With the growing popularity of mobile communication for the masses, comes the development of mobile applications and mobile Web sites. Mobile initiatives are quickly becoming part of today’s marketing mix because they can connect brands and products directly to consumers. Today’s consumer is very tech savvy and branded applications and mobile Web sites are a way to connect on their terms, are perfect for consumer engagement and provide rich data.
ForRent.com has launched a T-Mobile G1TM (GPhone) application. The application is the latest addition to For Rent’s existing suite of mobile marketing products offered to apartment seekers and solidifies ForRent.com as a leader in mobile marketing. In addition to the GPhone app, ForRent.com launched an iPhone® app in April which has received more than 23,000 downloads.
With ForRent.com’s free GPhone application, apartment seekers can browse through thousands of apartment listings nationwide. Users can also view apartment descriptions, videos, pictures, and floor plans, save their results, and contact the property. Consumers can use touchable map pins to click on a pin representing a property and go directly to the property’s page. The GPhone runs on the new Google Android operating system. Applications are only accessible through the GPhone phone, but can be previewed at the Android Market Web site.
“According to comScore Media Metrix, consumers downloaded 83 percent more mobile applications in March 2009 than in March 2008, says Terry Slattery, president of For Rent Media Solutions. “We understand how much mobile Web impacts our consumers’ daily lives and will continue to explore opportunities with other mobile devices.”
While the number of consumers downloading mobile applications continues to grow, comScore shows that the preferred mode for accessing local content on a mobile device is through a mobile browser. In March 2008, 15.4 million mobile Web users accessed information via a mobile browser. By March 2009, that number jumped to 20.7 million. According to Omniture SiteCatalyst, an online business optimization company, the ForRent.com mobile site received more than 256,000 page views in May 2009.