Barcodes Make Print Ads Interactive
Don't refer to this as CueCat: 2.0.
Financial services provider BMO Capital Markets runs a print ad in the Wall Street Journal every Friday. Last week, select versions of the company's regularly scheduled ad featured two-dimensional barcodes placed at the bottom left-hand corner.
The barcodes, called EZcodes and created by Scanlife, bring readers to a customized Web page that offers additional information touched upon in print creative.
Mobile users must first download a free application at Scanlife.com for the ball to start rolling. Consumers then use that App, along with their camera phone, to take a picture of the 2D barcode. Readers are then directed to a designated Web site.
The ad for BMO Capital Markets ran on the front page of the Money & Investing section of Friday's Wall Street Journal.
"Good Health" touted the firm's ninth annual Focus on Healthcare Conference that took place last week in New York.
The ad connected readers to an archived conference page, containing Webcast presentations, research reports and marketing materials.
"We recognize that this technology can help a print ad deliver the interactivity of an online ad," said Kevin Windorf, Director of Marketing & Client Strategy at BMO Capital Markets. "We have a wealth of content to provide to our clients regarding our conferences in particular and our firm in general. Delivering content to our clients' mobile devices helps satisfy their constant need for information," continued Windorf.
Condon + Root Chicago created the campaign and Prometheus Chicago handled the media buy.
Brands such as Citysearch, Nike, Burn Magazine and Citroen have used barcodes in print advertising, but BMO Capital Markets believes it is the first North American investment bank to implement the technology.
BMO Capital Markets is measuring its Web site traffic from multiple fronts to determine how many people visited its site using the ScanLife App, online ads or simply from the company's home page.