Obamas 29 lakh V.P. text messages, single largest mobile marketing event in US

August 27th, 2008 - 3:33 pm ICT by ANI  

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Denver, Aug 27 (ANI): Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama sent heres my V.P. text messages from his own cell phone to 2.9 million people, costing him around 290,000 dollars. The cell company charged him 10 cents for each one.

The companys Nielsen Mobile division did the math, monitoring approximately 40,000 SMS short-code lines in the US and coming up with the final tally of 2.9 million, the CBS News reported.

The VP message was sent in the late hours of Friday night and is, by many accounts, the single largest mobile marketing event in the US to date, a release from Nielsen read.

The initiative has been moderately criticized because it ultimately didnt work: The press reported that Obama had chosen Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware as his vice presidential pick before anyone had had the chance to hit the send button on that fateful text message.

But Nielsen says that doesnt matter.

While much has been said of the timing and the scoop by news outlets, Obamas V.P. text-message still ranks as one of the most important text messages even sent and one of the most successful brand engagements using mobile media, Nielsens report read, adding that an estimated 116 million American use text messaging actively.

The value of the message goes far beyond the 26 words and 2.9 million recipients. Here, Obama branded himself as cutting edge, inflated the already enormous press attention paid to his V.P. pick and further established a list of supporters” most coveted form of contact: their cell phone numbers. (ANI)

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