Food & Drink (183)
Tweet for tea
In Cape Town South Africa, the iced tea manufacturer BOS set up a vending machine that dispenses free ice tea in return for a tweet. The user simply has to tweet with a special hashtag to receive the cold beverage.
Why it matters
This trend shows how brands can create awareness and engagement as well as initiate trial in the real world. It also brings the offline experience into the digital world. The idea and mechanic can easily be adapted to all kinds of products. Does this mechanic imply that online presence is so important that a tweet can become a genuine method of payment?
VDS Wines has created a smartphone application that allows customers to access more content about the wine they are drinking or considering buying. Simply point the phone camera at a bottle and it displays information through an augmented reality interface. Using the phone’s GPS, it can also identify the closest location where you can find the wine. The app also provides information about the wines of the region and let’s you send questions to a sommelier.
Kitchensurfing is an online network for people who want good food and chefs who can cook it anywhere. The site lists available chefs by specialty and location. Users simply need to pick who they would like to cater their dinner.