July - August 2010 Newsletter
Rules of Engagement
Article by: Kim Ramser, DOmedia Business Development & Industry Relations Guru
Getting customers engaged is a great way to promote brand loyalty and enthusiasm. Help your clients get their customers involved in their OOH campaigns. We have all seen the Chili’s commercial encouraging their customers to upload videos of themselves at Chili’s with the hope of getting in a TV commercial. Well, with a little ingenuity, OOH can invoke the same excitement. Help your clients come up with unique ways to engage their customers with entertaining creative executions.
There are two rules to use when creating engaging out-of-home media campaigns. Rule number 1: It doesn’t have to be expensive, and Rule number 2: Make sure it is entertaining. People like to be entertained, and with all of the new products and technology available, the opportunities are endless. Here are some great campaigns that got consumers to interact and become engaged with the creative.
UNICEF wanted to create awareness about the poor drinking water conditions in underdeveloped countries. They worked with Casanova Pendrill to develop a very interesting beverage vending machine campaign. The beverage choices were Malaria, Typhoid, Cholera, Dengue… well, you get the picture. Each beverage cost $1, and when you pushed your “beverage” choice, a bottle of dirty water was dispensed. All of the proceeds went to UNICEF, and the awareness of this international health issue was raised to a new level.
When Nike decided to engage consumers, they did so by actually having them design a shoe. Teaming up with R/GA and Reuters, Nike used the heavy pedestrian area of Times Square, along with a great digital signage location to engage people on the street. Passersby could change the color, etc. of the shoe on the digital screen by texting to the number on the design.
ESPN wanted to bring excitement around Monday Night Football, so they incorporated Nintendo Wii technology into their digital display. Teaming with Monster Media, MacDonald Media and Wieden & Kennedy, they created an interactive window display. Those who saw the display could take a quick break from whatever they were doing to virtually catch a football with some of the biggest names in the NFL. What a perfect way to tie into the excitement of football season!
Campaigns can engage consumers without using high tech in high-cost locations. A little creative ingenuity can go along way when getting them involved. Customers don’t mind taking the extra step to participate. They will go to a website or try to decipher an entertaining message. The point is to entertain—a campaign can do that without being cost-prohibitive.
Here are some great low-tech campaigns using more traditional types of media:
James Ready Beer
When James Ready wanted to show appreciation to their local beer drinkers, they worked with Leo Burnett-Toronto to implement the “Share Our Billboard” campaign. The billboard served as a call to action for consumers to go to the James Ready website and post pictures of themselves. The best pictures were then posted into the billboard copy, showing how much local beer drinkers love James Ready Beer. This was a great low-tech campaign using regular poster panels, and they built loyalty by posting local people having fun with their brand.
This OBIE award-winning Economist campaign by BBDO-NY got consumers involved in a game of Twister® using floor graphics. Each spot had a word in it. And who could resist a game of Twister? This was another great low-tech campaign that would be very cost-effective. The excitement is in the standard, easily recognizable design.
This campaign was a Station Domination installation at the Port Authority by BBDO-NY. The name of the campaign was Port Authority Stream of Consciousness. Each panel throughout the venue on one side of the wall had different images or words, creating a conversation with the morning commuter passing through. And the best part: this execution lead the consumer to a Starbucks located at the end of the station.
Look at your product offerings and figure out what you could create for your clients. Engaging your clients’ customers with your creative design by getting them involved generates awareness, loyalty and excitement about their brand or business. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or find high-profile locations. Customers will play, react, and read. They enjoy something different during their normal course of commuting, running errands, etc. Give them something to “wow” about. Once you have that successful engaging campaign, share it with us! We are always looking for new case studies and creative to share with our agency members! Just email a case study to email@example.com, and we’ll post it to our Resources library for everyone to see.
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If you’re a bus commuter in the Calgary area, you might find one of your local bus shelters is, well… not quite up to par. You arrive to a scene of shattered glass, a broken metal bench, and the steal support apparatus completely ripped from the remaining structure. Strangely, the only clue at the scene of the crime is a pair of extra large, oddly shaped footprints. Next to those flutters a ripped poster with the headline, “Dinosaurs Alive. More Real. More Scary.” It’s almost as if the culprit stopped to read the poster before running off. Hold that thought. Did it say “dinosaurs”? Last we checked, they were extinct.
Coincidently, that’s exactly what happened… almost. Looking for a platform to launch their “Dinosaurs Alive” exhibit, the Calgary Zoo and its agency, CD Trigger, found a solution. "We asked ourselves: If dinosaurs did come to life and roam the streets, what would they do? The answer: Wreck stuff," says Patrick Doyle, creative director at CD Trigger. An earlier car crash had wrecked the shelter, so the agency only had to print off a poster and rearrange some broken glass to add the dinosaur footprints.
"The campaign overall has created a lot of buzz, and overall zoo turnstile has been up 5 percent since the campaign broke," Doyle says. "This execution may have only been seen by a few hundred Calgarians, but these would definitely be described as 'quality impressions.'"
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