I was recently asked by Mobile Marketer to provide commentary about the 20th anniversary re-launch of ESPN.com. The re-launch features the ability to further personalize the experience as well as provide a mobile first approach to cross screen experiences.
(Mobile Marketer) To what extent does this move reflect ESPN’s efforts to reach consumers on mobile?
(Tom Edwards) ESPN is focused on creating a mobile first experience that is tailored to it’s readers. By creating a responsive experience that also incorporates highly relevant content they are focused on delivering a contextually relevant and consistent content experience regardless of the device type.
(Mobile Marketer) What does the move to integrate ads into the site reflect about the needs/behavior of the mobile consumer?
(Tom Edwards) Initial signals of the ad offerings point to a more contextual ad experience that will be optimized based on the device type. This means that ads will be more of an extension of the experience which coincides more with how consumers are already interacting with the content.
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