In less than one year football fans from around the world will have only one thing in mind: the FIFA World Cup. As Ahmed Siddiqui writes on New Media Age the event offers tremendous opportunities to mobile marketers. Germany 2006 has a potential of $8.4 billion in content revenues but brands need to take into account the event’s peculiarities. The World Cup is a disruptive event as it stops people from doing what they would normally do, so marketers also need to think different, concentrating on pre-game and after-game initiative, when the target’s attention will be higher. According to Siddiqui, who is research manager for the Wireless World Forum, mobile messaging will play a key role in marketing campaigns, since it is immediate and easy to use for the end users.
According to a new study by Spanish mobile marketing company i-Touch Movilisto, mobile marketing campaigns receive an average direct response rate between 5 and 20 percent. When we talk about direct response, we refer to an active behavior where the user replies to a promotional message, usually via SMS, in order to enter a competition, to get a discount or to receive information. Mobile marketing is most of the times used in multi-channel campaigns (65 percent), in which users can reply to the promotional message also online or via snail mail. Usually campaigns which give away sure prizes receive the best response rates (up to 49 percent), while the promotions that allow users to enter draws for prizes get a 25 percent response.
From Finland a smart idea that integrates traditional and mobile marketing: you buy Flora Margarine (Unilever brand), you collect ten packages, you mail them to a “snail mail” address. Then you receive a 100 euros mobile gift certificate to Finnmatkat, a Finnish travel agency (well, you can also decide to get a mail certificate). The agency behind this is Lowe Forever, while the technology is provided by FlyerOne. [News via the mobile experience]
The publisher HarperCollins will promote Meg Cabot new children’s novel with mobile marketing. ClickZ reports the promotional messages will be delivered to the fans who subscribe online to the Meg Cabot Mobile Club. Online advertising will be used to drive traffic and raise subscriptions. If the program proves successful, the publisher will add further features to its mobile content offer. FlyTxt will provide the technology. It’s ok to integrate different channels, but it’s a pity fans can subscribe only using the Web and not simply texting to a special number. Tag: mobile marketing
In the UK 3G operator 3 has partnered with viral content provider Kontraband to start serving viral ads to mobile phones. New Media Age (sub. req.) reports the funny content will be available using video shortcodes (so it won’t be 100% viral), but at least it’s a first in the viral direction. Anyway I will be curious to know the pricing model. On the Internet, what is viral, it’s free. But when it comes to mobile phones the word “free” almost has no meaning, carriers dominate the scene and want to make money anytime, anywhere, which isn’t something good neither for marketers nor end-users. Tag: mobile marketing, viral marketing
On New Media Age (reg. req.) Hugh Burrows, commercial director at Que Pasa, reviews the WAP portal Warner Bros has created to support its movie Batman Begins. The m-site, created by Minick, offers few free and a lot of paid content: details on the movie, a photo gallery, ringtones, screensavers and a mobile game. Overall, Burrows’ assessment is positive, although he argues Warner Bros should have provided more content for free to attract more users.
Revolution Magazine reports the results of the Bluetooth marketing campaign carried out last June by Parlophone to promote Coldplay’s new album. The promotion allowed music fans in London to get free mobile content such as song excerpts, video clips and video interviews, just by turning on the Bluetooth connection on their mobile phones. In two weeks, over 13,000 users opted in to receive. Filter provided the technology. Tags: mobile marketing, bluetooth marketing, coldplay
The article goes on explaining mobile marketing is a cost-effective solution for marketers. The problem is, it is not cost-effective for users. UMTS prices are just crazy right now in Europe, excluding large part of the population from accessing “heavy” mobile content like, for example, videos. Operators are just too powerful at the moment, acting as gate-keepers, and preventing the mobile marketing industry to growth and evolve in its own third generation.
However Jupiter Research analyst Julie Ask has an opposite view:“The majority of online adults is not interested in receiving promotions via SMS, even if they receive free or discounted goods and services, are assured that their privacy will be protected and don’t have to pay for the messages.”
Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Probably the truth, as usual, stands in the middle.
Bluetooth marketing is a risky business, with the spam menace just around the corner. New Media Age has a good article on the privacy issues connected to the use of Bluetooth technology to deliver promotional messages. Big brands like Nokia and Volvo have started exploring this kind of communication which requires an initial (unsolicited) message from the advertiser to start the conversation. The problem is most of the people with Bluetooth enabled phones don’t know they can modify the status of their device to accept or refuse by default external communication with other mobiles located within 10 meters. Marketers are taking advantage of this lack of knowledge considering that anyone with the “fully discoverable” option turned on is open (and willing) to receive commercial messages. With the mobile marketing industry still in its infancy, the risk of spoiling with spam a promising business is very high. Regulations and industry standards are required ASAP.
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