Ramble by Sunil Bahl
29Sep/140

EA Sports Madden NFL GIFERATOR

To launch their new game Madden NFL 15, EA Sports wanted to connect with young, football-obsessed fans and grow its association with the real world NFL. Since the average football fan was watching the game with their smartphone in hand, EA teamed up with Google to allow sport fans to provoke rivals from the comfort of their own sofa and bringing trash talk into the 21st century.

Using pioneering technology, live NFL data was fused with Madden 15 game footage to generate GIF highlights for every single game. All of this was delivered via real-time ads across sports websites and apps. As a result there was an ever growing collection of GIFs that football fans could simply take, edit and share to shove in the face of their rivals.

Try it out at www.MaddenGiferator.com.

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17Sep/140

Topshop Social Catwalk

In a fashion week first, Topshop presented their Unique SS15 collection not only on the runway but also on Instagram and Facebook.

5 VIP Instagramers who had special access to the show gave the world a unique view of the event and invited fans to feature in the #TopshopWindow display that was set up at the flagship store in Oxford Circus, London. Parallely the new range was live streamed online and viewers could immediately 'Click to Buy' each outfit.

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22Aug/140

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.

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4Aug/140

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-)

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