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The many flavors of social, local, mobile

By Peter Hewitt

SoLoMo is currently talked about by many industry insiders as a handle to represent the future of mobile connectivity and engagement with customers, 1:1 marketing, integration with social networks, and geo-targeting of brand messages and daily deal coupons and promotions.

These existing, cost-effective systems drive social connections with target audiences for local businesses and retail outlets, through mobile and email delivery of advertising and content initiated by SMS, QR codes and location-based services.

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It is interesting that many marketers and pundits are SoLoMo as shorthand for social, local advertising and mobile – it is creating a future category handle that will predictably tier into multiple categories as it comes into more focus down the road.

Different interpretations for the terminology and multichannel application alternatives will drive adoption and usage for these evolving technology solutions.

Today, however, we already have in place several types of these SoLoMo solutions.

One example is the category of do-it-yourself (DIY) SMS text messaging + email systems.

These systems are the fastest, easiest on-ramps to mobile marketing campaigns as vehicles to communicate brand messages, promotions, and engagement with customers and prospects. And they are affordable, helping business owners and marketers generate greater leads and better measurability for advertising campaign effectiveness.

Small to midsized businesses and local retailers can add mobile marketing to their marketing mix today in a matter of minutes. They can then publish their keyword-to-short code as a call-to-action in their local advertising and marketing materials.

Automated responses triggering more information and using promotions and special offers can be developed, measured, altered, and re-implemented to help develop social connections with customers and prospects through uncluttered mobile channels.