7 Biggest Mobile Marketing Trends That Will Level Up Your Business

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Nearly 4 out of 5 consumers shop using their mobile devices. Can you imagine where your business will be if you can capture even less than a quarter of that population?

Mobile marketing is a catalyst of success for any business today.

As of 2023, a staggering 6.92 billion people — or 85.74 % of the global population — are smartphone users. That population is expected to surge further and reach 7.7 billion by 2027.

MMT: smartphone users stats

Source: Statista

And as mobile usage continues to increase, so does people’s dependence on the convenience of mobile transactions. In the U.S. alone, 79% of smartphone users shop using their mobile devices.

Savvy mobile marketers and businesses all over the world are taking advantage of this development. According to Statista, global mobile advertising spending is projected to reach nearly $495 billion by 2024.

If you have yet to develop mobile-friendly marketing strategies, now is the time.

Discover some of the top mobile marketing trends that will have a lasting impact on any business. Stay ahead of the curve as you plan your next successful mobile marketing campaigns.

What is mobile marketing?

Mobile marketing is the process of reaching and engaging your target audience via their mobile devices. When crafting an effective mobile marketing strategy, it’s crucial to understand the latest trends to optimize your approach and reach your target audience where they’re most active.

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest developments that have soared in popularity among users.

7 Mobile Marketing Trends That Will Shape 2024 and Beyond

1. Mobile commerce

Mobile commerce or m-commerce involves buying and selling goods and services using mobile devices.

M-commerce transactions often occur on digital shopping platforms like Amazon, eBay, and Shopify, but you can also complete it through social media. This trend is called social commerce, a subset of mobile commerce (more on this below).

Mobile commerce has been around for quite some time but the trend took off during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic when most physical stores had to close.

But even as the global economy has reopened, mobile commerce continues to gain traction. eMarketer Insider Intelligence projects that 66% of the American population will make at least one purchase using their mobile devices in 2024.

Additionally, mobile device users accounted for about 71% of global retail site traffic and 61% of online shopping orders (as of the second quarter of 2022).

These figures indicate one crucial mobile marketing insight — consumers worldwide have embraced the comfort, convenience, and pleasure of mobile shopping.

Take a look at the following data:

MMT: mobile commerce stats

Source: Tidio

So, if you want your business to make an impact, leverage the power of mobile commerce to reach and engage many consumers.

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MMT: Youfoodz app screenshot

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2. Social commerce

Social commerce integrates social media and e-commerce. In this strategy, you allow your target market to discover, browse, and purchase your products directly within their favorite social platforms.

Unlike traditional e-commerce, which relies on dedicated websites or mobile apps, social commerce seamlessly blends the shopping experience with the social experience. This creates a more interactive and engaging environment for consumers.

And as I’ve witnessed happen for numerous digital trends: the higher the customer engagement, the higher the growth opportunities.

In 2022, the global social commerce revenue reached an impressive $724 billion. Industry analysts project an even more remarkable growth trajectory, expecting the figure to exceed $8.5 trillion by 2030.

Source: Research and Markets

Considering the widespread use of mobile phones and devices, it is not hard to see why mobile marketers are jumping on this trend. After all, most social media usage occurs on mobile, so it’s just wise to meet consumers where they already spend a significant amount of their online time.

Nike is one brand that has successfully implemented social commerce as a mobile marketing strategy. Through exclusive drops and limited-edition releases, the sports apparel giant encourages user engagement and drives sales directly from their social their channels.

MMT: Nike social commerce

Source: Nike

3. Mobile streaming video content

Over the past few years, there’s been a dramatic shift in the way people consume content. Many are far more likely to watch videos on mobile devices than read texts — spending an average of 17 hours video watching per week. According to a Cisco study, online video streaming and downloads accounted for 82% of internet traffic in 2022.

In 2023, the global digital video viewer count is projected to hit 3.5 billion, with an average weekly online video consumption of 17 hours per person. This underscores a notable trend favoring video content.

There are several reasons behind the rise of this mobile marketing trend, but those that stand out to me are the following:

  1. First, mobile videos provide a rich, immersive experience that captures users’ attention. With stunning visuals, dynamic sound, and creative storytelling, they offer a captivating viewing experience that keeps users glued to their screens.
  2. Second, mobile videos are easily shareable. With just a few taps, users can effortlessly spread the content they love to their friends and followers, promoting a sense of interconnectedness in the digital world.
  3. Third, internet speed and mobile technology have improved significantly and continuously in recent years. Thanks to 5G network technology and more advanced devices, mobile videos now load swiftly — 100x faster than with 4G – and play seamlessly, enhancing the overall user experience.
  4. Lastly, there’s TikTok. Yes, TikTok! This platform has revolutionized the way we consume mobile videos, offering a unique combination of short-form content and user-generated creativity that has taken the world by storm, redefining the social media landscape in the process.

When it comes to mobile marketing trends, TikTok is a clear winner. The short-form video content app has been downloaded more than 3 billion times and is currently the most downloaded app in the world.

MMT: TikTok downloads stats

Source: Sensor Tower

Thanks to its algorithm that serves up a never-ending stream of content, TikTok has become so irresistible that it’s poised to become one of the world’s most powerful mobile marketing channels.

Even tech giants like YouTube and Instagram, have followed suit and adopted similar short-form video content strategies. YouTube introduced “YouTube Shorts,” while Instagram launched “Instagram Stories” and “Reels,” catering to this popular trend.

Source: YouTube

But before you think of jumping onto the TikTok bandwagon, let me stress a few crucial points.

As good as TikTok is at driving user engagement, it doesn’t automatically mean that it makes an ideal video content marketing platform for all industries and app genres. TikTok’s visual appeal may attract e-commerce customers, but its campiness may turn off B2B clients.

Of course, there are exemptions to this “rule.” There are prominent B2B brands that utilize TikTok to humanize their offerings, such as Adobe and monday.com. To pull this strategy off, however, requires increased effort and creativity.

When sourcing TikTok content, keep your consumers and business goals in mind. Look for videos that align with your brand identity and messaging.

For example, if you’re targeting young professionals, find content that features users in their 20s or 30s to resonate with your consumers.

Another good way to look at it is to wear the hat of TikTok users. Think about why people use the platform and what they expect to get from it. Then, see if these align with what your target consumers are looking for.

For more helpful tips for promoting your app, check out our article on practical video marketing hacks for small businesses.

4. Augmented reality

Augmented reality (AR) is one of the newest and most exciting mobile marketing trends. The technology allows users to interact with digital content in a real-world environment.

In 2022, the mobile augmented reality market reached a $17 billion valuation and was projected to soar to $36 billion by 2026. The surge is fueled by the rising accessibility of AR technology, offering users immersive experiences.

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While AR is still in its early stages, savvy marketers have integrated AR into campaigns, capitalizing on its interactive benefits. One of which is Ikea.

The furniture retail giant has developed an app that allows users to see how furnishings would look in their homes before they buy them.

MMT: Ikea AR app

Source: Ikea

Another brand that has used augmented reality as a marketing strategy is Sephora. The personal care and beauty product company has an AR mirror app that lets shoppers try on makeup before making a purchase.

MMT: Sephora AR app

Source: VRScout

Many other brands and industries have adopted AR to improve user experience and customer satisfaction. And with the nearly endless possibilities for mobile marketing with AR, we’ll likely see even more creative and innovative uses for the technology in the future.

💡Fun fact: Did you know that the first commercial application of AR was via a print ad?

In 2008, BMW launched a magazine ad with a Mini Cabrio convertible model. When placed in front of a webcam, the ad turns into a 3D computer screen image that moves as you turn the ad around. Pretty cool, isn’t it?

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5. User-generated content (UGC)

User-Generated Content (UGC) is any content created by everyday mobile users rather than businesses, professional marketers, or influencers. It includes anything from photos and videos to reviews and blog posts.

In a world where users are bombarded with commercial messages daily, it’s increasingly difficult for businesses to cut through the noise and reach consumers meaningfully. UGC helps brands connect with their audience on a personal level.

One notable example of a brand that features UGC is Lego.

In the LEGO Ideas platform, fans can submit their own creations for consideration as official LEGO sets. Users design and share their models, and if a project receives enough community support, it has the chance to be reviewed by LEGO for potential production.

MMT: Lego idea submission page

Source: Lego

I find this strategy brilliant as not only taps into the immense creativity of LEGO enthusiasts but also empowers them to actively contribute to the product lineup.

Unlike traditional marketing strategies, UGC is created by regular people, and most mobile users find them more relatable, authentic, and trustworthy. This is among the reasons why brands flock to TikTok.

In TikTok, everyone can be a content creator, making it an effective platform to source user-generated content and connect with potential customers.

According to research, about 90% of consumers say UGC holds more influence over their buying decisions than promotional emails and search engine results. Another study found that 70% of shoppers read one to six reviews before making a purchase.

MMT: reviews read stats

Source: Statista

These figures indicate that mobile businesses that effectively leverage UGC will be in a strong position to succeed in the coming years.

6. Personalization

In the early days of mobile marketing, businesses would simply send out mass texts or put up a generic mobile website and call it a day.

But as mobile usage has continued to grow, consumers have become more savvy and demanding — expecting personalized experiences tailored to their specific needs.

This expectation will likely remain high in the coming years as the global consumer population is expected to have more digital natives.

I’m talking about Generation Z (Gen Z) or those who have grown up with constant access to the internet and mobile devices.

As of 2020, Gen Z consumers already accounted for 40% of global consumers and are expected to make up more than 41 million U.S. digital buyers by the end of 2023.

These consumers seek authentic, personalized experiences that align with their individual values, preferences, and interests.

MMT: Gen Z stats

Source: PushPushGo

How do you personalize your mobile marketing efforts?

Here are some tips that have worked well in helping our Appetiser clients have more authority:

  • Creating a customer persona and mapping out the buyer’s journey
  • Providing purchase recommendations based on past preferences
  • Using chatbots and other AI-powered tools to deliver more tailored content
  • Showing targeted in-app ads and push notifications based on mobile user behavior

7. Mobile games as social networks

Mobile gaming has come a long way since the early days of mobile devices. Today, mobile games are enjoyed by more than 2.2 billion people worldwide and are becoming increasingly social.

How do mobile games become more social?

Mobile games incorporate features that facilitate player interaction during gameplay, from in-game messaging and social media integration to the ability to create communities or guilds. These elements not only enrich the gaming experience but also cultivate a sense of community, elevate user engagement, and enhance both ad revenue and return on ad spend (ROAS).

Source: Accenture

Another significant driver I see for the rise of the trend is the wide-scale adoption of 5G networks and cloud data. These two technological advancements have made playing mobile games more immersive, with less lag and better synchronization and interaction for multiple gamers in different locations.

One game that has successfully incorporated social features into its mechanics is Roblox.

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Source: Roblox

The platform empowers players to become creators, allowing them to design their own games and share them with the broader community. This collaborative aspect encourages social interaction, as players often collaborate, offer feedback, and even participate in each other’s creations.

According to data.ai, the mobile gaming industry can make up more than 60% of the global in-game advertising market share in 2022. The sector is also predicted to reach more than $136 billion in revenue in the same year.

MMT: mobile gaming revenue stats

Source: data.ai

Unsurprisingly, many savvy businesses are looking for ways to cash in on this rapidly growing industry. According to Allied Market Research, the global in-game advertising market value is poised to reach $17.6 billion by 2030.

Considering how sophisticated and engaging mobile games are becoming year after year, I won’t be surprised if more marketers and businesses will tap into the potential of the mobile gaming market in the coming years.

The future of marketing is mobile

It’s time to face the fact: app marketing is going mobile. In an increasingly mobile-centric future, a well-crafted mobile marketing strategy is vital for your brand’s success.

Keep the above trends in mind as you plan your campaigns to enhance user engagement, boost conversion rates, and gain an overall competitive edge.

But if you’re yet to establish a mobile presence, now is the time. Schedule a free consultation with our app developers and take advantage of the opportunities that come with this exciting new era in business and marketing.


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