Archive for June, 2010

Nike’s “Write the Future” ad, created for the world cup, has by all standards become a global phenomenal success. In a move to further capitalize on its success, Wieden + Kennedy, the agency responsible for the campaign, has launched an interactive component via Facebook, and Twitter (#NikeFuture).

Through these social mediums fans are encouraged to “write the future,” of their favorite players. The best headlines are selected daily and are displayed in electric lighting on the facade of the Life Centre building in Johannesburg.

Another great example of a brand adapting its role and acting as a facilitator between the emotions and conversations taking place between people and their passion for the World Cup. It’s not just about engaging the audience in real-time rather in this case its almost the sense of empowering people to embrace and take control of their lives by writing their version of what the future holds.

Who knows what the real outcome will be but one this is for sure…this initiative is definitely helping Nike’s to write its own future.

mobile advertising on license plates

ads on license plates

California, home of tech innovators such as Google and Apple, might start selling ad space on licence plates. An initiative the State hopes may help combat its $19 billion budget deficit.

The digital ads would run on electronic license plates, and would only be displayed if the car is not in motion for more than several seconds (e.g. at a traffic signal stop). While the vehicle is moving, the plates would feature a normal license number.

Although there are no location-based advertising plans as yet, there appears to be a potential for future software developers as it might fit seamlessly into this program.

Let’s see if this innovation can help the “Golden State” overcome its financial woes and move forward.

quora question search engine

quora question search engine

Do you feel overwhelm by using “simple” search engines such as Google, Yahoo and now Bing?

Well the online world is about to become a little more complicated for some and maybe a little bit easier for others thank to, Quora, a new search engine.

Unlike the big players, such those mentioned above, Quora seems to think there is a market in collecting data that will enable people to either pose or answer questions. This could even be something as simple as asking for a recommendation on anything (the options are endless). It’s like a hybrid between online forums and search engines. The simple premise behind this business is that if you have a question…ask it, somebody else might have already asked the same exact question and who better to answer it – the online community of the world wide web.

While this new search engine is still in its infancy we’d be curious to see how brands will start to capitalize on such a service. Can you imagine asking for advice or suggestions and someone referring a specific brand. Nothing new, I know. But Quora may just become another outlet where like-minded individuals connect and engage each other.

We’re already seeing brands incorporating barcodes into promotion offerings in order to drive traffic to a specific site, but is there more that can be done with these universal product codes (UPC)?

What some might just see as a design of lines intended to provide a price, there’s more than meet the eyes to these UPC’s.

Sticktybits – a barcode reading application for iPhones and Android platforms smart phones – turns barcodes into threaded conversations around objects. Any one can scan a barcode using their camera phone and using the Stickbits app. Then they are able to either comment, post a photo, or video. The next person who scans that barcode can see your message and can leave their own. In this way physical objects become digital social media platforms, something very sci-fi. It’s like Foursquare for objects/products instead of locations.

But, how brands make money off this simple technology?

Well, PepsiCo is answering that question by becoming the first brand to post “official” stickybits content to its barcodes. Consumers can scan PepsiCo products with their smart phones and unlock specific content for each brand,. It doesn’t stop there as people as have the ability to engage as they offer their opinions and contribute to the discussion.

Talk about revolutionizing content creation. Let’s see how this plays out with other brands truly embracing their consumers.

What does a modern and contemporary international art juggernaut, such as the Guggenheim, have in common with Youtube, the world’s largest user-generated content powerhouse?

Not much, many would answer.

But that’s about to change! Thanks to a new initiative, Youtube Play, the digital and art world are about to collide. The result, we hope, is a thrilling masterpiece. The museum will select 25 of the best videos, which will be submitted and voted on by people like you and me for an exhibition that will be on display later this year.

In an age where people can gain celebrity status very quickly through Youtube’s equalizing distribution platform, the Guggenheim is seeking to find the next “Justin Bieber” of the art world.

Participants are asked to submit all types of creative work, animation, motion graphics, narrative, non-narrative, or documentary work, music videos and entirely new art forms—creations that challenge the world’s perceptions of what’s possible with video.

Talk about the worlds biggest pool of creative crowd-sourcing. Everyone should definitely keep their eyes open for what’s about to come.

Personalize your own six pack

Personalize your own six pack

In today’s consumer market, people are demanding and expecting more interaction from their favorite brands.

In an attempt to satisfy that demand, Heinekin has rolled out a new internet application that lets you, the consumer, personalize a 6-pack of beer by choosing the bottle design, and posting text and a photo.

The site offers a nice selection of designs, and is quite fun to play around with. Unfortunately, for all you beer collectors out there, this service does not come free of charge. 😦

A personalized 6-pack will cost you a little bit more than $30 dollars. Regardless of the price, however, we think this new app is a great attempt at engaging consumers…not to mention, who doesn’t want to drink a beer with their picture on it. Maybe you might feel different after a couple six packs.

http://www.heineken.com/ie/YourHeineken.aspx

Here at Adrenalina we’re art lovers. We love to experience all the creativity that mankind has to offer. But, we also know it can be hard for small-time artist to get the exposure they need. That’s why we are so excited to highlight a pair of websites we feel gives capitalism a much needed dose of creativity. Not to mention it’s also helping to spread the wealth.

What happens when you take a social-networking based T-shirt store such as Threadless.com and combine it with a user moderated art gallery like Society6.com?

The answer: ArtistShoppe

This new hybrid web site allows artist to post their work on Society6. The artworks are then promoted by their fans, earning featured placement on the site. Not only do you get to purchase the art featured but Threadless.com will also select a few lucky artists from Society6, and will printed their works on T-shirts. Talk about a match made in heaven.

Artists will now have access to a whole new market for their creative inspiration, an exciting fusion between art, social-media, and the free-market. The partnership between these two innovative companies is one that will likely continue to offer opportunity for artists, and consumers alike.