The Direct Marketing, iPad and Video Holiday Shopping Link
Consumers are shopping this holiday season with their iPads more than those with Android tablets. And now, online video is being credited with closing more sales and getting higher conversions from mobile shoppers. Today we link the reasons why consumers are choosing to shop on iPads, how video influences consumer behavior, and reasons why direct marketers need to hop on this bandwagon now.
So why do we think consumers are using iPads over Android tablets?
First, not all mobile is created visually equal and with the same ease of use. And second, not all media are created equal. We explain why in today's video.
Next, we recommend three action items you can take now:
- Conduct a competitive analysis of what your competition is doing with online video. If they're already there, it's costing you business.
- You have an opportunity to be your category leader by repositioning your marketing strategy to include online video. (We also share with you the increase in email open rates you can get by putting the word "video" in your subject line).
- A/B test your current approach, or control, with video. Even better: test video formats, length, offers, and call-to-actions.
These are all best-practice approaches that will take your direct marketing and online video marketing initiatives, to a new, higher level, especially on iPads and other mobile devices. And if you think it's too late to do something this season, challenge yourself and your team to think again. Create a simple video. You don't need much time to produce it. Then test it next week, with an email alert to your customers, so you can read the results and be ready for 2013. And please comment below with your experience this season with online video.
(If the video isn't just above this line, click here to view it.)
Reinventing Direct is for the direct marketer seeking guidance in the evolving world of online marketing. Gary Hennerberg is a mind code marketing strategist, based on the template from his new book, "Crack the Customer Mind Code." He is recognized as a leading direct marketing consultant and copywriter. He weaves in how to identify a unique selling proposition to position, or reposition, products and services using online and offline marketing approaches, and copywriting sales techniques. He is sought-after for his integration of direct mail, catalogs, email marketing, websites, content marketing, search marketing, retargeting and more. His identification of USPs and copywriting for clients has resulted in sales increases of 15 percent, 35 percent, and even as high as 60 percent. Today he integrates both online and offline media strategies, and proven copywriting techniques, to get clients results. Email him or follow Gary on LinkedIn. Co-authoring this blog is Perry Alexander of ACM Initiatives. Follow Perry on LinkedIn.