How the Tokyo Newspaper uses an AR app for kids

Many newspapers are trying to find new ways into the digital future. The Tokyo Newspaper is facing the same challenge. However, Dentsu Tokyo may have found some good idea how to connect with readers with an Augmented Reality Reader app for kids. It is transforming paper into real life experiences and create a “Newspaper for family and children communication”. Their iPhone App identifies with markers different articles and advertisements on single pages of the newspaper, by overlaying the educational content of the article specifically for kids. Although we have seen this all over the world, I think, it is definitely an idea to get kids back to reading the papers.

Do you think this idea will bring some new readers for the newspapers or magazines? Is it an option to get kids reading paper?

YOUM: Does Samsung show the future of mobile displays?

When I wrote about three magic inventions discovered at CES 2013 some days ago, I definitely missed out on YOUM. The rumors around flexible displays is out there for quite a while. Remember Yankodesign’s vision of a flexible multiscreen phone or the Motorola Flipout?

Now, at CES the first YOUM displays were presented on stage, alongside a funny commercial clip. The OLED displays are thin that an iPod, can be bowed and rolled up. It sounds like science fiction or a good James Bond film invention, and it will be as log as the technology needed to make the OLED’s work is not getting thinner.

In the presentation Brian Berkely, VP Samsung Display, showed with different prototypes how it is possible to build displays that go around the smartphone or tablet. There, you then could see the latest text message, email or calendar entry that might be relevant. I can imagine these displays will hit the smartphone and tablet market quite soon.

And the question will be what is Apple’s or other smartphone and tablet manufacturers’ answer to this invention…

McDonalds App: Check out where your Mac was made

McDonalds is one of those companies where people want to know exactly how their food was made. And sometimes they need to do something not to get into the spotlight of a shitstorm. Now, the Australian team of McDonalds, with the help of DDB Australia, knows how to do some prevention – with their app “TrackMyMacca”.

This app lets Australians have a look in the McDonalds kitchen (and before ingredients even gets there) of their meal. It dives straight into their supply-chain and augmented reality to transmit an interactive experience that makes McDonald’s delivery process transparent, “showing where your ingredients come from you are eating”.

In my eyes, this is an interesting experience, and makes eating your burger alone a bit more exciting… and engages the customers. Ever thought about how you could do that with your product and services? Check it out and let us know what you think.

Google Zeitgeist and YouTube Review 2012

Each year Google Zeitgeist reminds us from a search perspective what happend in the last 12 months. And this year again, we get their point of view of 2012. So, no more words. Just watch it…

Well, hang-on! Don’t forget to watch Google’s official YouTube review “Rewind YouTube Style 2012” as well. Are we surprised that it is representing the Gangnam Style “Call me Maybe”, and is including web stars like Felica Day and the viral success of Kony 2012, or the Walk Off the Earth?

Buyral Spoof: How to make a video go viral with a professional clicking agency

Often we do get asked how to make a video go viral. Well, ehre is the answer… This Buyral video shows brand and companies how they make their videos go around the world of social networks. I am sure you all will love it! And here is our advice: Don’t take this video done by St. John too serious and don’t trust every agency that will tell you they know how to get your brands latest promotion to go viral. Maybe they also have some professionals with a fast finger clicking they videos like we assumed some straneg agencies were clicking banners years ago.

Mercedes – Twitter-Driven Commercial

This is the first commercial that integrates Twitter as the driver of a commercial – obviously for the launch of a new car: Mercedes TVC. In the TV ad, Mercedes-Benz UK gave viewers the option to select the ending of the recently launched TVC.

How the ads worked?

The commercials went live during the X Factor series. People watching the show were really in the driver’s seat. It was split in three parts. They let the action by being invited to chose between certain scenarios. They could vote via Twitter hashtag #YOUDRIVE. During the 60 second commercial viewers could select between two ending options: #Hide or #Evade. Which ever you chose determined the ending of the TVC commercial. In my eyes a fantastic idea for an integrated second screen social media combination. What do you think about it?

The creation was done by Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO. For all of you, who haven’t seen it, you can have your replay here.

Things that connect us – Facebook started first ad campaign

If you think that Facebook is all about sharing, then you might reconsider this in your marketing plans. Below you can find Facebook’s first advertising campaign with the title “The Things That Connect Us”.

The campaign will be rolled out in over 13 countries around the world. Why Facebook starts going the commercial route? Well, maybe Facebook has got to after their stock market experience. Or maybe they are simply celebrating the 1 billion users by looking back at the physical things that connect us. And with the simple message that Facebook is now enabling the same.

The 90 second production seems to me more like a “branding supporter” than a typical advertising campaign. It is telling us how we are utilising chairs, doorbells, bridges, airplanes to showcase the things that connect people around the world.

Interested to see your views on the video and what you think about them going back in the advertising age…

Get your kids to train for the Olympics 2016!

Having sporty kids is fantastic…, and sometimes challenging. Sometimes parents push them not enough to go for their next sports dream. Sometimes parents push them too much and don’t see their weaknesses, and the support they need. And, sometimes kids themselves do whatever it takes to become the next Olympic hero – maybe 2016 in Rio.

If you have a young Olympic hopeful kid, give them support, give them hope, give them a challenging home, and then as parents you will get support by a clever brand… “Let the spills begin.” is one of the best slogans I have heard and seen in the last two years!

Well done Publicis!

The new car retail experience: (Digital) showroom by AUDI

Remember the days, when you wanted to go in shops to see the desired car – experiencing it’s dimensions, the color, the feeling when touching the surface, and all of that? Let’s face it, there were many opportunities to get that shopping experience the digital way. Now, AUDI takes a new approach on addressing customer. They created the new AUDI City “Digital Showroom”.

The AUDI way is a fantastic new form of retail car shopping experience for a car brand. Do we need a big showroom on an expensive high-street building? No! This one fits in any street shop. Yes, it does! It is even possible in the classic shopping centers or malls. It means that car brands can move closer to customer’s day-to-day shopping trips. And no problem to let them feel the leather, the paint or any other materials they might want to touch.

Experiencing the Audi City Store is a virtual shopping trip in a traditional shopping atmosphere – just with digital projections on the walls to experience the driving fascination in big digital walls – right in front of them.

Cool or that, the question stay if this is hot?!

For 2013, IKEA will launch its first augmented-reality catalogue

While many companies still think about the value of Augmented Reality (AR) applications, IKEA is already using it to their advantage. In their new catalogue for 2013, IKEA embraces the opportunities to use AR to illustrate the right context for their products and to give some inspiration to customers how our homes might look like when we buy their furniture and accessoires. The catalogue will come out on July 30th and the IKEA CATALOGUE App will follow on July 31st in the app shops. The new catalogues sets a standard for all retailers offering catalogues in my eyes.

How IKEA sees their customer and how they use their solutions, can be seen from the following statement…

“For instance, we’ve stopped dividing life at home into rooms. Bedrooms, for example – they’re as varied as the ways people sleep. We’ve taken away our notions of what defined a ‘bedroom’ and replaced them with the idea ‘sleeping.’ We know that some homes don’t have ‘bedrooms’ – they have one 24-hour room where people live and sleep. Life is about activities; not the walls that define where they unfold.”

PS: I am desperately waiting to see their catalogue. Although I fear my wife might like it and then drag me along to their shops.

What do you think about the new catalogue and the concept behind it?