Something is stealing viewers from the TV. It’s the other new media – video games. Now a $10 billion dollar industry, larger than the total movie box-office.
To reach men from the teens up to mid 30’s, consider developing a low cost game that brings your brand personality to life – literally. Burger King sold three games for the MS Xbox ($3.99 each with a value meal) as part of a 2006 holiday promotion. The games feature the chain’s iconic King and the the strangely popular Subservient Chicken in various exploits – with Sneak King the most popular. As a part of the effort the chain created a gamer focused site at BKgamer.com.
In addition to critical acclaim and selling 3.2 million games, Burger King generated incremental traffic and sales – contributing to a 41% jump in quarterly profit.
Instead of creating another set of TV ads, think about bringing your brand to life in its own game.
Just creating an adver-game won't do anything for you if it's not attractive to your target. It must be just as smart and savvy as a commercial game. BK succeeded in putting its brand character (the King's "creepiness" factor) to work in a rich environment. Think through how you might use gaming to expand or develop your own brand's personality.