Tag Archives: qr-code

Apple Sends Out Invites for Next Week’s iPad 2 Event
Mobile World Congress: Buzz Wrap-Up
HOW TO: Use QR Codes for Event Marketing
Offline Conversions: How To Measure The Real ROI Of Paid Search
Sports Fans Could Soon Tune in to Games Live on Youtube
Europeans Spend More Than One Day a Month on the Internet [article in French]

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The World Is Obsessed With Facebook (video)
Facebook Improves Search Results On Site
The 5 Most Viral Facebook Campaigns
Payvment’s Shopping Mall App is a Competitor to Amazon on Facebook
Facebook App Lets You Stalk – er, Monitor Relationships

Single White Feline?
The 20 Best Reactions By Bieber Fans Over Justin Cutting His Hair
Rear View Girls – actually a Levi’s Campaign [article in French]

Recent news show that mobile advertising spending is increasing, which means more companies are investing in this type of communication. But when you check why this is happening, one factor seems to be missing – marketing efforts.
When I say marketing efforts, I mean every sort of mechanic and concept that revolve around mobile phones. Sure, you can call it a consequence of the evolution of technology, but QR Codes wouldn’t have that much use and popularity had them not been used by big brands to show a whole new dimension of advertisement. The same happens with augmented reality used by brands like Mini or Toyota. One example that isn’t so clear is bluetooth technology – while at first was a great way to share contents with other peripherals, it also became a perfect tool to massively share contents with a crowd (although we consider bluetooth a mass sharing tool and not an engaging mobile tool per se).
So, what was it first? Was it technology that gave the tools for marketers to work upon? Or were the marketers who gave the technolgy meaning and popularity in order for them to be considered useful? In any case, the marketers and brands investment in mobile mechanics are one of the big factors that should be taken into account in the Mobile Advertisement increase.

The other day, I saw an ad for Polo Ralph Lauren on the back of my NY mag, featuring one of those bar codes that I believed had never crossed the Japanese borders. Since I’m a sucker for marketing experimentations, plus I’ve been wondering about these for a while, I decided to give it a try. I grabbed the magazine and my iPhone, ready to dive in the wonderful world of real-life shortcuts to the Internet!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t so lucky. It took me 15 minutes to go from that ad to where Ralph wanted to take me. A quarter of an hour when I had to struggle with broken web pages and far-from-optimized layouts. For an insulting result… being sent to the site’s homepage! The 21 steps I had to take are detailed in the slideshow above.

I know, we need to be “educated” before actually seeing some interesting marketing applications, but you can only make one first impression. So please, marketers, if you want consumers to use new technologies like QR codes, make sure you make it effortless for us. Because it’s gonna take a while before I take a picture of one of these again! And dear people at Polo’s Interactive Marketing Department, if you need an agency that can develop a gorgeous, premium, advanced iPhone/mobile-optimized site, drop us a line and we’ll give you a sneak preview of a pretty awesome example we’re about to launch for one of our client!