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It’s all too clear these days that a mobile optimized website is no longer a “want”, but a “need” for companies big and small. Last week, we introduced you to a set of statistics that outlined the top 5 objectives companies have while investing in mobile. Over half of the surveyed respondents included increasing customer engagement in their answers, making it the most common objective…not entirely surprising.
A marketer’s job is to increase, and maximize, their brands’ relationship with the customer — that’s Marketing 101. Mobile devices provide an always-on, always-connected channel to foster this relationship. Those that aren’t utilizing this powerful device are missing out on engaging with their customers in today’s hyper-connected consumer landscape.
UPDATE — Follow along as we walk through the series:
StatCounter recently revealed that mobile internet usage has doubled year over year since 2009—accounting for 8.5% of global access in January 2012. And that’s not including tablets! Following this Moore’s law-esque trajectory, we could be looking at more than a quarter of global internet usage coming from mobile devices by 2014.
Add this to the IDC’s prediction that, by 2015, there will be more mobile internet users than desktop users in the US and it’s quite obvious why today’s companies thinking “mobile first” are set to be future leaders.
With statistical backing like this, there is no doubt that all signs point to mobile marketing spend increasing this year. And it’s not just for the big guys either—small and mid-size businesses are finally beginning to understand that they too can realize a return on the mobile consumer revolution.
But what, specifically, are companies looking to accomplish with an increase in their mobile marketing dollars?
Welcome to the fourth installment of our 2011: A Mobile Year in Review Q&A style blog series that features the thoughts and insights of mobile industry luminaries, media executives and brand marketers.
In this post, we interview Ethan Alexander, VP of Mobile for LivePerson, Inc (@LivePerson) and leading industry figure for over 15 years. Ethan shares why it’s difficult to choose only one great mobile innovation this year, why LivePerson’s clients are so interested in advancing their mobile initiatives and why mobile chat is essential to the customer experience. Lastly, Ethan compares mobile growth to the early days of the internet and decides what he thinks 2012 will bring.
Ethan Alexander is the VP of Mobile for LivePerson, Inc., which provides online engagement solutions that facilitate real-time assistance and advice. The company’s hosted platform supports and manages real-time online interactions for businesses and independent experts. With its B2B services, chat, voice/click-to-call, email, self-service/knowledgebase and now mobile interactions are managed from a single agent desktop. Ethan spearheads the company’s efforts to extend real-time, intelligent interactions beyond the browser to anywhere with mobile service. Previous to LivePerson, Ethan was a part of the mobile leadership team at Salesforce.com where he helped develop their mobile platform and business strategy from the ground up after the 2006 purchase of Sendia, where he ran business development and partner efforts. Through the years, Ethan has worked closely with leading device manufacturers, various network operators and mobile integration and app development partners.