HTC One marketing tour of the U.S. gets underway on April 11
In the United States, HTC’s marketing effort for the One will include the HTC One Live Experience, an integrated campaign through which the company is planning to bring its new flagship smartphone closer to potential buyers.
Considering the dismal financial results that HTC announced today, the company has every reason to hope the new smartphone sells well, and it’s doing its best to boost marketing, as new Chief Marketing Officer Benjamin Ho has promised.
Getting back to the HTC One Live Experience, it must be said that its slogan will be “Everything Your Phone Isn’t”. While it remains up to consumers to decide whether that’s, as the One’s marketing slogan says, “authentic and playful”, the slogan it certainly is bold. The campaign will include 11 U.S. markets and will have three directions: HTC BoomSound Lounge, HTC One Showrooms and HTC One Cinema Experiences.
HTC One Showrooms will be coming to malls in eight cities, namely Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C and they will be showcasing the new flagship’s features, including BlinkFeed, Zoe and SenseTV. Large interactive phones and touchscreens will be used to bring users up close with the new features, just like HTC did when the One was presented to people in Times Square during the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch event.
BoomSound Lounge will demonstrate the HTC One’s sound features using listening booths, which will be coming to locations in six cities: Columbus Circle in New York, Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco, Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles, Wrigleyville in Chicago, Franklin Square in Philadelphia, and Perimeter Mall in Atlanta. That’s not all, though – those who visit said lounges can win tickets to three concerts from Pharell in New York, Grouplove in Chicago and Manchester Orchestra in Los Angeles. Those less lucky will be able to view the concerts in live streaming at the BoomSound Lounges.
Last but not least, HTC Live Cinema will allow moviegoers to try out the HTC One’s features in theater lobbies (HTC has not yet specified which theaters), as well as to watch the latest One ad on the big screen, with the company promising to bring more content to the big screen, as well as online and TV channels in the future.
It would seem that HTC is doing all it can to keep up with Samsung’s marketing efforts (Samsung is opening Experience Shops in 1400 Best Buy locations, among other things).
Do you think HTC’s marketing for the HTC One will help make it a hit?
HTC Challenges Consumer Expectations With New HTC One® Live Experience Tour
HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today introduced the company’s integrated U.S. marketing campaign launching its new flagship smartphone, the new HTC One. The campaign challenges the current mobile phone experience with a bold and playful execution, and offers consumers the opportunity to see, hear and hold the new smartphone before nationwide availability in traditional retail channels. The campaign comes to life as pre-order begins today, following unprecedented demand and the strongest pre-registration interest for any smartphone designed by HTC. The new HTC One will be available nationwide at retail stores through AT&T, Sprint and Best Buy on April 19, and through T-Mobile later this spring.
“We’re establishing the U.S. brand identity for the new HTC One as an innovative, stunning product with a full-metal design and a clear difference in experiences from any previous, or recently announced smartphone,” said Erin McGee , vice president, marketing, North America, HTC Corporation. “The new HTC One has already won numerous prestigious awards and accolades, but consumers have yet to see it for themselves. We are changing that, starting today, by delivering unique and highly relevant experiences on city streets, in suburban malls, and at hundreds of movie theaters that brings the product to life through an authentic connection with the consumer.”
Everything Your Phone Isn’t™
Crafted with a distinct zero-gap aluminum unibody, the new HTC One introduces HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™, key new HTC Sense® innovations that reinvent the mobile experience and set a new standard for smartphones. HTC is taking the breakthrough product directly to consumers with the HTC One Live Experience Tour, bringing each unique innovation to life and prompting consumers to compare the new HTC One to their current phone experience.
The advertising features a similarly evocative theme positioning the new smartphone to consumers as “Everything Your Phone Isn’t”, with several deep integrations that highlight the dynamic experiences of the device. The new advertising campaign will run across a variety of media, including heavy rotation in relevant national TV programming, print, digital media and mobile advertising to include Pandora, Spotify, YouTube and Vevo. In-market geo-targeted advertising will also be incorporated into the HTC One Live Experience Tour.
The HTC One Live Experience Tour will appear in 11 major markets across the U.S. and consists of three distinct executions: the HTC BoomSound Lounge, HTC One Showrooms and HTC One Cinema Experiences.
HTC BoomSound Lounge
The new HTC One introduces — for the first time on a phone — front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier, as well as Beats Audio™ integration for rich, authentic sound whether listening to music, watching a video or playing a game.
Opening today, the HTC BoomSound Lounges bring the extraordinary on-device audio experience to life at pop-up listening booths in prominent locations in six major cities across the U.S.: Columbus Circle in New York, Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco, Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles, Wrigleyville in Chicago, Franklin Square in Philadelphia, and Perimeter Mall in Atlanta.
In addition to product experiences, the BoomSound Lounges serve as the connection for consumers to exclusive HTC concerts produced by Live Nation. Performances by Pharrell in New York, Grouplove in Chicago and Manchester Orchestra in Los Angeles will be limited to an audience of 1,000 fans, creating an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience for attendees. Consumers in those three markets can visit the HTC BoomSound Lounges for the opportunity to receive tickets to the concerts happening in their city. On April 19, all of the BoomSound Lounges across the country will transform into listening and viewing locations for the broadcast of one of the exclusive live concerts.
HTC One Showroom
Starting on April 11, HTC One Showrooms will begin appearing in high-traffic malls across the U.S. where they will live for a minimum of three months to create a playful, dynamic, digital space for consumer interaction and entertainment. The HTC Showrooms are built solely on the experiences of the new HTC One, placed where people spend time shopping, dining and hanging out, and allow engagement at their leisure. HTC Showrooms are popping up in eight U.S. markets featuring interactive experiences and a plethora of new HTC One smartphones for hands-on experiences: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
“HTC One Showrooms are taking the concept of a pop-up store to different place by creating a large, playful, interactive exhibit where we expect people to be entertained and have a new experience with the HTC One at each visit. It gives them the chance to truly immerse themselves in everything the phone offers at their own pace – and delivers a different experience than a traditional retail setting. We’ve created a mobility-powered playground that is good for our consumers, and for our retail partners as we send informed customers to their doors,” said McGee.
HTC BlinkFeed: The new experience that transforms the home screen on the new HTC One into a single live stream of personally relevant information is re-created in the HTC Showroom as a larger-than-life interactive phone display that will provide news updates to shoppers.
HTC Zoe: The ability to shoot high-res photos that come to life and transform the photo gallery into a living gallery will be brought to the HTC Showroom as interactive touch screens representing the on-device photo experience.
HTC Sense TV™: HTC experts demonstrate how the new HTC One transforms into an interactive program guide and remote control to easily sort through and check all content on TV by selectable categories.
HTC Live Cinema Experience
HTC is treating moviegoers to hands-on opportunities with the new HTC One through live product demonstrations in the lobby of select theaters and showing the latest commercial for the new HTC One on the big screen. In the near future, HTC will add entertainment content to the on-screen viewing experience in theaters and also across key online and TV channels.
The highly anticipated new HTC One will be available globally through more than 185 mobile operators and major retailers in more than 80 regions and countries. In the United States, the new HTC One is available today for pre-order online through AT&T, Sprint, HTC and Best Buy in silver. Nationwide retail availability is as follows:
AT&T: Available on April 19th in silver and black with 32GB of memory for $199.99, and in sliver with 64 GB of memory for $299.99 with a two-year commitment.
Sprint: Available on April 19th in silver and black with 32GB of memory for $199.99 with a two-year commitment.
T-Mobile: Available later this spring in silver with 32GB of memory.
Best Buy: Available with service from AT&T and Sprint in conjunction with wireless operator availability.