Archive for the ‘iphone applications’ Category

Internet dating has never been a simple matter. In fact, unless you were willing to pay for expensive dating sites, Craigslist or other similar platforms were the usual route for the relationship-challenged. VisualFriend is a new iPhone app that aims to revolutionize online dating by calling on iPhone to facilitate video dates between users, using Apple’s Facetime functionality. How does it work? From the VisualFriend’s website: “Meet friends, share information, flirt…” Put simply, users can view pictures of other members, chat in interactive chat-rooms, and exchange digits with that special someone they are interested in pursuing via Facetime. So it’s essentially a more selective version of Chatroulette.com, hopefully sans exhibitionists. The service is free, and we are watching closely to see what kind of results dials up among the singles crowd.

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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.


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?

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.

Ever wondered what happen to the good ol days when you actually heard the newest and latest music tracks…on the radio,

Then it seem that this all changed with the internet and the creation of ipods. We became a society that didn’t need the radio as we now had the power of music at our disposal.

But let’s be honest, something was lost, as people tuned in so much to their individual iPod playlist they lost a connection with today’s artist and music.

There is something nostalgic about listening to the radio and that’s why we have places like Pandora and Grooveshark.  But, the world of online radio is about to get just a bit better with iHeartRadio.

Very similar to other online radio players iHeartRadio let’s you pick the kind of music that you want to listen to. What’s makes iHeartRadio different is that it synchronizes live streams from all Clear Channel radio stations that are broadcasting live.

If that’s not reason enough, iHeartRadio isn’t just restricted to online. You can take iHeartRadio on the go with any mobile smart phone. It’s available on iphones, blackberrys and android phones.

Don’t know about you but we’ll definitely be tuning to iHeartRadio…

Perhaps many of you are already familiar with the various Zynga games on Facebook such as Farmville and Mafia Wars. If not, you need not worry…you’re most likely going to see more of these social-networking based games as Zynga has partnered with chain-store giant, 7-Eleven.

Both 7-Eleven and Zynga are hoping this could be a “win-win” situation.

Stephanie Hoppe, senior director of marketing at 7-Eleven states, “We know social networking and social gaming is something they’re interested in,” its all about giving consumer experiences that they’ll enjoy and that will bring them back to 7-Eleven. Zynga will compliment this effort by having virtual “goods” codes placed on 35 of 7-Eleven’s products, ranging from potato chips to Slurpees.

Consumers will be able to redeem the codes at http://www.buyearnplay.com for items in 3 of Zynga’s most popular games, Farmville, MafiaWars, and YoVille.

7-Eleven plans to begin a wide-ranging advertising campaign to promote the project, on June 1st. Looks like this might just be the beginning of a long-term trend of brands teaming up with social-media networks, ultimately enhancing their connections with consumers, and enhancing brand loyalty.

It seems like Starbucks is back on a roll these days. They’ve recently launch their new instant brand – Via – exposing and making the brand available to millions of consumers.

And it seems there’s no stopping them as they are placing a bigger emphases on mobile and social media nowadays.

Not to long ago Starbucks launched its highly reviewed iPod application. Now their taking it a step farther with their Facebook application.

Loyal customers will now have the ability to shop for gift cards out of retail locations. Thanks to the new FB applicatioin users can load cash onto their virtual (mobile) cards, or charge up their plastic ones. Customers can even charge up a friends card.

We love to see how brands are adapting to the reality of integrated social media, driving sales into their brick and mortar stores, as well as in their digital spaces. This is a company to watch for more innovation.