Yahoo! UK is about to start selling ads on it IM service. The first advertiser on the Messenger will be fashion brand FCUK which will allow users to customize the IM avatars with its latest collections. Quoted on Brand Republic, Darren Cairns, head of marketing for Yahoo! Messenger, explained this is an excellent marketing opportunity to target the “i-generation” (???) of 16 to 34 years old Internet users.
Fashion brand FCUK is targeting US market with a mobile campaign. FCUK has become the first brand to implement a simultaneous transatlantic mobile marketing and CRM program, working with creative agency Marvellous Mobile and Enpocket. As explained in the press release, the UK and US cross-carrier campaign, integrated tightly with other core customer channels, allows customers to interact with the brand via text messaging and to win a variety of prizes including gift certificates and t-shirts. By engaging customers with the brand and the radio station through their mobiles, FCUK hopes to build a profile of its customers and target individuals with specialised content that is particularly relevant to them.
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