In September 2015, JetBlue airlines invited regular New Yorkers to steal their advertisement. They had put up close to 150 interactive ads – which actually were poster-sized vouchers at bus stops across New York. The ad encouraged the viewer to peel off the ad, and win a prize in return – roundtrip flights, free ice cream, entry to a sporting event, etc. Walking away with a poster-sized coupon under your arm is not discreet at all – but the participants did not care, and this also provided additional exposure to JetBlue. Needless to say, #NYCTakeOff was a hugely successful interactive advertising campaign.
Do you think you know the difference between Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality? Take the quiz towards the end to find out.
The future of shopping is here and it looks cooler than you can imagine. With the advent of e-commerce, retail stores have adopted the newest of technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) to enhance the customer’s shopping experience to get an edge over other stores. They have transformed the whole journey of a shopper from entering a store to opening the final product at home in unimaginable ways. This has resulted in increased brand engagement for them and a whole new way of shopping for us. So, let’s take a look at how some retailers are using augmented reality shopping to give us a memorable experience.
Advertising and media reach billions of consumers today. Information Technology & Artificial Intelligence have taken advertising and marketing to new frontiers. This journey did not begin with computers though. It all started in the 15th century, with the invention of the printing press.
Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the most talked about technological innovations today. It is the super-imposition of computer generated images on our physical world. As dull as this sounds, this technology has the WOW factor to blow us away completely. Not only does it have the potential to change the way we interact with our surroundings but it can also revolutionize our physical reality itself. The most popular instance of this technology is the Snapchat avatars that most of us fiddle around with on our phones. But, that is just the tip of the iceberg as AR has the potential to permeate into all aspects of our life, be it education, healthcare, entertainment or even food. To give you a taste of how cool this technology is, we have curated some of the most offbeat ways this technology is being used to change our reality.
When problems plague our society, consumers turn to conscious consumerism to do their part in saving our world. As people begin to ‘purchase with a purpose’, it becomes the business’s responsibility to convince the customer that with their brand, people’s dimes make a difference, and the most convincing of all appeals is one that is emotional. Chris Milk, film director and CEO of virtual reality company Vrse, has described virtual reality and related technologies as the ultimate empathy machines. Imagine two different narratives. A salesperson comes to your doorstep bearing a speech about the oncoming extinction of honeybees and different graphs depicting their disappearance over the past 50 decades. Halfway through the presentation you lose interest, realize this is just another capitalistic sales gimmick, and close your door. Imagine the second narrative, when a salesperson comes to you with a simple headset, asks you for just 5 minutes of your time, and within those 5 minutes lets you experience the plight of an endangered Honeybee named Alex. With this VR headset, you step into the wings of Alex, and see your dying colony, and your livelihood being snatched from you. Within the five minutes, you experience the cause that the salesperson is pleading you to donate to, and for the first time you have found a reason to empathize. This is what Häagen-Dazs’ ‘Save the Bees’ campaign did, and they managed to secure customer loyalty by branding their product using a social cause, which they advertised not as a gimmick, but as an educational endeavor and an emotional appeal to people. Not to mention the long lasting impact of being a Bee for five minutes of their life!
When brainstorming for a new idea or a ‘growth hack’, innovation is the primary requisite. Every other company adopts different marketing campaign that can offer the target audience with a unique ‘n’ emotional experience. More importantly, it gives them the reason to use their brand or service. Companies have been trying growth hacks for long, and one of the old-yet-vintage hack is the photobooth - based marketing campaigns.