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L’Oreal Digital Shift for Real-Time Beauty Application

L’Oreal’s Makeup Genuis App offers a virtual experience for cosmetics. The app allows potential customers to see themselves wearing makeup that isn’t already applied in real life. Instantly try on different shades and shadows at the quick tap of a button by applying makeup to your reflection. When you hold your smartphone up, the preferred lip gloss, eye-shadow or bronzer moves along with your facial expressions while taking into effect the surrounding light.
Virtual cosmetics is a mess-free experience developed by a team of scientists and engineers in the company’s Connected Beauty Incubator. The team of 15 built out the app over two years, testing eye, lip and cheek products on hundreds of models with various skin types and colors. They put the models under 400 different lighting conditions to capture the natural change in shade and texture. Over 100,000 images were taken to differentiate the makeup from real-life and digital. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Makeup Genius is the company’s most advanced digital production to date.
There’s no denying the app is head of the curve when it comes to beauty technology. Users can browse and ‘try-on’ different looks from makeup artists or scan any in-store product to see how it models through the screen. App users can share their favorite looks or designs with their friends and social networks for fun or to gather feedback on their new look.
Makeup Genius is available in France and the U.S., and has reportedly 1.7 million downloads to date. Makeup Genius is available for iOS download in the App store.
Via: psfk

Arena Media and Posterscope Launch Integrated Mobile and OOH Campaign for Westfield

From the 28th July until the 10th August, Arena Media and Posterscope will be launching an integrated mobile and Out-of-Home campaign for Westfield. This campaign builds on the success of our recent integrated mobile and OOH media recommendations for the brand.
The campaign, which is targeted at families and young professionals and spans across the summer holidays, aims to build awareness of Westfield’s retail and leisure offering, as well as highlighting their live events and entertainment programme. The objective of the campaign is to position Westfield as ‘the place to be’ during this period; increasing footfall, driving turnover for retailers and increasing customer dwell time.
The campaign features a “Best of London” theme which focuses on film, fashion, food, art, music and theatre, with relevant offers being highlighted across both OOH and mobile display media.
Out-of-Home media planned by Posterscope incorporates 6-sheets and mobile display media. The campaign benefits from xAd’s mobile display technology to connect OOH media with hyper-local mobile targeting.
OOH locations were identified through analysis of Westfield’s target postal sectors for each mall, providing Posterscope the opportunity to maximise coverage of these key locations with the combination of both media types. Mobile display media has the role to amplify 6 sheet posters.
Posterscope was responsible for the recommendation of integrated planning using mobile and OOH media.

Lacoste Takes Stores Digital with AR App for New Trainer Range

Lacoste is hoping to make trying on shoes easier and faster with the launch of “a unique” app that lets shoppers virtually try on its new range of trainers using augmented reality (AR).
The French sportswear brand claims the app is a first because it combines 3D product scanning with AR. Developed by innovation agency Engine Creative, the app uses in-store point-of-sale to allow shoppers to see what the new trainers would look like on their foot without actually having to try them on.
To use the service, shoppers must put their foot in the graphic on the store floor and scan it with their smartphone. The app will then show what the trainer they are interested in looks like on the shopper’s foot, as well as providing details on the shoe and other products in the range.
The app can also be used to share images via social media and to buy any of the shoes. Lacoste hopes the app will offer an easier way for shoppers to try out the new range without having to wait for a shop assistant or take off their own shoes.
The technology will be used in Lacoste’s own stores, as well as concessions in department stores. There are also plans to update the app as new products are launched, with the aim of building a long-term relationship with shoppers on mobile.
Lacoste is the latest brand to try using AR in its stores to improve the customer experience. Last year Topshop created AR dressing rooms, while De Beers launched an app that let shoppers see how their jewellery would look on and both Ikea and Argos have integrated AR into their catalogues.
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Via: Marketing Week

AXA Uses EE Mobile Data to Microtarget Outdoor Ads

AXA is using multiple strands of location-based data alongside EE’s data on outdoor smartphone usage to microtarget ads to potential consumers.
The insurance firm says the “game-changing” approach to planning out-of-home advertising will reach decision makers for SMEs, a typically difficult group to reach, by identifying ‘hotspots’ of mobile usage near poster sites.
Brands including Lenovo and British Gas have been trialing the technique since the start of the year in partnership with Posterscope in an attempt to understand how mobile devices can pep up the performance of outdoor campaigns. AXA’s effort, which uses multiple location based data, is being served at scale.
Target areas are initially being established by merging AXA’s own postcode records of SMEs together with industry statistics sourced from the Inter Departmental Business Register to form a map of potential areas. It is then overlaid with insights from Posterscope’s audience panel, data from industry planning tool Route and EE’s mData unit – which tracks the mobile usage habits of audience groups – to identify the most relevant locations before skewing ad placements to mobile hotspots.
AXA says the approach opens the opportunity to identify target audiences through the business contracts EE hold – where by there is less than 10 contacts on the contract – allowing them to infer it’s an SME. Additionally, it can now drill further down into evaluating metrics such as awareness building and sales.
Chris Jones, head of brand and online at AXA UK, says the Havas-planned initiative is part of a wider play to adopt more innovative ways of targeting consumers through data and insight.
It brings into sharp focus a paradigm shift across the outdoor advertising industry whereby brands are using data to target people more effectively by proximity in real-time.
Lenovo ran a two-week promotion for its Yoga Pro 2 tablet in March to reach people in areas where they were actively researching gadget purchases on their smarpthones. Outdoor ads pushed to those hotspots sparked a 200 per cent increase in both ad awareness and purchases consideration, Lenovo claims. Online searches jumped by 150 per cent, the business adds.
Via: Marketing Week

3D floating projection

To launch the new LG 3D Smartphone, Posterscope Taiwan created a diamond-shaped, three-dimensional holographic display in one of Taipei’s Department Stores.  The projection creates a display that appears to float and has a 360 degree viewing perspective to deliver the message that this phone allows you to record, view and share 3D content without glasses.  This was complemented with standard digital screens and an experiential zone that allowed customers to experience the innovative device first hand.