As consumer demand for mobile broadband services reaches critical mass … Arthur D. Little predicts that in the coming years mobile advertising is poised to be the next major digital media platform for brands to reach customers, and that the key telecom players have a great deal to gain from bringing their services to market early, as forecast figures predict roughly 60 per cent annual growth in mobile advertising spend over the next four years. The report, "A Mobile Playground", published today by Arthur D. Little's TIME (Telecommunications, Information technology, Media and Electronics) practice, includes predictions about the size and content of the European mobile advertising industry, as well as offering both telecoms operators and advertisers insight into what is driving interest in mobile advertising, and how they can best navigate the often unchartered waters of advertising to consumers' via a handheld device. The report lists key findings: Online and in hand: mobile broadband and advertising. Unlike previous reports that have categorised mobile advertising as a new and different way of communicating advertisers' messages, Arthur D. Little's study finds that mobile advertising is the next step in the evolution of the online advertising industry. With the rise of mobile broadband unavoidable - Arthur D. Little recently predicted 50 per cent European penetration over the next five years - the report argues that mobile advertising will grow along side mobile broadband, and build on the interactivity of IP technology and mobile devices unique functionality to develop new forms of online advertising particularly suited for the hand-held web surfer. Telecoms operators must act early. Historically mobile operators have enjoyed a prime position in the telecoms value chain, as the controller of both the user interface and customer relationship. However, only 5 per cent of mobile operators' revenue is generated through advertising, compared to 16 per cent in the wider media world. If operators' do not identify and secure their role in the provision and delivery of mobile advertising, they risk losing a major revenue stream to traditional internet advertisers like Google or Yahoo. Either forming partnerships or through specialist acquisition, telecoms providers risk falling behind their competition in the internet advertising space if they do not begin developing the technology and infrastructure to eventually deliver large-scale, multi-format mobile advertising to their customers. This report offers four specific recommendations for how mobile providers can begin taking action to stake their claim in the mobile advertising market. What it will look like. Online and mobile advertising is still dominated by search and display formats such as a banner, pop-up, or sponsored link. However, mobile advertising offers the possibility for more interactive and dynamic formats, such as service call waiting, idle-screen advertisements, mobile TV ads, games, and voicemail ads. Push ads via SMS/MMS are another tradition option, but one whose potential has yet to be fully recognised due to operators hesitation to cannibalise their core services in order to chase the ever-elusive advertising dollar. The full report includes Arthur D. Little's predictions of which mobile advertising formats are most likely to gain traction, and each format's percentage of mobile advertising share. Blyk: a case study. The report also documents to the results from early adopters of Blyk, a UK-based virtual network operator, who has successfully launched large-scale mobile advertising in the UK with a 29 per cent response rate. The report identifies how Blyk used highly defined target groups and user data to achieve such positive rates of customer interest - 29 per cent compared with .05 per cent response rate for a typical online marketing campaign. "Mobile players that want to take a serious bite of the advertising market first need to establish how they will deliver mobile advertising, and prove they have the scale of reach to compete with the big online players", says Juergen Morath, co-author of the report and a director in Arthur D. Little's TIME Practice. To access the full report, please visit www.adlittle.com/mobileadvertising

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About Arthur D. Little
Arthur D. Little (ADL), founded in 1886, is a leading global management consulting firm that links strategy, innovation and technology to master complex business challenges while delivering sustainable results to our clients. Arthur D. Little has a collaborative client engagement style, exceptional people, and a firm wide commitment to quality and integrity.  ADL is proud to serve many of the Fortune 100 companies globally in addition to many other leading firms and public sector organizations.  Arthur D. Little has over 30 offices worldwide, employing over 1,000 people. TIME (Telecommunications, Information Technology, Media, Electronics)
The global TIME Practice of Arthur D. Little advises companies in the telecommunications, information technology, media and electronics sectors. ADL consultants assist their clients around the world in solving strategic, operational and technological problems. The range of advice extends from concept development (strategy, organisation, processes, IT) to implementation. In addition, the TIME practice works with investors on major financing projects and corporate purchases and sales.

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