Food & Drink (183)
Supercharging the like Button
The Portuguese beer brand Super Bock launched a new Facebook advertising campaign aiming to convince Mark Zuckerberg to change the “like” button to “Good”, “Great” or “Super” buttons. In a clever but perhaps risky strategy, the brand made a video ad with typography and animations typical of online social services and app ads. It only reveals itself as a sponsor of this initiative at the very end of the video with a discreet logo.
Why it matters
If brands could customise the like button, there would be an endless amount of adjectives storming the platform. This would be rather chaotic and Facebook would probably not let it happen. Nevertheless, what is interesting with this campaign is the fact that the focus has been put on the button movement rather than the brand, thus almost creating the sense of a spontaneous viral initiative, making it more likeable and less “corporate”. How can other industries create branded viral activity that feels legitimate in their quest to garner mass support and bring change – even if it’s just for the ‘like’ button?
The Coca Cola Village in Israel is a holiday resort for teenagers. The residents are given RFID bracelets (Radio Frequency Identification) to help them share their experiences on Facebook. Teens put a digital ‘like’ on their choice of forty facilities in the camp from the pool to the extreme sports activities. If photographed, the RFID technology automatically tags everyone in the photo and uploads it to the relevant Facebook profiles.
A Dortmund-based start-up developed the mobile app ‘frinxx’ that allows users to pay and give away drink vouchers to their friends via their smartphones, even if the friends are not present at the bar themselves! The recipients can then obtain their drinks by showing the received code to the bartender of a participating establishment.