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Bar Codes Add Detail on Items in TV Ads

Bar codes are arriving on television. Now, mobile-phone users can scan a bar code embedded in commercials on certain evening shows on Bravo and instantly obtain additional information about a product and a discount to buy it. The 45-second commercials by the online fashion retailer Bluefly show snippets of its "Closet Confessions" interviews with designers and celebrities like Bethenny Frankel, who appeared on "The Real Housewives of New York City," and the Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir.

When the cellphone is pointed at the on-screen bar code, the user is linked to a complete closet-baring episode, which can run as long as five minutes, and offered a $30 discount on a $150 purchase at, which sells designer and other branded clothing and accessories. "We see this as a great way to expand our audience in a measurable way," said Bradford Matson, Bluefly's chief marketing officer. "This is new for us, but we expect our page views to double."



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