I’ll admit it: After scrolling past what must have been the 1000th Pokemon Go post on my Facebook feed, I finally broke down.
This morning, I walked the kids to Summer camp (instead of driving) to see if I could catch them all.
After dropping the kids off, I took the long way home, which would take me right past a PokeStop.
While enjoying my extended Tuesday morning walk and occasionally glancing down at my phone to check for wild Pokemon, two things occurred to me:
- I probably need to reassess my workday priorities.
- I’m beginning to understand why this app is such a phenomenon.
Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve heard a thing or two about Pokemon Go over the last week. But, there is an undercurrent that a lot of people seem to be missing — probably because they’re too busy looking for Pokemon.
Here is what Pokemon Go is telling us about the future of marketing:
The line between the real world and the digital world is getting more blurry.
I was sitting on the couch firing up the app for the first time. My phone’s camera flipped on and there on the coffee table across from me was a Squritle, bobbing its head and sitting on top of a half-finished puzzle.
Let me tell you something: Even seeing that through a tiny phone screen was pretty impressive.
When things like Microsoft HoloLens already exist, it’s easy to imagine a future where this technology is integrated into a standard pair of reading glasses. Imagine being able to see an accurate three dimensional representation of a refridgerator you’re ording online, right where it would go in your kitchen. Or perhaps you’re shopping at a clothing store and decide to “scroll” through different outfit ideas projected onto a single mannequin. A grocery store could display their specials and discounted items right on the side of their building.
If you’re looking at the numbers, Pokemon Go doesn’t look like a fad. It looks like the future.
Here are some statistics from Digital Vision that will make you think twice about dismissing Pokemon Go as just another fad:
- The day after the app’s release, it was installed on more Android phones than Tinder.
- They’re likely to surpass Twitter in daily active users. (If it hasn’t happened already)
- Pokemon Go is beating Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat, and Messenger for daily use time.
The app achieved all of this in the first few days after launch. What’s perhaps even more telling is Nintendo Co’s stock has surged from $133 to $209 in the last 5 days. Wow!
Pokemon Go’s demographics might surprise you and smart marketers have already noticed.
I will say that most of the information we’re getting is anecdotal, since the app’s owner is not sharing user demographics. But, Twitter doesn’t lie:
Pokemon GO is just insane right now. This is in Central Park. It’s basically been HQ for Pokemon GO. pic.twitter.com/3v2VfEHzNA