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New technology is fuelling the public’s appetite for outdoor advertising that also provides interactive experiences on the move, according to the results of a major study into NFC by Kinetic and JCDecaux.
The study shows that there is a new opportunity for brands to retain customers and to deepen their engagement with potential purchasers by using mobile interactivity to amplify their outdoor campaigns.
In March 2012, Kinetic and JCDecaux launched the largest trial of NFC enabled 6-sheets in Reading. Working with 13 major brands including Unilever, H&M, Morrisons, ITV, and Mercedes, campaigns ran across all the poster sites in Reading and in the Oracle shopping mall, over a 4-week period.
The results show that over 3000 people in Reading scanned the poster sites, the equivalent of a million people nationwide. People were overwhelmingly positive (78%) about the experience, citing ease-of-use of NFC as key to the trial’s success.
The study found that the brands that elicited the most positive interactions did so through a combination of relevance, dynamic content and a strong call-to-action. There were strong download conversion rates: including an average of 28% for video content, rising to a high of 49% when the content was new and previously unseen.
The research amongst Reading’s Smartphone users showed that the key to success was the relevance to the consumer and experiences that built upon an existing brand relationship. Voucher redemptions were found to attract new customers, with activity highest where the poster site was in proximity to the store but also in the area around the University and right across the city. Interestingly, redemption rates for the vouchers increased across the four-week period (rising from 7% to as high as 18%) as consumers became more familiar with the technology and the possible reward.
Significantly, the research found that 87% of people with NFC-enabled phones are likely to repeat the experience, while 80% of non-NFC phone owners said they would like to use it in the future.
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