Ramble by Sunil Bahl

The Amazing iPad Magician

Simon Pierro is a digital magician from Germany who takes audiences to places they’ve never been, using a technological marvel they know and love — an iPad.

His latest performance was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at the massive Warner Bros. studio complex in Hollywood. Here he treated Ellen DeGeneres and her enthusiastic audience to some of his best tricks, including his newest illusion: an iPad selfie.



Coca-Cola through their latest campaign in Puerto Rico is trying to make the internet a happier place. The brand registered URLs for every emoji that conveyed happiness, and then via huge outdoor ads encouraged Puerto Ricans to visit it on their mobile.

The emoji URLs lead visitors to a special landing page i.e. EmotiCoke.com, where they could sign up for a chance to win the emoji web addresses for themselves. 8-)

For those wondering why .ws, which is actually the domain suffix for Samoa? That is because emojis are not accepted on domains such as .com, .net, and .org.


Durex Dual Screen Ads

Last year, Durex UK created a new way for its viewers to interact with its TV ad. Viewers who used the Durex Explore mobile app [iTunes or Google Play] while watching the ad on their TV or computer, got a steamy alternative on their second screen.

Then on Valentine's Day this year, they released a steamy radio spot that also used the same Durex Explore app to provide listeners with a similar steamy video experience on their smartphone or tablet. To exprience it click here.


Knorr Physical Retargeting

In November, a Knorr food truck in chilly Stockholm offered free warm samples of the brand’s tomato and Thai soups. Visitors could eat it on the spot or take home the samples.

To ensure the visitors could also be retargeted through relevant mobile ads, Knorr equipped the truck and the people handing out the samples with battery powered iBeacons. Through these iBeacons, visitors to the truck who had the popular Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet app preinstalled were registered as having been there. Then instead of immediately pushing a coupon for Knorr soup to the user, they waited until the next time the user opened the Aftonbladet app to serve it up through a mobile ad on the start screen.


McDonald’s Pay With Lovin’

At the recently concluded Super Bowl, McDonald's unveiled a new way to pay for meals starting February 2nd. Through a TV ad created by Leo Burnett they showed how they plan to ask random patrons to pay via simple acts of love i.e. calling their mother, hugging, doing a dance or praising their friends and family.

The new from of currency will be accepted right through till February 14th i.e. Valentine's Day.