Paper discount coupons start looking rather old-fashioned and “annoying” in South Korea, that’s why Hyundai Department Store, the nation’s largest department store chain, has started issuing mobile coupons targeting you.ng customers. Telecoms Korea reports Hyundai will send mobile coupons to 300,000 customers aged 17 to 30. The nice thing to note is the viral essence of the initiative. Coupons in fact can be forwarded to friends, giving Hyundai marketers the possibility to reach a wider number of prospects. Of course there is the risk of spending a lot of money to support the discounts, but the positive, viral effect should be granted.
My Alert Marketing has created in Spain a mobile marketing campaign for Rexona for Men. As Diario Ipmark (in Spanish) reports, the initiative is promoted with on-pack messages and will run until the end of March. Users have to text the word “Rexona” with their sex, age and postal code to a special number. Prizes (products branded Real Madrid) are assigned immediately.
Mobile marketing is emerging as a highly successful medium for advertisers. A new research from Frost & Sullivan found that the revenue in the US mobile marketing market was worth $11.5 million and it will reach $69.3 million by 2007. The report, “An Insight into the United States Mobile Marketing & Short Code SMS Markets” reveals that to further enhance customer response, mobile marketing companies must work toward achieving greater synchronization in a comparatively extended value chain that includes advertisers, platform providers, connection aggregators, and mobile operators. Absences of coordination and mismanaged relationships have been long-standing bottlenecks, intensified by the lack of a central aggregator for mobile operators. The plurality of mobile operators and their individual rules and regulations slow down mobile marketing campaigns. The full press release is available on Frost & Sullivan web site.
Buy a snack, get a code, collect points and win a prize. The concept behind KitKat mobile marketing campaign recently launched in the UK is pretty simple and therefore appealing. Instead of sending product wrappers as in traditional campaigns, “KitKash” allows people to text the code to a dedicated number, collecting points and acquiring the possibility to win prizes through an online auction. The technology is provided by Yoomedia. The same campaign has been running last year in
I didn’t know The Philippines were the SMS capital of the world. Or at least this is Arthur Policarpio, CEO at of Global Wireless Connections (GWC) said. Of course his company is in the field and it’s trying to expand to Indonesia and Thailand. The article on ABS-CBNNEWS loses some of its interest because it’s too much focused on a single Company and doesn’t provide any details about recent campaigns. Anyway I always try to find a positive aspect, so I appreciate learning The Philippines are active in mobile marketing too Actually the best thing to note it’s at the end of the article, where the online magazine gives readers the chance to text back their comments sending an Sms. It’s good to have such an example of media integration, even if it doesn’t make much sense since it would be easier and faster to send an email…
Volvo is no doubt a Company that believes and, most of all, invests in new media marketing. We have seen excellent Volvo’s campaigns on the Web, and now we find the car manufacturer testing mobile marketing’s potentials. In December they have presented a mobile-based competition giving away an V50 to a lucky winner in Switzerland. Mobile users who wanted to participate just had to text V50 plus their postal code to a dedicated number. They then received a special number and the indication of the closest Volvo dealer. By visiting the dealer and presenting the code, they received some immediate prizes and they have been automatically allowed to enter the Christmas draw where the V50 was assigned. In Spain they are currently running a wireless marketing campaign to provide its clients with information on its S80 Premium Drive. By texting “Volvo” plus the preferred combustible type and their postal code to the number 5676, users will receive directly on their mobile a bunch of information on the closer Volvo dealer and a list of the available models at such location. As Diario IPmark reports (in Spanish) the campaign is currently running only in Madrid and Barcelona. If it proves successful, the initiative (supported by MyAlert Marketing Interactivo) will be extended to the rest of the country.
Malaysian loyalty marketing expert Bonuslink has collaborated with United International Pictures to launch a mobile campaign promoting “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”. As explained on Cinema Online, the initiative features a mobile blogging section which allows fans to have their own diaries just like Bridget Jones. Entrants can win free trips to Bangkok and enjoy the mobile-based “Secret Admirer”, “Love Calculator”, and “Love Polling� services.
MindMatics is helping Pitcher & Piano (a bars’ chain) with a mobile marketing campaign. It will be divided into three phases, with the aim of gathering data and strengthening the relationship with existing customers. Tristram Hillier, marketing manager at Pitcher & Piano, comments on Revolution Magazine:“Unlike other types of marketing, mobile gives us an edge through its immediate impact, so our brand is still fresh in customers’ minds when they go out. Flyers, posters and other methods can’t deliver this.”
Mobile React reports about the successful conclusion of Heineken’s recent mobile marketing program in Thailand. The two month activity adopted a sales-linked loyalty rewards program and generated a participation rate in access of 17%, probably the highest measured response rate in the country. The 2 month campaign ran from 1st September to 31st October 2004. It utilized a point collection mechanic wherein consumers who accumulated enough points could exchange them for exclusive premiums from Heineken. Specially designed 6-pack of Heineken beer cans contained an embedded scratch-off code inside. Adrian Stewart, CEO of Mobile React explained us how the initiative worked:“Because we untilized a true unique code embedded in every pack, each entry received was firmly sales-linked. This meant Heineken could observe transactions and other valuable data from this campaign. Each code embedded was truly unique and could not be used once. Multiple entries using the same code were rejected. Consumers must SMS the code to a dedicated number and receive automatic replies with points they have obtained, for first time participants and with the current balance for repeat consumers. Codes provided 1, 2 or 5 points and consumers could keep track of their points via SMS, through Heineken’s website or via an 24-hour automated interactive voice response (IVR) system. Redemption for giveaways began with 5 points.”
The program was promoted via SMS alert to Heineken’s existing database members prior to start of campaign. During campaign, communication by SMS was also utilized to remind members to get more points i.e. purchase more Heineken to qualify for the lucky draw or to redeem their gifts before the campaign ended.
Ericsson and Proximity Worldwide have signed an agreement to jointly promote effective solutions for mobile marketing. Starting in four countries, Germany, Italy, Singapore, and the United States, the mobile infrastructure will be utilized as a marketing communications channel. Johan Bergendahl, Vice President Marketing at Ericsson comments:“Mobility is a key requirement for today’s societies. With the growing number of multimedia capable handsets, mobile marketing offers a multiplicity of opportunities, benefiting consumers, operators and CRM-agencies alike.”
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