No! You can’t enter our social media competition

October 28, 2010

I just had a rather interesting experience with a guy from Vodafone Australia looking after the Android Man Social Media comp. The problem – I tried to enter with a photo of Android Man and an iphone:


Full size image and actual caption here.

The story goes like this:

I went down to checkout Vodafone Australia’s Android Man competition. The game: locate Android Man from his cryptic tweets, take a creative photograph, upload it to facebook and you could win a HTC Desire HD.

My idea for the ‘creative photograph’ was to give Android Man my iphone in the hope that he would give me a shiny new HTC Desire HD in return. However, after I took the shot I was approached and encouraged to delete the shot. The conversation went something like this:

Vodaman: “You can’t take a photograph of Android Man and an iPhone”
Me: “Why not? The competition is take a creative photo. That’s creative”
Vodaman: “I want you to delete the photo of Android Man and the iPhone”
Me: “Sorry mate, it’s user generated content, social media, my phone, my picture and a public space”
Vodaman: “Delete the photo or I can help delete it for you”
Me: “Seeing as you put it so nicely … Sorry I’m not deleting it”
Vodaman: “Look if you upload Android Man and the iphone to the Vodafone AU facebook group it will be removed and you won’t win the competition”
Me: “Fair enough … You know. You sometimes see dolphins here some times. Seriously. I’ve seen one once.”
Vodaman: “Just one?”
Me: “Just once. It was looking for something.”
Vodaman: “Maybe some food?”
Me: “Yeah maybe”

Well … yeah …I made the dolphin bit up, but the rest actually happened.

I love social media competitions like this. In fact I helped create The Smirnoff Secret Party Treasure Hunt a few years ago. However, this incident highlights just how important it is that everyone from the ground up is aware of just how transparent social media is. Your people are your brand and they need to know that everything they say and do can be repeated and tweeted and be the make and break of such campaigns.

Just sayin 🙂

@handypearce

Update (16.54 on 28/10): Nice response from @vodafone_au


Google Map iPhone app. Australia live traffic updates

March 17, 2010

For those who haven’t seen it here’s a quick look at ‘live traffic’ function for Sydney on the iPhone Google maps app. Screenshot below.

So how good is it? Well, it’s ok but a long way from perfect. Driving around on a busy Saturday afternoon there were a lot of yellow roads which should have been red, green ones that should have been yellow etc. I don’t blame the app or Google for the quality of the data – I’m sure pretty the info is from the RTA 

Marks out of 10 = 6

Red=congested, Yellow=slow but moving, Green=all clear.

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Tip: Google maps app with GPS and traffic updates drains your battery… make sure you have a power source in the car.



Jobs: Creative genius required

February 15, 2010

We’re after a creative to come up with brilliant digital ideas.

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The 2009 Croissant Games

October 23, 2009

On October 14th 2009, Razorfish formally joined the Publicis family. As Razorfish offices all around the globe celebrated with a glass of Bollinger and a boursin cracker, the Aussies did something a little different.

Ladies and Gentleman, Mesdames et Messieurs I give you The 2009 Croissant Games.

 
And some pics from the day here

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@handypearce


Check out Bing today

August 3, 2009

Jeremy’s winning photo is the face of Bing today. Congratulations, Mr Somers!

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Check it out today only: www.bing.com

Read more about how it got here: https://amnesiablog.wordpress.com/2009/07/24/vote-for-jeremys-photo-in-the-bing-summer-travel-photo-contest/

@iclazie


Sydney Design Festival 2009

August 3, 2009

Wow! Sydney Design Week 2009 is jam packed with more things to do than ever. Exhibitions, markets, late night events, tours, workshops, talks, educational resources and sooo much more to do, it’s designed to engage and inspire.

The diverse program runs over 16 days from 1 to 16 August 2009. Highlights at the festival’s main precinct, the Powerhouse Museum, include Eat Green Design, Young Blood: Designers Market, Australian International Design Awards exhibition, late night event Play Late, and the Design Underground tours.

Sydney Design 09 extends all over the city too, with more than 70 events and 35 venues around Sydney.

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If you attend today’s “How Can Graphic Design Help Save The Planet?” please let me know, I’d love to hear about it. I’m at work right now, so feel free to post your comments.

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Enjoy!


That tourist snap you don’t need to take

July 7, 2009

Have you ever stood in the exact spot that millions have stood before taking the exact photo of the exact view that millions have taken before I wondered “why am I doing this?”

I have taken this shot* of the Sydney Harbour Bridge…

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…and this shot* of the Taj Mahal…

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…but last year I specifically did not take this shot* of Hong Kong from the Peak because I realised I could just Google it later.

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Does this make me lazy or just practical? 🙂

*These layered images were grabbed from Flickr and put together in Photoshop. Each is a composite of about 5 images taken from the same location by different people.

@iclazie


Vivid Sydney, Sydney’s Festival of Music, Light and Ideas

June 12, 2009

Better late than never – vividsydney.com

Vivid Sydney, developed by Events NSW in partnership with the City Of Sydney, will be the biggest international music and light festival in the Southern Hemisphere. It will showcase the city as a major creative hub in the Asia-Pacific region, celebrating the diversity of Sydney’s creative industries.
Vivid Sydney features four exciting new events:
Luminous
Smart Light Sydney
Creative Sydney
Fire Water

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World Youth Day, Sydney: The force is strong.

July 17, 2008

The pope made his first appearance at World Youth Week today … and so did someone else. This was snapped in Bondi this morning. Clearly the force is strong in Sydney.

Amnesia wishes Sydney’s guests a very happy stay with us.

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