1000heads: Things we like #1

The first in what I expect to become a series of blog posts from us ‘heads over the coming months. I’m going to kick it off with this effort from David & Goliath, USA

Image courtesy of Direct Daily

To highlight Universal Studio’s latest King Kong 3D attraction, D&G arranged for these huge footprints to be left in the sand on Santa Monica Beach, complete with a crushed lifeguard vehicle for added effect.

A bit stunty, yes. But imagine walking down to the beach to discover these one morning or, better yet, looking out of your sea-facing window to spot a whole trail of them walking up the coast.

What else could you do?

  • Send out ‘Giant ape sighted’ alerts to key voices in the area?
  • Engage with the local sasquatch believers/hunters?
  • Hide things in the actual prints themselves?
  • Building up to the event, plant reports of ape sightings?

We’re always trying to improve on things here at 1000heads. The ideas above lend themselves to this slide taken from a recent presentation I gave to New Media Age

When social presence strategies are becoming the norm, what can you do that sets you out from the crowd? YouTube, Twitter, Facebook – these things are now mere housecleaning to any decent launch.

Do something cool. Do something different. Do something awesome.

This is James Whatley, reporting live from Santa Monica, USA.
(and the less we say about this video, the better)

1000heads: Getting clever with AR

I spotted this one before Christmas but only remembered it recently when I was tasked with finding broad new ways of engaging your man-on-the-street consumer with new and exciting methods.

AR – that’s Augmented Reality to you and me – has come a long way over the past few months, being used in various online campaigns as well as a number of mobile phone applications, both on the iPhone and Android.

However, this example from Hugo Boss, really does bring AR to the masses with an ease of participation so simple, a monkey could do it.

Take a look…

Here at 1000heads we talk a lot about Breadth vs Depth when it comes to levels of engagement. How we do reach as many people as possible while maintaining the option of deep level engagement to those that have the time and interest to cough up some real emotional investment.

Admittedly this isn’t the deepest of campaigns, but then again it doesn’t need to be.

What I love the most is that it takes a tangible real-world asset with digital components to drive real-world traffic to its offline store. In this case, the shop front to get your (personalised?) message – and then once there – it drives you inside to discover if you’ve won a money off coupon.

With the popularity of doing your shopping online showing no sign of waning, high street retailers need to consistently find innovative ways to increase in-store footfall.

Hats off to Hugo Boss. An instant success with instant word of mouth.

Don’t believe me? Watch the video again and see the crowds of people outside the store attracting the attention of passers-by…

Trust us – Re-inventing the shop front: it’s the next big thing.