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Canadian Advertisers Promote Contest Via NFC, QR
Astral Outdoor and Newad are using Scanvee RFID/bar-code tags that can be read using smartphones, enabling a marketing campaign that lets consumers enter a contest to win prizes.
Mar 21, 2012—Two advertising companies are testing a Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID and 2-D bar-code solution provided by Vancouver mobile marketing technologies firm GaugeMobile that would allow consumers to access data from posters deployed throughout Canada using a smartphone. The system, known as Scanvee, has been installed at transit shelters, as well as in numerous bar and restaurant bathrooms, in order to entice members of the public to join a contest to win consumer goods. The campaign will include more than 1,000 posters for each advertising company, disseminated across the country.
Astral Outdoor and indoor advertiser Newad Media hope the system will draw consumers' attention to products and services promoted on billboards and posters. The initial trial, which began approximately one week ago, consists of a contest for a $200 gift certificate for Rexall Canadian Pharmacies, as well as a basket of consumer goods from such companies as Procter & Gamble and Kimberly Clark. The Out-of-Home Marketing Association of Canada (OMAC) is running the contest, as part of an advertising campaign.
A Scanvee tag contains a passive NFC RFID inlay and is printed with a QR code, both of which are encoded with a unique ID number. During the promotion, Scanvee tags are being affixed to frames surrounding Newad advertising posters, which are being installed within restaurant and bar bathrooms (both women's and men's) throughout Vancouver, with 10 posters currently in place. Each poster contains a message inviting those who see the poster to enter the contest by tapping his or her NFC-enabled phone near the Scanvee tag—which measures 6 centimeters by 12 centimeters (2.4 inches by 4.7 inches)—or by scanning the QR code printed on it. Whether NFC technology or a QR code is used, the content is provided via the mobile phone's cellular connection to the Internet (where Scanvee software manages the data on GaugeMobile's server), and the individual is then asked to enter his or her name and e-mail address in order to qualify for the drawing. One month later, after the drawing has taken place, the winner will receive a notification via e-mail.
The Astral Outdoor system has been installed at five transit shelters in Toronto, where commuters await city buses or streetcars. Here, travelers are also invited to scan the QR code printed on the poster, or to read the NFC tag embedded beneath the QR code, to qualify for the contest.
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