Here’s an interesting twist, in what I’m sure will be the beginning of a huge trend. Land Rover has found a compelling way to incorporate Twitter into its conventional advertising campaign (via Advertising Age):
Land Rover last week became the first national brand to execute a national Twitter campaign in a bid to promote its newest models’ debuts at the New York Auto Show.
While brands as diverse as Southwest Airlines and Smirnoff vodka have been tweeting and accumulating followers for months, Land Rover attempted to use the burgeoning social-media platform in a more ambitious way, seeding so-called hashtags (words used in tweets that make it easier to follow an ongoing conversation via online searches) on billboards, taxi TVs and other out-of-home venues; spreading word of the Twitter effort through auto-obsessed blogs and online publications eager for a peek at its latest bells and whistles; and paying a fledgling Twitter ad network to spread the word among its army of compensated, heavily followed Twitter users, all of whom wallpapered their Twitter profiles with Land Rover branding.
Check out how this might work in practice:
I suspect this is merely the tip of the iceberg. Forward-thinking companies are already trying to figure out, not only how do we maximize our exposure and build our brands via social media, but how do we incorporate them into traditional marketing tactics as well.