What SXSW Did (and Didn’t) Cover on the Future of Mobile

At this time last week, I was  No. 200 in a line of more than 400 marketers unsuccessfully trying to break down the doors to attend OMMA’s SXSW Mobile Day. Consider that a lesson learned. When Urban Airship’s Mobile Saturday rolled around, I was first in line for what turned out to be an amazing discussion of the mobile landscape and what it takes for brands to really, truly create long-term engagement through the mobile phone.

So why are brands focusing on engaging customers on the mobile phone? There are 1 billion smartphones on the planet today, generating a staggering growth of mobile Web and mobile commerce usage. And as more and more smartphones are activated, more and more engagement opportunities become available. Consider that 65 percent of shopping starts on the mobile phone, and 20 percent of mobile engagement is done within the retail store. Within a few years, smartphones are going to have a bigger impact on the world than desktop Internet ever did.

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David Germano
David Germano

David is the VP of Content Marketing for Empower Media Marketing, and runs Empower's Content Marketing division, Magnetic Content Studios. For more than 14 years, David has been helping brands develop sustained content marketing strategies and operate like media to build their own audiences. David is often speaking on the topic, and is a guest contributor to Content Marketing Institute.