Associated Media Publishing’s QR code campaign goes live on Monday, 24 September.
"We have always put our readers front and centre of everything we do," says AMP managing director Julia Raphaely. "We see this as a natural progression. We are closing the gap between content and commerce across all our channels, leveraging AMP’s editorial influence, brand authority and audience insight to serve our content consumers better."
Selected merchandise featured in Cosmopolitan
, Marie Claire
, House & Leisure
, Good Housekeeping
and Goeie Huishouding
can be purchased by using a mobile phone to scan the associated QR code, which instantly links the user directly to AMP’s 'Ready to Shop' portal.
"We have created a solution that delivers an instantly shoppable, highly curated expert edit of merchandise, utilising existing functionality that our readers already engage with, through the Facebook QR code scanner. This makes our brands even more relevant and gratifying for our content consumers," says Elrike Lochner, group head: digital and marketing.
The campaign design by North VCA aims to evoke an immediate association with the magazine brands and shopping. "Our goal in combining all our titles inside the QR code bag was to launch the campaign on the newsstand in a disruptive manner, therefore changing the conversation around magazine media. We are confident we have done just that," Raphaely adds.
The QR code on the bags links to a video clip that amplifies the new experience AMP aims to bring to magazine readers. To see the clip, scan here:
"Our readers will soon be shopping straight from the pages of the very magazine they hold in their hands, using any scanner – including the one available on Facebook," says Emilie Gambade, editor of Marie Claire
"The QR codes will also allow readers to open new experiences, behind-the-scenes videos, tips and tricks from the team or information on important campaigns we are supporting. It will now all be just a few swipes away," adds Gambade.
"By enabling our readers to shop the items they find inspiring, directly from our pages via their mobile phones, we are completing the content to commerce loop, which I think is incredibly innovative and forward-thinking," says Tiaan Nagel, editor of House & Leisure
Sally Emery, editor of Good Housekeeping
, adds, "We're always looking for ways to make our readers' lives easier. Placing Ready to Shop QR codes next to as many GH-approved products as possible in the magazine plays directly into that promise."
"Readers can see an item they like on one of our pages, immediately scan the code with their phone, and be taken directly to a website where they can find out more about the item and decide whether to purchase," says Emery.
"Our Ready to Shop portal gives our digital audience the benefit of being able to shop directly from a range of carefully curated products selected by the GH team. We've done all the searching for the perfect items for them; all they need to do is browse our shop window, click and spend," Emery concludes.
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