Combine geolocation, image recognition and augmented reality technologies with smartphone adoption—31 percent of mobile users have one, according to eMarketer—add in massive gaming participation (183 million Americans report playing a game for an hour per day, according to author Jane McGonigal), and it is no surprise that we are seeing more sponsors use games to activate their sponsorships. more
My last post shared some great examples of festival and event apps that build audience engagement for both the properties and their sponsors. In reviewing the elements that allow apps to live up to their engagement potential, seven specific functions rise to the top: more
It used to be you grabbed the festival calendar from your free weekly and circled what bands you wanted to see. Now, Web-based applications for smartphones and tablets let you plan, share and update schedules with military precision. Before committing to a stage, you can review a band’s videos, see how many “likes” they have on Facebook and check out which bands they are most similar to in your music library. more
In my last post, I praised the multi-dimensional activation program adidas has created around its London 2012 partnership, but mentioned that it’s a shame that there has to be so much legal language as part of the adiStars Web site. more
“Really?!” No, “REALLY?!” How many times have I heard this in the past year and a half as it relates to the way my little smart phone is permanently glued to my hand? Let’s see… just about every family function I attend, a few times out with my girlfriends, on a handful of dates, hell, even running the Cleveland Half Marathon. I’m the person the new Microsoft Windows Phone 7 ad pokes fun at. And I love it. If you haven’t seen it, take the minute to check it out. It’s well worth it. more
Formula 1 driver, Lewis Hamilton, and Reebok unveiled an alternate reality game (ARG) yesterday called Lewis Hamilton: Secret Life. Hamilton is the central character in this game, which allows its users to experience a facet of Hamilton’s “life” beyond being a Formula 1 driver. The overall goal of the game is to help Lewis train and prepare to recover priceless artworks, sculptures and manuscripts from thieves. Apparently (or as Reebok would like you to believe), Hamilton is a big “The Thomas Crown Affair” fan and bypassing museum security/stealing priceless artifacts is his secret passion. more
If you read my posts often enough, you know I’m constantly waxing poetic about how important integrating the consumer into the sponsorship experience is. So it should be no surprise that upon hearing about Stephen Colbert’s, “Colbert Nation” top sponsorship of the U.S. Speed Skating team (if you haven’t already, check out my colleague Rob Campbell’s blog post here) and FanCar’s unique sponsorship opportunities around Sprint NASCAR cars; that I am ready to hand out two big, fat gold stars for fan integration. more
I love my Google G1 phone and I especially like browsing the Android marketplace for new applications (apps). I know I am not alone in this, especially among iPhone users. Recently, IEG’s Jim Andrews posted a blog item discussing the introduction of the “Countdown to Copenhagen” app from the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid committee, the first bid city to use the technology.
According to Apple, over a billion apps have been downloaded by iPhone and iTouch users. Some of the most popular and entertaining apps are the most inane. I checked out the top paid apps for the iPhone and in the top five are FMyLife Pro and The Moron Test, whose names say it all. My guess is that the novelty of these types of apps will wear off and the ones that stick around are the ones that offer convenience or information. more
Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about branding and sponsorship on the Web, social networking, Web content, monetizing Web exposure, etc. This was a hot topic during IEG’s annual conference and continues to be top of mind for me.
Generally, sponsor exposure on the Web is part of a larger sponsorship package and how the sponsor is recognized online is an afterthought, something like a sponsor logo next to a bunch of other sponsor logos. This is a mistake; a property’s Web site is often the first point of contact for your audience and where they develop their first impression of your sponsors. The Web provides a direct link to a sponsor’s products or services and in many cases it is the quickest way to a sale for the sponsor. To top it off, it can be measured and the measurement is fairly easy to obtain. more
In his keynote titled Sponsorship, Screens and Sociology: McDonald’s Ahead of the Curve View of Marketing, Jervoe walked attendees through the quick service restaurant’s groundbreaking The Lost Ring program around its sponsorship of the ’08 Olympic Games in Beijing. more