This is a great idea. StickNFind is an ultra small sticker with bluetooth, that you can stick on any device, person or animal, and find them with your Smart Phone (Apple iOS & Android). I can already see the multiple uses for this within marketing campaigns which use location based tracking to find stuff. Take a look at the video to see how it works. Read more…
Slashphone (via Textually) reports Viacom Outdoor will be the first major U.S. vendor to offer outdoor ads enabled with Bluetooth technology. A series of trial projects is scheduled to begin in November. “MobiPoints” will be placed in a variety of out of home media points including bus shelters, street furniture, kiosks, commuter rail cars and platforms and other special locations in various U.S. cities. Mobipoints is a technology produced by French company Kamaleon.
I must start by saying I have a negative attitude towards product placement in movies, because most of the times it’s done in a stupid way. Fortunately I’m not the only one thinking product placement is going to far. Rance Crain, editor in chief of Advertising Age wrote an interesting article yesterday on movies becoming “one gigantic product placement” and consumers getting tired of paying to watch a movie full of advertisements. Now there is also a new source of stress for movie lovers: Bluetooth promotional kiosks eager to connect with their mobile phones while they wait for the movie in theater lobbies. The New York Times reports 20th Century Fox has signed a deal with Loews Cineplex Entertainment to distribute movie trailers, ring tones and pictures through kiosks in three Loews theaters, in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. To me, the only good thing about this kind of initiative is that if you’re really interested in this such goodies, at least you get the content for free. Actually I’m not against Bluetooth technology used to deliver (permission-based!) marketing messages, I’m just against movies becoming an advertising show. If you’re interested in movies and product placement read also this: “Must love dogs” becomes product placement bonanza
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