A couple of mobile campaigns i’ve loved recently. First one is “Ringtowns”, from Ogilvy Guatemala and their client Claro, using ringtones as a device of spreading the service itself, naming them after all the cities in the country (click the image to see the video explaining the case): The other one is “Os Ringtonicos” (“The Ringtonics”), from Almap BBDO for an NGO called “Casa do Zezinho”, whose kids recorded ringtones using their voices to raise money for buying musical instruments: Like them because they’re so human, using mobility as a tool instead of just as a channel.
Car manufacturer Opel in Germany has launched a pre-campaign for the new Tigra TwinTop on www.total-verfoehnt.de (basically that means ‘totally messed by blow-dryer’). Main objective is to test if your hairstyle stands the new Opel Tigra TwinTop. Clou is the combination of the online and mobile channel: on entering the site, users can subscribe with their mobile phone number. The supervisor of the hairstyle experiment Professor Windaloopie is than calling the users on cell phone inviting them for a test drive weekend.
Next Sunday Red Bull will be in Rotterdam (NL) with the first edition of the Dutch Red Bull Flugtag. The tickets for the event have been sold only via mobile. In two weeks, HotSMS managed to distribute 12.000 tickets, using a combination of premium SMS and Internet to verify the codes. SMS advertising and a mobile game are also part of the Red Bull campaign still in The Netherlands.
Mobileway has been chosen by Virgin Music, part of The EMI Group, as the mobile marketing partner for the launch of the latest singles from pop groups, Blue & Atomic Kitten in France. The month-long marketing campaign set to be launched by Virgin Music features an instant win competition which will allow fans to win a host of prizes, and a channel for participants to send in their details and preferences to form part of a new Virgin Music fan club. More details in the press release on Mobileway Web site.
Premium rate SMS (PSMS) is the term that describes the charging of a premium to consumers, for a text message that is either sent or received by their mobile phone. On Flytext website, Thomas Schuster answers a lot of questions concerning Premium Rate SMS. It’s a very interesting contribute that helps understanding how to run a wireless campaign. Recently the Flytext mobile campaign Movie Rewind has been featured in a case study presented on Revolution Magazine. Movie Rewind targeted an audience aged 16-35 with competitions linked to films such as Lethal Weapon, Dirty Harry, The Rock, City of Angels and Erin Brockovich.
MobileWay and Sony Pictures Mobile, have lauched: ‘Charlie�s Angels�: Full Throttle’. As explained in the press release, it consists of a premium mobile services package available to Charlie’s Angels fun in Australia, France, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and Singapore. The portfolio of services includes: polyphonic and monophonic ring tones including �Feel Good Time� by Pink; colour backgrounds with scenes from the film; MMS animations to forward onto friends; �Charlie�s Angels�: Road Cyclone,� a Java� game involving a motorbike chase against the evil Diva Indigo and her gang; as well as SMS trivia quizzes to win prizes or simply to test your calibre as an angel or your ability to charm one of the heroines. To learn more, you can also have a look at the official Website: Charlies Angel’s: Full Throttle.
Two upcoming summer releases, “The Hulk” and “Legally Blonde 2″ will be promoted also using wireless marketing. As IAR reports, both Universal Pictures and MGM have decided to start mobile campaigns with text-messaging sweepstakes and themed ringtones. Since “word-of-mouth” it’s a key issue in a movie promotion, the decision to start using cellular phones to get people talk about movies appears to be particularly interesting. In my opinion, the problem, again, might become the spam. Mobile phones (and mobile users) gotta be handled with care, privacy respect is not an option.
According to a press release published today by PRNewswire, average click-through rates for mobile marketing are five times higher than standard online advertising and provide stronger recall rates than television advertising. Mobile marketing is becoming the most productive and cost effective medium for reaching a highly desirable demographic. The press release features comments on recent campaigns for American Airlines, Chrysler Corporation, CNN and RollingStone.com runned by My AvantGo, a mobile applications delivery company.
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