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Sony Mobile UK Creates First UK Interactive Video Experience with AdColony Aurora™ HD Video

Oct 30, 2018

Press Release

Innovative ad format brings to life the new Xperia™ XZ2 mobile handset capabilities through immersive mobile video creative

LONDON — OCTOBER 30, 2018 — Sony Mobile UK and Mediacom partnered with AdColony, the ad quality video marketplace, to launch the U.K.’s first Aurora™ Interactive HD Mobile Video unit for the launch of the Xperia XZ2. Immersive storytelling was brought to life through unique in-video engagement, resulting in strong growth in brand awareness and purchase intent.

The Campaign
Sony Mobile U.K. wanted to create a unique advertising experience when launching the new Xperia XZ2 handset. The Xperia XZ2 is packed with the latest technologies to deliver an entertainment experience that touches your senses in a whole new way. It was imperative that the mobile campaign not only delivered but also amplified these values. Working with AdColony, Sony and Mediacom created an interactive mobile video campaign that allowed consumers to interact with and experience the video in a variety of new ways to better enhance the campaign messaging.

The campaign creative focused on the enhanced technology and gaming capabilities of the Xperia XZ2. To tap into gamers’ natural instincts to interact with content in front of them, wipe away features were built into the video. Dust kicked up by race cars settled on the screen with users having to clean debris off the screen. Immersiveness was further boosted with additional haptic effects, making the phone rumble and shake at opportune moments. This connection between the video itself coupled with real actions and feelings was paramount to driving home the unique capabilities of the Xperia XZ2.

“Video advertising combined with the power of sight, sound and motion has long been proven as the best method to build awareness for brands,” said Will Dorling, U.K. brand director at AdColony. “Mobile technology now enables brands to layer on unique immersive experiences such as touch and vibration to draw users deeper into the creative.”

“Sony Mobile UK and Mediacom were excited by the possibilities of interactive video and set a clear, defined brief for an experience designed to excite users,” Dorling explained. “Driving the project from its inception, Sony ensured that the final product was considered prior to AdColony building the campaign, allowing us to build the best possible creative execution.”

A video of the campaign can be viewed on the AdColony Vimeo Page.

The Results
The connection between visual creative and users’ emotions and senses helped the Sony Xperia XZ2 Mobile Interactive Video campaign deliver more immersive experiences for the user and allowed Sony to tell stories in a more interesting way.

Video engagement rates were 78 percent — more than 25 times higher than the benchmark engagement rates of standard video campaigns or rich media executions. Most importantly, over one-third of these engagements came from unique users, with more than 1.5 million users engaged with the ad overall.

Beyond the strong engagement metrics, Aurora™ HD Video also drove healthy lifts across key brand metrics. A brand study certified by Nielsen showed an increase in purchase intent of the campaign recipients of 8.6 percent over an unexposed control segment. Brand recall vs competitor handsets saw a 4 percent uplift.

For more information about the Aurora™ HD Video technologies, please visit http://adcolony.com/technology/auroravideo.

About AdColony
AdColony is one of the largest video advertising platforms in the world with a reach of more than 1.5 billion users globally. Known for its unparalleled 3rd party verified viewability rates, exclusive Instant-Play™ and Aurora™ HD video technologies, proprietary rich media formats, global performance advertising business and programmatic marketplace, and extensive SDK footprint in the Top 1000 apps worldwide, they are passionate about helping brands connect with consumers at scale on the most important screen in their lives. A fully-owned subsidiary of Otello Corporation ASA, AdColony is a global organization with over 20 offices worldwide.

About Sony Mobile UK & Sony Xperia™
Sony Mobile UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. Xperia products combine stand-out design and superior entertainment technology with the powerful performance consumers would expect from a Sony smartphone and tablet.

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