Early discussions between CCgroup and InterDigital revealed that the enablement of smart cities would be a significant new opportunity to emerge from the IoT ecosystem. As a major licenser of mobile technology, InterDigital is passionate about all IoT technology stakeholders committing to open standards to drive interoperability and overcome complexity. This is especially critical when enabling smart cities.
To illustrate the critical importance of this standardised approach to smart cities, CCgroup and InterDigital commissioned Machina Research, a leading authority on IoT analysis, to calculate the potential dangers of technology fragmentation to smart cities. The intention was to highlight the financial and operational risks associated with fragmentation and complexity.
The resulting Machina white paper estimated that smart cities could waste $341 billion by 2025 on non-standardised IoT deployments – a significant and compelling headline that would underpin the campaign.
CCgroup worked with InterDigital to prepare an announcement outlining the major findings of the Machina report. This announcement was issued under embargo to
key media contacts. CCgroup targeted the most influential journalists and invited them to meet with a key InterDigital spokesperson in London ahead of the embargo lifting. The intention was to drive the production of stories in top-tier media before the release was distributed to the masses and gain share of voice in key vertical titles, such as public sector media.
To date, the campaign has delivered more than 15 bespoke, editorially focused articles in magazines read by the key buying audiences responsible for smart city enablement – public CIOs, local councils, regional transport authorities and city planners. Major publications that have so far carried the news include, Computer World, Fierce Wireless, Internet of Business, IoT World News, IoT Tech, Telecoms.com and Total Telecom.
Working with the InterDigital team, the PR-driven content was integrated across earned and owned channels to drive reach and engagement. The campaign has been InterDigital’s most successful to date, delivering:
• 1,375 paper downloads
• 780 marketing qualified leads
• Social engagement on LinkedIn alone developed 921,360 impressions, 3,592 clicks and 754 interactions (likes/comments)
• Website traffic increase of 54%, new users increase of 53% on day of launch