The interest for wireless entertainment products is growing in the US, as a press release commenting the Global Wireless Summit in LA explains. The predominant opinion of panelists was that 2004 will see doubling if not tripling of mobile content revenues, and that ringtones may eclipse singles sales for the music industry.
In the UK Virgin Mobile has launched an online campaign which allows users to pick their favourite ringtone directly from the ad. They can listen to the ringtone and then text a number to receive it, without visiting a Web site.
Ad:Tech 2004 is currently taking place in San Francisco. It’s a good occasion to meet and to discuss problems and potentials of a difficult market, still looking for its identity. Kris Oser on Advertising Age says “Happy Days are here again” quoting the opinions of a few industry players. To read more about Ad:Tech 2004 you can also check out eWeek (via Yahoo!).
No matter what the content is, you can get it on your mobile. SMS, MMS, WAP and UMTS. The potentials for mobile content are huge as an article on New Media Age explains today. There is a rush to mobilise all existing and new content. It’s a pity the article simply reports a few information and doesn’t provide the author’s opinion about the market evolution. I’m always negative when I read too much optimism and no analysis.
Actually the article’s title on Cellular News is not a question, rather it’s a statement, based on a recent research by In-Stat/MDR. They found out that found that “13.2% of U.S. wireless subscribers are extremely or very interested in purchasing video services for their wireless phones”. Are we sure this is a good news? With all the respect, Americans don’t even know how to send sms (probably they simply don’t care). How come they are willing to pay for video content? I feel like wireless industry players in the US are trying to build up an hype about the market, exaggerating about present and future growth. Let’s keep feet on the ground, trying not to spoil the real market potentials.
As the Latins used to say: panem et circenses. The worst the economy, the more people spends in entertainment. Then add the identity’s crisis of the man in contemporary society, and you can easily understand why the gaming industry at the moment is flourishing. Following the motto “place your ad where the prospect is”, the advertising industry is ready to “invade” videogames. Yes, we aren’t talking about advergaming nor about product placement, this is actually an invasion, a rush to place a banner, a claim, a logo, on any spot a customer (he’s not a man anymore…) could consciously or unconsciously note. I’m rather negative towards this topic, I can’t help but considering it from the customer perspective. I’m annoyed by the idea of product placement in the movies, which is actually corrupting the output’s quality. I fear the same might happen with videogames, since, as AdAge writes today, “advergaming grows in reach and power”. Actually the article isn’t only about product placement in videogames, rather it’s about interactive gaming in general, considering also MMO (massively multiplayer online) and, of course, the “simple” advergames. There is also an interactive games report to download.
“Online creative is not very creative” says Jeremy Lockhorn on his latest column on ClickZ. I guess you already heard this sentence, but I’m also pretty much sure you don’t remember the solution to the problem. A “call for creativity” is a usual grief from the online advertising industry, unfortunately it’s not so easy to exactly explain what creativity actually is (especially on the Web). A reference to interactivity might help but, in general, I would says that online creativity is the ability to fully take advantage of the medium’s characteristics: multimediality, immediacy, interactivity. As Jeremy explains, video can play a crucial role in enhancing the creativity level and also the quality of online ads. The point is we need to connect with consumers from the very first beginning of the relationship. But, at the same time, we need to “respect” our target, being polite with our advertising messages, asking for a sort of permission when presenting ads in unusual or intrusive formats.
Despite the failure of their first co-marketing initiative, Apple and Pepsi have decided to do it again. This time instead of the US, they have decided to target the Australian market with a campaign supported by mobile phones. As Macworld UK reports, Australian Pepsi drinkers with a cell phone, can enter the competition via SMS and win an iPod an hour for six weeks.
Australian airline company Jetstar (Qantas’ low cost) has launched a service which allows passengers to book tickets and receive flights’s information via SMS. As Australian IT reports, the JetSMS service will kick off next month.
American Express is launching an online video ad starring Jerry Seinfeld and Superman. As Revolution Magazine reports, it’s a four minute web spot appearing on American Express’ website. It’s the second “webisode” created to support American Express’ guarantee to replace damaged goods within 90 days of purchase.
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