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How Virtual Reality is Important to Startups and Why Most Consumers Are Unaware of it

November 10, 2017

Guest Article By: Jason Vander Griendt

 

Virtual reality is one of the emergent technologies that is experiencing a fast adoption rate in numerous industries. The entertainment industry was first on the scene. It empowered providers to offer compelling experiences to viewers taking the game to the next level. It’s increasingly finding innovative applications on the business scene. It’s transforming the way businesses interact with customers, market their products and engage talent among numerous other uses.

Besides sectors such as big data and the internet of things, virtual reality is expected to bring in the next big wave of innovation. Let us review some of the advantages of the technology to business.

 

Training and education

The traditional classroom is slowly becoming extinct especially in the workplace. Employees and students will log in to virtual classes with the mentor guiding the lesson. Businesses can fast-track employee training and offer education that achieves a more significant impact quickly. Think universities, driving schools, the healthcare industry and other hands-on learning scenarios that demand the use of expensive equipment.

Cost savings

Industries such as the real estate market are experiencing an enormous reduction in presales costs. It’s leveraging the technology to provide guided virtual tours of properties. The cost of hosting virtual tours does not come close to the expenditure associated with building model show houses, organizing the open house and stocking up numerous finishes for clients to choose from. Additionally, it is enabling realtors to build stronger value-based relationships with clients.

Marketing

Virtual reality offers more productive interactions with customers in real time. It gives marketers a superior platform to showcase their products and services to a broader target audience. The technology makes it easy to prototype different products seamlessly without actually building them.

Niche markets

This includes sectors such as interactive games and amusement parks. Virtual reality presents engaging interactions with users. It makes an excellent case for a game design company. Additionally, you can offer virtual reality versions of popular adventure-based activities such as surfing, rafting, and zip lining among numerous others. Similarly, collaborations with breakthrough technologies such as nanotechnology will narrow the gap between real and virtual worlds.

Events and social networks

The virtual scene presents the new real estate to host events. You can interact with other participants, listen to presentations, and walk through various booths at the event. All this from the comfort and convenience of your home. The same concept will extend to your social interactions. Facebook is already experimenting on this with its VR subsidiary, Oculus.

Why are there so few consumers on the virtual reality scene?

First, I’d have to say price points. Gadget manufacturers are racing to provide the best possible experience from their units. This translates to thousands of hours of research and development as well as high-quality components to realize a commercial product. Similarly, there are few consumer applications on the market utilizing the technology to drive adoption. Virtual reality content, as opposed to the infrastructure, will play a prominent role in driving the consumer costs down. Furthermore, the technology is considered socially isolating and lacking a diverse range of choice of ready content.

Virtual reality is here to stay. The technology is expected to get better, cheaper and drive more penetration. As adoption increases, costs will come down. The technology will also find new applications, as more industries get onboard. Experts argue that the line between virtual reality and augmented reality is increasingly getting blurred. This fusion promises more opportunity for businesses and consumers. The attraction point remains its ability to completely immerse you in a virtual world connecting with your senses on motion, sight, touch, smell, taste and experimentally, emotion.

 

 

Jason Vander Griendt is the mechanical design engineering expert behind Render 3D Quickly, a company specializing in three-dimensional architectural renderings and visualizations. With years of experience in the field of 3D rendering and animation, Vander Griendt has established a global reputation for the exceptional insight and expertise he has regularly provided to architects, builders, contractors, designers, homeowners, and real estate companies from all over the world.

 

Malick Ba

The 2017 Come Up

January 3, 2017

Out with the old, in with the new. 2016 was a big year for advertising, marketing, and especially technology. We were exposed to some things that no one had every really seen before. But rather than dwelling on what happened last year, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to open a discussion on how some of the trends we saw developing last year can (and will) affect marketers in the new year. So to kick 2017 off with The MAD Mix, here are some big things that you might see over the course of the year.

 

Virtual Reality

We got a taste of what VR can do in 2016, but I really think we’re less than a year away from seeing how this kind of technology will be incorporated in marketing strategies. VR presents an excellent opportunity to take a brand to the next level of engagement. We’ve seen Sony already incorporate VR into the Play Station 4, and not to mention Samsung with the Gear VR headset. You’re probably thinking: “Malick those things blew up in 2016, how can you say VR isn’t already here?” The thing is, Sony and Samsung are developers of these types of technology so that’s what I see to be expected. What I’m looking for in VR is how big retailers will use it. How will retailers like Wal-Mart, McDonalds, or Starbucks use VR to advertise their product? Virtual stores maybe? I think VR will change the way that we shop online in 2017, just wait for it.

Live Streaming

While sites like Twitch.tv and Facebook have offered live streaming services for a few years now, the idea hasn’t really made its mark yet with the average consumer and especially businesses. With the tech world heading towards a more mobile friendly approach, we can expect to see live streaming become much more mainstream. What do I mean by that? Well in November of 2016, Instagram officially launched their live streaming function to anyone who has an account. Instagram has approximately 600 million monthly users, so by the looks of things, we’re due for a load of live streaming content of people’s dogs and dinner.

R.I.P Radio

Ok this one might be a bit of a bold prediction, but hear me out. The reach of radio is nothing to argue. A study by Nielsen shows that broadcast radio reaches over 90% of all age groups. But I have a hard time believing that young people are tuning in the same way our parents are. From my personal experience, the only time I find myself listening to the radio is when I’m in a car, literally. Now I know what some may be thinking: “cars will always exist, so radio will as well”. I don’t necessarily see that as holding true. With mobile streaming technology (and aux cables), becoming more and more prevalent in people’s cars, don’t you think that radio may not be the best advertising choice in the coming years? Even with the development of VR technology and live streaming, we may start to see advertisers move towards a more engaging form of reach than radio. Want to read more about an interesting study on radio numbers? Click here.

2017 is going to present some really interesting trends in technology and advertising. Personally I’m most excited to see how VR pans out. There is some really interesting ways that we’re going to be interacting with media, advertising, and technology in the next 12 months, so buckle up!

 

 

Malick Ba is an advertising and marketing specialist currently living in Toronto, Canada. As an alumni of both the University of Ottawa and Humber College, Malick specializes in communications, advertising, and marketing. Currently, Malick works at an advertising agency in downtown Toronto and is looking forward to how he can further leave his mark upon the advertising and marketing world. Follow him on Instagram, and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap (December 10 – December 16)

December 16, 2016

It’s the holiday season, and that means tons of action in the world of advertising and marketing. Not to worry, The MAD Mix always has you covered on anything you might have missed. Check out some of our favourite ads, trends, and more in our weekly recap!

WestJet Christmas Miracle

M: Wow-this one is powerful. We all remember the tragic fires that devastated the residents of Fort McMurray earlier this year. Families lost their homes, and some lost their lives-but none gave up hope. This Christmas, WestJet decided to revisit some of the residents in a creative, and touching way. Residents of Fort McMurray were treated to a Christmas themed event were the community could come together and spend time with their families and friends. However, towards the end of the night,  something special happened. As the community were leaving the event, they were surprised by being given gifts from the WestJet Santa in which they received wonderful family memorabilia that fell from the sky. In addition, what makes this even more special is that each of these families were given a free flight to visit their loved ones this holiday. Christmas is a time for giving, and WestJet touched the country with this wonderful campaign. It’s nice to see bigger brands step up and give back to communities who have lost everything. Good job WestJet. Check out the video below:

The NBA Presents: “The Most Dunktastic Time of the year”

D: Christmas Day is a very special moment. Not only do you receive gifts, and spend time with your family, but you also get to watch some of the most anticipated and fun NBA games of the season. The NBA always packs the leagues best teams and the most sought after match-ups on Christmas Day. For example, this year you have the Cavaliers vs Warriors which is essentially a repeat of last year’s NBA finals that broke viewership records. To promote the games this year they’ve launched a :30 second ad that features NBA players such as Blake Griffin, Dwyane Wade, and Kevin Love singing their new take on the famous carol, “the most wonderful time of the year”. This is one of those spots that as an NBA fan you just have to enjoy. Check out the spot below!

 

One Shower-VR Experience

M:If you’re a creative person like myself, sometimes coming up with fresh ideas on the spot can be kind of difficult. However, there’s always one spot that a lot of people drawn inspiration from every day…the shower. Vancouver’s Rethink agency made a VR experience dedicated to just that. The VR driven initiative allows you to hypothetically “hop in the shower” at any point in time when you’re trying to get those creative juices flowing. Personally I think this is pretty hilarious. You can be at your desk at work or even in the library studying, and take a virtual shower. That’s some funny imagery right there folks. Check out the video below:

That’s our weekly recap to keep you up to date on the best ads, trends, and more that we could find over the week. You can check out our last weekly recap here. Think we missed something important? Let us know! Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook here. Happy Holidays!

Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap: September 17 – September 23

September 23, 2016

The world of advertising & marketing changes on the daily so it can be hard to keep up with all of the biggest trends and innovations. Not to worry, we got you covered if you missed anything. Check out our weekly recap below.

Written by Malick and Dakarai.

 

#voteIRL

M: Politics, politics, politics. As everyone knows, the United States of America is going through possibly one of the most critical elections of all time. Clinton or Trump? The choice is pretty obvious to me. A vote against Trump isn’t wasted. To address the youth voting issue, Google launched its #voteIRL campaign in hopes of bumping those numbers up. The video below shows big YouTube players like Hannah Hart, Kingsley, and Hank Green with a message to try and get people out to the polls. I realize that I’ve made a number of political posts on here, but I think this is great. No matter who you vote for, everyone should exercise their right to vote, and Google is doing its part. Check it out:

Apple Releases a Pair of iPhone 7 Commercials

D: During the Emmy’s on Sunday, Apple released two visually stunning spots promoting features of the iPhone 7. The first one is a 60 second spot titled “Midnight” and it focuses on the water proof features of the new phone, as well as the low lit camera. It goes without saying that it was shot at night, and just overall the imagery is visually stunning. The second spot, “Morning Ride” focuses solely on the water resistant capabilities following a cyclist on his morning ride in the rain. With the soaking wet conditions it really makes you wonder just how water proof the phone actually is. Prediction, the next ad will feature someone singing in the shower while holding their phone. Check out both ads below.

 
Virtual Reality Technology-A Study

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M: Virtual reality is becoming a thing, and we’re on board. A recent Nielson of approximately 8000 consumers shows that over 24% over those consumers have expressed serious interest in using or purchasing a VR product within the next year. 20% however showed that while they weren’t necessarily interested in buying it, they’ve expressed interest just after learning a little bit about it. Coming from someone who loves the newest technology (even if I’m too broke to get it), I can’t see how someone wouldn’t want to at least try a VR product. In my opinion, we’re just hitting the tip of the iceberg with VR technologies, and as they become more mainstream, it’ll be interesting to see how bigger brands can adopt it into their marketing strategies in the next decade or so.

Twitter is Going to Live-stream the Presidential Debates

D: Earlier this summer I mentioned that Twitter is going to start focusing on live-streaming, as it’s something that is perfect for the platform, and provides them with an opportunity to escape their stalled growth. Twitter has seen success with the live-steaming of sports, and by stepping in to the political debate, it will ensure that they cover just about as many people as possible. Between sports and politics, you have a pretty great reach in terms of people interested. Are they the only one’s doing it? Obviously not since Facebook will also be streaming the debates. However, Twitter is making the streams available for even non users, so this can be a great way to attract new people.

twitter live stream

Facebook Messenger Gets an Upgrade

D: I’m sure we all knot the feeling of large Facebook group chats where it’s basically impossible to come up with a decision. Whether it’s which restaurant to go to or which club you’re hitting up that night, there’s usually an issue getting everyone on board, or maybe that’s just my friends. Messenger will be testing out an update shortly in the U.S. that brings voting polls to your group chats. You simply type in a question with some possible responses, and members of the group chat can vote on which ones they want.

Facebook Messenger Update

 

On top of this, another feature they are adding is a tool that uses machine learning to remind your friends to pay you back! Just type “Malick, you owe me $50”, and if they click “Pay Now” it will allow them to type their banking info to proceed with the payment. Needless to say I will be avoiding this if it comes to Canada

 

That’s our weekly recap to keep you up to date on the best ads that we could find over the week. You can check out last week’s recap here. Think we missed something important? Let us know! Be sure to follow us on Facebook here as well. Happy Friday.

Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap (July 20 – August 5)

August 5, 2016

Want to stay up-to-date with the new trends, products, campaigns, announcements and more throughout this past week? Say no more, we got you covered with our weekly recap.

Written by Malick, and Dakarai.

 

Instagram Introduces “Instagram Stories”

D: Earlier this week, the social media giant Instagram revealed their newest feature, Instagram Stories. You know the whole idea of Snapchat stories right? Pictures/Videos that last only 24 hours, with the ability to put text over over them, and add filters. Yeah, that is basically Instagram Stories. Moments after announcing this new feature, the memes began to roll in, as expected. Either Instagram thought people wouldn’t make such a big deal out of it being the same as Snapchat, or they are playing for the long-run, hoping they can evolve their Stories feature in a better way. Regardless, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite memes that have surfaced these past couple of days.

 IKEA Releases “Let’s Relax”

IKEA’s latest campaign is intended to remind us of the simple things in life, sharing time with one another cooking, eating, and being together. The brand released a short video that pokes fun at the “Photo First” foodies out there. In 2016, practically everyone knows someone that can’t eat a meal without taking a picture of it and sharing it first. IKEA decided to show just how ridiculous that idea is, using an 18th century setting. This is the first video to start the campaign, as there will surely be more that follows. Although the video is shot well, and is rather funny, is there really anything wrong with taking a picture of your food before you eat? Check out the video below.

 
Suicide Squad Opens Up Shop in Toronto

D: With the blockbuster movie arriving in theatres today (August 5th), a pop up fan experience came to Toronto to get the public in the super villain mood. Warner Bros. Pictures brought the fictional prison from the movie to the Downtown streets of Toronto, where fans could walk through a recreation of the jail cell of one of the movies characters played by Will Smith, named Deadshoot. They are also able to view props from the movie, and smash vases and bottles in a recreation of Harley Quinn’s “Smash Cell”. Basically a dream come true for any Suicide Squad fan. Check out Malick’s article about the promotion behind the movie here.

The Revenge: Pokemon Go-Basel Tourismus

M: Tired of Pokemon yet? Sorry. This one is too good not to share. Basel Tourismus (a Swiss Travel Agency) put together a Pokemon Go inspired video that went completely viral. While we all know that Pokemon are meant to be captured, what happens when they try and catch you? This viral video shows a bunch of people dressed up in Pikachu outfits running around Basel throwing giant pokeballs at tourists.  Personally I think this is not only a funny video, but a great way to combine a popular trend with your business. The video has obtained around 49 million views in the last few days…talk about viral…

Vroom VR Showroom

M: Virtual reality is soooo cool. Vroom-an online used car dealership-has adapted VR technology to bring a new perspective of buying cars. What they’ve done is basically eliminated the difficulties of moving from lot to lot trying to find the perfect car for you. They’ve adapted VR technology in a way in which users can step into a virtual show room in which they can view different models and costs at an almost video game like simulation. I think this is just the beginning of the way consumers can interact with different products of services. It’s crazy to think that this is just the tip of the iceberg for VR technology. It will be interesting to see how Vroom continues to further this technology. Anyone else feel like playing Need for Speed Underground 2?

 

These are some of the key moments we wanted to share with you so far from this week. Anything we missed? Let us know! Check out last week’s special edition 2016 Olympic commercial recap , and be sure to like us on Facebook here.