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Redbox’s Geo-Social Test Builds on Mobile Success

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By Christopher Heine 

After seeing thousands of Foursquare check-ins without the benefit of any promotion, Redbox will now test the geo-social marketing waters. Starting today, consumers who check in at one of its 28,700 kiosks will receive a discount code for between 10 cents and $1 off their video rental. The discount can be used immediately.

Oakbrook Terrace, IL-based Redbox’s movie rentals cost $1 per title. The promotion runs through Aug. 24 and marks the eight-year-old brand’s first location-based foray.

However, Redbox Marketing VP Amy Gibby told ClickZ News that it ran a similar discounts campaign for 10 days in May that used SMS. The company “received more than 1.5 million texts…via 400,000 unique customers,” she said.

Redbox plans to increasingly focus on location-based marketing because its audience apparently wants it. More than 6 million people have downloaded its 19-month-old iPhone/Android app, which directs them to kiosks while providing real-time movie title availability.

Gibby said testing Foursquare was the next logical step in the brand’s mobile evolution. “Movies are inherently social,” she said, “making geo-social engagement a key component of our forward-looking marketing strategy.”

And its mobile mindset appears to be paying dividends. In Redbox’s most recent quarter, parent company Coinstar reported the video rental brand’s revenue grew 34.5 percent year over year to nearly $364 million.

via Redbox’s Geo-Social Test Builds on Mobile Success | ClickZ.

Written by Kees Winkel

August 15, 2011 at 16:52

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Consumers embrace mobile for bigger purchases: study – Mobile Commerce – Research

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Half of mobile device owners spend $100 or more on a purchase via their smartphone, according to a new study by JiWire.

The JiWire Mobile Audience Insights Report Q1 2011 shows that consumers are becoming increasingly comfortable making purchases via their mobile phones. Mobile commerce is n0t limited to small-ticket items either, with a growing segment of consumers comfortable making bigger purchases via their mobile devices.

“The fact that 50 percent of mobile device owners are willing to spend $100 or more is reflective of a broader trend that mobile commerce has moved beyond ringtones to much bigger-ticket items,” said David Staas, senior vice president of marketing at mobile advertising firm JiWire, San Francisco. “Mobile moving into the higher tiers means it is becoming a mainstream commerce platform and that’s an exciting trend to see.”

The report shows that mobile consumers are growing more comfortable shopping via a mobile device, with 84 percent of the mobile audience partaking in some sort of shopping behavior on a mobile device in the first quarter, up from 70 percent in the previous quarter.

This includes the 20 percent of consumers who researched and made a purchase from their device.

via Consumers embrace mobile for bigger purchases: study – Mobile Commerce – Research.

Written by Kees Winkel

May 25, 2011 at 15:43

Want To Get Rewards For Going Out? Good, Because LoSo Wants To Find You Free Drinks

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It seems LoSo has found a way of mashing up some real nice issues around location based services , social media and entertainment. Check it out.

’ll bet that got your attention. Finally, an app that wants to buy you a drink. Well, not exactly, but it’s the next best thing. LoSo is a location-based social media app for the iPhone that re-launches today to bring the best parts of Foursquare, Yelp, and OpenTable together in one app for your mobile phone. An ambitious goal, yes, but to counterbalance that, LoSo is targeting a very specific market: your local restaurants and bars. So, on the one hand, LoSo is addressing a problem cited by many small businesses in using Groupon: They’re happy to have a blast of new customers taking advantage of a big discount, but they want to see loyalty, not single-serving customers. And, on the other hand, LoSo wants you to be rewarded for doing just that: By being (or becoming) a loyal customer at your favorite local eatery or watering hole.

While this may not be a “new” idea, it’s worth checking out. In a nutshell, LoSo is taking the better parts of the aforementioned services (and, maybe Citysearch) to create a realtime guide for going out on the town. Currently, the app offers 200K realtime feeds for 700K local bars and restaurants, allowing you to see happy hours, drink specials, dinner specials, what bands are playing, and more. LoSo ranks these eateries and bars according to total number of checkins, so you can get a sense of which place has the most activity.

Taking a page from Foursquare, LoSo encourages users to checkin from their favorite spots, pooling these checkins in live Twitter and Facebook-like feeds, which you can get a sense of from the screenshots above. By clicking “IMHere”, you can show your friends where you are, as pins drop down on a Google Map to display your current location. You can navigate this interactive map of local venues and leave posts that tell your friends where you are.

via Want To Get Rewards For Going Out? Good, Because LoSo Wants To Find You Free Drinks.

Written by Kees Winkel

May 21, 2011 at 19:28

Mobile Life and some summits

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There’s really a lot of stuff going on these days. Especially when it concerns mobile issues. Obviously, The Next Web conference at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam last week was a real top hit. Heck out some of the reviews here. Perhaps some get-togethers may be of your interest; they certainly are of mine. So, what have we? This is my little resume of the next couple of days.

May 12: Mcommerce Summit in New York: speaker from eBay, Target, Jos. A. Bank, HSN, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Sunkist, Jewelry Television. At this event organized by Mobile Commerce Daily  at the National Museum of the American Indian across from Manhattan’s Battery Park downtown, attendees will get to listen and meet with key executives moving the needle for mobile commerce. The conference will be limited to only 200 delegates. It looks like a very interesting conference to me. I’m afraid I wont attend as I have other important engagements less far from home.

Same day, May 12: Mobilism. In two days you will explore the mobile world from a web-centric point of view. All of the speakers are deeply rooted in the web and have at one time or another decided to take their talent to mobile. They will teach you which web techniques work on mobile, which don’t, and which new ones you need in order to keep up with a rapidly changing web.

Mobilism sounds to be a very good conference. I’m not going. I’ll send one of my graduates from the Crossmedialab, Dennis Houtzager, who is wrapping up his thesis on Mobile User Interface right now.

And then, at least for me, I’ll join a fine group of scholars, students and people from business in a four day think tank session at Almere, called the Media Future Week. Already you may follow the preps via Twitter #mediafutureweek. For once, I’ll be participating as a freshman, not as a scholar.

Let me conclude with another summit: The Location Business Summit. Amsterdam, 24 and 25th May. The Location industry is changing fast. As location becomes an underlying feature of most mobile products and services companies are in the unique position to take advantage of this growing demand and solidify their place in the value chain. The Location Business Summit was created to give companies the information they need to get ahead. I just might go there. It is in my home town in the Krasnapolsky Hotel. That hotel has a special connotation for me. I’ll explain later.

Written by Kees Winkel

May 5, 2011 at 11:54

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