Wednesday, October 31, 2007

NBC Universal Hires SinglePoint

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singlepoint.JPGNBC Universal has hired SinglePoint, a wireless messaging service, to launch one of the biggest mobile marketing initiative ever conducted by a media company. SinglePoint will manage and execute multiple participation media campaigns such as mobile voting, sweepstakes, contests, and mobile text news alerts. By outbidding its competitors, SinglePoint has won the largest Interactive Television (iTV) contract of its kind in the mobile marketing arena.

SinglePoint will be developing and managing large-scale, cross carrier iTV messaging events for multiple properties across NBC Universal including NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, Bravo, Telemundo, USA, NBC Sports, NBC News, iVillage and venue-related activities for Universal theme parks.

"In today's competitive TV environment, we constantly evaluate how new technologies can better engage viewers and, ultimately, build stronger relationships with them," said Jon Dakss, Vice President of Technology Product Development for NBC Universal. "SinglePoint stands apart in the increasingly critical mobile segment thanks to their ability to manage the entire participation media process - from connectivity to carrier relations to client services. Working with SinglePoint will allow us to strengthen our market leadership, as well as win and maintain the loyalty of our viewers."

"There is no question that the wireless industry has given new meaning to participation media by adding entertainment, social and economic value to some of today's most popular TV programs," said Rich Begert, President and CEO of SinglePoint. "We can not express enough how extremely pleased we are to work with NBC Universal and drive the mobile component of their leading franchises. Our tools empower customers to drive growth, connect to end-users and enhance viewing experiences. We expect this strategic partnership will set a new bar for participation media in the U.S."

For decades television viewing has been criticized as being a totally passive activity that at the very least leads to lazy thinking. I have always thought that it isn't if you watch T.V. but what you watch and how you watch it that is important. A service like the one SinglePoint is providing for NBC will make viewers feel like they are part of the show, which has the potential for generating more viewer loyalty. By actively engaging with content, viewers' minds will be more engaged and stimulated then if they watch the content without an outlet for expressing an opinion.