Panlogic has developed a brand awareness campaign for UK Trade & Investment to promote the support the government body can offer to businesses exporting and importing. As explained on Digital Bulletin the campaign features a viral game (Play Export Extreme), advertising and a contact centre which will use an integrated database to increase the effectiveness of offline efforts as well.
In December, Mattel has launched an online version of its Pictionary. Developed my the agency Flare, the advergame allowed people to make a drawing and then invite three friends to guess what it is. There was also a competition connected to the game, but I believe it’s too late to enter. The
IC Group has created an advergame to help Hormel Foods increase consumer demand Stagg Chili. The Chili Chuckwagon Challenge will be online until April 30, and allows players to win $100,000 cash or a variety of secondary prizes including Plasma TV’s, entertainment centers, Dual brand electronics, and mountain bikes. Entrants are also automatically entered in a Sweepstakes for the chance to win a 2004 Mazda RX8. Consumers access the game by obtaining a UPC code from any STAGG� Chili product. Larry Raskin, Senior Product Manager for Hormel Foods Corporation said:“Our mandate is to simply get more people to try STAGG� Chili. We felt the fun of an online game and an exciting prize list would be a great way to help stimulate sales and trial of STAGG� Chili.”
Personally I don’t like this kind of online competitions. I don’t believe giving away money it’s a good incentive to increase product awareness, even if you have to buy to product in order to enter the game. I see it as a “buy play once and forget” process in consumers’ mind.
During the Christmas season, apparel manufacturer Jockey has sponsored the advergame “Make-a-flake”, an interactive snowflake maker developed by Lookandfeel (have a look at their web site, the menu presentation is simply fantastic!). As Tessa Wegert writes on ClickZ, the advergame complemented an offline direct mailing campaign, driving visitors to a microsite. Thanks to the viral effect generated by the advergame Jockey’s microsite generated more than 1 million total visits. The campaign’s success can be explained in the branding effect generated by Make-a-flake through the positive and entertaining gaming experience an its association with Jockey’s name.
Revolution Magazine reports that Medusa has decided to go viral in order to promote the movie “Naked Weapon”. There’s a viral game on the microsite that supports ties into offline advertising and promotions.
British Airways will sponsor the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2003 and will use a viral game to let people know about it. Revolution Magazine reports what Jayne O’Brien, head of BA’s UK and Ireland marketing, said:“We’re hoping that players will be so enamoured by it that they will send it on to friends, family and colleagues and spread the word”.
This sounds so na�ve… Well, Mrs O’Brien, the game will go online on October 6th, let’s wait and see if it’s worth spreading the word
Revolution Magazine reports of a new integrated marketing campaign (guerrilla style) launched by Asics to promote its 70s basketball shoe “Fabre”. The idea has been developed by the Dutch Agency BlueberryFrog and features the “Afro Octopus” Fastbreak Olly, as main character in an online slam dunk advergame. The best player will win a pair of the shoes… A “must” for a basketball fan (and player) like me
Charlie’s Angels will come back as a video game. Sony Corp.’s movie division on Monday said would release an online video game based on “Charlie’s Angels” to coincide with the new “Angels” movie which it is also releasing. It’s no doubt an interesting example of how the gaming industry might help reinforcing the marketing mix to support a new product launch. I’m not sure if this can be exactly defined as “advergame” but I thought it was worth posting anyway. You can watch a preview on Animated Angels.
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