March Madness: Game-Time for Mobile Advertising

Danielle Janke, March 9, 2018

March Madness: The three-week college basketball tournament that turns Corporate America into the most unproductive group that we will see all year long. It has shown to be the most popular sporting event after all professional post-season championships and has raked in billions of ad revenue in the last 10 years.


So for you mobile advertisers, this is the perfect time for you to leverage the passion of the fans while they work during the bulk of game play. Why? They turn to their smart phones to check scores and keep up on where they stand when it comes to their brackets (probably ones they created in-office).


Take advantage of those who participate by targeting young professionals in your DMA; nearly 40% of 35 – 49 year olds use their mobile device to engage with the tournament.  Gaming and sports are common app categories during the tournament, so serving your ad through a mobile in-app platform is your ticket to getting straight into their hands.


Of course we can’t forget the college demo – we already know that millennials are on their phones constantly, and 89% of their usage is in-app. Geofence the Universities in your area to keep your brand top of mind. Also think about fencing sports bars, grocery and liquor stores.


Cleverly tying in themed content wouldn’t hurt either. Look for points of connection between your brand and the action unfolding on and off the court. If you can reasonably tie something your company or brand does with some part of the tournament, you will become more relevant to your demo, and they’ll be more likely to engage with your ad.


So get to it, advertisers.  Mobile seems to be the obvious choice this March Madness Season.

May the best team (and brand) win!

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