Home baking brand Pillsbury has launched an interactive TV campaign in the US in partnership with Shazam.

Pillsbury says that it is targeting 'tech-savvy mums' by offering additional recipe content when the TV ads are scanned with the mobile app.

Though Shazam is largely known for its music tagging properties in the UK, it's now able to do the same for advertisements and television shows.

Once people have scanned the recipe suggestions shown within the ad, the app saves them to review later while shopping.

Pillsbury also aims to connect families to its iconic Pillsbury doughboy character through customisable holiday videos that can be shared on Facebook, also available through Shazam.

Shazam has now run 24 interactive TV ad campaigns this year and claims to be getting tens of thousands of scans a day per advert.

Retailers have seen particularly strong results, with 27% of people that scanned a recent Old Navy campaign then converting to a purchase.

Interactive TV ads are becoming more prevalent in the UK as well – most recently we've covered examples of similar ad campaigns from Waitrose and Billabong.

Blippar's augmented reality concept was used by Tesco in September, followed shortly by Cadbury's, Eurostar, Samsung and then Heinz. It states that 95% of users ‘blipp’ more than once, so it would appear that the technology may be finding a foothold among consumers.

But do people really want to jump up and scan their televisions? Isn't it far more likely that people would be using a mobile or laptop while watching TV, and therefore another way of engaging with them might be just as effective? Even if it's just a link to a website?

David Moth

Published 6 December, 2011 by David Moth

David Moth is Editor and Head of Social at Econsultancy. You can follow him on Twitter or connect via LinkedIn

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Nick Bowditch

Yeah I agree. We are doing a lot in Layar and other Augmented Reality platforms now, even with small business, but TV ads - even if though are 60 seconds long - are too quick and too fiddly to get a great customer conversion I would have thought. Especially when there are so many other offline materials that aren't moving or changing or require you to get off the couch!

I could be wrong though.


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