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For years in the Econsultancy London offices there was a QR code stuck to the microwave that took the unsuspecting scanner to a video of George Dawes' song, 'Peanuts'.
The joke was that this QR code was a bit of an easter egg for anyone crazy enough to both have a QR reader app and be willing to scan in public ("Wow, you're a scanner, man. Far out.")
In China, QR codes are less of a joke. Much less.
Here are 10 ways they are used.
2014 is another exciting year for mobile.
With many new technologies coming to market, emotional investment in our devices along with usage is at an all time high.
This is the definitive A to Z guide to mobile marketing and commerce. Enjoy...
When a good idea comes along in retail and digital there are soon many, many start-ups getting in on the action.
Take loyalty apps for example. Loyalty is a big beast. Many types of company may consider it part of their remit, from digital payment solutions, to social-style check-ins, to group buying sites, or indeed a retailer’s own app.
I’ve previously looked at the state of apps in retail and found that using loyalty schemes is pretty much the major rationale for customers using a retail app.
Whether customers will settle on retailers’ own apps or on a generic loyalty scheme provider (perhaps lumped with payment) remains to be seen.
But of those tens of consolidated loyalty apps, which are the best? Here’s the list of five I think are most interesting. Whether mobile wallets such as PayPal and Google Wallet will buy them up remains to be seen but the space seems set to get richer before it gets poorer.
Will Lockie is Multichannel Head at Evans Cycles, responsible for helping a 90 year old retail brand bridge the gap between online and offline.
He'll be presenting at our JUMP event on October 9, on the subject of identifyng drivers for multichannel shopping behaviour to improve multichannel experience.
Here, Will talks about the company's approach to multichannel retail, the value of a physical presence, click and collect, using QR codes and more...
QR codes, though a potentially useful device in the marketer's armoury, have been undermined by overuse and downright bad execution.
While they can be used effectively, it's generally easier to find bad and terrible examples of QR code marketing, normally the result of poor placement, or landing pages that just don't work on mobile.
So, it's a mixed bag, as the examples below demonstrate...
Here's some statistics we've seen this week, for your delectation.
For more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.
Digital technology, and particularly the growth of mobile provides many opportunities for brands to integrate the physical world with digital.
This could be providing information about offline locations, opening hours, optimising for mobile search, or offering reserve and collect services.
According to our Reducing Customer Struggle 2013 report, produced in association with IBM Tealeaf, just under two thirds of respondents are including information on offline locations, contact details and opening hours on their websites.
I've been looking at the stats, as well as some examples of how brands are doing this...
QR codes continue to be the hot potato within the marketing industry and this was especially apparent during Econsultany’s recent Digital Cream Sydney event, not least on the mobile table.
Arguably QR codes seem to invoke a general divide amongst marketers – you either love or hate them – and they’re something that Econsultancy has written about more than numerous times, ranging across great examples in practice, through to the shockingly bad.
But what’s the consumer appetite for QR codes?
In association with Toluna, Econsultancy surveyed more than a thousand Australian consumers to explore this question and, despite a general enthusiasm amongst marketers for the mobile channel, it turns out that the majority of consumers seemingly don’t even know what a QR code is...
Guess Watches took its first foray into mobile marketing today by launching a new iPhone app in the UK.
The app allows users to access details of the latest collections, promotions, news and exclusive special offers. It also includes a store finder and both QR and augmented reality (AR) scanners.
As with the L’Oreal app, Guess is using mobile to try and drive shoppers in-store rather than giving them a new way to purchase goods on their smartphone.
Though some of the features aren’t yet live, I tried it out to see how it stacks up...
After so many 'this will be the year of mobile' predictions for previous years, 2011 can lay claim to that title, thanks to the growth of smartphone use and widespread adoption of mobile marketing.
I've compiled a selection of mobile related blog posts from this year, with a mix of stats, infographics, interviews, best practice tips and mobile site and app reviews.