Shazam offers interactive cinema ads for brands


Shazam has partnered with cinema advertising firm Screenvision to run interactive ads in US cinemas.

The deal will let consumers engage with many of the ads they see before a movie – allowing them to receive special offers, enter sweepstakes and bring home and share more information about the products and services that pique their interest.

The announcement was made this week at New York’s historic Ziegfeld Theatre, the site of Screenvision’s first-ever Upfront presentation to the advertising industry.

“By working with Shazam, Screenvision now has an unparalleled scale to reach our moviegoing audience, who tends to be tech savvy and armed with smartphones, with a predisposition for connecting and sharing the interesting things they discover," said John McCauley,
Screenvision’s Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances. “With our national cinema network reaching nearly 40 million moviegoers monthly and Shazam’s 90 million and growing U.S. user base, advertisers have the ultimate platform to reach the mass market and to get them to act on their message.”

“Moviegoers are drawn to the cinema to see the world’s greatest content, and their affinity for the experience of going to the movies puts them in a highly receptive mindset for advertising messages,” continued McCauley. “This delivers unrivalled results, including a 56% Ad Recall and 10:1 Ad Likeability, compared to ads on TV. And now, at the very point that the awareness is created, we can connect moviegoers through a Shazam-enabled experience. This not only gives them a greater opportunity to connect with the brands and products they love, but the ability to take that message home and share it with their friends, right from the comfort of their theater seat.”

“Our partnership with Screenvision will give movie fans across the country a truly connected cinema experience, enabling them to engage with the ads about the products and services that interest them – at that moment of inspiration – turning interest into action with just one tap on their mobile phone,” said David Jones, Shazam’s EVP Marketing. “Shazam is thrilled to be working with the respected leader in cinema advertising to create a compelling in-theater experience that millions of movie fans around the country can also take home with them and share with their friends.”

Screenvision’s Shazam-enabled cinema advertising program will be available throughout Screenvision’s national network.

As part of the program, Screenvision will air 15-second reminders within the preshow to alert moviegoers to pull out their phones and be ready to use the Shazam app.

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