Coupons + Social Media + Mobile: The Digital Future of Promotions

Posted by Drew Hubbard on November 4th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Innovative companies are creating exciting technologies and sites that integrate coupons and social networking for mobile devices. Brands, including Crocs and Coca Cola, share best practices and real-world examples as they reach customers using deal aggregator sites that leverage mapping, social applications and email, and interactive logos that help enforce branding while incorporating a call to action and rewarding customers with sample or coupon offers.

Key Takeaways:
  • Discover how today’s wildly fragmented online coupon industry will likely evolve
  • Understand the challenges in developing a couponing business model for mobile platforms
  • Learn what role Facebook and Twitter will play in couponing in the mobile space

Featured Speakers:
  • Jeff Crowe, General Partner, Norwest Venture Partners
  • Jennifer Dulski, CEO, The Dealmap
  • Kenneth Dayley III, Global Business Development Manager, Crocs
  • Nicole Skogg, CEO, Spyderlynk
  • Scott Cuppari, Media & Interactive Manager, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Victoria Ransom, CEO and Co-Founder, Wildfire Interactive
  • David Sobie, VP Business Development, Haute Look
In 2009, $40 billion worth of coupons, industry-wide, were redeemed. Experts project that in 2011, over $2 billion will be redeemed via mobile alone.
Kenneth Dayley III and Jennifer Dulski
  • It was important to Dayley that the attendees understand that Crocs makes more than plastic clogs with holes in them.
  • Crocs partnered with The Dealmap for geo-targeted offers.
  • The key to the success of the campaign was cross-channel promotion in mobile, social, email, web, and via other publishing partners.
  • Mobile was a key driver. If you had The Dealmap app installed on your mobile device, and you were within 5 miles, an ad with a scannable bar code slid down over content in the app like a pop-over ad.
  • They also ran a contest in social in social media. One facet of the contest was to retweet a Twitter update to win $50 in Crocs merchandise.
  • 5% of people who viewed the coupon redeemed it (versus a 3-4% average across couponing in general). Mobile converted at 7% (Conversions are users who saw the coupon and then later redeemed the coupon.).
  • If they have skipped any one channel, it wouldn't have worked as well.
Scott Cuppari and Nicole Skogg
  • For a quick introduction to SnapTags (and how they work), visit this page on SpyderLynk's website.
  • Coke Zero teamed-up with SpyderLynk to create an SMS-powered SnapTags campaign.
  • Over multiple venues and events, five different campaigns, each with discrete SnapTags, were created:
    1. Instant win: Take a photo of a SnapTag on the spot and submit it to an SMS number to see if you have won
    2. A scavenger hunt: Multiple SnapTags were placed on signage throughout an event (like Burning Man)
    3. A teaser campaign
    4. A viral campaign
    5. A branded campaign
  • The campaigns were facilitated by a simple back-end management system for each discrete code ring. The system could update in real-time, and it was easy to change with minimal effort.
  • One of the more effective uses of the SnapTags were the t-shirts worn by the street teams. The tag was on the back.
Victoria Ransom and David Sobie
  • These two companies create a couponing campaign via social media -- primarily Facebook.
  • While Haute Look was happy with any campaign that would grow Facebook fans, Haute Look can only make money when people redeem the coupons and buy merchandise. Therefore, increased sales was the primary goal.
  • Unique codes were created for each individual coupon. You had to become a fan of the Facebook page to get the coupon, but you didn't know the value until after you became a fan. They felt that it was essential to make the process fun, and this was a way to do an "instant win" type of system.
  • Ransom repeated several times that it is important to offer people something fun on Facebook. People really only visit Facebook for two reasons:
    1. To interact with their friends
    2. To be entertained
  • They got to the root of why people share content on Facebook.
    1. Because they are expressing something personal about who they are
    2. They think that some content, like a valuable coupon, is genuinely beneficial to friends
  • Simplicity is essential. The conversion funnel is destroyed if the process is too complicated.
  • They chose to make a time-sensitive offer that was only valid for a week. They concluded that this tactic drove more sharing since the offer had an expiration date.
  • They both stressed that frequently changing and updating the Facebook page is important. If the content is allowed to stagnate, people will stop coming back.

2 Responses to “Coupons + Social Media + Mobile: The Digital Future of Promotions”

  1. Com Coupons says:

    Thanks For the information. I heard a new site deals on Coupons and Promotional codes to get discount in online stores.

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