Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Physical World Connection Dichotomy
As I see more stories and applications involving a mobile phone being used to connect the physical world, I ponder.
I am seeing two completely different strategies for using the physical world connection and I wonder which will get adopted.
Today Aura Digital announces another mobile marketing campaign that allows mobile phone users get content from a movie poster using Hypertag (bluetooth) technology.
This is their second campaign and it appears to be even more successful than their War Of The Worlds one.
Who benefits, the advertiser and consumer.
The other mobile application that is getting attention is price comparison using a camera phone and a barcode. ScanBuy has been getting tremendous amount of press with their scanZoom application. Download their software and scan barcodes to get price information.
Who benefitted, only the consumer.
I think you have to look at why Google is so sucessful in order to determine what applications will win the mobile info race.
Google, is a free application, that allows users to find digital content with their PC. Both advertisers and consumers are able to utilize this application.
Google's Froogle service really hasn't taken off and that makes me question how much demand will there be for a mobile price comparison service.
Not only do I not see price comparison being used on a mobile phone, but why would any advertiser want you to compare their product price? But they will want you to visit their website.
Your "next Google" is a mobile application that allows a physical world hyperlink to provide information (coupon, rebate, call center) to a consumer and then allow an advertiser to interact with that consumer to promote his product.