In France Mc Donald’s has launched a “McVip” a mobile marketing initiative to inform customers via sms about ongoing promotions in their favourite restaurants. As explained on Le Journal du Net (in French) the campaign’s objective is to create loyalty in Paris’ young customers (15-24 years old)
British Telecom is hoping to spread the viral buzz with its latest campaign: wheredidthetimego? There is a gloomy microsite, developed by Agency.com, which aims to make people understand how much time they waste browsing the internet with a slow connection. The site let allows visitors to calculate how much time they’ve spent doing the most common things of a daily routine, like sleeping, “making waves” and working. The message is clear: “don’t waste another minute: get broadband from BT”.
Siemens has launched an online magazine to keep its customers and prospects updated about new products and initiatives. As explained on Wuv.de (in German) the “Siemens Journal”, developed by Publicis Munich, is available in seven languages.
Starting today, America Online has launched an online branding campaing to promote its broadband service. As explained in the press release, the new ad campaign, created by digital marketing firm Atmosphere BBDO, pushes the idea that speed is just one part of the broadband story and that content is equally as important. John Lane, VP, Online Marketing at AOL commented:“This campaign – created by Atmosphere with Digitas providing the media planning expertise – is intended to speak directly to those who already have a basic high-speed Internet connection through their cable or DSL provider, but may not have AOL for Broadband. After all, speed alone is only part of the broadband story; this “Speed Meet…” campaign is designed to showcase key elements of the AOL for Broadband service offering and persuade prospective members that a broadband connection alone is not enough.”
On PCWorld.com Gillian Law asks: “Would Somebody Answer that Thing?” There is a love & hate relationship with rigtones: they are a big business, but they are also very annoying in daily life. It feels like we’re living in a videogame. What I liked in the article is that “as phones improve, so will the sound of the ringtones. Even if you don’t know the song, it’ll at least sound as it does on the radio, rather than like your 4-year-old playing a xylophone.”
Daily Yomiuri On-Line reports that in Japan NTT DoCoMo will start in July the nation’s first service to enable patients to view their medical records on mobile phone screens. Nineteen medical institutions will participate in the service.
In New Zealand the online advertising market was worth $8 million in 2003. The Advertising Standards Authority has tried to measure the impact of the medium, finding out that “New Zealand advertisers haven’t clicked on to online advertising”. The news is reported on Stuff.
Uk agency Moonfish has created a rich media campaign to promote “Zauros” Sharp Electonics’ latest PDA. A brief case study on Moonfish’s site explains the campaign’s concept “Work Hard, Play Hard” the characteristics of the online promotion, supported by a dedicated microsite.
Unrelenting progress in processing power, network bandwidth and storage capacity will enable the electronic game industry to become greater than five times more pervasive by 2010. The fact comes out of a recent research by Deloitte & Touche (Moore’s Law and Electronic Games is the report’s title). As explained in the press release, we can expect good news for many companies, as Scott Singer, Managing Director of Deloitte’s Media and Entertainment Corporate Finance Group states:“As technology continues to improve, new opportunities will arise for industries outside of the traditional electronic game arena, such as movie studios, record companies, advertisers, mobile phone producers, communications operators, toy manufacturers and electronics manufacturers. The installed base of devices will escalate from 415 million in 2004 to 2.6 billion in 2010.”
Mobliss and Tribal DDB Worldwide have teamed up to create, implement and manage a wireless text messaging promotion for the United States Air Force. As explained in the press release, the promotion, which launches on May 29th and is expected to last through June, will involve a trivia game, called Air Force Snap Decisions. The trivia game will be available to wireless subscribers at three different events in conjunction with The United States Air Force “Cross Into the Blue” (CITB) Tour. I don’t know what to say about this initiative. It’s a good sign that mobile marketing is becoming relevant in the US but, at the same time, I’m disconcerted by the fact that the army wants to entertain and engage its audience. I can’t ignore my pacifist soul. To read more about videogames and war, check out “War Gaming“, by Thomas Mucha, on Business 2.0.
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