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Why the Nokia E72 Youtube video speaks volumes about Nokia’s comms strategy

I’m willing to bet that the new Nokia E72 — more details of which (in the form of a video) were uploaded to the Nokia Conversations blog today — on a Sunday — was not a mistake, or an oversight.

More and more Nokia have been going direct to the end user. That is, connecting directly with the people who matter — the folk who’re going to buy their products and the folk who’re going to tell the world about it.

Why bother submitting a product video to the likes of Reuters?

It’s not as if Reuters are going to take your promotional video for your gorgeous new handset and feed it out to the world, are they? Absolutely not. They’d charge a fortune.

They’ll carry the official release about it. But they’re hardly likely to distribute 3 minutes of a Nokia E72 commercial from Nokia.

Because the mainstream media isn’t interested.

But Nokia’s fans are.

And anyone else who’s half-interested in what Nokia are up to, wants to see that video.

So skip the mainstream media. Get it up on Youtube and the fanatics will do the rest for you.

I’m pleased to see this kind of transformation going on inside Nokia. The company has, for far too long, been run by grey-suited committees closed to anything other than the-way-we-always-do-things.

The fact they’ve released proper confirmation of the device on to the world’s second largest search engine (Youtube) on a Sunday indicates they’re getting increasingly comfortable talking direct.

A quick search for ‘Nokia E72‘ on Twitter will confirm that this strategy is the way ahead.

Here’s a screenshot of the E72 conversation overflowing on Twitter, for posterity:

Here’s the vid:

It’s similar to the lauded E71 — but it’s sporting a 5 megapixel camera. So reports Stefan over at Intomobile.

How many times have I — and the rest of the fans of the likes of the E71/E61/E62 — remarked how cool it would be to have a decent camera on a Qwerty keyboard handset?

Nokia delivers.

Here’s hoping there is more of this to come. Are you tempted? I am.

I know Jeb Brilliant is foaming at the mouth for one.

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