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Why young consumers are not open to mobile marketing communications

Grant, I. and O'Donohoe, S. (2007) Why young consumers are not open to mobile marketing communications. International Journal of Advertising, 26 (2). pp. 223-246. ISSN 0265-0487

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    Abstract

    This paper explores young people's motivations for using mobile phones. Older adolescents' everyday use of traditional and new forms of mediated communication were explored in the context of their everyday lives, with data generated from self-completion questionnaires, diaries and mini focus groups. The findings confirm the universal appeal of mobile phones to a youth audience. Social and entertainment-related motivations dominated, while information and commercially orientated contact were less appealing. While marketers are excited by the reach and possibilities for personalisation offered by mobile phones, young people associated commercial appropriation of this medium with irritation, intrusion and mistrust. In other words, while marketers celebrated mobile phones as a 'brand in the hand' of youth markets, young people themselves valued their mobiles as a 'friend in the hand'. This suggests that the way forward for mobile marketing communications is not seeking or pretending to be young consumers' friend, butrather offering content that helps them maintain or develop the personal friendships that matter to them.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 7405
    Keywords: mobile phones, youth culture, marketing, youth market, Marketing. Distribution of products, Communication, Marketing
    Subjects: Social Sciences > Commerce > Marketing. Distribution of products
    Department: Strathclyde Business School > Marketing
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      Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
      Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2009 17:13
      Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 23:54
      URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/7405

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