Starz Signs on with AT&T for Mobile Barcode Program

starz_2008_685x385The first TV/network member to join AT&T Mobile Barcode Services Charter Program will be Starz Entertainment, LLC. The Company recently entered into an agreement with AT&T*, joining the program. Starz will implement AT&T mobile barcode solutions in select print and outdoor advertising during the charter program. The goal is to increase awareness of its original programming and create opportunities to drive premium subscription sales through its cable, satellite and Telco affiliates.

As an AT&T Mobile Barcode Services Charter Program member, Starz is integrating AT&T Mobile Barcode technology into select national consumer and direct-to-consumer marketing programs, including consumer marketing and affiliate promotional outreach for its successful "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" prequel to the hit "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" original series. Starz will experiment with the mobile technology and gauge its efficacy in reaching effectively interested customers with special offers that highlight the premium network's robust original programming and exclusive, new hit movies.

"Starz is pleased to be AT&T's first TV/network programming member for this program," said Jennifer Schouten, vice president, affiliate sales and marketing at Starz Entertainment. "AT&T Mobile Barcode technology provides our subscribers and prospects immediate information on programming, services, and special offers and it gives them a convenient way to order Starz via mobile devices. Starz plans to offer this new mobile marketing technology to all of our business affiliates as an enhancement to joint marketing campaigns."

"We're excited to work with Starz to develop this new mobile barcode solution for consumer engagement, which is helping to connect the offline world with the online world," said Chris Hill, Vice President of Advance Mobility Enterprise Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "We intend to continue to help our business customers create measurable and fully managed brand experiences with mobile barcodes to better interact with their consumers - a trend we anticipate will grow this year."

The AT&T Mobile Barcode Charter Program

AT&T Mobile Barcode Services is a suite of products and services that enables marketers to provide measurable experiences with their target audience, at the moment of interest. AT&T's effort to develop mobile barcodes into effective direct response solutions for brands and their consumers was launched in August 2010.  Specifically, a Code Management Platform was built for businesses to create, manage and measure mobile barcode campaign experiences for their customers.

It is AT&T's belief that consumer barcode scanning represents the next generation of interactive targeted marketing, enabling advertisers to deliver relevant content and offers to consumers, as well as being a valuable and efficient tool that can help consumers search for promotions and information using their mobile device.

In a recent United States consumer survey, 80% of respondents indicated interest in scanning barcodes with their mobile phone. Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed want to scan barcodes to capture and redeem coupons and discounts (1).

In 2010, AT&T announced the formation of a mobile barcode services charter program designed to provide AT&T and its business customers with a better understanding of the marketing and advertising potential that 2D barcodes offers. AT&T is working closely with program participants to test consumer response rates and effectiveness of consumer barcode scanning technology as an interactive marketing vehicle.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

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