Mobile ad campaigns benefit from creativity that is geared to the platform, says Greg Stuart, CEO of the Mobile Marketing Association. "Mobile is personal, mobile is pervasive and mobile has proximity. I want to see -- and the medium demands -- creative that engages mobile users in a fun and exciting way on a one-to-one basis," Stuart says in an interview.
Wal-Mart is joining with Disney for an in-store augmented-reality campaign incorporating the studio's upcoming movie "The Avengers." Customers are invited to download the Super Hero Augmented Reality application, which includes social media links, and engage in an in-store scavenger hunt for images of the superheroes. As they roam a Wal-Mart, players can point their phone cameras at a superhero image to acquire that hero's powers and a chance at winning the game.
Using new technology from Greenscans, consumers will be able to use their phones to scan stickers on fruits and vegetables to obtain additional information. Greenscans is partnering with Chelan Fresh of Washington state with bar codes on Chelan apples that can be scanned for a brief video about the company.
Although many people may not be up to speed on mobile bar codes, they are interested in learning and the number of consumers who do scan them is large enough to make a difference, Timberland executive Brian McGovern said at the Mobile Shopping Spring Summit. The company has used QR codes and Microsoft tags in print campaigns to provide styling advice augmenting the brand's ads.
Punch Media, the iPad-native magazine service, is hoping to create a new model for tablet-based advertising. Rather than featuring conventional pop-up or display ads, Punch is working with brands to develop application-style advertorial units, encouraging user engagement by offering media-rich, genuinely interesting or useful content. "We wanted to do an ad unit, but we wanted to reinvent how it works for the tablet's more deep, immersive experience," says CEO and co-founder David Bennahum.
Few small to medium-sized or specialty retailers have mobile-optimized sites, according to a survey by e-commerce solutions provider Briteskies. Although many of these companies are active in e-commerce, they often run up against problems trying to define a mobile strategy and adjust their existing sites for mobile presentation.
The low-price Kindle Fire from Amazon has captured more than half the U.S. market in Android tablets, according to comScore. And at the end of 2011, the Fire made up 17% of the overall tablet market, which includes Apple's highly popular iPad.
Features from Twitter on the Web are now available with revamped Android and iOS apps for mobile. The added functions include a discover feature, push notification and improved search with auto-completion.
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