A Big Step for Mobile Coupons: FunMobility's Partnership with Chicago Tribune

FunMobility is proud to announce a partnership Chicago Tribune Media Group (CMTG). We're excited to team up with this media giant to implement a new method of serving coupons to print and online audiences. This partnership brings the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA)'s standards for mobile coupons into practice, using our technology and the Chicago Tribune's network of publications.

Coupons are an important part of print and digital media, driving consumer interest and purchasing intent. However, as mobile use continues to soar, integrating mobile functionality has become a key priority for the publishing industry.

Earlier this year the MMA's Mobile Coupon Ad Unit Standards (MoCAUS) committee recognized this priority and took steps to develop a set of standards for implementing coupons in the mobile channel. Collectively these standards form the MMA mobile coupon ad unit prototype. Functionally, this prototype integrates into existing print, web and mobile advertising, enabling a consumer to clip a mobile coupon from any ad. FunMobility's mobile coupon technology is putting this prototype into effect with the help of the Chicago Tribune Media Group, who will be conducting field trials through its publications.

“We are excited to be able to offer our advertisers a mobile couponing solution that can easily integrate into our display offerings on our mobile websites/apps, as well as in print ads, where applicable,” says Michael Cahan, Director of Mobile Strategy at Chicago Tribune Media Group. “If a consumer comes across a FunMobility Mobile Clip Unit on a CTMG mobile platform, they will be able to clip it to their mobile inbox with a single tap, or save them through integrated services such as Apple’s Passbook. Similarly, if a consumer sees a mobile coupon offer in a print ad, they will be able to text a keyword to a shortcode and receive a text message containing a link to the mobile coupon.”

"As mobile presents opportunities for stronger brand engagement, mobile coupons and incentive advertising across the media mix will help marketers reach existing and potential customers," said Michael Becker, North American head of the MMA. “We applaud the efforts of MMA member companies who are committed to cultivating and testing a prototype ad unit like those proposed by the MMA Mobile Coupon Advertising Unit Standards committee. These trials will go a long way in helping the industry understand how to effectively harness the power of mobile.”

The Chicago Tribune Media Group will head up the field trials though their Digital Sales division. Given the CTMG's publications collectively reach 4.8 million adults every week in the greater Chicago area, it's an auspicious start!

Topics: Mobile Coupons, FunMobility

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