Ones and Zeros

A Binary Pulse Technology Blog

Think AT&T Was Pretty Smart? You Will

I always loved the late 80s/early 90s AT&T ad campaign dubbed “You Will.” Remember that one? The campaign voiced by Magnum P.I. himself, Tom Selleck, depicted near-future scenarios in which technology would afford seemingly incredible feats of connectivity. In a pre-Internet world, these little vignettes seemed fairly miraculous. After happening across a compiled montage of these fantastic, forward-looking clips, it would appear that AT&T batted nearly 1.000 (the video payphones didn’t quite happen.)

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Intel Goes Interactive with YouTube “Escape”

Check out Intel’s commendable interactive YouTube experience “The Escape”, leveraging integrated video, Facebook tie-in and QR codes to promote its new Core Processors. A little more style than substance, but the mechanics of it are worth acknowledging.

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Of Mice and Men: The Rise of the New Computer Interface

At this week’s E3 tradeshow, Microsoft unveiled the really startling Kinect. After its progressive sneak peaks of the past year (under the code name Project Natal), the Kinect is now poised to be a milestone not only in how people use their Xbox 360s, but how consumers think about computer interfaces in general.

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StatsPorn: Consumer Electronics Usage and Rankings

Here’s recent research from Nielsen (compiled in November 2009) on consumer electronics usage and category leadership. Everything from TV viewership to smartphone usage to the top gaming platforms.

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Video Closes the Sale

With holidays quickly approaching and a planned visit from my parents, I realized that I didn’t have a bed for our new guest room but really didn’t think about it much until I saw an ad in the Wall Street Journal for an inflatable bed from Frontgate. Kudos to Frontgate for effectively using video to help their website visitors buy from them.

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Slick LG/Avatar Tie-In Promo

Everyone who knows me understands that I am a full-fledged sci-fi geek. I have no issues with the characterization…I wear the badge proudly. I’ve been pretty pumped up about James Cameron’s upcoming effects extravaganza “Avatar” that purportedly pushes the art of 3D animation to never-before-seen limits. It comes out December 18th. Yesterday, LG launched an interesting Avatar tie-in promotion for its eXpo smartphone.

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Cisco Flip Spins Social

From the moment I read the press release pre-announcing Cisco’s “Do You Flip” campaign, the initiative just felt right to me. Take an inherently social product like the run-and-gun Flip video recorder, add user generated content (albeit the occasional celebrity generated content) as the hero, and drive all outreach efforts back to a site that not only provides real product information but also facilitates pandemic viral sharing, and you have one of the more social campaigns around.

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YouTube Video Captioning Another SEO Tool

Last week, I wrote about YouTube’s announcement on video captioning services. This nifty, augmented transcription feature certainly stands to enhance the accessibility of multimedia presentations to multiple audiences. And what I only suspected last week seems to be gaining supported belief now: that captioned videos stand to positively impact organic search.

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Automatic Captioning Now on YouTube Videos

Google just announced an interesting new service available for YouTube: automated captioning of uploaded videos. Simply upload a text file with a transcript of the video and Google’s speech recognition technology will figure out when those words are spoken and create captions based on this information. Pretty slick.

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Technology, Travel and/or Trickery

I was just directed to one of the more head-scratching online marketing ploys I’ve seen in some time. I don’t know if this is brilliant, bizarre or both. Phenomenal execution…I just question the relevancy. However, it just inspired me to share it, so mission number one accomplished. Great use of digital video and 3D, interactive … Continued

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Virgin America. Branding Done Right.

I want to tell you about my first experience flying on Virgin America locally. Since the airline is relatively new to Orange County, I thought I’d give them a try on my recent business trip to the SF Bay area. It was a test to see how well they measured up to expectations created by their marketing promise.

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Stay Ahead of the Competition with Multimedia

On the heels of an August that saw us in production on no less than ten multimedia pieces, I thought I’d share a recent video we completed for ourselves. It speaks to our belief in the unique efficacy of multimedia (Flash and online video) in the technology marketing mix.

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