Fame's developing a life of it's own
Enjoy sharing your photos with your friends? Imagine sharing them with the entire nation. Mobypicture – based in the Netherlands – welcomes your uploaded photos and publishes their favourites in a free national newspaper the very next day.
Why it matters
Andy Warhol was right, fifteen minutes of fame has become widely accessible. Not satisfied with reading the news, people today want to be the news. Is this further proof that marketers are losing control over content and should accept rather than worry about it?
After experiencing difficulties with mobile reception for a few days, the news was filled with the complaints of Etisalat subscribers. As a result, Etisalat issued an apology in the form of a full-page newspaper ad.
Pepsi Loot is a new location-based mobile app that claims to be the first to have a loyalty program associated with it. People who have the app (available for iPhone and iPod Touch) can check into to any of Pepsi’s 200,000 QSR locations that serve Pepsi, called “Pop Spots”. Users earn rewards when they check in, like a free song download after three stops. The app also presents a CRM opportunity for restaurants, who can target users based on their location, and send mobile offers like free Pepsi with food purchases.