How many times have you heard a state-owned bank use first person shooter game words like ‘ops’ (as in operatives) , ‘deprogramming’ and ‘rehab’? And where you see agents in a secret vault and alarm bells going off? In fact Kiwibank had no inhibitions and launched a series of interactive online videos on YouTube, urging you to break free from bad banking experiences. The Green Ops are ready for the rescue.
Augmented Reality games are heating up in different parts of the world: As MINI’s Getaway had proven that Stockholm can unite in a hunt for an elusive MINI Countryman, New Balance in New York and Vodafone in Germany are following in their (running) footsteps. The aim: use smartphones to move people into stores. Read more…
From Kiwi agencies Resn and Saatchi Wellington comes a row of games for New Zealand’s air force (how cute is their logo?). The games under the title “Step Up” can all be played on the NZ’s airforce YouTube channel – give them a go. The special twist is that you are controlling a live camera across a model landscape. After you have finished playing the game, you can get a personalized YouTube video of your flight to share with friends.
Thanks to an hint from Philip I’ve found out that today Ogilvy (Alain Caviggia is the creative behind it) introduced in Belgium an interactive outdoor campaign for Ford. The “Ford Miracles” ads consists of interactive posters that look at people and react to their actions. The voice and facial expressions of the guy in the poster are controlled by an actor hidden in a booth nearby. The interactive billboards can be found at the main train stations in Belgium and if you find them I believe it will be very funny to see how people behave in front of them. It’s a sort of Candid Camera There is also a website supporting the campaign, check for example www.fordfaitdesmiracles.be for the French version. On Philip’s blog you also find a video showing senior German tourist interacting with the billboard.
Ogilvy has signed a deal Eyetools to test email campaigns by looking at what people looks or ignores. Ok, I’ll say it better: using a camera embedded in the monitor, OgilvyOne will follow eyes movement patterns of people reading commercial email. The idea is to investigate what recipients actually read and what they ignore. It’s called eye-tracking and it’s usually a practice used in psychology and medical research. Since advertising people are going crazy to get people attention, Ogilvy’s study perfectly makes sense.
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