The ABC’s of Mobile Marketing


Share on LinkedIn

Mobile marketingThe mobile marketing industry is filled with more than its fair share of TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms). Here’s a quick primer on the shortened vocabulary of mobile marketing.

CSC (Common Short Code)

A short numeric sequence (4-6 digits) to which text messages can be sent from a mobile phone. Most CSC-powered marketing campaigns prompt mobile users to access mobile content or act upon a call-to-action by sending a text messages with a keyword to a specific CSC.

SMS (Short Message Service)

A synonym for all types of short text messaging, as well as the user activity itself. SMS text messaging is the most widely used data application on the planet, with 2.4 billion active users.

MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service)

A standard way to send messages that include multimedia content to and from mobile phones. It extends the core SMS capability, which only allows exchange of text messages up to 160 characters in length. The most popular use is to send photographs from camera-equipped mobile phones. MMS allows marketers to deliver marketing messages including videos, pictures, text pages and ringtones.

QR Code

Want to learn more about marketing with QR Codes? Scan the code above with a QR scanner on your smartphone or click on it to read “Guide to QR Codes for Direct Marketers”.

QR Code (Quick Response Code)

A matrix barcode or two dimensional code readable by a mobile devices with a camera and QR scanner. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background, and can be encoded with text, URLs and other data. Marketers commonly place QR Codes on offline marketing materials – such as billboards, print ads and direct mail – to drive responders online to view a landing page, watch a video, access an offer, or make a purchase. QR Code reader applications are included on some smartphones, or can be downloaded for free.

NFC (Near Field Communication)

An upcoming data transfer protocol that uses close proximity to transmit data between two NFC-enabled devices (one a client and one a reader/writer/broadcaster module). Basically, NFC lets you tap your device on a reader to instantly transfer and exchange data, such as sharing contact information, making a purchase, or boarding public transit.

WAP (Wireless Application Protocol)

An open international standard for the presentation and delivery of wireless information and telephone services on mobile devices. The most common use of WAP is accessing the Web from a mobile phone or device.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

David Vogel
David Vogel is Digital Marketing Manager at Datapipe, specializing in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), online advertising, analytics, and marketing technology. David also blogs about online marketing at href="">@DavidVogelDotCo.


  1. David, these are some nice basics for push marcoms, however like most other discussions about mobile marketing this view is narrow and one dimensional.

    The real opportunity in mobile is to engage in deeper, more meaningful, more individually relevant discussions. Not only for brand promo, but as a critical element to the end to end brand engagement.

    Mobile is more and more simply a contextually different extension of any sensible digital strategy.

    Your ABC guide needs a few more letters.


Please use comments to add value to the discussion. Maximum one link to an educational blog post or article. We will NOT PUBLISH brief comments like "good post," comments that mainly promote links, or comments with links to companies, products, or services.

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here