Mindshare, the global media and adaptive marketing agency, announced today a strategic partnership with Footmarks to bring its beacon-powered mobile experiences and analytics to the Asia-Pacific region. The alliance will be managed out of Mindshare Singapore’s “Discovery” unit as it continues to bring innovative connected experiences to its growing list of clients.
Footmarks is the leading enterprise awareness platform provider focused on delivering creative and respectful experiences that drive deep brand and customer value. Powered by Bluetooth Smart, Footmarks’ SmartConnect™ platform is an experience-based analytics solution delivering meaningful and personalized value through secure end-to-end beacon technology. Footmarks end-to-end solution includes cutting-edge Bluetooth low-energy beacons, the world’s only cross-platform SDK suite, and a complete cloud-based service offering that allows partners and clients to build rich experiences, manage their beacon network remotely, and capture rich analytics and insights.
The partnership will empower MindShare Singapore clients to deliver all new value-added content and personalized experiences throughout malls, retail stores, and venues across the region.
Christopher Smith, Head of Mindshare Discovery, commented: “There is a growing demand from brands and consumers alike to create deeper, more personal engagement in retail, and we strongly believe beacons are becoming a vital link in delivering against that demand. Beacons have all sorts of application opportunities for our clients across a wide range of sectors, so we are excited to explore the possibilities and help our clients continue to innovate and create deeper engagement with their customers.”
Smith adds: “We were looking for a partner, an innovative company, to bring beacon technology to Asia. Footmarks proved to be exactly what we were looking for. The beacon category is gaining significant momentum globally, but we are yet to see it scale here in Singapore. Asia as a region is emerging as a global hotbed of innovation, so our partnership with Footmarks will provide our clients an opportunity to lead the charge and leapfrog their competitors.”
Todd Paris, President of Footmarks, commented “Having worked in advertising throughout Asia for many years, I know Mindshare and the Asia Pacific Region are always at the leading edge of market and media innovation. I’m excited to see the partnership kick off and look forward to the brand and client impact we will have in the coming month and years.”
Mindshare is a global media agency network with billings in excess of US$31.4 billion (source: RECMA). The network consists of more than 7,000 employees, in 116 offices across 86 countries spread throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Each office is dedicated to forging competitive marketing advantage for businesses and their brands based on the values of speed, teamwork and provocation. Mindshare is part of GroupM, which oversees the media investment management sector for WPP, the world’s leading communications services group.
Footmarks is a Techstars company, and graduate of the first class of R/GA’s Connected Devices Accelerator Program. The company uses leading, secure beacon technology to enable retailers and brands to deliver relevant and personalized engagements to consumers‘ mobile platforms and devices as they navigate physical spaces.
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