Growing the Future: MIXX Awards Judges on Mobile Marketing
Responding to the innovation boom and an increased focus on the burgeoning
mobile revolution, the international IAB MIXX Awards has expanded its mobile
categories this year. IAB President & CEO Randall Rothenberg explained how mobile
is changing the industry in an Adweek interview earlier this year. “There is an
unusual intimacy with mobile—literally a physical intimacy. You’re holding, swiping,
pinching ads and content. That represents a real change in user experience and
content and advertising. That requires rethinking,” he explained.
In advance of the judging for the MIXX Awards, we asked the judges to share insights on how mobile marketing has developed over the last year.
1. Mobile Integration Across Platforms
It takes a period of experimentation to discover any medium’s true capabilities. Agencies and brands alike are finally discovering how versatile mobile can be as a marketing vehicle. Alberto Ferrer (@albertoferrer), Managing Partner, Marketing and Operations at The Vidal Partnership, says he “particularly likes the integration of mobile with other channels−controlling an experience on your computer via your mobile phone, interacting with a video or TV campaign via your phone.” MIXX Awards judges Lincoln Bjorkman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, North America, Digitas (@viabjorkman), and Lori Senecal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, kirshenbaum bond senecal (@digitalori), mentioned campaigns such as AMEX Sync with Twitter, which integrates mobile and social, and BMW’s Evolve app, which expands the product experience of an electric car for consumers as good examples of work that’s out there. Work like this proves that mobile can be successfully integrated with other platforms and unify a campaign.
2. Branded Mobile Apps
MIXX Awards judge Alan Schulman, Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, of SapientNitro NY (@DIGschulman), is particularly interested in the growth of mobile applications that “bring brand messaging and transaction together in 4- 5 simple steps. This is the real opportunity—to bring brand messaging, service platforms, and CRM together in a simple seamless way that yields business results.” Andreas Combuechen, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Creative Officer of Atmosphere Proximity, mentioned the Nike Golf 360 app, which brings together golf techniques and Nike attire, as an example of “mobile experiences that are being developed to deliver sales instead of just buzz.” Branded Mobile Apps is also one of the new mobile categories for this year’s MIXX Awards.
3. The Future of Mobile
We sensed an energy of excitement when we discussed what might be ahead for mobile with our MIXX Awards judges. Benjamin Palmer (@bnjmn), Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Barbarian Group, feels that mobile is “actually where the most movement is. We’re in the very early stages of figuring out how we as marketers can do something that’s effective for the brands but also appreciated by our audience.” Dyshaun Muhammad, Senior Marketing Manager of General Mills (@DMBiteandChew), concurs, adding “mobile is rapidly expanding beyond the ruthless focus on utility to embrace being beautiful and visual.” With more interest in mobile than ever before and a newfound flexibility to include form AND function, the future of mobile is powerful.
If you’re a mobile advertising innovator or are creating outstanding interactive advertising, be sure to check out the new MIXX Awards categories and submit your entries before our extended entry deadline on July 20!
*These campaign selections are independent of the MIXX Awards competition. They may or may not have been entered in the 2012 program.
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Sr. Manager, Events Marketing, Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)
Tracy is responsible for the strategy and execution behind marketing all IAB events, including managing marketing partnerships.