I love these little projects without brand, experiments with an interesting point of view about how users or media behaves, often understanding that better than most of the brands out there.
First of them is Gift a follower, a nice way to reward (in the form of a surprise bag) one of your many followers-friends in social media space at a $1 rate.
100.000.000 stolen pixels is an interesting experiment from Kim Asendorf, stealing pixels from another sites in order to create an archive-directory of them. Would be nice applied to other elements of digital media space, like stealing pixels from horrible banners to make them "in jail", or things like that :)
You've probably seen these Adidas Originals sneaker collection, based on Star Wars characters. Then it's time to go to Mos Eisley Cantina (needless to say that Snoop Dogg with a lightsaber is far more scarier than Luke Skywalker)
Marketing on Facebook is continuously evolving, while getting people's attention is getting more and more difficult. The coolness of the brand isn't a good reason for keeping its status updates in someone's timeline. So the same basic process applies in order to gain fans and keep them loyal. Once again, it's all about being valuable, providing good, amusing or best of all, useful content.
Easyjet has recently launched an Holiday Planner within its Facebook fan page. It's an application that allows fans (yep, you need to become a fan in order to be able to use it...) to plan holidays together with their friends. And very soon they are going to add a feature that will allow people to buy plane tickets directly from the social network, without having to visit the Easyjet website.
This is going to be a huge shift. We are starting to get used to give up our brand websites to let interactions with the our brand to happen mostly on social media... but ecommerce... that's another story. As a marketer, I don't know if I'm ready for this. Interactions and relationships on Facebook are so volatile. Also, trust is so difficult to get. I appreciate it's important to provide consumers with options but I can't imagine the death of the website to be too close.
I apologise. With World Cup just 2 months ahead, my time for blogging is almost non-existent. I feel bad for not taking care of Adverblog, but it's worse is that I don't even find the time to browse around and check the links I receive for my own interest and education.
Today I've been lucky, on a friends' website I found a very good collection of links to a selection of 25 great ecommerce website designs. The selection is a good starting point to discuss how an ecommerce homepage should be.
A lot of people think that if you give too much space to the brand experience, than consumers will not understand that is a retail experience. Others argue, that if you manage to "sell" the brand experience well, than consumers will also buy the product. Because of my background, I tend to agree with the latter opinion. However, a few recent experiences actually proved me that more product less brand is better if your focus on ROI. Nevertheless, I finish my confusing post by sharing a link to a brilliant ecommerce enable brand video by Diesel.
Even if you don't like the music of OK Go, you have to give them credit for the creativity of some of their videos, including the classic and iconical "Here it goes again".
These days they bring some magic again with the video for the first single ("This Too Shall Pass") of their new record. Looks like a single-take, which is amazing, and even if it weren't, who cares, almost a million views in three days speaks really well about it, check it out:
Oh, and also featuring some making-of videos: 1, 2, 3 and 4
Lego just released this very nice short film, directed by brilliant Leigh Marling / Blue Source, called Cl!ck :
The movie celebrates the Eureka moment, the generation of great ideas, what Lego calls a Click moment, and invites you to visit the hub of the program, www.legoclick.com, a virtual canvas of ideas, inspired moments, quirky stories, solutions and tips, working as a collaborative plateform to inspire people.
This one is a one from us that we did last autumn for Rexona Teens, a deodorant for teenagers that, being always the same product, changes its tagline every year, "Dance and teens", "Love and teens" or, in this case "Fans and teens".
To support this last one we created a little promo using a Facebook app called "Your line of fans", that allows you to show if you're a better fan than others, and you're required to create the longest line to support your favorite artist, inviting your friends to be formed in your line (and then the friends of your friends), so you could use the line to try it to be the longest and also to meet new friends that share with you the same interest in that artist.
In the end, the longest line (whoever the artist is) could get some tickets to attend some shows from that artist (looks like Jonas Brothers rule for teens) Here's a little video explaining the project:
MySkyStatus is a fine website-app by Profero NY that sends altitude, location, departure and arrival updates to your FB or Twitter account from the different flights you choose (in any airline). Ideal for those people who have to pick other people up at airports. Wouldn't be nice a mobile app for this?