17 Feb Rise of the Second Screen Viewers

ideaviews second screenIf you watch any live television broadcast – a sporting event, American Idol, etc. – I’m sure you’ve witnessed the incorporation of mobile interaction via social media channels.

Even pre-recorded television has gotten in on the act. Viewers are encouraged to use Twitter to vote for their favorites, or Shazam commercials for supplemental information.

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Everyone I know today has a device in hand while watching television. In fact for many, their phone or tablet is their first screen; for some others, a mobile device might be the only screen.

Does the idea of cross-screen media plans disappear when trying to reach this demographic? Perhaps not – we just need to adjust the two-screen strategy to cater toward those who are mobile-centric.

Even with a growing portion of the population falling into the mobile-first category, it’s important for brands to still have a way to reach these consumers with large-format video in addition to mobile application.

Large format doesn’t have to mean their home TV screens!

Location-based video – those screens in offices, gyms, gas stations and malls – provide a platform to serve this large-format video to the mobile-first audience.

Imagine how powerful it would be for brands to target their audiences on mobile in combination with location-based video.

According to Mobile Commerce Daily, this mobile-first audience is by definition not sitting at home watching TV.  Instead, they are out and about: consumers on the go.

For this audience, you can take the data they generate while mobile and use it to immediately customize the collective experience – not on television, where it is difficult, if not impossible, to make real-time changes of this sort – but rather on location-based video screens reaching those same consumers while on the go.

Do you use location-based strategies when reaching your mobile audience? 

Sibet B Freides