April 28, 2008

Coupons and Mobile Phones

New figures from analyst firm Juniper Research estimate that almost 3 billion mobile coupons will be issued to Mobile Users by 2011, with just under $7 billion of discounts redeemed.

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The new Juniper study finds that mobile coupons are becoming an increasingly important tool for brand owners and retailers to provide a `push to purchase' capability for mobile marketing and advertising campaigns. The key issues driving the move to mobile coupons include:

- Cost savings on campaigns
- An increase in ARPU
- One-2-one marketing opportunities
- An increase in customer retention for mobile operators – lower churn
- Higher conversion rates
- The expansion of mobile value added services
- Reduced fraud

However, Juniper identified some notable challenges for the sector, including a hesitancy from some retailers to adopt mobile coupons. In addition, some retailers would have to change from using laser scanners to optical readers that use the required CCD, technology to read barcodes, especially 2D barcodes from mobile phones.

Other key findings from the report include:

• 2.6 billion mobile tickets set to be delivered by 2011
• Early use of mobile barcode technology will be gradually complemented by the emergence of NFC (Near Field Communication)
• A total of almost $87 billion worth of mobile ticketing transactions by 2011

Juniper Research defines a mobile coupon as "a coupon sent and stored on a mobile phone that can be exchanged for a rebate, a financial discount etc. at a retailer when the consumer purchases a product." When compared to their paper cousins, mobile coupons offer a number of distinct advantages allowing the coupon issuer a direct connection between themselves and the consumer using the coupon.

Juniper Research illustrates the current and near-future status of mobile ticketing and coupons with analysis and interviews from representatives of some of the leading organisations in the growing mobile ticket and coupon industry.

White papers and further details of the study 'Mobile Ticketing & Coupon: Strategies & Markets 2007-2011' can be freely downloaded from http://www.juniperresearch.com. Alternatively, please contact John Levett at mailto:[email protected], Telephone +44(0)1256 830002.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

Alan Goode
Related Reports

* Mobile Ticketing & Coupons - Strategies & Markets 2007-2011.

Posted by staff at April 28, 2008 09:42 AM