Tuesday, October 18, 2005

12Snap And Adidas Offer Word Of "Mouth" Marketing


Word of mouth mobile marketing takes on a new meaning with the "Yella" campaign from 12Snap and Adidas.

"Ever had an entire football stadium applaud you?

With adidas: Impossible is nothing.

Just press a button during your next phone call, and thousands will cheer on demand to support your wise comment
"


A completely new software for mobile phones was developed, with which the customer can guide a virtual football crowd while on a phone call. Once the software is downloaded to the phone by sending 1 simple SMS message, then with a touch of one of the phone buttons during the call, he could let them applaud, scream “boo!”, sing etc..

Didn´t you always want to let ten thousands boo out a friend if she doesn´t want to go out with you? . The sound crowd was integrated so smoothly into the call that the recipient could tell the difference. That´s real “talk-about value.

Think of the other background noises or individualized recordings that you could create mobile marketing campaigns around. A sultry voice saying your name, a stranger giving you a compliment, a celebrity asking if that's you.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can imagine an employee pressing the wrong one and get a "boo" response for his boss at a meeting.

Anonymous said...

oops, that was me, kokonutguy
:)

Steven Baldassari said...

This is a brilliant idea. The fact that I am sitting here right now typing this comment proves how effective this campaign really has been in generating word of mouth advertising. Sure, like everything in this world it has it's down sides but what a great innovative way to target one's audience.

Anonymous said...

Adidas is not immune to the growing trend for icon and brand collaboration. Current Adidas collaborations include Adidas and McCartney, Adidas and Yamamoto, Adidas Respect Me (by Missy Elliot - urban sportif apparel), Ali by Adidas (The legendary boxer), Adidas and WE (the urban skate brand), to name but a few.

So what’s in it for the “parent” collaborator, in this case Adidas but we could also point to Reebok, Nike, Puma and others…? The overriding intention is undoubtedly an attempt by the “parent” collaborator to achieve an otherwise unachievable level of “cred” to use the vernacular term. The parent collaborators are invariably ponderous conglomerates managed by men in grey suits who exude as much “cred” as a George Bush/Tony Blair hybrid; simply put the “parent” collaborators are mundane and dull and have a desperate need for a splash of color to give them some credibility with their personality-addicted consumer base — enter the “child” collaborator, usually a hip designer, musician, film star or sports star. Everyone’s happy, the “parent” collaborator gets their desperately needed “cred” and the “child” collaborator receives a truck load of cash and access to an even wider audience — Everybody’s ‘appy! Or are they?

Many knowledgeable fashion commentators are questioning the wisdom of parent and child collaborations. First of all, if a “parent” collaborator hasn’t got enough in-house momentum and self-belief then no amount of celebrity gloss gleaned from the “child” collaborator will hide the cracks. Many commentators are suggesting that the “parent” collaborators stop concentrating purely on the surface of their brand and start peeling back the edges and taking a look at what’s deep inside — it’s called soul-searching: who am “I”, what do “I” stand for and where am “I” going? If a “parent” collaborator hasn’t got the guts to face itself and hopes that temporal collaborations are the answer to their brand’s long-term success, then that brand is ultimately doomed because there can only be so many parent/child relationships before the customer gets wise to the marketing strategy. In addition, the “parent” collaborator will be colored by the “child” collaborate long after the collaboration ends and as we all know the cult-of-celebrity is very fickle and a star today could well be a liability tomorrow — so rather than help paper over the cracks of the “parent” collaborators image the “child” collaborator actually starts to rock its very foundation!

If a brand has true substance, a quality product and an innovative in-house team then it simply doesn’t need to adopt a “child” collaborator. In fact, it just needs to adopt some respect for its true customer base!!!

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Jessie said...

In the beginning this merger seems to look optimistic with both Adidas and Reebok combining concepts and strong holds on the market. Nike, on the other hand, is not worried about them and is only concerned with themselves. Nike at the moment is still the leader in athletic shoes and still has contracts with the big superstars of sports, which helps there marketing ploy