Mobile Marketing – Press release : Proximity-based targeted mobile content gets fingers clicking at Virgin Mobile V-Festival

London, UK November, 6th 2006, Qwikker (www.qwikker.com), the leading provider of user-driven, on-location mobile content distribution, revealed today the results of its service installed at this years’ Virgin Mobile V-Festival. The results confirm that Bluetooth and the proximity-based model of distributing mobile content is a big hit with mobile consumers.

Qwikker’s service enables consumers to ‘connect and select’ mobile content at the point of interest through a non-intrusive, branded channel based system. Qwikker’s service takes advantage of Bluetooth to deliver rich content without network data charges.

The Virgin Mobile V-Festival is one of the most popular events of the music festival season with top-line acts performing across two festival sites in the UK. Innovation and consumer value are synonymous with the Virgin brand, and with this in mind Virgin Mobile turned to Qwikker to help festival goers connect with exclusive mobile content – through a dedicated Bluetooth downloadable Virgin Bites mobile channel.

Consumers who downloaded Qwikker’s Virgin Bites mobile channel were given a menu of content enabling them to browse, and then download music-related content of interest to them. Critically the Virgin content channel remains on the consumers’ handset, which is updateable over-the-air (OTA) – further extending the brand relationship.

Based at the Chelmsford Virgin Mobile V-Festival venue, Qwikker integrated its Bluetooth mobile content system to provide coverage across the entire festival site. Visual displays encouraged concertgoers to turn on their Bluetooth connection, who were then asked, on their phone screen, if they wanted to download the Virgin Bites mobile channel. The content, which was free of charge, included ring tones and videos from Morrisey, Kasabian and The Young Knives, as well as an exclusive video film trailer of Little Miss Sunshine.

Steve Rogan, Head of Sponsorship at Virgin Mobile, said “At Virgin Mobile we are always looking at ways to enhance our customers’ experience. By enabling the exclusive download of a choice of mobile content at the Virgin Mobile V-Festival, we ensured that customers could get really close to the bands interactively. The music and the fans are the most important thing after all. Qwikker’s service was well received and added real value to the overall festival experience”.

James Martin, European director of Qwikker, commented on the V-Festival’s success: “As the figures demonstrate, consumers are very receptive to mobile content delivered via Bluetooth when it’s relevant and they are given choice. Virgin and other leading brands recognise the opportunity to connect and interact with consumers in a targeted, contextual environment.”

Who downloaded what mobile content at the Virgin Mobile V-Festival:
In total, 12,410 festival goers downloaded Qwikker’s Virgin Bites mobile content channel enabling them to browse and download additional exclusive content items, setting a new bar for user-driven mobile content consumption..

– 34 % – The Kasabian ‘Empire’ video was the most downloaded mobile content
– 18 % – Morrisey’s ‘in the future when alls well’ video was the second most popular download
– 13 % – downloaded the Young Knives video and ringtone
– 12 % – downloaded the Morrisey ‘in the future when alls well’ ringtone
– 7 % – downloaded a RedBull video and – 5 % the Little Miss Sunshine video

About Qwikker
Specialists in proximity marketing services and content distribution, Qwikker provides a direct-to-mobile network of interactive service points across Europe and the US. Combining Qwikker’s Bluetooth technology with traditional physical advertising, brands can extend their relationship with consumers by offering a selection of desirable content (either free or premium), which can be downloaded onto mobile phones. Content can be anything from video clips, games, MP3s and ringtones, to artwork, mobile coupons, and links to WAP sites or phone numbers.

Qwikker Channels is a customized java application, which enables consumers to browse menus of content without having to use a data connection, and then download content and information via Bluetooth, WAP and SMS connectivity. The Qwikker, application and the content channels within it can be distributed from location-to-phone and then forwarded by consumers, phone-to-phone, giving brands the opportunity to leverage the power of peer-to-peer content sharing.

Qwikker maintains the largest direct-to-mobile location content network in the world, with over 650 Bluetooth enabled service points across the UK in pubs, clubs, concerts, festivals, cinemas, public spaces and the London Underground. Fast and easy to install, Qwikker’s portable service points can also be deployed for one-time or seasonal events. Brands which have leveraged the Qwikker network include Yahoo!, Channel 4, EA Games, Universal Music, 20th Century Fox, 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. www.qwikker.com

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