Archive for July, 2010

As we kick off a new week we thought it would be cool to highlight another example of augmented reality (AR).

Think of how in the future AR will be able to impact sales or even change the consumer shopping experience.

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We’ve all heard about the cutting-edge developments in the world of Augmented Reality (AR). But, now that this trend is starting to surface more as part of mainstream we wanted to showcase how major brands are incorporating AR in order to engage consumers.

For those of you living underneath a rock for the past couple of years AR is simply a live direct (or indirect) view of the physical world, whose elements are altered using computer-generated virtual imagery. This technology was originally confined to the military realm of display systems. And, it was later adopted by TV broadcasting stations in the form of displaying the yellow line that marks the first down in sporting events such as football. Now, we are starting to see innovation coming from big brands who don’t necessarily have a background in technology.

Take the iPhone app – Scoops of Happiness – by Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream. This app comes with a feature called “Moo Vision,” where consumers can point their iPhone camera at selected ice cream containers, and see a 3D image in their camera display. And they aren’t the only ones serving up these exciting treats. Doritos recently shot an AR stunt (see video above) where the brand reveals a dancing mascot on roof top in Brazil. Even General Motors is currently working on an AR program that will help drivers in bad weather.

As AR uses advance, something tells us that we should keep our eyes open and smart phone cameras ready…chance are, we haven’t seen anything yet.


A new trend has major retailers and social media giants like YouTube trying to cash in.

What is it?

Shopping haul videos – the act of an individual showcasing and reviewing items that they purchased online for the world to see via social media networks such as YouTube. Take a look at the video, which we posted above. It was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America on July 14th, 2010.

Talk about the convergence of word of mouth, user generated content and social media all being produced into unofficial commercials. It’s definitely something to keep an eye out especially because one has to wonder if this is the future of commercials or even sponsored programming.

The global food and beverage corporation Kraft has cooked up Big Fork Little Fork, a new iPad application.

This marks a new trend that has major companies rushing to embrace a new gadget, in this case Apple’s iPad, in order to create a new application for a specific consumer.

With help from Meredith Integrated Marketing who assisted in building of this app, we want to compliment and highlight Kraft’s innovation. The brand sought to uncover a way to educate young parents about healthy eating in a way that was fun and interactive way.

Kraft expects that Big Fork Little Fork will help to fill a void where young parents, mostly in their 20s and 30s have when it comes to finding information about nutritional eating for their children. The Kraft app comes on the heels of a proprietary study Kraft conducted via Google that found 37 million web searches were recently conducted on topics such as family and kids food.

So that begs the following questions: How many consumers will this cool app actually reach given that only a small segment own iPads? Will Big Fork Little Fork leave consumers stuck at a proverbial “fork” in the road?

@earlybird catches the worm

Twitter has announced the introduction of a social-shopping function to its already semi-convoluted business plan. After rolling out its “Promoted Trends,” and “Promoted Tweets” advertising platforms, the micro-blogging platform will begin tweeting daily deals through a new account aptly named @earlybird.

Similar to popular sites such as Groupon.com and LivingSocial, which recently raised $173 million and $50 million, respectively, Twitter will allow users to opt in to receive daily discounts.

Twitter is hoping that since users are the ones make the choice to follow, these ads might be more receptive. Of course, Twitter and its partners are banking on the viral nature of the platform, whereby people will retweet ads that they deem interesting, to their legions of followers.

If you ask us it sounds like a win-win situation for both Twitter and sponsors. The investment is minimal and the rewards are potentially massive. We’ve already started following @earlybird, and think you should too.

So how does an iconic fashion brand such as Levis manage to stay relevant? Especially after one hundred plus years.

Some would state that its apparel is timeless and that’s the reason for such a success. And while there is little room to argue that, we believe there are other reasons.

A couple of weeks ago, Levis announced another extension to their “Go Forth” campaign designed by Widen + Kennedy. Instead of doing traditional ads that center on beautiful models and fashionable clothing, Levis will shift the focus to a struggling American town that reflects todays’ current situation where a once booming town tries to piece a community and neighborhood back together.

The brand hopes to shine a light on Braddock Pennsylvania and capture the real essence of truly “going forth” by helping to rebuilding a small town that embodies the true spirit of hope.

Now some sceptics will say that this is another big company PR stunt trying to cash in on the whole cause-related marketing craze. But you have to give Levis credit for such a daring move as the brand will donate more than a million dollars to rebuild this area.

Pepto Bismol wants you to stuff your face

July 4th is synonymous with American independence, fireworks, flags, family time and plenty of barbecues. Our love for over-indulging in food is extremely high. We all have a tough time resisting that delicious extra burger or hot-dog.

Well guess what? This festive weekend…don’t stop, eat all you want because Pepto Bismol has got your back!

The brand, which recently launched its Facebook page, is sponsoring a litany of gluttony-themed events around the nation in hopes of extending its brand presence. And, what better way to do this than by hosting events with tons of food. Check this out; Ice cream event in Austin, buffalo wing festival in Buffalo, and a hot-dog eating contest with whom they partnered with Nathan’s.

Facebook fans can enter a contest to guess how many hot dogs the winner will eat. If you guess right, you can win a Pepto Bismol T-shirt. Wohoo!! (somone will be very happy to win this.)

So this 4th of July, stuff yourself all you want. Pepto Bismol has got you covered.

Note: Being a fan on Facebook’s Pepto page alone will not stop the riot and discomfort in your stomach.