Title: Estimating the capacity of the Location-Based Advertising channel

Authors: Gyozo Gidofalvi, Hans Ravnkjaer Larsen, Torben Bach Pedersen

Addresses: Geomatic ApS, Center for Geoinformatik, Nybrogade 20, 1203 Copenhagen, Denmark. ' Geomatic ApS, Center for Geoinformatik, Nybrogade 20, 1203 Copenhagen, Denmark. ' Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7, 9220 Aalborg, Denmark

Abstract: Delivering |relevant| advertisements to consumers carrying mobile devices is regarded by many as one of the most promising mobile business opportunities. The relevance of a mobile ad depends on at least two factors: (1) the proximity of the mobile consumer to the product or service being advertised, and (2) the match between the product or service and the interest of the mobile consumer. The interest of the mobile consumer can be either explicit (expressed by the mobile consumer) or implicit (inferred from user characteristics). This paper tries to empirically estimate the capacity of the Mobile Advertising channel, i.e. the number of relevant ads that can be delivered to mobile consumers. The estimations are based on a simulated mobile consumer population and simulated mobile ads. Both of the simulated data sets are realistic and derived based on real-world data sources about population geo-demographics, businesses offering products or services, and related consumer surveys. The estimations take into consideration both the proximity and interest requirements of mobile ads, i.e. ads are delivered only to mobile consumers that are close-by and are interested, where interest is either explicit or implicit. Results show that the capacity of the Location-Based Advertising channel is rather large, which is evidence for a strong business case, but it also indicates the need for user-control of the received mobile ads.

Keywords: capacity estimation; location-based advertising; LBA; mobile advertising; simulation; mobile communications; m-business; mobile business; mobile consumers; user control.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMC.2008.017516

International Journal of Mobile Communications, 2008 Vol.6 No.3, pp.357 - 375

Published online: 13 Mar 2008 *

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