Aaron Strout

Aaron Strout is Chief Marketing Officer at integrated marketing and communications firm, W2O Group. During his tenure with the company, he has served as President of WCG and head of W2O's technology practice. Aaron has 20 plus years of social media, mobile, online marketing and advertising experience, with a strong background in integrated marketing. Prior to joining W2O, Aaron spent time as the CMO of Powered Inc. (now part of Dachis Group), VP of social media at online community provider, Mzinga, and as director of digital marketing at Fidelity Investments. Aaron is the co-author of Location Based Marketing for Dummies (Wiley) and writes a monthly mobile/location-based marketing column on Marketingland.com. He also recently launched the What 2 Know podcast (iTunes) which features industry leaders talking about innovation and best practices.

Experience

Killer App? Why Not Just Kill The App

As mobile usage increases, many brands are jumping on the app bandwagon. But columnist Aaron Strout warns this may be an unnecessary waste of time and resources.

Experience

Does Mobile Advertising Work?

We’ve all heard for several years that the effectiveness of advertising — print, television, radio and even digital — is suffering from the law of diminishing returns. While there is some truth to that phenomenon, advertising in all forms is far from dead. In fact, since 1926 (with the exception of a dip during World War […]

Data

5 Key Trends To Watch (And Use) In Mobile/Location-Based Marketing

Mobile is quickly becoming one of the most important (if not the most important) channels for marketers to focus on. As more and more users do more and more on their smart phones and tablets, understanding the needs and wants of prospects and customers is critical. On the heels of mobile/internet analyst extraordinaire Mary Meeker’s now famous […]

Experience

How To Create Memorable Mobile Video Content: Tips From 3 Pros

It probably won’t surprise you that a majority of the usage on today’s popular social platforms is via a mobile device. In fact, of the big six (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest), only Tumblr (54%) and LinkedIn (74%) have more desktop usage than mobile (source: Wall Street Journal). A statistic that may surprise you, […]

Experience

Frictionless Mobile Commerce: 5 Examples Of Companies That Are Leading

In 2000, MIT professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Michael D. Smith published a paper titled, Frictionless Commerce? A Comparison of Internet and Conventional Retailers. Their thesis centered around the fact that the World Wide Web had evolved into a platform enabling a “nearly frictionless market” connecting buyers and sellers and providing the ability to instantly find whatever goods or […]

Experience

Yelp Versus Foursquare? Who’s Winning In Mobile/Local For Marketers?

For business travelers, it’s easy to see why mobile access to discovery tools like Google Places, Yelp and Foursquare is so critical. Determining where to go to get coffee, lunch, printing help, dinner, drinks, etc., often happens at the last minute. What about non-business travelers? Yes, we all have our favorite places to eat, preferred […]

Management

It’s Omni-Channel, Stupid! Don’t Adopt Mobile-Focused Marketing

Some of you may remember James Carville’s famous slogan, “It’s the economy, stupid,” coined during Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 Presidential campaign. The purpose of the slogan was  to remind campaign workers to focus on the economy, given the fact that the country had slid into recession during then-President George Bush’s time in office. Meant to […]

Experience

20 More Essential Business Apps For Your Smartphone

About a year ago, I wrote a post featuring 30 essential business apps for the smartphone. It was a fun post to write — and, even better, I got a ton of new app recommendations from my ecosystem of smart friends. Given the fact that a lot happens in the mobile space in a year, […]

Experience

What 2014 Holds For Mobile Marketing: 5 Predictions

It’s that time again. That’s right, I’m talking about 2014 mobile marketing prediction time. A few weeks ago, I asked some of my smart friends in the mobile/location-based marketing space for their 2014 predictions. As promised, in this month’s column, I am delivering a few of my own. If you want to look at last […]

Experience

Mobile/Location-Based Marketing Predictions For 2014 From 10 Experts

As we close in on the end of the year, it is helpful for us marketers to think ahead to what the coming year will offer. While I plan to do another “trends” post in early January (see what I had to say for 2013), in this post, I’ve asked several of my mobile-savvy colleagues […]

Experience

5 Reasons QR Codes May Not Be As Dead As We Think

It’s always difficult to admit when you are wrong about something, especially when you have spent a lot of time publicly railing against it. In this case, while I’m not quite going so far as to admit that I’m wrong about the death of the QR code (I waxed poetically about this several months ago), […]

Experience

Moms & Their Smartphones: Is mCommerce Becoming A Reality?

According to recent research conducted by Babycenter.com (and digested via eMarketer), smartphones have become the “go everywhere, do anything device” of choice for mothers in the U.S. With the number of mothers using smartphones rising from 34% to 46% in the last year alone, it’s clear that this device is becoming ubiquitous among the demographic […]