Marketing

Battersea Dogs #LookingForYou

As the owner of two rescued and adopted dogs this campaign for the Battersea Dogs Home, hits a special note with me. Created by Ogilvy London, the campaign involves leaflets that are embedded with RFID tags that are synced to every Adshell billboard and inteactive screen at the Westfield Mall in London.  As people carrying the leaflets walk by video is dynamically loaded to the screen with a call to action message about pet adoptions.  The entire campaign is tied to social media using the hashtags #LookingForYou. This is such a nice blend of technology, design, and marketing prowess.

Since the campaign launched in 2014 Batersea has placed more than 3000 dogs in new homes.

IKEA Virtual Weddings.

OK this is just absolutely brilliant. Thanks to Swedish agency Akestam Holst you can now have a virtual wedding courtesy of IKEA. The new “Wedding Online” is a service where users can choose from a variety of locations, that have been decorated with IKEA products. Designed to showcase the latest and greatest trends from IKEA, the service works by having you connect via Facebook, and then live stream the event to your friends and family. The wedding is recorded and stored online so you can relive the memories again and again. This is absolutely brilliant, and pretty hilarious at the same time. Part of me wants to think this is a joke, but based on some of the amazing promotional stuff IKEA has been doing on the web and in social media lately, I’m pretty sure it’s not.

15 Digital Trends for 2015

As 2014 draws to a close and 2015 rapidly approaches people are beginning to look at trends for the upcoming year. Below is an infographic from Bell Pottinger that predicts 15 digital trends for 2015. The infographic is marketing focused, but has some really interesting facts in it that will ultimately impact everyone whether you work in marketing and advertising or not. Things that jumped out at me were “Blog posts with visuals drive 180% more engagement on your site”, “NFC saw a 358% increase in use over the 2014 year”, and “Businesses with Blogs increased by 41% with the blog generating 67% more site traffic per month”.

Bell Pottinger Digital - 15 trends for 2015 infographic

Get Ready To Be Hypnotized at IKEA.

In less than 30 days IKEA is opening here in the Kansas City area. The city has been trying to get an IKEA store for years, so the hype around the grand opening has been pretty hot. I’m a fan of IKEA but I won’t be going to the new store until the hype wears off a bit, and massive crowds settle down. That doesn’t mean I’m not paying attention to the clever IKEA marketing ideas that the company continues to roll out though. About a week ago IKEA launched a new campaign called “The IKEA Time Travel Experiments” as an online video series. The series features customers that get hypnotized and then interact with actors that represent the future.

The two videos below show the trailer, and episode 1 that launched on August 20th. In episode 1 a couple is taken 12 years into the future. The overall theme of the campaign is to try and create an engaging form of entertainment, that captures and holds the online audience, hopefully getting them to engage by clicking through to the IKEA site at the end. With over 200,000 views in a week, the campaign has the potential to go viral. What would be interesting to see is how many people go to an IKEA store in hopes of becoming a participant, or witnessing this live.

 

Teenage Mutant Motion Posters.

With the cost of large LCD TV’s steadily falling, it’s surprising that you don’t see more movie theaters taking advantage by using the displays for movie posters. The advantages are exponential. Content can be easily updated, tailored to a specific targeted demographic, run promotional information, present show times, or in the case of  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, create animated movie posters.

Unlike their printed counterpart, the “Motion Poster” makes for a pretty cool experience blending live action footage with animation and the overall marketing message. For the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film the Motion Poster is being used to introduce each of the main characters combined with a coming soon message. Each unit features sound and vertical video edited for the format and finishes out with a portrait of one of the turtle stars at the end.

The potential for this is huge. Beyond simple video displays, if the monitor was connected to the internet, and had touch screen capabilities, movie marketers would be able to develop dynamic content that would engage passersby on a whole new level. What if the Motion Poster featured game like interaction, or additional content beyond a simple trailer and still frame? What if the poster could interact with your smartphone via NFC, or QR code? What if  the poster connected to a microsite that engaged the viewer and offered promotional items for the movie that could be redeemed at that theater?  I have a feeling that this is just the beginning. That somewhere someone is already working on solutions to the questions I just asked.

“Building Social Brands” Slideshare and a Free eBook.

As social media has become a marketing and branding powerhouse in the last decade, for many there is a general belief that if you build it, they will come. That social media is the marketing panacea that will make your brand a standout in the marketplace. The truth is, it’s far more difficult than you think, and there are rules of engagement with your target audience that will help build your social brand.

Below is a really solid SlideShare presentation on the key building blocks of a social brand. In it you’ll find great information from the guys at WeAreSocial, about how brands drive conversation, building digital communities, adding value to conversation, going mobile, and much more. There is a link on slide 3 to download the free eBook that accompanies this deck as well. Or if you just want to download the book and skip the deck you can get it here.

Give Your Date a Chicken Corsage.

This ad campaign for KFC launched about a month ago and plays off of the current high school prom season. “Chicken Corsage”, a #HowDoYouKFC campaign features a YouTube video that encourages fans to visit the Chicken Corsage site, kfc.com/corsage, where they can make their special order through Nanz and Kraft Florists for $20. The gift giver can then take the corsage voucher to any KFC for their choice of  Chicken Corsage that is guaranteed to make their date’s mouth water and eyes light up.

The video has a distinctive Wes Anderson quality to it from the quirky storyline, to character interaction and framing of the shots. The microsite is a simple single page with the video and a call to action. Currently the YouTube video alone has over 800,000 unique page views which fairly telling about how effective this campaign has been in attracting eyeballs to the KFC screens.