits.