MMA ‘redefines' Mobile Marketing
THE MOBILE Marketing Association (MMA), the global trade association that promotes the growth of mobile marketing and advertising has today announced a significant revision to the definition of Mobile Marketing.
The new definition is: Mobile Marketing is a set of practices that enables organisations to communicate and engage with their audience in an interactive and relevant manner through any mobile device or network.
According to a statement from the MMA, the crux of the new definition lies in two parts of its taxonomy:
1. The "set of practices" includes "activities, institutions, processes, industry players, standards, advertising and media, direct response, promotions, relationship management, CRM, customer services, loyalty, social marketing, and all the many faces and facets of marketing."
2. To "engage" means to "start relationships, acquire, generate activity, stimulate social interaction with organization and community members, (and) be present at time of consumers expressed need." Furthermore, engagement can be initiated by the consumer ("Pull" in form of a click or response) or by the marketer ("Push").
The new definition comes amongst a raft of announcements timed to coincide with The Mobile Marketing Forum, the world's largest mobile marketing event, currently taking place in Los Angeles
According to Mike Wehrs, President and CEO of the MMA, the new definition more accurately reflects the evolving nature and current capabilities of Mobile Marketing.
"Mobile Marketing involves a wide range of practices, and this definition clearly encompasses all of its different variations to properly convey the true power of the medium," said Wehrs. "The new definition will help frame the activity range broadening the market overall around Mobile Marketing and encourage our 'ecosystem' to engage at every level."
As part of the MMA's efforts toward sustainable growth in mobile marketing, the updated definition should benefit both MMA members and consumers. A task force of MMA board members led the initiative to update the definition, circulating the revisions to all regional board members to ensure relevance and appropriateness on a global scale.
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