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Mobile marketing is so much more than advertising.

As readers of my books THE ON-DEMAND BRAND and BRANDING UNBOUND know, I don’t consider mobile advertising very compelling. So it won’t come as a shock that there isn't much in the way of pure-play mobile ads in this year’s list of top 10 mobile marketing initiatives.

GenWowAwards-logoFor me, mobile isn’t about taking an ad model from the old-school Internet – namely an "ad banner" – and plopping it onto a business-card size screen, or even the larger screen of an iPad.

It’s about creating unique and differentiating branded experiences that drive home your value proposition in amazing new ways.

To that end, here are 10 of my favorite mobile promotional initiatives for 2012.

Agree with my list? Disagree? What initiatives would you ad to the list?

Let us know!


10. Heineken Personalized QR Code Stickers Become Ice Breakers at Music Festival

Talk about a conversation starter.

9. ‘Dance Cam’ Mobile App Lets you Create Music Videos on Your Phone

Because there are few things more entertaining (and, often, disturbing) than watching folks dance on the Xbox Kinect system on games like Dance Central. So why not mobilize it?

8. Starbucks Brings Mobile AR to Valentine’s Day

It’s the AR, Cupid.

7. Red Tomato Fridge Magnet Orders Pizza For You

Freaking genius – and no mobile app, or even phone, required.

6. Retailer’s Shadow-Activated QR Code Boosts Sales 25%

Effective? Affirmative. Clever? Beyond a shadow of a doubt.

5. Axe Body Spray Uses QR Code ‘Peepholes’ For A Mobile+Social Sensation

Not for the faint of heart.

4. Kit Kat Launches GPS-Based ‘Golden Ticket’-Style Promo

Kit Kat will do a heck of a lot more than just give you a break.

3. VW’s Creative ‘Crate Code’

You’ll love the payoff. Or the payload, as the case may be.

2. Wonderbra Decoder App Gives You X-Ray Vision

School-age boys the world over might think an age-old dream has come true.

1. Project Re:Brief App Lets You Truly Buy The World A Coke – Anywhere, Anytime

You gotta love this mobile-age edition of Coke's classic "Hilltop" spot (video at top).


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