Billboard Music App Awards Selects ‘ZOOZbeat Sprite’ As Finalist in the Best Branded App Category; Part of Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live!: The Music App Summit

September 1, 2010 • Atlanta, GA USA – A drum roll (remix) please. Billboard Music Apps Awards selected ZOOZbeat Sprite as one of three finalists for the Best Branded App category at the Billboard Music Awards; part of Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live!: The Music App Summit on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in San Francisco.

The announcement was made by Billboard Executive Director, Digital/Mobile Content & Programming at Billboard. ZOOZbeat Sprite will be featured in the best apps of the year listing in the Billboard Magazine September 4, 2010 edition.

ZOOZbeat Sprite Named Best Branded App Finalist by Billboard Magazine

The Coca-Cola Company launched ZOOZbeat Sprite to promote its Sprite brand, emphasizing that mobile has become an integral part of its 360-dgree marketing strategy. Sprite teamed with ZOOZ Mobile, Inc., developers of the ZOOZbeat mobile music studio application (app), to launch ZOOZbeat Sprite: the first iPhone app to be offered through Sprite’s ongoing Under the Cap promotion.

ZOOZbeat Sprite is an innovative and integrated marketing program that rewards customers for purchasing a real good (a bottle of Sprite) with a digital virtual good (beats to remix inside the app),” said ZOOZ Mobile CEO & President Scott Geller. “The ZOOZ Mobile team is thrilled that our expertise in designing, creating and launching branded entertainment music apps has been acknowledged by Billboard Magazine: the premier trade publication for the music business.”

Susan Stribling, Atlanta-based spokeswoman for Coca-Cola North America, as quoted in Mobile Marketer (12/24/09):

  • If you’re a smart marketer today, you have to be looking at all the different ways you can communicate with people – traditional, in-store, out-of-home, online and mobile.
  • Since the Sprite brand is focused on youth, we want to focus on mobile in particular, and [ZOOZbeat Sprite] is the first big Under the Cap program we’ve launched in the U.S., which we’re looking to grow moving forward.
  • If you’re not taking that 360-degree approach today, then you’re not  marketing effectively.
  • The target demographic for the iPhone application is the same as overall target demographic for Sprite …
  • First and foremost it’s music, and music is something that’s very appealing to young people. This is something that’s completely on the go and accessible via their mobile phone, and young people have their iPhones attached to their wrist, so an app was a natural fit for that consumer.
  • We’re using the [ZOOZbeat Sprite] app to keep people engaged. We will continue to add rewards to the pool, and this app is something new and fresh that people participating in the under-the-cap initiative can download.

The ZOOZbeat Sprite app engages young multi-cultural, music-lovers with iPhones Sprite consumers enabling them to remix music letting them create their own tracks with downloadable beats and samples from these nine music Producers and Artists:

  • Dallas Austin
  • Phil Ade
  • Tabi Bonney
  • LaRon Brant
  • Alex Christie
  • Novel
  • SHeeD
  • Spree Wilson
  • XO

ZOOZbeat Sprite works by shaking, tilting or taping the iPhone screen to create and combine rhythmic and melodic tracks that can be uploaded to for listening and sharing in .mp3 format with friends via Facebook and Twitter.

“When consumers enter Sprite Under the Cap codes via text message, they receive mobile rewards, including the Sprite-branded, music-focused ZOOZbeat Sprite application (app). The ZOOZbeat Sprite app development stretched over nine months and involved complex integration between the:

  • ZOOZbeat Sprite iPhone application
  • Amazon S3 cloud servers
  • Coca-Cola’s code generation SMS messaging system
  • Coca-Cola’s code validation SMS messaging system

“The ZOOZ Mobile team are experts in branded music entertainment music apps that involve complex back-end integration that result in a seamless user experience,” says Geller. “The ZOOZbeat Sprite app allows ZOOZbeat Sprite musician-in-all-of-us to receive credits in the app for digital music automatically to enable them to remix beats.”

Geller will demo ZOOZbeat Sprite the Billboard Music App Awards at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live!: The Music App Summit.

The Coca-Cola Company has run mobile advertising across mobile Web sites and within other iPhone applications to promote the ZOOZbeat Sprite app. For Phase I of the campaign, Coca-Cola primarily worked with mobile ad network Millennial Media. In Phase II Coca-Cola is working with the Jun Group. On July 23, 2010, ZOOZbeat Sprite was among the Top 25 free music apps in the Apple iTunes App Store.

ZOOZ Mobile designs, creates and launches branded entertainment music recreation and remixing mobile studio apps, including:

  1. ZOOZbeat ($0.99)
  2. ZOOZbeat Lite (free)
  3. ZOOZbeat Sprite (free)
  4. ZOOZbeat Jackson 5 Remix ($2.99)
  5. ZOOZbeat Jackson 5 Remix 3 Pack ($1.99)

Various versions of ZOOZbeat apps have been downloaded 1.5 million time since launching in the Apple iTunes App Store in November 2008.

Coca-Cola launched the iPhone application as an enhancement to the larger Under the Cap program Sprite has been running. Consumers participating in the program can opt in to receive SMS alerts and other messages from Sprite.

The Sprite Under the Cap program is promoted on packaging for the Sprite brand, encouraging consumers to text in to receive various rewards. “We offer incentives to people who participate in the campaign using mobile technology,” Ms. Stribling said [Mobile Marketer 12/24/09] “We didn’t have anything along the lines of what ZOOZ offers, an app focused on music and interactivity.

Billboard created the first-ever Music Apps Awards to recognize the most innovative music-focused apps created for smartphones. Here are the finalists in each category:

  • Best Branded App – ZOOZbeat Sprite; 50s Sound Lab, Vitamin Water; and Gibson Learn & Master Guitar
  • Best Artist-Based App – Linkin Park 8-bit Rebellion; I Am T-Pain; and TouchChords: Jimmie Vaughan
  • Best Music Streaming App – Rhapsody: MOG and Thumbplay
  • Best Music Engagement App – Tap Tap Reverge 3; SoundHound Infinity and Mix Me In2 Taylor Swift
  • Best Music Creation App – LaDiDa; AmpliTube iRig; and MorphWiz
  • Best Touring App – Live Phish; R5 and Bonnaroo

“There have been plenty of app awards, but none have focused solely on music-specific apps,” said Antony Bruno, Billboard’s executive director of content and programming for digital/mobile. “Given how important the mobile and app market is to the music industry, Billboard wanted to showcase the most innovative apps out there from the artists and services defining the opportunity today. We’re looking forward to seeing what people have come up with, and giving the best of the best their rightful due,” in announcing its first Music Apps Awards on (4/14/10).

Billboard Music App Awards judges are:

  • MC Hammer
  • Daniel Klau, Founder, AppFund
  • Patrick Mork, VP Marketing, GetJar
  • Ian Rogers, CEO, Topspin
  • Ralph Simon, CEO, The Mobilium Advisor Group
  • Eliot Van Buskirk, Staff Writer, Wired

The Coca-Cola Co. is the world’s largest beverage company, with nearly 500 sparkling and still brands. The company’s portfolio includes Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid and Georgia Coffee.

Check here for the Billboard Magazine Official Press Release announcing the finalists.

PostScript Added 9/13/10

CEO & President Scott Geller will be a speaker at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live!: The Music App Summit on Tuesday, October 5, 2010.

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