Brands Buy Real-Time Mobile Ads Based on the Weather

Ace Hardware, Taco Bell, Seamless

This past winter, Ace Hardware tested location-based mobile ads before and after snowstorms to pitch items like shovels and de-icers. Buoyed by the results—and underscoring how brands have begun using the weather to target on-the-go consumers—it now plans to buy mobile ads when the temperature is optimal for green thumbs to get planting, hoping they’ll need the retailer’s fertilizers and other garden products.