Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Lynx - Angel Augmented Reality Victoria Station Ambush

Now I know I have recently cited an example of activity from the latest 'Angels will fall' Lynx campaign, and do not mean to 'harp' on about it, however this is a fantastic recent example of engaging an audience through augmented reality. The video explains it all, but I really like the way this naturally involves passers by to watch and get involved.

Video - Lynx Excite Angel Ambush London Victoria

The video is explained in further depth on their Facebook page, took place on the 5th March at London Victoria Station, with further activity which happened in Birmingham Bullring 19th & 20th March 2011. Further Pictures below.

Pic 1 - Lynx Fallen Angel Victoria Station Augmented Reality

Pic 2 - Lynx Fallen Angel Victoria Station Augmented Reality

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Happy Fifth Birthday Twitter!

According to the Twitter blog, this week sees in their fifth birthday and it was this time in 2006 when a small team of people started working on a prototype of the microblogging service. It was in fact March 21, 2006, when Jack Dorsey (@jack) sent the first Tweet, and since then the site has continued to rocket to the Twitter we know today.

There have been some staggering figures in these first five years since the creation of Twitter, however I have included the stats from the original post which I think say it all.

The interesting thing from my point of view will be where Twitter goes next, and whether it can maintain this success or whether it has reached it's natural peak. With the recent introduction of various ways of monetising the service, with marketing options such as promoted tweets, and promoted trends, I do believe there are a few tricks left up the sleeve of the Twitter folk yet. I'd be interested to know what you think, and how you think Twitter will expand on the success of the first five years?

3 years, 2 months and 1 day. The time it took from the first Tweet to the billionth Tweet.

1 week. The time it now takes for users to send a billion Tweets.

50 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, one year ago.

140 million. The average number of Tweets people sent per day, in the last month.

177 million. Tweets sent on March 11, 2011.

456. Tweets per second (TPS) when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 (a record at that time).

6,939. Current TPS record, set 4 seconds after midnight in Japan on New Year’s Day.

572,000. Number of new accounts created on March 12, 2011.

460,000. Average number of new accounts per day over the last month.

182%. Increase in number of mobile users over the past year.

8. 29. 130. 350. 400. Number of Twitter employees in Jan 2008, Jan 2009, Jan 2010, Jan 2011 and today.

Pic - Twitter Birthday Cake

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Top 10 brands on Facebook - Infographic

Here is a nice little infographic I found giving a snapshot of some top ten's including brands, celebs and TV shows which I thought I'd share courtesy of

Pic - Top 10 Brands on Facebook Infographic

Saturday, 12 March 2011

St Patrick's Day Ad - Guinness 'Man Hugs' Video

To celebrate St Patrick's Day on March 17th Guinness have released the below video as a reminder of how to act appropriately this year when engaging in a man hug. Also pop along to their Facebook page if you are a fan of the beer to claim a free pint, as well as watch further lessons such as 'How to engage a stranger in a conversation'.

Video - Guinness 'Man Hugs' Video

Happy St Paddy's Day!!

Cadbury Creme Egg Cad-apult - using Google Maps to goo your friends

Cadbury's Creme Egg is one of those brands who are known for creating some very clever and engaging formats and microsites, and this example is no different. The Cadbury Creme Egg Cad-apult from Canada gives people the opportunity to goo both friend or foe by simply imputing their address and hitting the 'fire' button, then using the Google Maps functionality an egg is fired through the sky directly onto the chosen target. This is definitely one worth checking out, so you can view the microsite here

Pic 1 - Cadbury Creme Egg Cad-apult

Pic 2 - Cadbury Creme Egg Cad-apult

Pic 3 - Cadbury Creme Egg Cad-apult


Volkswagen Black Beetle YouTube Takeover.. and others

Maybe not a post for those who are not a fan of creepy crawlies, however a great example of another YouTube takeover for the VW Black Beetle. The video takeover which can be viewed at and acts as an extension to their fantastically popular Super Bowl commercial showing a beetle running around the undergrowth past the other traffic, knocking down the screen and disrupting the other insects as it goes. I have included the ad under the screenshot below for those who have not seen it.

Pic - Volkswagen Black Beetle YouTube Takeover

Video - Volkswagen Commercial: Black Beetle

Also look out for the dragonfly which follows your cursor around after the video, a nice touch I think.

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Britain's Got Talent 2011 YouTube Competition

Once again Britain's Got Talent is nearly upon us, and this year to ensure they continue to recruit the best the UK has to offer a competition will be held on YouTube giving a handful of people the chance to audition in front of the judges. Users are being asked to upload themselves and their unique talents to YouTube via the Britain's Got Talent channel by the 24th March to be in with a chance of winning.

Video - Britain's Got Talent Entry Competition

I think this a great extension to an already very successful programme, and like it or not, it is always a positive move when fresh ideas can be introduced in order to keep viewers engaged in the format before people have a chance to get bored. Although this recruitment process is nothing new and has been done many times before, it is becoming increasingly important for channels such as ITV to build upon the content they have in order to prolong the talkability of shows like Britain's Got Talent.

Pic - Britain's Got Talent 2011 YouTube Channel