Ben and Jerrys relies on in-app mobile ads for new product push
August 23, 2013
Ben and Jerry's promotes new Greek frozen yogurt flavors
Ben and Jerrys is leveraging mobile applications such as Solitaire and Pandora to advertise its new Greek Yogurt flavors that drive consumers to ultimately find a store.
The in-app ad features three buttons: Find flavors, learn more and see flavors. If consumers click on the ads buttons, they will be directed to a mobile site that is chalk full of information about Ben and Jerrys and its products.
On digital were targeting ad networks that deliver on desktop and mobile, said Mike Hayes, associate digital marketing manager at Ben and Jerrys, Burlington, VT. These are used to generate awareness about our new flavors, but with a lot of the ads we can allow people to take next steps if theyre interested in finding out more about the flavors or where to find the flavors.
For anything we do we try to provide value to our consumers and the people were talking to, he said. If they want to take next steps give them the option, and try to provide useful next steps.
The one in Solitaire has [an option] where you can find the flavor. If they want to go and find it, we provide an outlet. If they want to find out more, more than what we can say in a little mobile ad, they can find out about it.
Ben and Jerrys runs a new ad campaign every summer. Last year the campaign promoted the new Greek frozen yogurt line, and this year its promoting the three new flavors: Vanilla Honey Caramel, Pineapple Passionfruit and Liz Lemon.
Within the Solitaire app, the Ben and Jerrys ad comes up when a user finishes a game. If the user chooses to interact with the ad, he or she will be directed to the mobile landing page.
This page lets consumers learn more about Ben and Jerrys flavors, locate the flavors in specific shops, watch videos, read the mission statement and more.
The in-app ad
It also lets consumers connect with Ben and Jerrys via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Ben and Jerrys worked with Greystripe to roll out the in-app ad in Solitaire.
Consumers are directed here to locate flavors
Mobile ice cream
The ice cream company has leveraged mobile quite a bit to promote the brands products.
Last year, Ben and Jerrys leveraged Apples iAds to promote the Greek frozen yogurt flavors (see story).
Ben and Jerrys also experimented with mobile and social to deliver targeted offers and behavior-based promotions to customers (see story).
For us, we want to talk to our consumers where they are, Mr. Hayes said. We go to Bonnaroo because our fans go to Bonnaroo. Were on Facebook because our fans are on Facebook. Were on Instagram because our fans are on Instagram.
I think the really cool thing about mobile is that you can provide these next steps, its not just a billboard. If you do like a flavor, we give you the option to find the flavor in a store near you. We give them something beyond just seeing a beautiful ad.
Rebecca Borison is editorial assistant on Mobile Marketer, New York
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