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Shazam-Enabled Advertising Launches During ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and Receives 50K Tags in One Minute

Press Release   •   May 15, 2012 09:33 EDT

London – 15 May 2012 – ITV and Shazam®, the world’s leading media discovery company, today announces that the launch of Shazam-enabled advertising during Saturday night’s Britain’s Got Talent marked a major milestone for interactive adverts in the UK.  Around 50,000 viewers used the Shazam App to tag the Pepsi MAX and Cadbury ads in just 60 seconds of airtime during special ad breaks in Saturday’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ final.

Fans of the show who had Shazam on their smartphones were able to enter contests to win summer music festivals tickets from Pepsi MAX and an Olympic Ceremony package from Cadbury as well as participate in the conversation on social networks.  The Pepsi MAX ‘Crowd Surfing’ football advert also included the chance to unlock other great prizes, merchandise and a link to download the Calvin Harris track “Let’s Go” feat. Ne-Yo, the ad’s official soundtrack.

“The response to the launch of Shazam-enable television adverts has been amazing.  We make it simple for brands to amplify their message and deepen engagement by turning 30 seconds of television into 3 minutes of interaction,” said Andrew Fisher, Shazam CEO.  “During the last year, we have successfully worked with over one hundred of the world’s leading brands on Shazam for TV™ custom integrations in the US, Australia and continental Europe and we are excited to now bring this service to the UK in partnership with ITV.”

Simon Daglish, Group Commercial Sales Director, ITV said: “We’re thrilled that the first UK Shazam-enabled ads achieved this level of interaction in Saturday’s amazing Britain’s Got Talent final  - proving there is a real appetite from consumers to go deeper with quality content including spot advertising. We’re very excited about talking to all our advertisers about this exclusive new opportunity to drive real-time engagement with their brands.”

Shazam recently launched the industry’s fastest tagging and includes unlimited tagging in the apps on Android and iOS devices, making it easy for people to share their discoveries with their friends on Facebook using the Shazam Friends feature.  For people who don't yet have the Shazam application on their smartphone, it is available for every major platform and can be found on iTunes App StoreGoogle playAmazon App Store, AT&T’s AppCenterVerizon VCast app storeNokia StoreWindows Phone MarketplaceBlackBerry App World, and GetJar.

About Shazam

Shazam is one of the most popular apps of all time, used by hundreds of millions of people globally to connect to the world around them. Building on its pioneering leadership in music identification, Shazam now helps people discover, interact with, and share video, audio, or printed content on TV, radio, movie screens, magazines, newspapers, packaged goods, and retail stores -- and now Shazam lets music fans follow their favorite artists to see their Shazams and share in the thrill of discovery. The app has exceeded 20 billion total Shazams since its launch, and users Shazam over 20 million times each day. For more information on how Shazam has created new technology tools for brands to utilize data visit www.shazam.com