Pizza Hut App Lets Xbox Gamers order Pizza from their Consoles

The bond between pizza and gaming is an engrained as movies and popcorn. Now Pizza Hut is debuting an app for Microsoft Xbox Live that lets users order a pizza through their Xbox 360 with just the game controller, voice input or Kinect gesture.

Pizza Hut App Lets Xbox Gamers order Pizza from their Consoles

Said a spokesperson: “for the first time, people can order something through their Xbox that’s tangible. It brings the intersection of gaming and real world products together.”

Other chains have pizza-ordering mobile apps (notably Domino’s and KFC’s “KFC Fast Track”), but the Pizza Hut-Xbox app takes the concept to a new level.

Pizza Hut have recognized the behavior of their hard-to-reach target—young men 18 to 24—and are leveraging it in a clever and unique way that resonates with them… and results in transactions. At the same time, Microsoft are taking Xbox – already a powerful force in the living room – in to the realm of real-world commerce.


A move from static content to video interaction, text to picture, desktop to mobile and ever increasing scale offers new opportunities for consumers and marketers.


With the advent of always-on and ubiquitous internet access, and ever-increasing digitization – our actual and virtual lives are starting to blend in to one.


HP’s Giant Photoball is a Hit at Brazil’s Biggest Music Festival

Giant blow-up beach balls bouncing around the crowd are an inevitable part of many music festivals.  In a brilliantly simple idea, HP built a huge inflatable “photo ball,” which was fitted with an HD camera and a Wi-Fi receiver.

The photo ball had its debut at Brazil’s biggest music event, Planeta Terra in Sao Paulo. As the ball bounced among the crowd, it took snapshots and video, which were transmitted live to the stage, and broadcast online to an audience of 3 million. Still images were uploaded immediately to HP’s Facebook fan page.

People could (and did) then tag themselves on Facebook. In addition, HP had a booth at the event where concert attendees could print out pictures of themselves taken by the photo ball.

In this clever example, HP took an existing behaviour and amplified it with technology in a way that enhanced the experience for both festival-goers and the online viewing audience.  It also paid off HP’s new ‘Making Memories Last’ brand positioning.


A move from static content to video interaction, text to picture, desktop to mobile and ever increasing scale offers new opportunities for consumers and marketers.


With the advent of always-on and ubiquitous internet access, and ever-increasing digitization – our actual and virtual lives are starting to blend in to one.

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Wi-Fi Posters Bring The World’s Oldest Medium Into The Digital Era

With conventional poster campaigns becoming less and less likely to grab the attention of young moviegoers, South Korean film distributor CJE brought the world’s oldest ad medium into the smartphone era, by creating so-called ‘movie posters 2.0’: Wi-Fi Posters.

Wi-Fi Posters Bring The Oldest Medium Into The Digital Era

Traditional posters are transformed into wireless hotspots via technology embedded in or behind the billboard. This is automatically activated once a user nears the hotspot, prompting them to connect to the Wi-Fi network with the name of the movie being promoted. Once connected, the user can watch the movie trailer in HD, interact with other free content, and even buy tickets to the show itself.

During the campaign’s run, the movie’s main site saw a huge increase in traffic from wireless users, who stayed on the site five times longer than average. Ticket sales also recorded a significant uplift.


In 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device. Increasingly many aspects of people’s virtual and physical lives can be controlled by mobile phone – effect-ively making it a “remote control” for life

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Vending machine billboard offers free shirts for tweets

A recent campaign in India for fashion brand Allen Solly saw a large billboard kitted out with 60 shirts and a mechanism that pushed each one forward a small amount every time people around the billboard tweeted the hashtag ‘#RainingSolly’. A large screen displayed their tweets, and the user who tweeted at the moment a shirt dropped could collect it for free.
Vending machine billboard offers free shirts for tweets

Brand mentions on social networks for free goods have already been leveraged by several other brands:

South African brand BOS Ice Tea created a Twitter powered vending machine in Cape Town, where a tweet with the hashtag #bostweet4t dispensed a free sample of BOS tea.

At a London pop-up store, Kellogg’s turned social media chatter into currency by allowing customers to pay for Special K Cracker Crisps (valued at $1) with a tweet of #tweetshop.


With the advent of always-on, ubiquitous internet access, and digitization, our actual and virtual lives are starting to blend into one.


Increasingly brands are offering rewards for specified consumer actions such as Tweeting, or Liking. Adding novelty to the traditional value exchange can prompt consumers to think about the brand in a new way or make their encounter more memorable.

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Advertising Billboard provides Fresh Drinking Water

In Lima, Peru, the University of Engineering and Technology has teamed up with a media owner to create a billboard that captures moisture from the air and converts it into filtered drinking water.

Advertising Billboard provides Fresh Drinking Water

Lima is set in Peru’s coastal desert which receives almost no rainfall every year, causing a chronic shortage of potable water. Air humidity, on the other hand, hovers around 98 percent.

The water billboard – on the Pan-Am Highway – includes an air filter, condenser, carbon filter and tank. It captures 9,450 liters every three months, enough water for hundreds of families.

UTEC wanted to solve a real societal problem but also to inspire young applicants to its engineering program – and applications to UTEC have gone up 28 percent this year.


Rather than just interrupting consumers’ lives, brands are increasingly looking to provide useful services or applications that give people something they actually need – without demanding an immediate return.

For the same budget and energy expended on traditional advertising, many brands are instead creating things that are more tangible, useful and reusable, and that play a more integral part in the consumer’s life.

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KLM Must See Map combines social media with print

Travelling can be a difficult endeavor, especially when your guidebook is borrowed from a friend of a friend and the top 10 restaurants listed no longer exist.


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines wants to help globetrotters out with its new social media campaign, ‘Must See Maps — made by friends’. The concept basically takes what travelers have done since before the internet existed – ask friends for recommendations – and gives it a digital and social twist.

How it works: on the Must See website, users create a map of their chosen destination, link this to their social media pages (Facebook, Twitter) and then ask friends and followers for tips on where to go. KLM will then print a physical copy of the map and mail it to the user … all for no monetary cost.

No such thing as a free map, though. What KLM gets in return is powerful friend to friend propagation, and valuable customer data for its Social and CRM efforts.

With the advent of always-on and ubiquitous internet access, and ever-increasing digitization – our actual and virtual lives are starting to blend in to one.


Brands and designers are increasingly creating physical assets that enhance or embody the virtual digital lifestyle so consumers can enjoy a tactile and tangible object alongside the digital.

Lay’s asks consumers and fans to “Do Us A Flavor”

In July 2012, Lay’s chips Launched their “Do Us A Flavor” contest, inviting consumers to submit ideas for new flavors for Lay’s chips (crisps). The winner of the contest will be awarded $1 million or one percent of their flavor’s 2013 net sales.

Do Us A Flavor

The competition was launched via Facebook, garnering over 3.8 million entries. Lay’s flavor development team narrowed these to a shortlist of 20, and Chefs prepared the dishes which the flavors were based on. Food scientists then translated those food notes into a spice blend for the chips.

Flavors were judged by a celebrity panel that included chef Michael Symon and actress Eva Longoria. The three final contenders were announced Monday on “Good Morning America”: Cheesy Garlic Bread, Chicken & Waffles, and Sriracha (a Thai hot-sauce).

These three were also rolled out in store this week. Consumers can vote for their favorite flavor on the Lay’s Facebook page, via twitter and by text though May 4 when the final winner will be announced. The winning flavor will then remain on shelves.

“Do Us a Flavour” was originally a hugely successful concept from Walker’s Crisps in the UK – where “Builders Breakfast” beat out “Onion Bhaji” and ”Fish and Chips” for the top slot.


The Internet has given customers ever-increasing powers to research, compare, and review brands, enabling both good and bad customer experiences to be broadcast to the world. This is proving challenging for many companies, who’ve always exercised so much control over their brand messages.

But many brands are harnessing the power of the Internet and “social proof” by optimizing user-generated content (UGC). These are the brands that understand the power of co-creating their brand together with consumers and tapping into the creativity of their fans.