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Best Buy to run Windows Phone 'parties' with giveaways

updated 06:25 pm EDT, Wed April 18, 2012

Best Buy Behind the Tiles hopes to lure buyers

Best Buy and Microsoft have teamed up on a Behind the Tiles series of events to spur on Windows Phone sales that borrow a handful of Apple cues. Running from Thursday to as late as May 17, some stores will be holding workshops that both let users try the overall lineup and undertake a "deep dive" into the Lumia 900 with an instructor. The events will be catered, and even developers and enterprise users will get the "latest info," Microsoft said.

The events are registration only, but are meant both to let newcomers talk to experts and for fans to socialize with each other. As an incentive to come, those who get into the events will be entered to win a Lumia 900.

Microsoft already has some elements of a tight-knit Windows Phone experience at its own retail stores, but the Best Buy events would bring this to third party chains. They appear to draw partly on Apple's retail workshop formula of instructing new users face-to-face at scheduled meetings with small numbers of people. The decision would likely reflect Microsoft's belief that most of the hesitance to adopt Windows Phone comes from a lack of first-hand use and that store events with an incentive would be the draw.

As a limited-run promo in a third-party chain, however, the workshops will only have a partial effect at most, as it stops just a few weeks after the Lumia 900 went on sale. Apple's stores, by contrast, have made workshops permanent fixtures and are credited with nurturing those who might otherwise have doubts.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Paul Huang

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +9

    Can't sell them?

    Try giving them away.

    And you will find plenty of them on eBay.

  1. garmonbosia

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2002

    +14

    Behind the tiles?

    Call them what they are. Over large and gaudy icons.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2002

    +10

    Whoopee

    They'll have people lined up for blocks.

    NOT!

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: Jan 2007

    +8

    FREE FOOD!

    Might just work.

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +5

    To quote "A Christmas Carol":

    I might go ... but I must be fed, or I stay at home!"

  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010

    +5

    Enjoy it while it lasts

    Re: "Apple's stores, by contrast, have made workshops permanent fixtures..."

    Apple and iOS are here to stay.
    Windows Phone and Nokia not so much.

  1. FreeRange

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    Joined: Jul 2009

    +4

    Fottom Feeders

    Wow - they have to give away food and have instructors to teach you how to use them. Way to go MSFT. You are going to stay irrelevant in the mobile space as there are far better options out there. Even with all your bribes. Try competing on your merits. Oops, that doesn't work either!

  1. Mr. Strat

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    Joined: Jan 2002

    0

    Live Music

    I hear they're going to have a band playing Nearer My God to Thee.

  1. SolarSaves

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    Joined: Mar 2010

    +1

    That's MS for ya

    It is somewhat amazing and rather pathetic, that MS still thinks, by spending millions of dollars on stupid marketing tricks, that they can make people think that their mediocre products are worthwhile.

    We'll make commercials of building little MS Stores in people's homes and have them pick a computer for free, and that will sell more copies of Windows... Instead of showing people what the benefits of their products are they obfuscate the message by stupid stunts that show no benefits of using their technologies...

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Joined: Feb 2005

    +2

    I Have To Sign Up To Come?

    "The events are registration only, but are meant both to let newcomers talk to experts and for fans to socialize with each other."

    - I bet all three of them will have great time.


    "The decision would likely reflect Microsoft's belief that most of the hesitance to adopt Windows Phone comes from a lack of first-hand use ..."

    - They got one thing right: there's definitely a lack of first-hand use of Windows Phone. Of course, the reason for that is that it's a Windows Phone. Which means Microsoft will never find the answer/remedy/solution.

    "... and that store events with an incentive would be the draw."

    - So what makes me want to touch the thing when the store events are over? Or even when he incentives run out while I'm at a store event?

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