The mobile phone is increasingly central to consumers lives with SMS in particular continuing to grow at an unprecedented rate. The mobile phone is the perfect mechanism with which to engage the consumer, particularly as it is location independent and the one device most of us carry with us 24/7. Capturing data from the consumer whether for research purposes or as a registration process enables offline advertising to have a call to action that can be responded to immiediately.
Invite your customers to text a word to a shortcode then by return the customer can recieve some promotional content such as link to a mobile website or a data capture page to capture contact or demographic information including an email address so you can engage them online.
The mobile phone is an ideal medium through which to interact with consumers for market research purposes, SMS gives immiediacy and delivers the richness of an internet experience via rich media mobile web pages. In most instances this delivers a much higher response than email to internet based communications, data that is captured in this way can then be delivered real time messages.
For any form of consumer registration to a new service,mobile can achieve the same result as a live operator at a fraction of the cost. Mobile can be particularly effective when the information required is routine and requires no human interaction. Also where required mobile responses can be set dependent on the type of trigger sent in from the customer, leading to messages that are full of value, personalised and relevant to each of your customers which in turn will increase loyalty and encourage ongoing two way customer interaction for your brand.