The mobile marketing effort is being made in the hopes of reaching the Millennials generation.
Augmented reality is a form of technology that is gaining a much higher level of attention, lately, as it is proving its worth in mobile marketing and advertising, particularly in the younger smartphone carrying generation.
As a growing number of companies advertise over mobile, new and interesting methods are needed.
As the competition for attention becomes more intense over mobile, it is taking new and unique approaches to stand out from the crowd. This is especially true among consumers in the Millennials generation, who use their devices the most and are hit with the largest amount of content over that channel. This is why Meredith has decided to use augmented reality.
By choosing augmented reality, Meredith is hoping to stand out to moms in the Millennial generation.
According to the Meredith Parents Network president, Carey Witmer, evp, despite the fact that Millennials have greatly embraced technology, there hasn’t been much of a depletion of the readership of its print publication. Witmer pointed out that “I don’t know anyone who has ditched print altogether,” and she added that “We see a very stable base of print readers.”
The augmented reality feature is not meant to try to replace the print version of the publication, which Meredith Parents Network feels is as strong as ever. Instead, it is showing that it has embraced the changes that have been made in the average lifestyle of many parents, and is offering additional content that reflects that because it is smartphone or tablet compatible.
The Mom+ app has now been available over several weeks to help to enhance the experience for its readers. Witmer declined to say exactly how many downloads it had received, but she did say that she is encouraged to see that a sweepstakes that requires the app saw over 25,000 entries.
This may seem like a small figure, considering that the augmented reality and mobile strategy from Meredith is a scale play, and the publication has a monthly delivery of 36 million consumer touch points, but the app provides important information as Meredith is looking to roll out a similar model for some of its other brands, such as Every Day and Better Homes and Gardens.
About Julie Campbell: With a solid background in writing and translation Julie has built her career on digging up fascinating and hard-hitting news stories. For over a decade, she has focused on the impact of technology on the world of commerce and has taken a specific interest in emerging mobile channels.
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