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More efficient cellphone ads to monitor browsing habits

This time next year, US cellphone users could be following in the footsteps of residents of Japan by ending up on the receiving end of personalized advertising delivered direct to their handsets.

The so-called behaviorally targeted advertising technique is being introduced in Japan by US firm Revenue Science. The marketing specialist is working to deliver more efficient adverts to phones on KDDI’s au network; Japan’s second largest in terms of subscriber numbers.

What’s new about the method, compared to sites that serve up advertising based on the content of the web page currently being viewed, is that it considers all the sites users have recently visited to work out what they might be interested in buying.

As for why an American firm is kicking off the new business in Japan, Bill Gossman, CEO of Revenue Science, explained: “This … reflects the way the Japanese market has embraced behavioral targeting and we look forward to bringing this unique service to our clients in the UK, Europe and the United States.”

Whether that’s a good thing for you or not clearly depends on individual preference, but there’s no doubt at all that big business is about to throw its substantial weight behind ever more targeted advertising in the mobile arena. With behaviorally targeted ad spending in the US alone projected to hit $1 billion next year, mobile ads aren’t going away anytime soon.

(Crossposted to Tech.co.uk)

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