First making its name as the go-to app for music recognition software, Shazam has expanded into other media content like TV commercials, movie trailers, and radio ads in the past. This week, however, the company is officially announcing its push into brand-specific advertisement with a new initiative called “Shazam for Brands” (via AdAge).
Using data accumulated from how users interact with the app, and a company’s integrated brand advertisement, Shazam will attempt to pick out which artists and musical genre each brand should use to attract the widest swath of their particular audience. Before the official launch of Shazam for Brands, some of Shazam’s past partners have included Marvel Studios, Nike and Clinique. Those partners provided fans with experiences like Shazamable movie posters and interactive music videos.
“Advertising had always been secondary, but now we are putting it front and center,” said Greg Glenday, chief revenue officer at Shazam. “We are taking advertising seriously by adding stock and people. We sold ourselves short with the advertising industry by just selling banner ads and being transactional.”
With such data, a brand will be able to purchase the landing page of a specific Shazam, called “clickable listening screens,” so that their products can be displayed in conjunction with the a particular artist’s song. Glenday said the new ad-push for the company won’t bring any noticeable changes on the user side of things, and that all of Shazam’s fans “will still receive the results they want without interruption.”
Shazam for Brands will also allow the company’s partners to incorporate Shazam’s technology — using the same, traditional Shazam app — into their own marketing materials. For example, earlier in the month Coca-Cola introduced a Shazamable bottle design that prompted users to film a video of themselves lip-syncing to one of a handful of songs displayed on the drink’s label.
Furthermore, the company is looking to get into the live-event business, in a festival centered around up-and-coming artists set to open later in the year. Shazam intends to use beacon technology to create an event where each performer will be able to be discovered by the app. Following today’s launch, the company hasn’t said who its next major advertising and brand partner will be, but it has created a new Shazam for Brands Twitter account so users can follow its progress on the social network.
Shazam is available on the App Store for free [Direct Link]. Users can also download Shazam Encore for $6.99 [Direct Link], negating all of the company’s attempted advertisements.
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