The time for big brands to get strategic about marketing their apps is now. Mobile apps are no longer standalone entities for big brands. What we’re now seeing is brands integrating mobile apps into their business models and their overall marketing strategies -- to build closer customer relationships and drive business.
It’s no longer enough for brands to just have an app (or a suite of apps) and promote it through traditional channels. Now that brands recognize the impact mobile apps are having on business, their focus is shifting to employ a strategic marketing approach to their apps.
All this means that big brands are starting to treat their apps as more than just another channel – they’re treating them as a business. And they’re getting serious about marketing their apps, by putting the marketing resources behind them and incorporating apps as part of their ongoing strategy.
Top-tier brands like Coca Cola®, Sephora®, Wal-Mart®, and many more are all publically talking about the central role apps play in their marketing strategy. Here, we’ll describe what some of those brands are doing, how they’re doing it, and outline 10 strategic moves brands are employing to get more strategic about their mobile apps.