Ramble by Sunil Bahl

Ikea PS 2014 Instagram Website

Ikea over the years has made a name for itself as a trustworthy and affordable source of stylish home decor. In Russia to promote their new PS 2014 collection they teamed up with Moscow-based agency Instinct to produce a campaign that approached Instagram in an entirely new way.

The Ikea_ps_2014 Instagram account served as their campaign website, with each post representing a product category like Benches or Tables. On tapping the individual category pictures, hidden tags were revealed that offered a "link" to each product within that category. Every one of the 34 items in the collection also received their own Instagram accounts e.g. ps_laptop_station and ps_side_table.

The Instagram app was certainly never meant to be an Ikea catalog website, but this innovative use has its roots in previous brand campaigns. Early this year Mazda and JWT Canada turned the car-maker's Instagram feed into an interactive road trip, replacing car specs with images and videos that followed the vehicle on an epic adventure. Over the course of four months, the campaign "Long Drive Home" helped grow Mazda Canada's Instagram following by more than 300%.

Similarly, the Toronto Silent Film Festival turned their feed tsff2014 on its side, creating an interactive timeline complete with factoids and video clips to celebrate Charlie Chaplin's 100 years on film.



Unmanned aircrafts have been used to carry out military strikes, to film weddings and someday will even be used someday to deliver products from companies like Amazon, Netflix, Francesco's Pizzeria and Flower Delivery Express.

Until the legalities of commercial use are cleared up by the local governments, companies in Russia and Brazil have gone ahead and created the first of their kind drone-vertising campaigns...


As ordinary advertising channels continue to be congested, Russian creative agency Hungry Boys used drones to advertise noodle company Wokker.

Wokker banners were attached to drones and launched around high-rise business buildings in Moscow’s financial district, drawing the attention of hundreds of people as they flew past office windows. This resulted in deliveries in the campaigned area to go up by 40%.


Cup Noodles, the instant ramen noodles snack from Nissin-Ajinomoto, is being promoted in Brazil with the launch of drones with cows, chickens, corn cobs and shrimps. The two and a half minute film created by Dentsu Brazil for the brands online campaign, uses drones to take the instant noodles to surfers, skateboarders and highline walkers as they practice their sport.


The Movie Unlocker

Paying for movies via credit cards are a thing of the past. Grolsch Beer from Netherlands has developed a first of its kind 'Movie Unlocker' technology that their consumers can use to pay for watching movies online.

Their beer bottles now come fitted with special custom made Bluetooth beacons that transmit a unique code to the movie partner website when the bottle is brought close to a laptop or smartphone that has BLE (low-energy Bluetooth) enabled. The unique code helps verify the user and gives them access to the chosen movie. 8-)


Automated Thanking Machine

Start with the smile of your audience, and then work back from there. That is the key to most of the successful marketing campaigns. Coca-Cola has done a great job with their various happiness campaigns, followed by WestJet's christmas campaign where they surprised their passengers with gifts.

Now TD Canada Trust for their "TD Thanks You" campaign converted select ATM machines in their Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver branches into special Automated Thanking Machines. Then 20 hand picked customers were requested to test out these new ATMs. To their surprise the ATM knew their names, talked back to them and eventually even gave them ultra cool gifts. The reactions were captured on video, which in the last 8 days has already got 4.9 million YouTube views.



A robot that provides a personal and meaningful human experience is set to become reality through Jibo, a 11 inch tall, 6 pound, swiveling circular robot. 8-) Friendly, helpful and intelligent, Jibo is the world’s first social robot for the family.

Here is a short demo video created for its crowdfunding campaign...

More infos on pre-ordering Jibo are available at www.myjibo.com.