Orange has announced the launch of a new advertisement-supported content trial on its mobile internet platform, Orange World. The move will see 800,000 of Orange's 15.6 million mobile customers given the option to download a variety of music content, from four different genres (Urban, Pop, Rock, Dance) to their mobile handsets for free, or a discounted rate, which is said to make it the largest trial of its kind in the UK.
Ad-funded content is said to offer new ways of reaching audiences and the potential to generate new business models within the industry. Beginning this week, the trial will last three months and will allow brands to have their advertising banners promoted prominently during the content purchase process as customers download music, offering them a unique opportunity to interact with a captive audience on their mobile phone.
Mobile advertising company ScreenTonic will be managing and delivering the ads for the trial, and is said to have already signed up a number of advertisers to the trial including Paramount Pictures and Ford. Orange customers taking part in the trial will be able to download music either for free, for half or full price. Orange will make over 500 music tracks available on the service.
Gavin Forth, head of entertainment, Orange UK said: "We believe this ad-funded content model will drive adoption and usage of services, and deliver better value content to our customers. The mobile is an incredibly personal device, and our ad-funded content offerings give advertisers a great opportunity to reach a new audience".
Theo Theodorou, head of sales at ScreenTonic said: "The ad funded content trial will provide a route into the mobile experience for brands that have previously had little familiarity of the medium. It is an exciting reason for brands to get involved with mobile, as the media develops increasingly innovative solutions to allow advertisers to reach audiences"