NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), the leading global trade association for the mobile channel, publishes, "Mobile Barcodes: an Overview for Marketers". The white paper explains in clear language how marketers can leverage mobile barcodes to give their customers access to information, multi-media content, promotional opportunities, retail store locations, discounts and coupons, samples and much, much more.
"Mobile barcodes offer unmatched opportunity to increase brand value by adding measurable interactive functionality and richer consumer engagement," said Nicole Skogg, CEO of SpyderLynk and Co-chair of the MMA's Mobile Barcode Task Force, which authored the document. "Mobile barcodes make static media – like packaging, print ads, broadcast TV and billboards – interactive, and our white paper explores the many possibilities of mobile activation functionality."
"Mobile Barcodes: an Overview for Marketers" includes definitions, attributes and examples of Mobile Barcode services currently in use in the marketplace. The white paper gives an overview of marketing with mobile barcodes, with concentration on cross media engagement. It also delves into choosing the right mobile barcode for your campaign by outlining considerations and examining barcode types and formats.
The use of mobile barcode is growing and evolving rapidly across the globe. According to a study by 3G Vision, the US is showing mobile barcode usage nearly doubling in the first quarter of 2011 alone. As marketers become more savvy and adopt best practices, growth is expected to continue at a rapid pace – especially as consumers become more "barcode knowledgeable."
"The use of mobile barcodes as a mass-market medium for consumer engagement is increasingly prevalent, but not every marketer is well versed in the great potential it represents," said Alberto Benbunan, Founder and Managing Director of Mobile Dreams Factory and Co-chair of the Mobile Barcode Task Force. "This white paper is intended for marketers who are beginning or refining their mobile barcode consumer activation journey to learn how to best make it work for their mobile campaigns."
A service provider matrix identifies the attributes of different code types, ranging from source code availability and code activation requirements, to mobile barcode customization, marketing platform connection and analytics. The paper additionally touches on barcode resolution models.
"The MMA created this document to educate the industry on the exciting potential of mobile barcodes, and to encourage marketers to experiment," said Michael Becker, MMA Managing Director, North America. "We invite companies using mobile barcodes in their campaigns to share their experiences and best practices to influence and help direct future MMA guidance."
The white paper also outlines current industry best practices, which include creating a compelling experience; telling consumers why and how to engage; setting up your campaign to collect meaningful data; how to measure success; reducing the complexity of your code; optimizing for mobile; testing your code; and more.
"Mobile Barcodes: an Overview for Marketers" was created by the Mobile Barcode Task Force of the MMA Mobile Commerce Committee. The Mobile Barcode Task Force is co-chaired by Alberto Benbunan of Mobile Dreams Factory and Nicole Skogg of SpyderLynk. The MMA Mobile Commerce Committee is co-chaired by Anil Malhotra of Bango and Jennifer Moranz of Payfone, Inc. To view "Mobile Barcodes: an Overview for Marketers" visit: http://mmaglobal.com/whitepaper?filename=MobileBarcodesWhitepaper.pdf
About the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA)
The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) is the premier global non-profit trade association established to lead the growth of mobile marketing and its associated technologies. The MMA is an action-oriented organization designed to clear obstacles to market development, establish mobile media guidelines and best practices for sustainable growth, and evangelize the use of the mobile channel. The more than 700 member companies, representing over forty countries around the globe, include all members of the mobile media ecosystem. The Mobile Marketing Association's global headquarters are located in the United States and it has regional chapters including North America (NA), Europe (EUR), Latin American (LATAM) and Asia Pacific (APAC) branches. For more information, please visit www.mmaglobal.com. For information relating to the MMA's Mobile Marketing Forum series, please visit www.mobilemarketingforum.com.
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