Windows Phone 8 to get marketed by Hobbits?

Microsoft is reportedly entering into a marketing agreement to promote Windows Phone 8 with the new Warner Bros movie, The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey.

Warner Bros has given the green light for Wunderman to kick off a campaign in the UK, US, France and Germany using a combination of digital press and outdoor activities.

Windows Phone 8 has just released and we have already seen some of the ads that centre on the “The Smartphone reinvented around you” concept. Microsoft are keen to push the message that “we are not for everyone, we are for the individual” with its continuing advertising push.

The Hobbit is likely to be a huge hit over the holiday season and features Gandalf played by Sir Ian McKellen who took the same role in the Lord of the Rings. The marketing blitz for the film has already begun and its been teased for months now.

With the combined push from both companies there is certainly room for some brand awareness but it remains to be seen if this will simply help promote the movie rather than boost sales of Windows Phone. Either way it’ll be fun to see what they come up with to tie the two together. Here is what senior VC of marketing had to say about the deal:

"We’re constantly looking at ways of reaching our audiences and connecting them to one another. This move will help us to optimise all our digital activities."

A Lumia 920 as seen in the Shire

Lumia 920 as seen in the Shire?

Windows Phone is no stranger to Movie character tie-ups, in the UK we have seen Yoda from Star Wars being featured with our favourite mobile operating system. One of the critical failures with the launch of Windows Phone 7 was the sharp drop off in marketing push shortly after the phones were released. The advertising and push of Windows Phone has been strong now for a while and Nokia have been heavily promoting the OS both in TV and in other ways.

How well these film tie-ins work for any brand is debatable but the key point is that Windows Phone remains visible. Consumers are being bombarded with huge and sustained marketing campaigns from the likes of Apple and Samsung in this key season.

Source: Marketing Magazine

Robert Brand
  • Maybe city lens can help Bilbo find some points of interest around middle earth...
  • The precious!
  • One phone to rule them all...
  • Haha! This is what my Tolkien obsessed girlfriend named her yellow Lumia! I named my red Lumia Darth Maul, lol.
  • Get that promo!
  • I wish they would actually show how the phone works in commercials. People holding up a phone with tiles wouldn't make me want it. I love my WP because of the simplicity and how well integrated it is. Show that!!!
  • It's all about exposure. If you flash your junk enough times people will soon realise what you have to offer... Or run away screaming ;)
  • Lmao!!
  • You really shouldn't expose your precious like that! :O
  • You forgot the laughing... the horrible, horrible pointing and laughing.
  • I've got the Hobbit via Audible sitting on home screen right at this moment. :D
  • I hope they do this in a classy way. Bilbo or Gandalf using a Lumia just isn't... Appropriate.
  • Ik Because they had no electronics back then...
  • Yes, people seemed upset enough about Bond drinking Heineken .
  • Yeah, they lived back in olden times without modern technology. I bet their phones still had static icons.
  • is this all due to the One Surface re-working that I did....!
  • Thankfully we vanquished Sauron (RROD) years ago. :P
    I'm excited for this movie and associating WP8 would make it that much better if done right. :)
  • Why not smegel? "MY PRECIOUS!" (talking to his Lumia)
  • This is great. They should have advertised on skyfall or breaking dawn and will get more younger audience
  • Or maybe the real reason Bilbo got lost in Gollum's cave running from trolls was apple maps. Nokia drive probably would have taken him right to the lonely mountain with less traffic.
  • Hahaha
  • Given the apparent lack of stock for certain phones around the world wouldn't they be better off putting those Hobbits to work in a sweat shop somewhere churning out handsets?
  • One Phone OS to rule them all?
  • Pin Gandalf in the home screen!!
  • Good thing you can use the screen on the 920 with furry fingers...
  • I hope not.  MS has had some really bizzare marketing lately.  Why would hobbits have phones?  The two things don't mix.  I like that MS is advertising, but that's only part of the battle.  Make some good ads.  The first WP ads were pretty good.  Now we get hobbits and clicky dubstep surfaces :(
  • Frodo would need both hands
  • Ooh, they could redo the troll scene, and distract the trolls until dawn by giving them Lumia 920s to play with.