The clever ad asks people to snap an image of the circular icon (to see the sonogram) with instructions inside that say “Snap me” with a mobile phone image and a numerical text address. This is a Snap Tag mobile marketing program by SpyderLynk.
So, just for kicks, I did what I was told – snapped a photo with my new Blackberry Torch (my first image); texted to these numbers (my first time texting that way), and within seconds I had a response from Toyota “Meet the new additions at http://prius-sonogram.com.”
- I am marveling at the creativity of Toyota’s interactive digital shop for this campaign.
- I’m marveling at the opportunities for integrated marketing and public relations to launch this campaign both traditionally and via online engagement marketing (my preferred vernacular for social media).
- I’m marveling about everything I don’t know and how much there is to learn.
Apparently, I’m in good company.
“Kids Lend a Digital Hand” in the same edition of the Wall Street Journal is about advertising agencies coming up dry with new interactive talent they can acquire in the market. They’re turning to kids – preteens and students to “get up to Internet speed!” Wow…I don’t feel like a numbskull any more.
The story states, “Ad and marketing agencies are under enormous pressure to reinvent themselves as technology multiplies the ways to market to consumers, from placing ads on Twitter to creating a branded application that people can find on Apple’s app store.”
Continuing with a tired and true statement, companies that went under the gauntlet to shave expenses eliminated training programs. The big agencies, ala JWT North America from the story, are now racing to fill the intellectual pipeline for its ranks. Everyone needs to get up to speed three months ago on how to do online engagement marketing, mobile applications, location-based marketing services, and so much more (forget about Twitter and Facebook; they’re old hat!).
Here are my takeaways from this post:
- No one knows it all; everyone can learn every day what’s new and next.
- Innovation and creativity drive business development.
- Never assume those you work with know how to execute.
- The pace is fast and furious; even the online courses and traditional college degree curricula cannot educate people as fast as the market continues to explode.
- Integrated marketing is the future. It’s going to take a highly integrated team to impress the big corporations – that means public relations must continue to re-invent and ignore the age-old discussions about who owns social media and how traditional media no longer brings the opportunities it once did.
It’s been a new day for about five years; carpe diem!