Starbucks solidifies mobile advertising push with new timely campaign

Starbucks is no stranger to mobile advertising and is continuing to prove that the medium works for the company by running a new campaign that aims to bolster its VIA Instant Coffee sales.

Starbucks is running the new campaign within TV Guide’s iPhone application. The coffee giant has been using mobile advertising quite a bit in the past to not only drive in-store traffic and sales, but also increase brand awareness.

"The Starbucks Via campaign is interesting as it is mainly an educational informational campaign when mobile consumers are often time constrained and looking for ideas and options and offers," said Simon Buckingham, CEO of Appitalism.

"The campaign assumes that consumer behavior on the mobile Internet has converged with that of the Internet itself which is an informational medium," he said.

"I think this campaign is ahead of consumer behavior on mobile and will therefore be ineffective."

Mr. Buckingham is not affiliated with Starbucks. He commented based on his expertise on the subject.

Starbucks did not respond to press inquiries.

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The new mobile campaign from Starbucks promotes the company’s Via Instant Coffee products. The mobile ad reads “Iced coffee at home, made easy. Learn more.”

When consumers tap on the mobile ad they are redirected to Starbucks’ mobile-optimized site where they can learn more about the products.

The company is also sweetening the deal by offering Starbucks Reward members an extra star for each pack of Starbucks VIA Ice Coffee they buy using their registered card. Every time a user reaches 15 stars, they received a free, customized drink.

Through the mobile advertising campaign, Starbucks is also encouraging consumers to join the My Starbucks Rewards club, as well as see what else the company has to offer. Read More

Posted on July 3, 2012 and filed under Mobile Marketing.