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Mobile Marketing History and Infograph

A Timeline of Mobile Marketing

Mobile is now the first screen of influence for many marketers while adults are spending more time on mobile media than newspapers and magazines.

Timeline of Mobile Marketing
Middle ages

- Town criers are used to spread messages

1876

- First telephone introduced by Alexander Graham Bell

1973

- First mobile portable handset invented

1992

- First text message sent from computer to mobile phone

1993

- First mobile phone that both sends and receives texts introduced

1998

- Term "spam" officially added to dictionary to mean unwanted, junk emails

2003

- First commercial mobile SMS launches. Short codes introduced for use with text message marketing

2005

- Nike and Pontiac launch SMS campaigns

2007

- 2.4 billion SMS users worldwide
- Apple iPhone is released in U.S.
- Texting is embraced: Average monthly texts (218) outnumber calls (213)

2010

- Quick response (QR) codes start being used in mobile marketing
- Cambridge dictionary adds "text" as a verb

2011

- Mobile marketing becomes a $14 billion+ industry, including $9.3 billion worth of music

2013

- Android and iOS battle it out for market share

Businesses embrace new technology for mobile outreach

  • Square-like apps for payment
  • Same-day shipping through Amazon and eBay
  • Mobile fingerprinting to secure payments
  • Augmented reality in which customers can point their mobile cameras at products for reviews and discounts

2014

- Mobile Internet usage will overtake desktop Internet usage

2015

- 81% of U.S. mobile customers will have smartphones
- Mobile marketing will generate $400 billion in sales (a 52% increase in just two years)
- Retailers and marketers will spend $19.8 billion on mobile marketing, up from $6.7 billion in 2012)

2016

- Global mobile marketing spending will grow to $22 billion

We Love Our Mobile Phones - and So Do Businesses

91%

- Adults who have their mobile phone within arm's reach

271 million

- Adults who own some type of mobile device

75%

- Percentage of smartphone market held by Apple and Android

86%

- Users who use their smartphone while watching TV

$22 billion

- Mobile advertising spending
- 2012 - 2010
- $22 billion - $3.4 billion

15%

- Online retail sales in 2013 made through mobile devices

3 in 4

- Mobile users who use their device for shopping

$39 billion

Original Source: http://www.topmarketingschools.net/mobile/

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