Remember Three-Screen Marketing Plans? So 2007. Time to Get Ready For Six Screens

Ad Age, 8/23/10

A Host of New Devices Are Making the Now Traditional TV, PC and Mobile Paradigm Obsolete

“The Sixth Screen.” Sounds like something from a sci-fi flick with Bruce Willis, doesn’t it? But actually, no; this is as real as it gets and we are quickly moving from three screens to six screens fast and furious.

To see what’s coming, we need a quick primer on what the multiscreen concept is all about.

As marketers, we all understand the need to translate our brand message across the three screens — PC, TV and mobile. Truth be told, that is easier said than done. The speed of content being served virtually simultaneously among three screens is presenting some pretty tough challenges for brands. Just mobile, for instance, is moving so rapidly to becoming our computing platform, which in and of itself complicates life for a brand. This stuff is so complex, in fact, specialty innovative mobile marketing technology companies have risen as the technological bridge to help companies move through this evolution. Augme is one example with its AD LIFE platform that enables “seamless integration of goods and services within consumer life experiences …” In other words, they use mobile technology to match the marketing message to the real-time life moment of its users. This type of sophisticated marketing still requires a strong stomach on the part of marketers to execute.

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