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BizReport : Mobile Marketing : February 28, 2011

SMS ad format released as smartphone adoption increases

As mobile marketing continues an uptick, advertisers are looking for ways to engage consumers. Many are choosing to create mobile websites or invest in application development, but a new offering from Moolah Media may make mobile marketing simpler: by putting it in a text.

by Kristina Knight

moolahmedia.pngMoolah Media has launched an SMS ad platform through their performance based mobile ad network. In beta since January, the company reports they are already serving 100 million SMS ad impressions per month.

"Our strong presence in SMS is yet another example of how we are helping our advertisers reach customers in new ways, and helping mobile publishers monetize their SMS inventory," said Shawn Scheuer, Moolah Media CEO.

According to comScore:

• 27% of US and European mobile consumers now own smartphones
• 36% of American mobile users browse the mobile web
• 58 million US consumers visited a social network from a mobile device

Japan is one of the most mobilly connected regions according to comScore, although smartphone penetration has been low to date. That seems to be changing, however, as researchers report that smartphone adoption increased 33% from September 2010 to December 2010. Most Japanese mobile consumers utilize with Apple of Google platforms. Nearly 4 million are using Apple's platform while just over 2 million are using Google's.

Although Japanese consumers have been slow to convert, it appears they are adapting to mobile platforms more rapidly than other smartphone-based consumers. According to the report many smartphones in Japan are using advanced applications including mobile wallets, 1seg TV and even waterproof features.

Tags: comScore, mobile ads, mobile marketing, Moolah Media, smartphone adoption, SMS ads, text messages

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