Gillette, “The Best a Man Can Get” is going online with a consumer contest with football legend Steve Young and Sports Illustrated magazine. As explained on Advertising UK, men who submit a photo of their “Best Game Face” either on-line at www.mach3turbo.com or in-person at one of three “Game Face Stations” on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31 in Houston are eligible to appear in Sports Illustrated and win prizes worth more than $20,000.
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.
Once in a while I can tell you about a successful online advertising in Italy. It�s the story of Chrysler promoting its Crossfire coup�, with �La prova del fuoco� campaign (in English it should be something like �The fire test�). As explained on DailyMedia, it consists of virtual travel on the Web through an �initiation� path which develops in four steps: Reveiling Chamber�, �Morphing Identity�, �Burning Evidence� e �Fire Walking�. Users will be driven to the Web site www.laprovadelfuoco.it with a series of online ads (Pop-Up Pop-Under, Intestitial, Expanding banner and 123.000 Dem) exposed on the main Italian portals (Virgilio, Libero, Repubblica.it, Msn, and Tiscali). Everyone who register on the site automatically joins a competition to win a full week-end test drive of the new Crossfire that will be launched on November 15th. The campaign, which has been online for a month and will last until December 1st, has driven 70.000 people to the Web site with 10.000 registrations: numbers that sound exciting on the Italian market. The campaign idea (developed by the Italian agency Xister) is extremely original, and is based on the �interaction design� concept, which allows a deep and intense brand experience while browsing the Web site. However one has the feeling there�s something missing in this campaign: the prize. If you invest so much (money) in creativity and interactivity people might expect more than a test drive as a reward for their attention.
Digital Agency MagneticNorth has created a new online competition Kellog’s account. As Revolution explains, there’s a Tv campaign that drives users to a microsite where they can enter a competition to describe the cereal’s taste by creating a sound and image montage reflecting tastes, textures, sounds and pictures from the TV ad, within a New York-themed interface. Prizes include a trip to New York, a European weekend anda deluxe health spa weekend. Very nice idea, full of sounds effects and flashy images. But, in my opinion, the overall experience results rather confusing.
Mazda goes online with a brand new viral campaign to promote Mazda 6 range of cars. Brand Republic that Mazda has created two entertaining, web-exclusive film clips that can be download and send friends. There’s also a competition to win a golfing break at St Andrews. As Maria McCullough, advertising and communications manager for Mazda Motors UK, has explained:“It provides 30-something males with more ‘advertainment’ film content that embodies the essence of Mazda.”
Disney has signed an agreement with Lycos to promote the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” through Europe (which in Italy becomes “The curse of the first moon”, boh!). Nine countries will be involved in the campaign that will take advantage of a special web site in nine languages. Disney is trying to take advantage of the very well established Lycos communities. Users might play the characters online by challenging other people throughout Europe in the Fight Club (that will be hosted on Lycos web site). There will also be a chat room and a competition to win the movie gadgets.
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