It’s a weird day today posting about campaigns from our competitors… Anyway, after Puma, check out what Adidas has done in basketball. An interactive video taking great advantage of Youtube’s feature.
You can play with Dwight Howard slam dunks, make him fly higher or run faster or slower and therefore missing or completing the dunk. Quite nice also the possibility of changing the camera angle.
Probably, in my position, I shouldn’t say that it sounds cool, but it actually does, so to stick to my editorial line, I have to post about it. In February Adidas will launch five sneakers that will activate a virtual world through augmented reality.
As explained on Wired, all users have to do is go to the Adidas site and hold up their sneaker, which has a code embedded in its tongue, in front of their computer webcam. A virtual world then pops out in front of them and they can navigate it using their sneaker as a controller. It is surely a marketing gimmick, and the world in a sneaker reminds me of Onitsuka Tiger but, still, it’s a pretty cool initiative that will generate some buzz online, at least among us, geek bloggers
In Brazil, Adidas is running a Cluedo style game to support the launch of the Palmeiras replica. A video announced a few weeks ago that the Palmeiras shirts have misteriously disappeared. And the team supporters can help finding the guilty thief.
On Minha Segunda Pele (My second skin) visitors are challenged to find out which of the weird Palmeiras supporters has stolen the shirts of the club.
In Japan, Adidas is promoting the 2009 edition of Sala Festa (a futsal tournament with an heavy touch of fashion and music) with a weird mini-website.
Actually the online experience is all about an alienating animation with monsters and balls rolling across the screen, but it is definitely worth a quick visit.
In France Adidas has launched a mini-site to promote its Low Pro Football collection. Even if these shoes are among the ugliest they produce, I like the project. Not really for the website (very basic and with the usual user generated content part) but rather for the great videos they produced to tell the audience the secrets for being stylish.
I appreciate both the creative standpoint and the execution. In each single video you breath style and, just as importantly, you can experience a wide number of products. I like the mood that takes us back to the Thirties, and the fact that the collection comes to life in the storytelling which is something that rarely happens.
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User generated content meets nanotechnology in the “This is not a jersey” project launched in New Zealand by Adidas. The concept is based and inspired around the legendary All Blacks team, tapping into the love, the passion and the loyalty to the team all Kiwis have.
The All Blacks jersey is the link between the fans and the team but it’s not only a jersey, it’s also a birthright. For example, if your baby was born on the day of the All Blacks 2008 test match, then a team black jersey belongs to your baby by default or, better, by birthright.
Onitsuka Tiger made them OF Japan, Adidas made them FOR Japan. There is a subtle difference in the copy (and maybe even in the concepts) of the two footwear brands presenting their collections to the Asian and International market.
It makes me smile a bit the idea that the second comer, Adidas, celebrates its originality with a campaign that, in my opinion, is not very original. However, if we pass over this “detail”, we can get some food for thought (aka inspiration) out of the Japanese Celebrate Originality website.
After Stella McCartney and Yohji Yamamoto, Adidas signed a new agreement with another big name in fashion: Diesel. For now it regards the Originals collection, and it’s going to last four years. With such iconic lifestyle brands connecting expectations are definitely high, for the product and for the communication around it.
Of course there is a dedicated site to look at… http://diesel.adidas.com suggests 83 original ways to successfully waste your time, and you are invited to participate by uploading your pictures and videos, to testify on each one.
Let’s go straight to the point: the site is beautiful, the pictures to illustrate the suggestions are great and are a good mix of Diesel and Originals universes, the layout is clean, ergonomy ok if you have a big screen, but …it took me ages to access to it, waiting for the 83 sections to upload!
You have a budget of 100k, that you have to use to a) put together your own dream festival line-up from a pool of around 200 bands, b) book the venue c) design the promo poster d) book the after-party band or DJ.
As part of the Impossible is Nothing 2007 campaign, Adidas has launched in the UK a website (and a sort of viral action) called The Impossible Story. The site allows users to upload their own photo, and then to be the main character in an animated cartoon adventure. Among the “crazy” things you can do, you can slamdunk the moon or eat a flying shark… just use the keyboard to move your character around the screen. I was not excited by this website… the concept is not new, and it also look quite “childish”. Maybe the target are teenagers, I don’t know, but I can’t see an adult being hooked to the site. The Impossible is Nothing concept is so nice and broad, it could have been exploited better…
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