Revolution Magazine features this month as “campaign of the month” 02 Free Sim. 02 opted for a free SIM card promotion when it sought an effective but simple way to boost sales and its customer base, writes Emily Booth, explaining the background and details of this marketing initiative developed by Agency Republic.
3G Technology is set to revolutionise personal marketing by adding a fast, data-rich, multimedia dimension. B&T presents an interesting feature explaining which are the players in the Australian market and how 3G will change direct marketing. David Burden, CEO of Legion Interactive says:Marketers should approach 3G like any other new technology�with a strong creative and integrated approach. However, mobile marketing does offer an important point of difference from other media�the technology is linked intimately and constantly with the consumer.
If you can read Spanish, you will surely appreciate this column by David Roman Coy (a Marketing Professor) on Marteting Directo: El movil en el mix de la promocion de las empresas. Cell phones have introduced a revolution in personal and commercial communication, but we still have to see the best of it. According to Coy, marketers will take advantage of mobile communication especially for what concerns coupons and instant promotions.
New guidelines are required to discipline mobile marketer. According to New Media Age the Mobile Marketing Association is working on guidelines to limit the hours in which promotional sms can be sent. In the UK, at the moment, First Direct is under fire since it starts sending its sms at 6 o’clock in the morning, since they’ve found that it’s cheaper at that time. Several users have complained to First Direct, and the Company has come out with one of the silliest statements I’ve ever heard:“Our advice is for customers to switch off their phones overnight”.
I believe this is the perfect way to annoy prospects and weaken the potentials of mobile marketing. Guidelines and intelligent marketers are more than welcome… soooooon!!!
McDonald�s �Cool Train� developed by Tribal DDB Sidney has won two awards at Mobile Marketing Association Awards held last month in Sydney. Tribal DDB won the major award for �Best Use with Radio� and won the Highly Commended award in the overall �Best Integrated� category. As explained on the agency
Mobile messaging will drive data revenue and provide operators with the tools to bring multimedia into the hands of users, according to a new study by IDC. Quoted in a Press Release, Paolo Pescatore, senior analyst for IDC�s European Wireless and Mobile Communications Service, says: Mobile messaging will be the bridge that will assist operators to aid the take-up of mobile data in Western Europe. It is important to remember that mobile messaging allows users to communicate, depending on their needs and acceptance of using that medium. SMS is discreet, direct, and in most cases quick, whereas the first offerings of MMS allow users to send pictures to one another, and IM offers presence allowing users to interact with other users. So much is mentioned and said about killer applications but in terms of potential and current usage of SMS so far, mobile messaging will be the killer cocktail for mobile operators.
Mobileway has been chosen by Virgin Music, part of The EMI Group, as the mobile marketing partner for the launch of the latest singles from pop groups, Blue & Atomic Kitten in France. The month-long marketing campaign set to be launched by Virgin Music features an instant win competition which will allow fans to win a host of prizes, and a channel for participants to send in their details and preferences to form part of a new Virgin Music fan club. More details in the press release on Mobileway Web site.
Premium rate SMS (PSMS) is the term that describes the charging of a premium to consumers, for a text message that is either sent or received by their mobile phone. On Flytext website, Thomas Schuster answers a lot of questions concerning Premium Rate SMS. It’s a very interesting contribute that helps understanding how to run a wireless campaign. Recently the Flytext mobile campaign Movie Rewind has been featured in a case study presented on Revolution Magazine. Movie Rewind targeted an audience aged 16-35 with competitions linked to films such as Lethal Weapon, Dirty Harry, The Rock, City of Angels and Erin Brockovich.
MobileWay and Sony Pictures Mobile, have lauched: ‘Charlie�s Angels�: Full Throttle’. As explained in the press release, it consists of a premium mobile services package available to Charlie’s Angels fun in Australia, France, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and Singapore. The portfolio of services includes: polyphonic and monophonic ring tones including �Feel Good Time� by Pink; colour backgrounds with scenes from the film; MMS animations to forward onto friends; �Charlie�s Angels�: Road Cyclone,� a Java� game involving a motorbike chase against the evil Diva Indigo and her gang; as well as SMS trivia quizzes to win prizes or simply to test your calibre as an angel or your ability to charm one of the heroines. To learn more, you can also have a look at the official Website: Charlies Angel’s: Full Throttle.
Two upcoming summer releases, “The Hulk” and “Legally Blonde 2″ will be promoted also using wireless marketing. As IAR reports, both Universal Pictures and MGM have decided to start mobile campaigns with text-messaging sweepstakes and themed ringtones. Since “word-of-mouth” it’s a key issue in a movie promotion, the decision to start using cellular phones to get people talk about movies appears to be particularly interesting. In my opinion, the problem, again, might become the spam. Mobile phones (and mobile users) gotta be handled with care, privacy respect is not an option.
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