Archive for the ‘Videos’ 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.

As if pulled from a scene in a spy thriller, Unilever’s Omo brand detergent will be tracking its Brazilian customers to their homes using GPS. The promotion, “Try Something New with Omo,” aims to increase the buzz about the stain-fighting mix, rather than directly increase its sales. Bullet, the brand’s promotions agency, has placed GPS tracking devices in 50 boxes of the popular detergent, which will let the company track the lucky customers. Once the locations of the boxes and consumers are known, special teams will be dispatched to those sites. When the winning purchasers are identified, the teams will provide them with video cameras and ask them to film their day at a Unilever-sponsored family event. A website (experimentealgonovo.br.com) will go live this month (August), that features a map of the winners’ locations, and video of them taken with the free cameras provided by the brand. Known for its “dirt is good” campaign, Omo urges parents to let their kids have fun, and let the detergent take care of the dirt. We can’t wait to get the dirt on the buzz this campaign creates and the possible outcomes that clean laundry will reveal.

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.


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.

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.

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.