Mobile Search: An empirical investigation of the next big thing
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The remarkable spread of the Internet has generated new opportunities for companies to promote themselves and communicate with their customers. The most used Internet service of finding information today is search engines (e.g. Google, Bing, Yahoo) were almost three million searches are preformed every minute worldwide. This trend has led to an importance for companies having their websites visible on these search engines. In addition, people tend to be more and more on the go and are searching with their smartphones instead of traditional personal computer (PC). Meaning that companies’ websites can be available for customers 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, independent on customers location. Consequently, companies have the possibilities to reach the attention of customers when they actually search for a product/service and are therefore most likely to purchase.
In this thesis a marketing strategy has been developed for managers regarding how to master this new communication tool, in order to reach success and competitive advantage. This strategy was developed by investigate in what characteristics and functions users desire when searching with their smartphone. Together with three hypotheses tested if the perceived user-friendliness, relative advantage and compatibility within mobile search have a positive affect on the intention of use this new technology.
In this bachelor thesis a survey was conducted among people in generation C living in Sweden, which resulted in 397 completed responses. The hypotheses were tested with use of a regression analysis and the findings were that the relative advantage and compatibility in mobile search has a positive affect on the intention of use. Therefore, this thesis suggests companies to develop their mobile search engine marketing strategy with the aim of delivering value and satisfying the customer. Moreover, this thesis recommend managers to keep their mobile website quick, relevant and making sure having valuable and informative information about their business in the description text visible to users in the search engine hit list.
Finally, the majority of the population does already act on this new market and it is therefore of great importance for companies satisfying these users in order to stay competitive.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 88 p.
Marketing strategy, Mobile marketing, Mobile search, Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Search Engine Optimizing (SEO), Innovation diffusion theory (IDT)
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19290OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-19290DiVA: diva2:530311
Subject / course
Business Administration - Marketing
Marketing Programme, 180 credits
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Behesti, Hooshang, PhD
Oghazi, Pejvak, PhD