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Lexus Hides Swimsuit Models Within Interactive 'Sports Illustrated' Print Ads (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on February 12th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Lexus is pushing the limits again - just in time for this year's big SI Swimsuit Issue.
There was that 3D projection mapping experience on an LA Hotel a while back. And in October, the brand brought a print ad to life with the help of a handy iPad.
This time out, Lexus is going a bit simpler, keying into QR codes - the scanning of which reveals models kinda-sorta hidden in SI print ads for the new IS.
Still, the pursuit of perfection could have added a little more punch to the reveals than just having the models strut toward us. Integrating with the car in some fashion - or really just doing anything a little more interesting - would have been a better pay off for going to all the trouble.
Okay, it's still pretty cool. And it's apparently just the opening act. According to ADWEEK, the Lexus IS is also included in Sport Illustrated's first-ever 3D projection mapping experience on the facade at Caesar's Las Vegas.
Get the full scoop here.

5 Top Trends in Social Media 2013

Posted by Rick Mathieson on December 28th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Now that our "Top 10" lists for 2012 are out, we're turning our attention to top trends to watch in 2013.
First up: Five big trends to look for in the world of social media marketing.
5. Social Gets More Physical
In the year ahead, look for an increasing number of social initiatives to move away from pure-play digital to the physical world. Coca-Cola has been a leader in this, with efforts like the Happiness Truck and Happiness Vending Machines, which engaged consumers in the physical world, and helped those consumers propagate the experience via digital.
You also saw Microsoft use branded mobile game apps like "Dance Cam" to engage in the physical world by enabling folks to create dance videos on their mobile phones and then share them.
And ad hoc physical world social networks will become commonplace. Look at efforts like Heineken's personalized QR codes for music festivals, where users can create their own customized QR code stickers that other attendees can scan to spark up conversation.
Factor in augmented reality, and "liking" things in the physical world will take on all-new forms.
In a world gone mobile, having a desktop presence or experience becomes increasingly irrelevant.
4. 'Presence' Takes A Backseat to Campaigns
As I write... Read more

Top 5 Creative QR Code Campaigns 2012 (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on December 21st, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, QR codes were put to some creative use in 2012. And whether they disappear by this time next year as many predict, or morph into something else entirely, they did make a mark, pardon the pun, on several initiatives over the last year.
A look at five favorites:
5. VW’s Creative ‘Crate Code’
You’ll love the payoff (or payload, that is).
4. QR Code Bottles Sell More Beer While Helping Singles Meet at the Bar
QR Codes play Cupid.
3. Heineken Personalized QR Code Stickers Become Ice Breakers at Music Festival
You scan me, I'll scan you.
2. Axe Body Spray Uses QR Codes ‘Peepholes’ for a Mobile+Social Sensation
Drool not included.
1.Retailer’s Shadow-Activated QR Code Boosts Sales 25%
This retailer’s QR code is credited with a 25% increase in lunchtime sales (see video above).

Top 10 Mobile Marketing Initiatives 2012 (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on November 27th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Mobile marketing is so much more than advertising.
As readers of my books THE ON-DEMAND BRAND and BRANDING UNBOUND know, I don’t consider mobile advertising very compelling. So it
won’t come as a shock that there isn't much in the way of pure-play mobile ads in this year’s list of top 10 mobile marketing initiatives.
For me, mobile isn’t about taking an ad model from the old-school Internet – namely a "ad banner" – and plopping it onto a business-card size screen, or even the larger screen of an iPad.
It’s about creating unique and differentiating branded experiences that drive home your value proposition in amazing new ways.
To that end, here are 10 of my favorite mobile promotional initiatives for 2012.
Agree with my list? Disagree? What initiatives would you ad to the list?
Let us know!

TOP 10 IN MOBILE MARKETING 2012

10. Heineken Personalized QR
Code Stickers Become Ice Breakers at Music Festival
Talk about a conversation starter.
9. ‘Dance Cam’ Mobile App
Lets you Create Music Videos on Your Phone
Because there are few things more entertaining (and, often, disturbing)
than watching folks dance on the Xbox Kinect system on games like Dance
Central. So why not mobilize it?
8. Starbucks Brings Mobile
AR to Valentine’s Day
It’s the AR, Cupid.
7. Red... Read more

Ben Franklin Loves Beer

Posted by Bob Bentz on April 16th, 2012 at 11:28 am

Anybody who has ever visited Philadelphia knows that its residents take sports very seriously.  In a city known for “brotherly love,” its fans are anything but and are not afraid to show their passionate support for their home team and their disdain for their opponents.
Philly Sports Live is an upstart website that reports on the beloved Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, and Eagles.  It also covers other teams in Philadelphia such as the Philadelphia Union and the college sports programs at Temple and Villanova.
But, despite outstanding journalism, finding an online audience in a city that boasts two sports talk radio stations, a very popular digital newspaper, and a bevy of prominent blog sites has not been an easy task.
So, Philly Sports Live took to the streets to find Philly sports fans.  And, there was no place better to find them than this weekend in South Philly with the Phillies hosting the hated Mets and the Flyers pummeling the cross-state rival Penguins in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“We decided that the best way to become known was through guerilla marketing at Pattison and Broad,” said Frank Mazza, publisher of Philly Sports Live.  “We wanted to offer something hip, something cool,... Read more