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BY: Yatharth Sharma


1. Billabong launches augmented reality ad campaign

http://econsultancy.com/us/blog/8405-billabong-launches-ar-ad-campaign

Billabong has become the latest company to use augmented reality technology (AR) in an interactive ad campaign.

The sports brand is using Augmented Reality(AR) app Zappar to allow consumers to interact with its instore, online and print advertising.

By using Zappar on Billabong’s ‘Life’s better in board shorts’ ads, consumers gain access to videos of surfers and are linked to a dedicated microsite.

The Billabong campaign signals a growing trend for brands to use interactive ads.

QR codes are becoming increasingly prevalent. We reported on eBay and John Lewis experimenting with the technology to drive mobile sales in the run up to Christmas.

AR is billed as being a step ahead of QR codes as it can offer users a more interactive experience through the use of 3D imagery, audio and videos.

Zappar’s app offers similar functionality to Blippar, which launched an AR campaign with Waitrose in November, and has been used other brands, including Tesco and Heinz.

Connell Gauld, Zappar’s platform director, says the difference between his AR app and others on the market is the motivation behind the campaigns.

We only want to use AR technology where it genuinely adds something o the user experience. It’s easy to use AR where it looks good but doesn’t actually add anything of value for the user.

Gauld said that AR could easily become a fad if brands don’t use it correctly, with its primary function being for entertainment for the time being.

Zappar has been involved in AR ad campaigns with Warner Brothers for films such as Green Lantern and Happy Feet 2.

In its current form it’s difficult to think of more functional uses for this technology. With entertainment you have got content there already and AR backs it up and makes the user feel like they are part of it.

The AR campaign fits well with Billabong’s brand as the technology should appeal to its target audience of image-conscious teenagers and young adults.

However, though the technology looks cool (note that the video demo uses an iPad), the app leads users to a microsite that is not mobile optimised, which is missing a trick.

Mobile response mechanisms like AR and QR can work well, but the whole user journey needs to be considered. Having a mobile optimised landing page is a must. 

If the aim is to get potential customers to scan using their mobiles, then leading them to webpage that is hard to use on a mobile undermines the effort made in attracting them to the page.

2. REI “Find Out NYC” Augmented Reality Ads

http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/rei-find-out-nyc-augmented-reality-ads/

REI have just launched their first store in NYC, probably a weird place to have an awesome, hardcore outdoor store right? Well, not if you can convince New Yorkers that the real outdoors aren’t all that far away, and what better way to do that then tempt with augmented reality ads.

3. eBay: Give-A-Toy Store Window Installation

http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/ebay-gift-a-toy-store-interactive-installation/

Here is a really cool and innovative way to evoke our sensitive, giving side this Christmas, with eBay’s amazing Give-A-Toy Store window installation in New York (at 35th and Broadway) and San Francisco (at 117 Post St), or if you can’t get there, you can get the same experience right here.

4. KIA: Augmented Reality TV Ads

http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/kia-augmented-reality-tv-ads/

Did anyone give this a try during the Australian Open? It was an ongoing “Augmented Reality” campaign activated via your Mobile phone, through the TV coverage of the grand slam event.

Available for both iPhone and Andriod, any time you captured the KIA logo through the app, it would activate an interactive 3D Augmented Reality experience for the new KIA Optima that allowed you to explore the car’s features, change colours and turn the headlights lights on and off. The app also crossed over into a number of print executions throughout the event. Created by ExploreEngage.

5. Adidas Augmented Reality Shoes Campaign

http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/adidas-augmented-reality-shoes-campaign/

The social sphere is alive with chatter on the new Adidas Augmented Reality Shoescampaign that is to launch in Feb. Adidas shoes will come with codes in the tongue that allow you to hold it up to a web cam and launch a 3D world right in the palm of your hands.

Where this is different to normal Augmented Reality campaigns, is that this 3D world will be completely interactive with at least 3 games added to the town with different shoes as the keys to access those exclusive areas. The shoe will also be the controller for the game while also allowing you to spin, zoom and change perspectives of the pop-up town in your hand.

I’m really looking forward to getting a sneak preview demo so stay tuned! Gimmick? Yes. Will people buy shoes to get exclusive access to games? Probably. Will blogs and forums fill up with people trying to get into the games and share codes? Definitely. Will it be viral? No doubt, if they support the launch with some great creative – which it looks like they will be. (via Wired)

5.  Disney: Augmented Reality In Times Square

http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/disney-augmented-reality-billboards-in-times-square/

Things are heating up in the Times Square visual overload arena! This time with a new Disney Parks Augmented Reality Billboard experience that spans across Times Square. Disney have taken over the entire American Eagle Outfitters digital billboard set and then across the road have installed the Augmented Reality experience featuring all of their popular characters.

When people stand in the specially marked circle opposite the digital billboard, an Augmented Reality character magically appears and interacts with them as they watch on the big screen. Some times this concept works and others it just feels a little out of place, but here in Times Square, it’s a perfect fit and a fantastic experience. There have been some great other AR installations like this, including the National Geographic one, Lynx Angels Ambush and Forever 21.

6. CommBank’s Augmented Reality Newspaper Ad

http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/commbank_ar_ad/

The Commonwealth Bank has recently won numerous awards for it’s augmented reality property app that has been around for almost a year. Now, claiming a “worldwide industry first”, the Commonwealth Bank has run a mobile-driven, augmented reality press ad in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane mX titles. The ad required a 3D reader iPhone app aims to help explain how to use its property guide app.

The app lets you access Cherryford Hill, a 3D virtual town where users can interact, move around and experience the features of the CommBank Property Guide app.

It’s great to see big banks looking for new and engaging ways to interact with their customers. With this latest campaign they are blending traditional newspaper ads with an innovative and engaging Augmented Reality experience. But what will the uptake be? (created by ExploreEngage)

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