MMA announces new mobile advertising guidelines

The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) (www.mmaglobal.com) today announced the release of an updated version of its global Mobile Advertising Guidelines. The guidelines provide the global formats, guidelines and best practices necessary to implement mobile advertising initiatives in a variety of mobile media channels, including web, messaging, downloadable applications and video. The MMA has published regional ad guidelines since 2005 and globalized the guidelines in April 2008.

Key revisions include:

  • Updated Mobile Web Guidelines:
  • Added recommendation on automatic resizing of Mobile Web banner ads

Updated Multimedia Messaging (MMS):

  • Revised the MMS Ad Unit and Aspect Ratio recommendations
  • Updated the Audio Formats best practices
  • Revised the Size recommendations

New Mobile Video and TV guidelines including the following:

  • Ad Units
  • Aspect Ratios

The guidelines are designed to encourage the uptake of mobile marketing worldwide by creating a simplified framework for brands and agencies to deliver mobile advertising in a consistent way. Released every 6 months, the guidelines process ensures that the recommendations are continually updated and reflective of global best practices and industry feedback.

The new set of guidelines are the result of ongoing collaboration between MMA member companies and MMA Mobile Advertising Committee members in the Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America regions and are representative of the entire mobile marketing ecosystem. They have also received industry endorsement from industry associations such as ADMA, BVDW, DMA UK, dotMobi Advisory Group (MAG), IAB UK, Chile and Mexico.

“The continued enhancement of the MMA’s global Mobile Advertising Guidelines ensure that marketers are able to quickly deploy mobile advertising campaigns world-wide in a manner that optimizes screen size and ensures consumer satisfaction. Through our Mobile Advertising Committee, the MMA continues to stay at the forefront of industry leadership for mobile advertising guidelines and education development,” said MMA President Laura Marriott.

The MMA Mobile Advertising Committee member companies include: 4INFO, Inc., AdInfuse, Inc., AT&T Mobility, Buzzd, Google, Golden Gekko Ltd, GoldSpot Media, Greystripe Incorporated, GroupM, JumpTap, Madhouse Inc., MediaFLO USA, Inc., Microsoft (MSN and Windows Live), Millennial Media, Inc., Mobile Posse, MobiTX, Inc., Mobixell Networks (Europe) Ltd, Neustar Inc., News Over Wireless, Nokia Corporation, OpenMarket, Qualcomm, R/GA, Rhythm NewMedia, ScreenTonic, Sensei, Inc. Sharpcards, Smarter Agent, Smaato Inc., State Farm Insurance, Tapioca Mobile, Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S., Unkasoft Advergaming, Verizon Wireless, Vodafone Group Services Ltd., Yahoo!

The latest version of the MMA global Mobile Guidelines can be downloaded from http://www.mmaglobal.com/mobileadvertising.pdf. The MMA has also published a Mobile Advertising Overview white paper (www.mmaglobal.com/mobileadoverview.pdf) as well as an Applications white paper (http://www.mmaglobal.com/mobileapplications.pdf) for educational purposes.

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