Verizon Wireless has dubbed November 26 “Connection Day” and is offering mobile users – regardless of carrier – what it calls “the chance to connect with everything they love in life,” or “friends, music, books, news, and apps” as they slog through pre-Thanksgiving travel.
Noting the day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, Verizon says Connection Day is a “big ‘Thanks’ from Verizon during the season of thanks.”
A Verizon rep says it is too soon to say if Connection Day will become an annual event, but “response so far has been great.”
To pull off Connection Day, Verizon says it has partnered with “leading content providers” to “deliver exciting digital treats” to wireless users. Those partners include Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Condé Nast, Gogo Technologies, JetBlue and Pandora for offers like movies, TV shows, apps, wifi, audio books, digital downloads and streaming music.
“When we chose what to offer, we thought about what would we like if we are traveling during the holiday,” the rep told Momentology in an email.
“Verizon wanted to do something for not just our customers, but all wireless users during the holidays. Considering that November 26th is a day so many people ‘go mobile’ as they travel to connect with friends and family, creating Connection Day was a great fit,” he said. “The offers are designed to make a crazy travel day a little better for people.”
In order to participate, the rep says consumers should start on the Connection Day website. There are distinct offers for Verizon customers and all wireless users. That includes a bonus for Verizon More Everything customers, who will receive 1 GB of data through the end of their current bill and another 1 GB on their next bill if they sign up before November 26.
All wireless customers, however, are eligible for other partner offers.
“Verizon is accomplishing two things effectively with this promotion: first, it is helping Black Friday creep up to the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and whereas other marketers seem bluntly asking consumers to shop more, Verizon gives an authentic reason for this promotion – it’s a big travel day, and one full of annoyances,” said Kristin Kovner, president of K‑Squared Strategies. “Second, by not limiting the campaign to current customers, it’s taking a shot across the bow at competitors like T‑Mobile who have been offering more and more value-added services, data packages, and voice minutes to woo customers.”
In addition, Tessa Wegert, communications director at Enlighten, notes it’s a clever way for brands to capitalize on the busy travel season.
“Even though we know there’s a marketing strategy at the roots, consumers like to see that brands recognize and acknowledge what’s going on in their lives – like endless time spent in cramped airports,” she said. “The concept seems aimed at recalibrating the consumer mindset, such that spending time with mobile media isn’t just a fallback or convenience, but exciting – an event to look forward to.”