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Nissan’s Interactive Print Campaign Wins Top Advertising Award

Chris Cameron November 21, 2012

Click here to see Nissan and OMD’s promo video for the campaign.

Over the summer we told you about how automaker Nissan was taking over newspapers in Canada with a massive interactive print campaign. Now, a few months later, we are proud to share that with the help of Layar’s technology, Nissan’s campaign has been awarded Canada’s top advertising award - Best of Show at the Media Innovation Awards.

Check out this video the company used to promote its campaign “Nissan Altima - Innovation that Excites.” Readers of Canada’s top newspapers could scan pull page cover wrap ads to view videos about the car and instantly schedule test drives.

The interactive print campaign, built in a partnership with OMD, PostMedia and TBWA, was a huge success for Nissan. Over 8 million readers viewed the campaign in one day, which lead to more than 6,500 page views at a 42% click-through rate. The most impressive stat? Test drives for the Nissan Altima increased by 65% as a result of the Interactive Print campaign.

“More and more we see brands and publishers using this technology to infuse their print products with the power of the Internet,” said Layar CEO Quintin Schevernels, who says Nissan’s campaign is a testament to the effectiveness of interactive print. “By engaging readers through their smartphones, Nissan’s print advertisements produced substantial results for their business.”

Layar’s interactive print technology helped Nissan came away the big winners last week at the Canadian Media Innovation Awards in Toronto, winning not only Best in Show, but three other awards as well.

Nissan says it plans to keep using Layar in the future, including on another big project coming soon, so stay tuned!


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Activate Print Toronto Panel Discussion

Chris Cameron October 30, 2012

Last week we hosted our second (the first being in Amsterdam this summer) Activate Print event in Toronto, Canada. Dozens of creative and publishing professionals - from ad agencies, newspapers, magazines, book publishers, printing companies, etc. - came together to hear all about Layar, the Creator and some very positive results from successful campaigns. 

As we shared with you last week, the reactions from attendees were outstanding! We wanted to take this opportunity to give you a look inside the event, to hear some of the panelists speak about Layar and their campaigns. 

The video above features clips from our panel discussion with: Maggie Greyson (Integrated Program Manager at PostMedia), Neal Bouwmeester (Senior Marketing Manager at Nissan), Rimi Singh (Brand Director at TBWA), Karena Phidd (Group Director of Strategy at OMD), Sean Dixon (Associate Director of Strategy at OMD) and moderator Nigel Newton (Layar Partner).

In the video, the panelists, all part of an innovative and extensive Nissan campaign, discuss using Layar nationwide in PostMedia’s Canadian newspapers to promote sales and test-drives of a new Nissan model. They all have some great things to say about Layar.

“At a bare minimum, to have them be able to look at the ad, then just engage with it - even for 30 more seconds, even for 20 more seconds - that’s golden,” said Bouwmeester. “You can’t buy that. Well, you can buy it now.”

The campaign was a big success - so big, in fact, that Nissan is submitting the campaign for an advertisement innovation award. Next month, after the campaign awards, we’ll have more we can share on this project, so keep an eye out for that. Nissan also announced that they intend to use Layar in a new upcoming campaign, but they were very “hush hush” about that as well.

Thanks again to the Dutch Embassy and the Netherlands Ambassador to Canada, Wim Geerts, for supporting and opening the event by talking about the rich history of Dutch technology innovation.

“We’re one of the world’s largest exporters of IT products and services, ranking fourth, behind the US, UK and Germany. Quite a feat, when you consider that these other three countries have significantly larger economies and populations,” said Geerts. “If you’ve ever listened to music, enjoyed wireless internet or used a wireless headset with your mobile phone, the chances are that you have been using technology that was developed by the Dutch.”


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