Link Mobile Ads to In-store Purchase With Mobile Coupons

While mobile advertising can be an effective way for companies to reach consumers, being able to actually link a mobile ad to an in-store purchase is important. According to research by Marchex and Digiday, almost two-thirds of US marketers said mobile coupons were the most effective method for attributing in-store purchases to mobile ads.

Most Effective Methods for Attributing In-Store Purchases to Mobile Ads (% of Respondents

Connecting To In-Store Purchase

% of Respondents

Mobile coupons


Using mobile phone instore


SMS text offers


Attribution vendor


In-store beacons


Promotions in shopping apps


Source: Marchex /Digiday, October 2015

In 2015, 40.5% of US companies with more than a hundred employees will use mobile coupons for marketing purposes, eMarketer estimates. By 2017, that number will grow by 7.5 percentage points, says the report.

Furthermore, 80% of US adult mobile coupon users will redeem a coupon or code via their mobile device for online or offline shopping in 2015. And, in 2017, more than 90% of adults will do so, projects the study.

Like mobile coupons, in-store beacons, which retailers are beginning to use more, are another effective method for attributing in-store purchases to mobile ads, says the report. In fact, 22.7% of US marketers indicated so, even though beacons are still in relatively limited use at retail.

A February 2015 forecast by BI Intelligence estimated that this year that $4.1 billion in in-store retail sales among the top 100 US retail locations would be influenced by beacon-triggered messages. By 2016, that value will grow to $44.4 billion, concludes the report.

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