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20+ Mobile Marketing Metrics & KPIs You Should Be Tracking

Launching a mobile marketing program for your company is a big deal. If done right, you’ve opened the door for your brand to have meaningful 1:1 interactions with your customers through mobile devices, a much more personal medium than TV, email, and digital advertising. 

It’s also a big deal because of how effective it is for driving revenue. 

Along with all of this pride you have for launching your mobile program, it also begs a few questions.

How effective is my mobile marketing program? Are the mobile messages I’m sending to my customers resonating like they should be? How am I going to measure the true impact my program is having?

Success metrics and KPIs are often an aspect of launching a mobile marketing program that can get lost. And because mobile marketing is new territory for many brands, established benchmarks to help marketers understand what good performance actually looks like can be tricky to find and define.

Why Mobile Marketing Metrics Matter

Like any marketing program, tracking performance is critical in order to deliver the best business results. While you may have established marketing metrics for existing programs, I’m here to tell you that you should be tracking the success of your mobile program specifically in order to prove its incremental effect on your business. Here are a few reasons why:

Mobile continues to see momentum

Adoption of mobile continues to rise with no intention of slowing down, as evidenced by the following statistics:

Mobile drives strong engagement

Customers are highly engaged when receiving brand messages through the personal touchpoint of a mobile device. In the United States alone:

  • 78% of Americans use their smartphones to check, send or answer text messages in a single day, higher than other daily activities such as using email and checking social media
  • 98% open rate of SMS messages
  • 5x open rate of text messages compared to email open rates

Mobile will remain a top channel for personalized communication

The battle of third-party cookies and tech giants like Google and Facebook using data without a customer’s knowledge or explicit permission continues to rage on, but not with mobile. That’s because mobile is a highly regulated, consent-based channel that uses zero-party data, which is defined by Forrester as “data that a customer intentionally and proactively shares with a brand for future targeting efforts”.

If you're itching to get to the "what types of executions should I do first?" stage we've produced a comprehensive Mobile Marketing Metrics playbook that can guide you on just that. This playbook not only defines the 4 pillars of the customer lifecycle and corresponding success metrics for each one (and why), it also dives deeper into some of the top-performing mobile program activations you could execute to meet your business goals.

Let’s spend a little more time talking about the proper mobile marketing metrics for measuring the overall health of your mobile marketing program.

Mobile Acquisition Metrics

Mobile acquisition is all about building your mobile program’s list of subscribers, which is a database of customers that have consciously chosen to receive text messages from you in order to engage with and purchase from your brand. 

Your top priority, whether you’re just starting a mobile program from the ground up or have been doing it for years, is to make sure you’re always growing your mobile audience and providing your brand the opportunity to reach as many of your consumers through their most personal means of communication.

  • Audience growth rate - Percentage change of total mobile subscribers over a specific time period.
  • Opt-ins - Total number of consumers that join a brand’s text program over a specific time period.
  • Opt-in confirmation rate -The percentage of consumers who successfully complete the process of signing up for a brand’s text program, including responding Yes (or Y) to a text message prompt to confirm their opt-in.
  • Opt-outs - Total number of mobile subscribers that exit a brand’s text program over a specific time period.
  • Opt-out rate - The percentage of mobile subscribers that exit a brand’s text program at a given time.

Mobile Acquisition Benchmarks

Based on performance results from specific acquisition strategies and activations done by Vibes customers, mobile program opt-in confirmation rates can run as high as:

  • 90% from calls-to-action (CTAs) included on printed signage in stores
  • 63% from CTAs on a brand’s website
  • 87% from CTAs included in a brand’s email sends

Example email banner CTA to sign up for the mobile program

Mobile Marketing Metrics

The Marketing stage is when you begin to focus on measuring engagement and revenue directly driven by the mobile messages you’re sending to your mobile subscribers. 

The term “engagement” can mean a variety of things to different brands, most often thought about as an active customer or customer base who you’ve formed a connection with in a way that drives them to make a purchase with you. Here are some metrics more specific to how you should be measuring the engagement from your mobile marketing program.

  • Mobile attributed revenue - Revenue that is credited to mobile channels (SMS, MMS, Mobile Wallet, mobile app Push) following a company’s established lead and sales attribution models.
  • Click-through rate - The ratio of mobile subscribers who click on a specific link in a text message to the number of total subscribers that receive the message.
  • Conversion rate - The percentage of mobile subscribers that make a purchase through the specific link they received in a text message that they clicked on (for example, a subscriber who ends a web session and abandons items in their cart before buying but after receiving an automated text message reminder clicks on a link back to their cart and purchases).
  • Revenue per message - Average gross revenue generated by each text message sent.
  • Revenue per subscriber - Average gross revenue generated by each subscriber of a mobile program list.

Mobile Marketing Benchmarks

Based on performance results from specific mobile marketing strategies and activations done by Vibes customers:

  • 8-10% average conversion rate from SMS messages automatically sent to users regarding items they abandoned in their online shopping cart
  • 3x average increase in mobile attributed revenue from buyer-targeted content compared to non-segmented, general promotional content
  • 21% average click-thru rate from buyer-targeted content compared to non-segmented, general promotional content

Mobile Servicing Metrics

Once a customer purchases from your brand they enter the Servicing stage, i.e. the post-purchase phase when your customers need – and expect – notifications and updates about deliveries, accounts, and other servicing issues. 

Research suggests that this is an essential stage in the consumer journey as building trust with your customers has only just begun. With more than half of shoppers now saying trust is their primary motivator for selecting who to shop with, it’s more important than ever to find ways to establish – or reestablish – trust with your customer base.

Mobile messaging allows you to always be at the service of your customer, helping them navigate their relationship with your brand with up-to-the-minute personalized information related to your brand and their past interactions.

  • Click-through rate (CTR) - The ratio of users who click on a specific link in a text message to the number of total users who successfully receive the message.
  • Scan rate - Often a service text message will require a user to take some kind of action, like check-in for an upcoming appointment. Scan rate tells you whether users are taking that action. 
  • Reduction in customer service calls and corresponding cost savings -  Servicing text messages often times proactively provide customers with the information or a link to the information they need without having to contact a customer service rep. This metric helps you measure how much money mobile messaging is saving your company and ensures your customer service team is available for more customers and harder challenges.
  • Reduction in appointment cancellations or late payments and corresponding revenue gains and cost savings - Servicing text messages also ensures that customers are always aware of the things that they need to do and don’t lose track of payment dates, appointments, or even necessary medical procedures or treatments. This metric helps you measure how much mobile messaging is helping your customers do what they need to do, helping you drive revenue gains while also reducing costs.

Mobile Servicing Benchmarks

Since the business outcome varies widely depending on the industry you’re in, the content of servicing messages and the corresponding metrics to measure impact and success can vary widely.

Here are some results from a couple different examples seen by select Vibes customers upon activating servicing-based text messages:

  • Click-thru rates as high as 8.5% for post-purchase surveys sent via SMS
  • Click-thru rates as high as 74% for Buy Online Pickup In Store text messages offering alternative pickup options for the user
  • As high as a 90% decrease in late payments as a result of payment notification reminders sent via SMS, and a $1 increase in profit/customer over a 12-month period

Mobile Loyalty Metrics

Mobile as a channel makes loyalty programs more accessible and personal – exactly how consumers wish to engage with any loyalty program they’re a member of. In fact, 75% of consumers engage more with loyalty programs that are easily accessible from a smartphone.

Among a few key trends in Loyalty, a central concept is that Loyalty requires brands to not only offer exclusive perks and other ways to make their members feel extra special but also requires all of it to be available in the most accessible, personal way: their mobile device.

Whether it’s using SMS to most effectively reach your loyalty members fast, or incorporating a personalized mobile wallet loyalty card to create a permanent brand presence in their Mobile Wallet, these are the key success metrics you should be looking at.

  • Loyalty card Mobile Wallet install rate - The percentage of viewed mobile wallet loyalty cards that are saved by members to their Mobile Wallet.
  • Mobile app download rate - The percentage of consumers that download your mobile app after seeing a text message with a download call-to-action.  
  • Mobile attributed customer lifetime value rate - The percent change in customer lifetime value for loyalty program members that are part of your mobile program or have a mobile wallet loyalty card downloaded and saved to their Mobile Wallet.
  • Mobile attributed revenue per loyalty message - Average gross revenue generated by each mobile message sent to your loyalty program members.
  • Mobile attributed revenue per subscriber - Average gross revenue generated by each member of your loyalty program through mobile messaging.
  • Mobile attributed revenue per subscriber or message per Loyalty member vs. non-Loyalty member - Percent difference between revenue generated from Loyalty program members through mobile versus non-Loyalty program members.
  • Purchase frequency - How often a single loyalty program member purchases from your brand in a given period of time.

Mobile Loyalty Benchmarks

Based on performance results from specific mobile loyalty strategies and activations done by Vibes customers:

  • 57% average loyalty program enrollment rate via SMS
  • 55% average mobile wallet loyalty card install rate
  • 6x increase in revenue per loyalty-specific SMS messages vs. non-loyalty-based SMS messages

How to Track Mobile Marketing Metrics

Navigating all of these mobile marketing metrics can be tricky. This is why you should work with a mobile marketing partner who has both the tools and subject matter experts that can help you be smart about which metrics you’re tracking and make sure you’re able to effectively measure your mobile program performance, the health of your mobile customers, and your progress toward your unique business goals.

Once these metrics are properly defined you and your team will not only be able to clearly understand today’s performance of an existing program but also get a sense of the true potential your mobile marketing program has.

The Bottom Line

Putting standard benchmarks in place not only helps you clearly understand your program’s success, but it should also empower you to continue growing your program with confidence.

Download our Mobile Marketing Metrics playbook to begin defining your mobile marketing program’s KPIs and determining what strategic activations will best help you achieve them.