Digital Communications / QR Code

There’s been a bit of discussion about these new mobile QR codes popping up on billboards and ads. You take a pic of the code, and use software downloaded to your phone to receive content. Telstra is now supporting it.

It’s huge in Japan but what’s the commercial impact? I found an interesting case study from the US which I believe highlights how keeping it simple and integrated works. People like technology but what’s new and exciting to one target audience isn’t necessarily the newest or most most exciting. E.g. it would work great for a Big Brother fan heading out and scanning the barcode on their KFC, but automotive..?) Heres the outline of it:


TARGET: Subaru aimed, with its 2008 redesigned WRX, to target young men 20 to 35

PROCESS: Web presence developed to count down to the unveiling of the car.

AD SUPPORT: TV, print and 5 million mobile media impressions on Sprint.

OUTCOME: Mobile site drew 77% of sweepstakes entries & four times than the print ad.

After mobile ads ran, entrants quadrupled, opt-ins nearly doubled & WAP impressions increased over 1,000%. The campaign drew millions of impressions with a click-through rate of 2.7%. Some 30,000 videos, ringtones and wallpapers were downloaded to cellphones

LESSONS LEARNED: “Integration is a key element of communications”

WHAT DIDN’T WORK: The QR code wasn’t as effective as the campaign’s other elements, partly because few people have equipped devices. In terms of downloadable content, the simple wallpaper of the car worked best!



By: Cuneo, Alice Z., Advertising Age, 00018899, 3/17/2008, Vol. 79, Issue 11




Matt said...

its integrating physical objects with the web via mobiles. its pretty neat, but most mobiles can't handle it only new telstra 3G mobs.

i dont think most people understand what they are yet, we're still in a learning phase here in Aus.

nextbrett_au said...

Hey Matt.

Thanks for the insight. I agree it's still at the early adoption stage on our big island but it only takes a small take-up to reach a critical mass.

Telstra are indeed pushing the technology the most but many other phone's can handle the software.

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