How Marketers Want To Trick Mobile Operators Into Letting Them Spam You

from the sneaky,-sneaky dept

For quite some time now, we've covered the various ridiculous attempts by bad marketers to figure out how to start spamming mobile phones. They don't quite seem to grasp the idea that mobile phone spamming is significantly more intrusive and annoying than traditional email spamming -- and people already absolutely hate that kind of spamming. Since people have their mobile phones all the time, even when not actively using it, a mobile phone spam can really interrupt lots of other activities. At the same time, it can often cost the user money. So, while it's no surprise that they want to spam people, many (though, certainly not all) mobile operators have at least realized that it's probably a bad idea to let it happen. However, the spammers can be sneaky, and the latest ploy is to try to convince mobile operators to hand over subscriber info for spamming purposes using a bit of backwards logic. The marketers are telling mobile operators that they should give up subscriber data in order to make sure users get less spam-like notifications. Makes no sense? Here's the quote: "Please release the data to us so we can target our campaigns and make them as relevant as possible. If carriers want that ad revenue, they'll have to release that data." Basically, they're saying that they're going to spam users one way or another, but if the operators cough up all your data, then they can at least try (and, most likely, fail) to target the ads a bit (oh yes, and to kick back some money to the operator). Of course, these users haven't requested the ads and most likely don't want them at all, targeted or not. The marketing folks need to rethink mobile advertising and realize that it can't be intrusive in any way. Not even "opt-in" messaging makes sense, because someone may want a message now, but they won't want it tomorrow. For something potentially so intrusive, mobile operators need to learn to accept advertising that users pull. That is, make it easy for people to request the info for that one time only. This can be tied to an advertisement elsewhere (billboard, poster, magazine, TV, etc.) or just having people know to request info when needed -- but every time should be user-initiated. And, for that, advertisers certainly don't need mobile operators to cough up everyone's subscriber data.
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  1. identicon
    Robert Martin, 30 Sep 2005 @ 9:38am

    Re: Targeted Ads

    Eventually, somebofy's gotta do it...

    free phones and maybe even free phone service in exchange for accepting spam.

    It's inevitable, I tell ya!

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