I hope this isn't a sign of what's to come with mobile marketing.
I am now watching The Apprentice just to see what kind of mobile marketing/text messaging campaign they will offer, but what I see a mobile marketing mess.
For starters, there's a half page ad in the TV Guide titled "It's Crunch Time in the Boardroom"
Sign up for tonight's episode reminder by sending "CRUNCH" to 48433.
48433 short code is registered to Direct TV.
During the show last night, they ask you to go to www.nbc.com for cell phone text messages. Text APP to NBCTV (62288) to get text messages from The Donald.
Why would they want viewers to leave the screen? Wouldn't it make more sense to just have people send a text during the show? Is it easier to get permission via a website than a text?
ipsh! with short code 65570, is also providing a text messaging campaign around The Apprentice.
Three shortcodes around one show. Wrong.
There should be ONE short code with different keywords for different advertisers. Who can remember all of these codes. It is this shortsightedness that will just lead everyone to one or two shortcodes they can remember.
Did anyone notice the ad from Quaker Oats cereal during the show? Quaker Oats versus Post Cereal. Interesting, kind of like using a trademark for a search engine. I'm surprised NBC allowed that.