In today’s on-demand world where everyone has access to information 24/7 through their smartphones, driving customer engagement means having the ability to quickly respond to consumers’ needs and wants through their mobiles. Throughout the years, I have seen how music plays a significant role in creating a long-lasting spark between consumers and brands. Traditional marketing models have flipped to focus on creating a memorable experience that puts customers in control as music is now streamed and users expect it to be free.
With the announcement of Pandora’s partnership with Ticketfly to enable in-app ticket purchases, it appears that streaming services have started to realize that they can’t survive on music listening alone. Spotify has deals in place with Songkick and Merchbar, and other services will likely follow suit over the course of the coming year. While these steps are laudable and needed, they are only the tip of the iceberg. In order for streaming services to survive and thrive, as well as compete with one another, they need to greatly expand their commerce offerings.
Over the years, Indonesia has been one of the most dynamic mobile ad markets in the world (Redwing) with mobile advertising platform Inmobi claiming that ad volumes grew 100% from 2011 to 2012.
With an estimated worldwide audience of 3.6 billion according to Global Web Index, the 31st Olympiad kicked off with a dazzling opening ceremony in Rio at the weekend. These Olympic Games are expected to be the most watched ever and for this very reason, brands (official sponsors and otherwise) are on the lookout for opportunities to be associated with the biggest sporting event in the world and to capture the attention of Olympic fans as a means to drive business impact.
The Australian Olympic team has gotten off to a great start with two gold medals for men and women in swimming, another gold medal in women’s trap shooting and a the first Olympic media was a surprise bronze in men’s archery. The team’s hashtag #OneTeam has been trending all weekend as the first medals have been won.
Music festivals are huge events in the cultural calendar and they have now extended their reach globally by attracting a much wider audience of non-festival goers, who will tune into social media because of the “halo effect” that influential celebrities bring to these events. It’s the clothes they’re wearing, how they’ve done their hair and who they are with, that people are also interested in. No doubt, fashionable celebrities coupled with exciting performance line-ups have turned festivals into a massive social media phenomenon.