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Living Digital goes the SMS way, becomes completely interactive

18-April-2006
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Living Digital goes the SMS way, becomes completely interactive

It has been an age-old and somewhat inherent lacuna of the print medium that it does not allow interactivity, which online media has overcome. Now ‘Living Digital’ (LD), the digital lifestyle magazine from CyberMedia, has brought some innovations to this arena, making LD completely interactive over SMS.

Readers of LD can now interact directly with the writers over SMS with their queries and are assured a response in less than 48 working hours. Readers can also see buying advice on digital products over SMS from LD.

’Living Digital’ was relaunched this April in a larger size with more pages.

Talking about the interactivity initiative, Pradeep Gupta, CMD of CyberMedia, commented, “Today’s digital generation lives in a completely interactive world, with all information being instantly available at their fingertips. We have taken this metaphor to new levels by integrating a print magazine and SMS. All that a reader now has to do is send an SMS to 6767-LD, that is 676753.”

For each story in LD, a reader can directly interact with the respective author by sending an SMS with a unique code. Each LD author has an application on his desktop, which allows him to directly revert to the reader’s query, which goes back to the originating cellphone.

The objective of this level of interaction is to give each reader a higher level of engagement and connect closely with the LD brand. LD also uses the same SMS response method for the exciting contests that are carried in every issue.

Said Shyam Malhotra, Editor-in-Chief of LD, “LD has traditionally been a strong source of buying and usage advice to its readers. We have taken that one order or magnitude further and directly linked the reader with the author using the most obvious mode of communication today – the cellphone. In the next stage, we will build this interactive response to advertisements also by next month.”

“The new positioning – ‘serious fun@your fingertips’ – signifies the intense involvement that today’s generation has with their gadgets. ‘Living Digital’ covers the complete gamut of this experience, and provide advice on how to choose the right gadgets and how to use them better,” Malhotra explained.

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