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The Lion King musical production
Disney’s Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King” at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas used mobile to drive ticket sales.
Commercial spots on the Cox Media cable network encouraged viewers to text the keywords NALA or MUFASA to short code 269411. The Lion King and Mandalay Bay were able to build an opt-in database of locals interested in receiving promotions in the future.
The strategy was to generate buzz about the Lion King musical production at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, as well as drive traffic to the outdoor shopping mall – Town Square
Mobile was suitable for this campaign because it provided the ability to engage the target market, be the medium for the scavenger hunt and provide extremely detailed metrics from beginning to end.
This particular campaign was unique, as it was a scavenger hunt utilizing the mobile device.
Consumers that texted in NALA or PUMBA got a message that said, “Find Lion King Paw Prints near Your next clue @ Whole Foods in Town Square. Address: 6689 Las Vegas Blvd.”
When the consumer reached the destination, they were asked to text LION to the same short code to get the next clue.
Respondents that used the keyword LION got a message that said, “Get “ON” Your way and “sea” the latest clothing styles at Your next clue in Town Square!”
Once consumers reached Town Square and found the next clue, they were instructed to text TIMON to the short code.
In return they got a message that said, “It’s a walk in the “park” to a Tropical Time with “Tommy” for Your Final Clue in Town Square!”
The last and final keyword was MUFASA. Once consumers texted this keyword in the got a message that said, “Congrat’s! You finished the hunt! Winners will be contacted on 5/7/09.”
The double opt-in was then sent, asking consumers to reply YES for ten entries to win a $100 Whole Foods Gift Card and to subscribe to Cox exclusives.
“The goals of this campaign posed a unique set of challenges, and the mobile channel provided the ideal measurable solution,” said Isaac Naor, client services manager. “It allowed enough creativity to drive locals to the new [high-end] outdoor mall, provided engagement with the brand, and enabled the campaign to stand-out and become viral.”
Safeway / Randalls
Safeway’s Randalls Food Market has launched a mobile coupon program to help its customers save time, money and trees.
These days, money is tight and people are looking for ways to stretch their dollars, so Randalls is letting customers download manufacturer’s coupons onto their Remarkable Card. The Remarkable Card is Randalls’ loyalty card.
Shoppers can get discounts from brands and select Randalls-labeled products.
This opportunity is available at 14 Randalls stores in Austin, TX, 36 stores throughout the greater Houston area and 62 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
To sign up to get coupons in the first place, Randalls shoppers just need to visit the mobile providers Web site to activate their account.
Digital coupons mean that no paper is used to distribute and redeem coupons. “Eliminating paper from couponing not only saves forests, but also benefits the environment by reducing the water usage to produce the paper and ink, as well as the energy to move the paper out to homes and newspaper stands. “So mobile and digital coupons are environmentally friendly and have virtually no carbon footprint themselves”.
No more searching for coupons in newspapers and magazines, coupon cutting, or riffling through coupons at the store.
When customers present their Remarkable Card at checkout, coupon savings are automatically applied to the appropriate items in their shopping basket. The discounts are also shown directly on the receipt.
For grocers and manufacturers, this is a more targetable and efficient means of coupon promotion, not to mention the benefits of being able to market to consumers both in and out of the store.
Best of all, with redemption rates 5 to 40 times that of paper-based coupons, it’s highly cost-effective.
Victoria’s Secret is very good at keeping secrets. The retailer quietly launched a marketing initiative that uses the mobile Web and SMS text messages to promote its products and shopping on-the-go.
Victoria’s Secret has launched a dedicated mobile Web site and is also targeting its mobile database of opted-in consumers with exclusive offers, event coverage and new product information.
“With so many consumers (94 Million in the U.S.) using their handhelds to read email, search for products (9 percent of Google searches are now on mobile devcies) and browse Web sites, it is a basic expectation that a mobile user will have a successful experience when they visit a company’s Web site,” said Jason Taylor.
Victoria’s Secret polls site visitors
Consumers can sign up for alerts on the mobile site at http://mobile.victoriassecret.com or text the keyword START to the short code 26435 (ANGEL).
All text message communication with consumers will include a link to the mobile site, in an effort to drive users there.
The Victoria’s Secret mobile site features different categories and shopping bags. The main menu gives site visitors a list of the “Most Wanted Bras.”
Browse through products
Gift cards can be bought right from the mobile site and consumers are able to locate and map the closest Victoria’s Secret store to them.
What’s most impressive about the site is that women can actually browse and then buy products right from their mobile phones, with the same secure settings that the retailer’s Web site provides.
Customers that make purchases on the mobile site can come back to view their order status.
Additionally, the mobile site has a ‘special offers’ section where consumers can get discounts.
For example, consumers that place an order of $100 or more can use the code VSFRSHIP at checkout and all shipping and handling charges will automatically be deducted after the offer code is applied.
The mobile phone becomes much like a shopping assistant with the Victoria’s Secret mobile site.
In fact, users can even browse the print catalog and order using their mobile phone.
Victoria’s Secret went a little further with its mobile site and turned it into a great place for consumers trying to get their loved ones a gift. The mobile site doesn’t just showcase lingerie; it offers other products and services as well.
Additionally, the mobile site has a click-to-call feature that connects consumers with Victoria’s Secret customer service, should they need to actually speak with someone.
Another interesting feature on the site is the “Site Feedback” link.
Users that click on it are asked to take the Victoria’s Secret Mobile Site Survey, where they are asked some questions regarding the site and how well it works.
The site is full of pictures of various products from Victoria’s Secret and consumers can view what’s on sale and the most wanted stuff.
Procter & Gamble / Gillette
Procter & Gamble’s Gillette razor and blade brand is shaving away traditional marketing by using the iPhone as a means of communicating with its audience of male consumers.
Gillette has launched “uArt,” an iPhone application that lets consumers use the Gillette Fusion razor to shave and create any facial hairstyle they like. Consumers just upload their picture, choose a facial hair texture, length and color, and then start shaving.
“As a grooming company, we want to help guys be their best and to achieve that, we want to provide tools to help them find the look and style that is right for them so they can express themselves,” said Mike Norton, director of external relations at Gillette, Boston.
P&G is one of the leading consumer packaged goods manufacturers whose portfolio includes brands such as Tide, Iams, Pringle, Oral-B, Charmin, Pampers, Old Spice, Dawn, Camay, Tampax and Clairol.
Gillette is a brand of P&G currently used for safety razors among other personal hygiene products. P&G bought Gillette in 2005.
Make yourself beard
To shave using the uArt application, consumers just need to use their finger to guide the razor easily over the beard.
Users can create a chinstrap, handlebar, moustache, lamb chops and even design a totally new facial hairstyle.
By double-tapping, the user can get incredible shaving detail.
Try out different facial hairstyles
The application is geared towards males ages 15–34. It is being promoted via online marketing.
This isn’t the first time that Gillette has relied on the mobile channel to target its audience. The grooming brand used mobile for some other promotional programs.
Most recently, Gillette recently completed a program with New York Yankee superstar Derek Jeter where consumers could send in a text and be eligible to win a free Gillette Fusion Razor.
Gillette’s use of mobile is in keeping with evolving consumer habits.
“The Gillette audience is doing more than watching TV or sitting in front of a computer — they are active and moving,” Mr. Norton said. “The app helps guys explore and achieve the look and style that is right for them.
“Guys can interact with the brand through a medium in which they are most engaged,” he said. “Mobile is a big part of guys’ lives. It’s a great medium. It’s personal and guys spend a lot of time using their mobile devices.
“Brands have the opportunity to reach their audience through entertaining interactive apps that deliver a message.”
Paint and coating producer Sherwin-Williams Co. is using the mobile channel for branding and customer acquisition.
The company and its mobile marketing provider created an iPhone application that lets users isolate a color within any photo taken on their iPhone and get matching Sherwin-Williams paint colors along with a coordinating palette to complement their choice. The application is called ColorSnap.
“Our desire is to meet our consumers exactly where they are,” said Ellen Moreau, vice president of marketing communication at Sherwin-Williams, Cleveland, OH. “ColorSnap helps them capture inspiration as it strikes.
“The app not only makes it simple to determine the color, but to bring it home by easily locating one of our 3,300 stores,” she said.
ColorSnap was downloaded by thousands of users in more than 60 countries within the first week of its release. The application is ranked No. 35 out of 3,000 in the free utilities application category in the iPhone App Store.
The ColorSnap application is unique because it lets users capture a new photo the moment they feel inspired, whether within the application or using an image already stored in their iPhone photo library.
Then, consumers just user their finger to scroll around the image and locate the exact color they’d like to see matched.
ColorSnap immediately offers the closest matching Sherwin-Williams paint color and a coordinating palette.
“Choosing color is the hardest part of redecorating,” Ms. Moreau said. “Inspiration can hit a consumer anywhere and we are helping them bring the colors that appeal to home from wherever they may be.”
Users are able to find the nearest Sherwin-Williams store to begin their painting project. Or, they can save the color into “My Saved Colors” for continued reference.
Using iPhone GPS capability or ZIP code entry, users can find their local Sherwin-Williams store. Users can direct dial or map the Sherwin-Williams location all within the application.
Colors include RGB values for architectural design professionals and Photoshop fiends, making it easy to recreate the colors in renderings.
The application is geared towards home owners, architects and designers and painting contractors. Sherwin Williams chose mobile because the company is trying to reach a younger demographic.
“Mobile is the ideal channel for this type of offering because inspiration is anywhere,” Ms. Moreau said. “We are trying to make it easy for customers to shop and buy paint.”
Sherwin-Williams has tested mobile advertising in the past. However this is the company’s first iPhone application.
By Giselle Tsirulnik; June 10, 2009
Text GREEN to short code 49737
Heineken and Heineken Light are using mobile as part of multichannel effort to get consumers to stock up on the beer this summer.
The program will run from June -August in retail outlets nationwide and invites consumers to elevate their traditional summer entertaining by hosting a Heineken “Blok” Party. The mobile component asks consumers to enter to win a sweepstakes by texting GREEN to short code 49737.
“The Heineken ‘Blok’ Party program is true to our brand objective of delivering great beer and great experiences,” said Breege Murphy, channel manager at Heineken, White Plains, NY. “And it offers our retail partners a unique new way to generate excitement among consumers through engaging displays and in-store merchandising materials that will help drive purchase of Heineken and Heineken Light.”
The sweepstakes will select two winners randomly on July 31.
These individuals will win a block party for no more than 50 guests who are over the age of 21.
The “Blok” Party prize includes live entertainment, top-notch catering and interactive leisure sports, giving them the ultimate “Blok” Party experience to be held in his or her neighborhood on or near Labor Day. The retail value of each party is approximately $50,000.
Contestants can win 59,000 song downloads from the EMusic store.
Winners get their download codes via SMS if they entered the sweepstakes using the channel.
The “Blok Party” sweepstakes is being promoted in liquor stores via advertising which encourages consumers to stock up for summer entertaining at home.
The sweepstakes will also be promoted in supermarkets via cross merchandising offers on party essentials and unique party tips for creating the ultimate “Blok” Party experience.
In-store signage will tell consumers that that the ultimate “Blok” Party can be elevated with Heineken.
Heineken has used mobile before.
The brewer ran a mobile campaign in which it distributed scratch-cards to bar customers. All the scratch-cards asked consumers to text message a keyword to a short code.
Each time a consumer texted in, they were entered to win different prizes. Whether the customer won or not, he or she was opted in to receive a WAP push with Heineken mobile agenda.
This wasn’t the first time that a brewer turned to mobile for a promotion.
Irish brewer Guinness held “The Great Guinness Pint Contest,” an interactive mobile program meant to engage consumers with the brand.
The program asked consumers at participating businesses to rate their pint of Guinness via their mobile phone. Each time consumers rated their pint they were entered into a sweepstakes in which five winners received a trip for two to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, Ireland, during the company’s 250th anniversary (see story).
“Through a wide range of elements including a consumer sweepstakes for the ultimate ‘Blok’ Party and cross merchandising offers, the program inspires consumers to make the most of every celebration by choosing the ultimate imported beer brand – Heineken,” Ms. Murphy said.
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Posted by StrategicGrowth in mobile, Mobile Marketing, Strategic Growth Concepts.
Tags: advertising, advertising campaign integration, case studies, demographic targets, marketing, mobile advertising, Mobile Marketing, multi-channel marketing, small business, Strategic Growth Concepts
One of the best ways to utilize Mobile Marketing is to incorporate it into a multi-channel campaign strategized to maximize the brand’s exposure to its target audience. Mobile Marketing is a cost-effective method of dramatically increasing consumer interaction with a brand as part of the overall campaign strategy.
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Oberto beef jerkey targets alpha-male demographic via mobile
By Dan Butcher; June 10, 2009
Oberto beef jerky
Oberto Sausage Co. is promoting its beef jerky with a multichannel campaign that relies heavily on mobile to get its target demographic to interact with the brand.
The company developed a promotional platform for its Oberto Beef Jerky products, including in-store, on-pack and mobile elements, as well as a promotional Web site at http://www.ultimatealphazone.com. The site provides an interactive environment for the brand’s male target audience.
“Our target guy is regularly plugged into what’s happening in the world around him,” said Ryan Post, senior brand manager for Oberto, Kent, WA. “He uses mobile technology to maintain a healthy balance between family, friends, sports, exercise, culture and his career, getting the info he wants when he wants it.
“From checking his mail on his mobile phone when leaving the gym in the morning to looking up sports scores and texting his friends to find out where happy hour is, an ‘alpha’ manages his life on the go,” he said. “We saw mobile marketing as an integral part of our latest campaign because it connects to the daily lives of our customers.
“Plus, Oberto is all about having fun, so the ability to playfully taunt ‘sidekicks’ on the go is right in line with our campaign and a fun, engaging way to let guys know what we are all about.”
A mobile call-to-action on an Oberto Beef Jerky in-store display
The promotion allowed consumers to register for sweepstakes and send taunt calls via IVR and the Internet to their friends, calling them “sidekicks.”
The mobile two-way “Taunt Call” IVR campaign lets consumers send unapologetic claims to their friends, and “sidekicks” can send props or insults—“smacks”—back to their friends to continue the conversation.
Oberto’s in-store call-to-action at the point of sale reads “Text / Taunt / Win, text ‘Alpha’ to 433339 for a chance to win and taunt a friend.”
The point-of-sale includes shipper header displays and on-pack stickers with the mobile call-to-action.
The first sweepstakes offered prizes such as a Nintento Wii, an Apple iPod touch, an air hockey table, a Home Depot gift card and a Blu-Ray player.
A second sweepstakes is offering a branded leather chair, two cases of Oberto Beef Jerkey and gift cards from various retailers such as Fathead.com.
Oberto claims that it has received more than a quarter of a million sweepstakes entries to date, and many of those consumers opted in to the brand’s SMS database.
The beef jerky brand touts the Ultimate Alpha Zone promotional micro site at http://www.ultimatealphazone.com/index.html as a place where “guys can be guys.”
There is another Oberto campaign portal, created by another vendor, at http://www.eatlikeanalpha.com.
Throughout the year, “man room” elements will be added to the site for consumers to engage with to earn extra sweepstakes entries and build their “alpha” status for more digital rewards from the brand, such as ringtones and wallpapers.
Visitors can also set up a taunt call to a friend to send smack talk and spread the word about the promotion.
During the second phase of the promotion, Oberto launched a loyalty program “Order of the Alphas,” where consumers were encouraged to log in and register to increase their “Alpha” status for digital rewards and exclusive Oberto content.
Once the user becomes a loyalty member, their engagement activity is tracked and rewarded with loyalty points.
A rotating leader board on the home page highlights Oberto’s top alphas daily.
The loyalty program and Web site will be refreshed throughout the year to highlight a partner promotion, introduce new prizes and interactive features.
Oberto and its vendor developed an integrated campaign strategy by using mobile, online and in-store POS and on-pack stickers.
“To engage consumers with the brand, we built the Ultimate Alpha Zone, where visitors can experience the brand online, in-store and via their mobile device”.
“The campaign’s objectives are to increase consumer awareness of the Oberto brand and its Eat Like An Alpha campaign, drive increases in market share and drive sales velocity.”
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