MMA EXPANDS REACH TO HUNGARY, DENMARK, FINLAND, ICELAND, NORWAY AND SWEDEN
Launches Local Councils in Hungary and Nordic States; Elects Chairs
New York, London, UK, Singapore & Sao Paulo: October 6th, 2010 – The MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) today announced the launch of new Local Councils in Hungary and the Nordics at its MMA Forum in London. The launches are a reflection of the growing recognition across the markets of the importance of mobile within the marketing mix, and the need for industry support and guidance to create success. The establishment of the Councils also represents further evidence of the MMA’s focus on providing local relevance for its members, as well as regional actions and a global perspective.
“The MMA is glad to be able to respond to the demands of mobile marketing communities throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa for local focus with the establishment of relevant action-orientated councils,” said Paul Berney, MMA CMO and EMEA MD. “The MMA’s membership levels across EMEA are now at record levels and with plans for the creation of an East African hub as well, we are set for further expansion.”
With 13 members at launch in Hungary and 11 across the Nordics, and the expectation of doubling membership within twelve months, both councils will focus on applying the MMA's new building blocks to promote, educate, measure, guide and protect the markets in their countries. Both new councils have stated that they will lead with particular initial emphasis on promotion and education amongst brands and agencies.
Elected by members to lead MMA Nordics as co-Chairs, Jimmy Nordbeck, Co-founder and Marketing Director of Golden Gekko, and Michael Buch Sandager, CSO of Mobiletech A/S and Managing Director of Mobiletech Denmark, bring significant experience of creating mobile marketing success for a number of leading brands and agencies.
“The founding member companies of MMA Nordics have great experience across a number of different mobile marketing specialties and will use that experience to counter the challenges that face brands and agencies face when approaching mobile for the first time. We will work to make it a lot easier for companies to go mobile and utilise the endless opportunities for consumer engagement,” commented MMA Nordics co-Chair Jimmy Nordbeck.
“In line with the MMA’s building blocks of promotion, education and measurement, we will work to make the mobile marketing landscape across the Nordic states a lot more visible and easy to understand - demonstrating the mobile channel’s potential and contributing to research and metrics,” continued fellow MMA Nordics co-Chair Michael Buch Sandager.
As Secretary General of the Hungarian Mobile Marketing and Content Industry Association, Krisztián Tóth will help lead the conversion of the Association to become MMA Hungary. The transition became the obvious route to follow once the wide range of synergies and opportunities for cooperation between the two organizations was realized.
“We have already been working on a number of initiatives to create a strong local presence ahead of launch,” stated MMA Hungary Secretary General Krisztián Tóth. “I am looking forward to collaborating closely with all the Hungarian members to bring the MMA’s global leadership and regional knowledge to bear on local activity to create an even more productive and successful mobile marketing industry for all.”
Hungary and the Nordics join the list of already established councils in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, India, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Turkiye and the United Kingdom. Both launching with a full complement of mobile marketing innovators, the founding members of MMA Hungary and MMA Nordics are:
· Golden Gekko
· Mediaedge CIA
· More Mobile Relations
· Sony Ericsson
· E-con 33
· MTM-SBS (Sat1 Group)
· 4 individual members
For information on how to participate in either Local Council, please contact the MMA membership team at [email protected].