Nivea are currently using in-game advertising within a social community for girls (goSupermodel.com) to promote their NIVEA Visage Young range. In the game, players get a ‘virtual pimple’ which they can get rid of by using a NIVEA product.
Why it matters
Younger generations feel at home in virtual worlds and often see their online life as an extension of their real-life social world. How can marketers take further advantage of the increasingly authentic virtual worlds that are being created in order to showcase the benefits of health and beauty products?
The site Boobstagram.fr invites women to upload a picture of their breasts using the social media platform Instagram. The site aims to raise awareness about prevention of breast cancer. They’ve managed to build a fan base on Facebook and Twitter by targeting young connected people with an unconventional and irreverent message: “Showing your breasts on the internet is fine, but showing them to your doctor is better.”
Following on the heels of WebMd and other medical diagnosis websites, patients are now turning to the internet to look for answers about which type of surgery or cosmetic procedure is right for them; and are now finding it easier to go online for advice from real physicians. The patients describe their issue, fill out a brief medical history, and upload pictures of the area they want treated. Within 24 hours, they receive a response from a local surgeon offering their suggestion and what it will cost. Then, at the patient’s leisure, they respond and set up a face-to-face appointment. Each online consultation costs $50; when an appointment has been agreed, the site allows both parties to swap contact information.