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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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.

American Express Launches Tweet Commerce

Social commerce is typically Facebook’s domain but American Express is changing that: as of this week, card members can link their Twitter accounts with their charge accounts and tweet specified hashtags to buy products.

American Express Twitter

On Monday this week, opted-in card members were offered a $25 Amex gift card for $15. On Wednesday more products were added, including a $149 Amazon Kindle, a $179 Sony Action Cam and a $179 Xbox 360. These products will be on sale until March 3, if they’re not out sold out by then.

How does it work? Each product has its own hashtag, and is promoted on Amex’s Twitter page. After opted-in users tweet one of these hashtags, they get an automated response to their Twitter account with a confirmation code. They then have have 15 minutes to tweet said code, and once they do, Amex will process the transaction and send the product via free two-day shipping.

American Express is promoting the program using Twitter ads, Promoted Tweets and Promoted Trends, as well as emails to card members and messaging on its own site.


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

“2013 will be the year of The Drop. We will drop social from social media as all media is social; we will drop digital and mobile from digital & mobile marketing as all marketing is digital and mobile … we are entering an era of integration and simplification as people want coherence, impact, joy, and help from people running brands”
– Jim Stengel

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