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Insight: 70% of consumers welcome mobile ads

(From Direct Marketing News – May 17, 2012) Convenience and mobile advertising are key drivers of mobile shopping, said Joe Laszlo, senior director of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence.

The “IAB Mobile Phone Shopping Diaries” study conducted by On Device Research also revealed that 47% of mobile commerce actions happened at home.

According to the study, 24% of consumers performed mobile commerce activities because it was the easiest way to do so, while 22% said it was because of a mobile ad. A majority of respondents, 70%, said mobile advertising is a welcomed personal invitation from brands, rather than an invasion.

The study surveyed 260 respondents who identified themselves as mobile shoppers and already owned either a smartphone or feature phone. The three-stage project began on April 15 and lasted for two days.

“The study tells me that mobile is changing shopping,” said Laszlo. “Shopping isn’t a distinct activity in the mobile world. It is something that people dabble in and [it’s] more integrated throughout the course of their day-to-day lives, when the consumer has time for it and when it fits into their day.”

Other top reasons for performing mobile commerce included boredom or filling time (21%), and that it is an activity respondents were already planning on doing (21%). Finding the best deal followed with 20% of respondents, according to the survey.

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