With all the attention to music, and Al Gore's 7-Point Pledge, the use of text messaging (or sms) was more like an afterthought.
Saturday's Live Earth event urged viewers in the US, Australia, South Africa, Japan, Brazil and Germany and the UK to send different keywords to a short code. Keywords were "home," "ride," "share" etc.
I tried it out, and received a prompt response saying:
"Thanks. You have answered the call. U will get weekly updates. More info at www.liveearth.org"
No follow up to the double opt-in, asking me for an email address.
No redirect to a custom website or landing page.
Considering the event was riding on the music platform, there was so much more they could have done. How difficult would it have been:
- To get one of the stars to write a song and use it for viral distribution only --spread by people who opted-in via cell phones?
- Forget music. How difficult would it have been to get the 7-point pledge spread via phones?
- They could have tapped into the user-generated content bandwagon and asked citizens to create their own pledges.
- They could have beamed those pledges up to outdoor venues in the seven continents. They could have re-purposed those contributions and fed it to the media...
It was a huge, huge, missed opportunity.
Sending my phone the URL for Live Earth was so lame, considering, I already knew the web address!` (it was all over the screen on TV!) and it was not providing me any new information, or linking me to any new medium, or event.
Let's hope they answer the call!