Kilchoman NFC Mobile Marketing Campaign Outperforms Traditional Digital Benchmarks; Campaign Success Leads to Re-Order

Thin Film Electronics ASA (“Thinfilm”) (OSE: THIN; OTCQX: TFECY), a global leader in NFC (near field communication) mobile marketing solutions, today published a case study in conjunction with its customer, Kilchoman Distillery Co. (“Kilchoman”). The case study can be downloaded at

Kilchoman, an award-winning producer of single-malt Scotch whisky, was announced as a Thinfilm customer in November 2017 and deployed Thinfilm’s NFC mobile marketing solution soon thereafter. A post-campaign analysis revealed that NFC generated a 6.5% engagement rate among consumers, outperforming more traditional digital marketing channels such as display, email, search, and social1. The analysis uncovered several additional actionable insights for Kilchoman, including:

  • consumer tapping activity across 13 countries in Europe
  • a “sharing” element to the consumer experience, with one-third of the bottles tapped by more than one unique user
  • a 7-week average “ship to shelf” time (i.e., the time from when an NFC-equipped bottle is shipped by Kilchoman until it appears in market)
  • enhanced geographic visibility into the distillery’s distribution chain
  • 22% iOS engagement via a custom Kilchoman-branded app

For the initial campaign, Kilchoman replaced conventional neck-tag booklets with Thinfilm’s NFC-powered interactive neck-tags on bottles of its Machir Bay and Sanaig whiskies. The tags, each of which contained a uniquely identifiable NFC chip and fully integrated with Thinfilm’s CNECT™ Cloud Platform, created a digital touchpoint that transformed each bottle into an individual marketing channel. By tapping the “smart” neck-tags with an NFC-enabled smartphone, consumers were able to instantly launch unique digital experiences that communicated product details, taste profiles, brand messaging, and distillery information – such as Kilchoman’s unique “barley-to-bottle” approach to creating award-winning Scotch whisky.

“We saw Thinfilm’s NFC mobile marketing solution as an ideal way to connect with consumers, tell our brand story, and deliver mobile experiences that are engaging, informative, and relevant,” said Anthony Wills, Founder and Managing Director of Kilchoman Distillery. “The results of our first campaign were quite promising, and we’re using that data to make the consumer experience even more compelling moving forward.”

Based on the success of the original campaign, Kilchoman will integrate Thinfilm’s NFC technology directly into the whisky bottle labels, eliminating the neck-tags. The company has placed a follow-on NFC tag order with Thinfilm for use in primary packaging integration and will establish NFC as an ongoing consumer engagement channel. Additionally, Kilchoman is developing new digital content and implementing lead-capture functionality to deepen its relationships with brand enthusiasts.

“Kilchoman understands the value NFC delivers when it comes to connecting directly with consumers,” said Davor Sutija, CEO of Thinfilm. “It’s exciting to see campaign data that validates the power of NFC mobile marketing, and we’re eager to collaborate with Kilchoman on the next stage of this initiative.”

1 eMarketer Performance Metrics 2018

About Thin Film Electronics ASA

Thinfilm is enabling the Internet of Everything through our NFC (near field communications) solutions. We provide consumer-focused NFC mobile marketing as well as industrial and supply chain solutions, including blockchain applications. Thinfilm provides end-to-end support throughout the entire process. This starts with the manufacturing of NFC tags through our ground-breaking, roll-to-roll printed electronics production process, integration support to get those tags on physical objects, and our CNECT™ cloud-based software platform which captures data and provides actionable insights into consumer behavior and business logistics.

Thin Film Electronics ASA is a publicly listed company in Norway with global headquarters in Oslo, Norway; US headquarters in San Jose, California; and offices in Linköping, Sweden; San Francisco; London; Hamburg; Singapore; and Shanghai. For more information, visit

About Kilchoman Distillery Co.

The picturesque Kilchoman distillery sits nestled amongst the traditional farm buildings of Rockside Farm on the north-west coast of Islay. Famous as Islay’s Farm Distillery, our barley fields stretch west, sheltered beneath the Cnoc Dubn cliffs, to the shores of Machir Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Kilchoman is unique in many ways, most notably for our 100% Islay range, Scotland’s only single farm single malt, produced from barley both grown and malted on Islay.

Established in 2005, Kilchoman is true to Islay’s rich farm distilling heritage, cutting peat from the island’s many ocean-soaked peat bogs, slowly distilling by hand, maturing in traditional dunnage warehouses and bottling on site without coloring or chill-filtration.

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl (Norwegian Securities Trading Act).