Chinese are going crazy for SMS. They sent about 15.6 billion short messages through their mobile phones during January, with a rise of 91 percent over the same period last year. Yahoo! News reports, adding that short messages are popular in China because of their low cost and efficiency, with subscribers paying on average about 0.1 yuan (0.01 US dollar) for each message.
If The New York Times says it, it must be true… A new report by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that online advertising revenue in the United States increased 20 percent in 2003, to $7.2 billion. The automotive industry, in particular, is investing hard in Internet advertising. Automakers increased the number of their advertisement 75 percent in 2003, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, while online advertisements by the telecommunications companies increased 31 percent. More details about online advertising fighting back can be found in a press release by DoubleClick and Nielsen//Netratings to introduce the results of an inaugural joint Year in Online Advertising Report for 2003.
In Brunei, during the 20th National Day SMS Quiz, people can text and win a Hyundai Matrix. As Brunei Direct, The contest is the first of its kind to be launched in the country and will run from February 27 until April 23, divided in four rounds. It aims to enliven the spirit and celebration of the 20th National Day. Contestants will also have the chance to win PCs, flights to Singapore, mobile phones and digital cameras.
This week the online press has published a bunch of interesting stats, so let’s take a look at Spanish wireless consumers market. Vnunet reports the results of a research by CIS: seventy percent of Spanish have a mobile phone, and a further eight percent plan to buy one in the next six months. The main reason (for 66.6 percent of the people) to own a cell phone is to get in touch with relatives and friends, while only twenty percent of the people said they have one mainly to keep business contacts. Iblnews reports about the preferred services of Vodafone Live! users: during last december, Spanish people opted to receive SMS alerts mostly about football and horoscopes. For what concerns mobile games, “Osiris” of the Tomb Raider series has been the most downloaded, followed by Bomberman� and �XIII”. The most requested ringtones have been “La madre de Jos� and �No es lo mismo�. Noticiasdot.com presents stats about SMS traffic in Spain last year. According to the data provided by the three carriers (Amena, Telef�nica M�viles and Vodafone) more than 18 millions SMS have been sent through the networks in 2003, with Telef�nica leading the market with a 50 percent share of the traffic. But the most interesting data is the one about Premium messages which generated a business worth 400 millions euros.
Next week Volvo will launch a new comprehensive advertising campaign to promote its S40 car targeting a youther consumer segment than usual. Volvo will change its communication approach to better address the target, taking inspiration for its ads from entertainment genres like music videos and video games. As explained in the press release, the marketing campaign is multi-faceted, covering television, movie theaters, magazines, billboards, the Internet, direct mail, partnerships with Virgin Megastores and Bloomingdale’s, and even video games. Thomas Andersson, VCNA Executive Vice President, Marketing at Volvo North America said:“It’s not enough to just reach people with a campaign. We want to go beyond that and touch and move people as well. The campaign is surprising, refreshing and cool, yet reassuringly Volvo at the same time. The tone we are using is youthful and confident, but not arrogant. With this campaign we will show that Volvo can be sexy and fun.”
Online loyalty programs, in order to be effective, require a different approach to personalization and customization than the one usually used offline. eCommerceTimes investigates the best loyalty programs on the Internet looking at strategic issues which effect their performance. Consumers’ privacy is an important aspect to keep in mind to succeed, but the key is to online shopping with offline rewards.
Diesel is online with a new campaign developed by Airlock. “Love nature while it lasts” is the tagline of the advertising set in a Garden of Eden, which will run in 18 countries worldwide, with traditional banners and a various range of rich media ads.
A post with a self-promotion… On MarketingProfs there’s an article I’ve written: The year of wireless marketing Any feedback is welcome!
Kodak will soon launch in Europe an online service to publish pictures taken with the mobile phone. As reported on News.com Australia, starting next May owners of a new wave of higher resolution camera phones should be able to upload their pictures and videos to a central server, send them by e-mail or print them via wireless infrared or Bluetooth links at Kodak kiosks. The service is already available in the United States. The initiative�confirms the strong Kodak’s interest in building a new kind of relationship with its consumers, trying to fill the gap created by digital cameras and the consequent crisis of films selling. A couple of months ago, Kodak has also sponsored a MMS competition together with the carrier Wind to assign prizes to the best MMS pictures.
In its case study presentation, iMediaconnection talks this week about Visa and its MSN minisite developed to target small-business owners. The site isn’t flashy but, according to Visa, it’s very effective in communicating the offer. The article is interesting also because it covers the theme of “co-branded” initiatives. Doug Fitzsimmons, Associate Creative Director, Tribal DDB Los Angeles , commented: “Everybody wins with a strong co-branded site. The host gains content, the advertiser gains an audience. If it’s done well, both strengthen their brands by association and added value for their customers.”
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