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A|X Armani Exchange breaks first mobile ad campaign

A|X Armani Exchange has launched its first mobile advertising campaign to promote its A|X Armani Exchange Spring 2009 collection.

Armani teamed up with The Media Kitchen and AdMob to raise awareness of the new A|X spring line, drive opt-ins to the brand's text messaging program and to continue building the brand's relationship with its customers.

"The Armani Exchange Spring 2009 mobile advertising program gives A|X the opportunity to engage our customers in a timely, relevant and entertaining way," said Tom Jarrold, senior vice president of global marketing and communications at Armani Exchange, New York.

A|X Armani Exchange was launched in 1991, aimed at a new generation of fast-fashion consumers -- a collection offering urban, individual style. Armani Exchange is "Accessible Armani" that defines a new dress code with a collection that takes its cue from urban lifestyle and music culture.

With A|X, Mr. Armani interprets his sensual and unique style to create a casual, yet sophisticated collection for the young, urban and sexy. Today A|X Armani Exchange has an exclusive direct controlled retail network that currently comprises 170 freestanding stores in 24 countries.

This is the first mobile advertising campaign that Armani Exchange has undertaken and it builds on the success of its Text A|X campaign, with the tagline of "Instant Message. Instant Style."

"This is the first time we are working with Armani Exchange and this is their first mobile advertising initiative," said Nicole Leverich, spokeswoman at Ad Mob, San Mateo, CA. "They previously allowed people to go to the site from their computer and sign up for text alerts and saw a lot of success with that.

"This new campaign is building on the success of that initiative," she said. "It lets consumers learn more about the collection."

The luxury retailer did a text-to-win promotion in an effort that also involved future SMS marketing.

The "A/X $1,000 Shopping Spree Sweepstakes" call-to-action was printed on the retailer's shopping bag.

It asked customers to text the keyword AX to short code 276264 (ARMANI) for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree.

Consumers who texted in were added to a mobile database and later sent text messages announcing new collection arrivals, exclusive offers, A|X events and mobile downloads.

The new A|X mobile advertising campaign is designed to leverage AdMob's iPhone network and drive consumers to a specially designed mobile Web site where they can sign up for Text A|X, find stores near them, watch videos, see images of the new Spring 2009 line, or read the A|X Styletraxx blog.

"As everyone knows the iPhone is an engaging device and users of it tend to be interested in hearing from advertisers," Ms. Leverich said. "The device allows advertisers to come up with unique campaigns because of the capabilities of the device."

The engaging iPhone text, banner and canvas ads highlight the Spring 2009 collection.

"The program allows the A|X customer to experience the brand -- to review looks, find stores, get downloads -- on the fly," Mr. Jarrold said.