Maybe it’s because they wanted to give their fans something more, or maybe they just wanted to make sure fans have a reason to pay for their music. Regardless the motivation, I like the Black Eyed Peas idea of creating an app to build buzz around themselves. After all, music is entertainment marketing, and in 2011 the best bands and singers are those who are smart enough to become a brand, not just good artists. BEP360 is an interactive music video which also includes an augmented reality view which is activated by pointing the Iphone to the album cover. Also, you can create your own photo session with the band and share it with the other fans around the world displayed on virtual map. I haven’t downloaded it myself yet, but comments on iTunes sound pretty positive even if some complain the quality of the interactive video could have been better.
Amnesia Razorfish, Sydney today announced the launch of Amnesia Connect a software breakthrough, which allows instant and seamless sharing and transfer of any content such as photos, music or embedded apps between multiple handheld devices using a Microsoft Surface table using a single gesture. It launched today, and there is more information on the software at: Amnesia Razorfish
Fast and easy check-in with your mobile phone with Gol Airlines. What a better way to explain this feature than to transform your phone in a remote control to pilot a plane? Of course online, of course in an interactive way and, most importantly, taking a banner to the next level.
Enjoy this nice idea by AlmapBBDO for a Gol campaign that stayed online for five days generating an average of 2500 calls per day.
Vodafone is challenging F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, to race against the speed of it’s improved mobile data network in The Netherlands. To make it an actual challenge, Vodafone calls for 28.800 Facebook users to join the race in a virtual car on Facebook. The time it takes Vodafone’s network to download all of their profile pics, is the time to beat for Hamilton. The actual race will take place on a secret track – Schiphol is rumored – on the 13th of september. The race will be aired live on Facebook.
Using digital media is a good way of reliving historic events from the past. Last year it was all about the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing, with outstanding projects such as We chose the moon. But last year it was also the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and that is how it was created the Go Beyond Borders Project, an initiative of Heimat Berlin and CNN International in conjunction with Berlin Tape Artist El Bocho.
As a consumer based in Europe (and partly as a digital marketer), I never thought Gap was a cool brand. But now, a few days after the iPad has been launched, I definitely changed my mind.
The Gap 1969 Stream iPad app is so much of the moment! It’s an iPad application that allows you to browse a lot of (branded) denim content, celebrities and designers videos as well as music. And on top of this, looks like you can also purchase products directly from the application. Once again, the geek marketer in me claims an iPad as soon as possible. But I guess I will have to wait until end of April to get one in Italy.
Nike True City is a really cool iPhone app where you can find some info about different european cities, provided by some “Nike experts”, but leaving it open for you to update the content with your own suggestions of what a “true city” should be. Aditionally the app reveals where new Nike events are taking place, where there are secret QR-codes in each city (i love they include even a QR-Code reader inside the application) or even new Nike products to be launched, creating a really interesting community where you can be rewarded on your own or by sharing to the rest of users. Here’s a little trailer to the app:
Branded iPhone applications need one characteristic to be successful and appreciated by consumers: they need to be useful and, possibly, worth talking about to friends. I was quite doubtful when I received an email from Tide PR people promoting “The Tide Stain Brain”. But I was wrong, the insight the used and the service they want to provide is pretty good: a guide to stain removal, an application that helps consumers finding and sharing solutions for stains.
If you don’t have an iPhone you can still check out the online version of the app, not as since, but probably as useful.
Virgin Atlantic has just released an iPhone application to help flyers who don’t like flying. The application presents the pretty well known “Flying without fear course” aimed at anxious flyers. It features a video explanation of the flight process, frequently asked questions, relaxation exercises and a fear attack button for emergencies with breathing exercises.
I find the app idea very nice and perfectly in line with the brand and the service you would expect from an airline company. However I’m doubtful about the fact of making consumers pay for this (€3.99) and I’m a bit disappointed by the visuals which look dull. Both aspects are rather unexpected from a pretty cool brand like Virgin and, while I can somehow understand the idea of paying for a value added service, I really don’t get why they didn’t dare a bit with the layouts.
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