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MINI iPhone App – OPENNESS

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I am delighted to announce the launch of the new MINI iPhone application, OPENNESS

The app is part of the latest digital MINI activity to promote the new MINI convertible, Stay Open, and  something completely different from the run-of-the-mill motoring iPhone applications available within the iTunes Store.

Drivers of convertibles are more open to new experiences so the MINI Openness mobile application encourages users to explore the unexplored and try new things. By downloading the application, users will have access to an off-beat guide to the UK’s major cities, including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh and over 400 unusual and spontaneous experiences: from getting a Brazilian to attending a Mexican wrestling match with fetish cabaret, joining a literary salon to jumping on a coach to an unknown destination.

Here are a few quick words on what the application does:

  • When launching the app on your iPhone, based on the level of open-mindedness you choose, the app will provide you with the most adventurous things to do, either closer to where you are or in a specific location (the app supports two geo-options: ‘Find My Location’ and ‘Insert Location’)
  • The application also has a built-in Google Maps API, where you can find the venue or the exact location for each single ‘open-minded’ experience
  • If the experience chosen doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can choose amongst many others, simply clicking on NEXT.
  • Also, if you are not really sure on how adventurous you feel, a simple shake of the iPhone will provide you with a random experience.

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The wider digital campaign, Stay Open, is supported by online banner activity, also centred on openness and spontaneity.

You can download OPENNESS simply clicking here!

Let me know what you think!

 

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Gazza & Play

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I am totally amazed by the Italian market at the moment and currently thinking I should probably look at my country in a much more positive light… moving back home maybe? If emerging technologies gets embraced and understood like it’s happening, we are IN for a surprise

The Italian audience has always been a very tech-savvy audience but the boom of social media in this market has definitely helped in making the Italian consumer a rather inviting ‘target’. Statistics from eMarketer have recently shown that after the US, Italians are the most active users in downloading  Applications into their iPhones – not surprising at all !

This must be the reason why Gazzetta.it decided to embrace the QR technology

The leading Italian sports’ title launched a new initiative by the name Gazza & Play. The activity involves embedding QR codes, both offline and online, mainly within the first page of their properties, however these are also visible across all pages. Once decoded, the user will be able to see scores, unique football footage and the best goals from the Italian Championship allowing a pretty cool integrated interaction with their content.

These are definitely some good first steps and I shall look forward to see where this will all go…

Thumbs Up Italia!

 

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Observations from NYC

I have to say… it feels very weird to come back to New York City and start noticing things that I’d have never looked at before I got myself into the crazy world of advertising – I guess it’s common sense!

But anyway let’s give this blog-post a go…

dscf2919First thing that came across my mind is how advertising here seems so much more simple and mainstream, especially the outdoor activity – I know there is Time Square but even such a space seems to be filled with just flashy, huge and very confusing advertising messages… as a brand manager for a specific brand I would think twice about a big placement there (not only for the money :OP ), as much as it gives you huge visibility, the space is too crowded and your message will probably get forgotten immediately. I guess it’s great on the other side for  brands having TOO MUCH money to spend on advertising or looking to reach a massive audience for an awareness campaign or a product launch.

Not surprisingly we have the likes of Coca Cola, GAP and Disney up there … and honestly I need to look at the photos to remember who else was on! This totally proves what I am saying… I remember Nike launched a campaign on the big multi-billboard space few years back for the NIKE I:D service, where people were texting their preferences and their shoes would appear in Time Square … see the video below; this is exactly what brands should be doing in such a cluttered environment: try to be engaging, which is not easy and definitely a huge challenge in a place where people are litterally ‘running around’!

If you look at the picture further down below, this is a poster I’ve seen around many Subway stations and it promotes Christina Aguilera’s new album in partnership with TARGET stores.

In London, we’ve seen many interactive billboards to listen to audio files or watch videos but, from what I remember, you always have to use your phone, download the content and then watch it on the go… well, what you see down here is what I’d call a “non-so-innovative-but-truly-efficient-and-simple” technique to reach your objective.

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What you do is:

  1. you plug your earphones in the poster,
  2. press the Start button
  3. choose your tracks
  4. and you are all set up to start listening to the ‘dirrrrrrrty’ new songs

I’d say pretty efficient method instead of getting ur mobile, set up your bluetooth, download the content and by the time you are doing this the train is in front of you… :O( – I have to say trains in New York are not as frequent as in London, so I guess this would work even better… I kinda listened to the whole album while waiting for mine (not that I love her… ) !

Last thing is something that I really think about constantly – the fusion of Art and Advertisin

I have to say that recently in our industry we’ve seen few good innovative ideas on this subject. Established artists starting cooperating with brands, companies seeking new talents to be showcased within their advertising campaign, branded art initiatives and so forth….

Well, it’s already happened twice in New York – and I’d love to see more of this – but some outdoor content, which is usually showcased through print or digital, was actually fully painted on the placement.

I’ve firstly seen a whole building wall covered with this gigantic Game advert in Chelsea (I will post the picture asap as I’ve gotta go back and make a picture of it)  and then – see below – I was totally surprised to see a billboard for the new series of DEXTER done with paint, and I am sure you all know the amount of digital and innovative activity Showtime has invested on this program

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I reckon this is pretty sweet and, in a strange way, very innovative – definitely something which stands out from the mass and very often a crowded advertising space.

I guess this is it for now … I will be back on here soon though, I am sure New York City is holding something else in the sleeves :O)

Cheerio

E

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2008 in advertising

 

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Know the Signs

picture-301It’s definitely a brave move from a beer brand to develop a site on the different characters we become after had one too many… Know The Signs is the latest website created by Heineken

When you enter the site, you are welcomed by the bar owner and handed the CCTV camera controls to try and guess if you are able to spot the people who fit those ‘characterstics’, carefully analyzing what’s happening in the bar! Sounds confusing I know but you gotta try to get it…

The site has a nice engagement level – which I am sure can get people glued to the screen for quite a bit

Also, there are some nice social media elements to make the campaign quite a good one. You can add a photo of your friend who fit the bill and send that to them – is he/she a crier, a groper or an exhibitionist… You can let them know what you think! picture-32

picture-31To embarrass your friends even more in an actual bar environment, you can also download an interactive wallpaper to go full screen on you iPhone saying: ‘Water (your friend’s name) ?”



The site is backed by a TV campaign – which kinda reveals it all to be honest – but still quite good

Let me know what you think…

E

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2008 in advertising, Social Media

 

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