Pepsi Delivers Largest U.S. Bluetooth Campaign to Date

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Pepsi smash! Mobile video clips delivered direct to consumers in five cities across four outdoor Media Networks, using Qwikker and Bluetooth.

Qwikker announced today that Pepsi has launched the largest Bluetooth marketing campaign in the U.S. The campaign to deliver viral video clips, which went live on April 2nd, runs for two months in outdoor advertising locations consisting of bus shelters in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Denver and Orange County, and pay phone kiosks in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. This campaign marks a milestone for the interactive marketing industry as the first multi-city, multi-network Bluetooth marketing campaign in the US.

The participating out of home media networks are CBS Outdoor, CBS/Decaux, Clear Channel Outdoor, and Prime Point Media. Each of these networks has integrated Qwikker's Bluetooth content distribution technology into their street furniture. Any consumer with a Bluetooth enabled phone is able to download free video clips from a Pepsi Smash advertisement. The viral video clips being distributed are five "Pass The Mic" clips of freestyle hip hop*, provided by Yahoo! Music.

Bluetooth marketing is quickly establishing itself as a cost effective and efficient channel to communicate with consumers. In the first week of the Pepsi campaign, opt-in rates to download content were 27% across the network.

Jodi Senese, EVP of Marketing at CBS Outdoor, said, "Outdoor displays are the perfect vehicle for brands to connect with today's mobile consumer The addition of Qwikker technology provides a conduit for the delivery of a detailed message or offer from those outdoor locations. It's the perfect combination of branding and engagement."

Karen Robinson, CEO of Prime Point Media said, "Bluetooth delivers a truly interactive user experience. It supercharges a campaign by allowing delivery of brand-driven content to a consumer's cell phone, a part of their daily lives. By enabling specific 700,000 phone kiosk locations with Qwikker Bluetooth technology, we can physically target the campaign to maximize contextual relevance, such as point-of-sale support at convenience stores for Pepsi."

Saul Kato, CTO and founder of Qwikker, added, "We're enabling consumers to respond directly to a brand marketing message on the street and leave with a piece of entertaining digital content, all for free. This is the simplest way for brands to leverage the power of the mobile phone as a rich media channel living right in the pockets of their audiences. Outdoor media locations are transformed into points of instant digital gratification."

About Qwikker
Qwikker is a local and social content distribution platform for mobile devices that allows the easy and free discovery, downloading, and sharing of content. Qwikker's solution enables companies to more effectively connect with their consumer by creating an interactive experience that delivers tailored, on-demand content which can be downloaded onto mobile devices via all available connections, including Bluetooth, WAP and SMS. The Qwikker platform can also be embedded into home media devices to streamline the transfer of both user generated and published content to and from mobile devices.

Qwikker runs the largest direct-to-mobile location content network in the world, with over 1000 Bluetooth content distribution points across the US and Europe. Brands which have leveraged the Qwikker network include Yahoo!, Channel 4, Electronic Arts, Universal Music, 20th Century Fox, Red Bull, Virgin Mobile, Robbie Williams/ie: music, Nokia and Universal Pictures. Backed by Sequoia Capital and Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, Qwikker has offices in San Francisco and London.


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