Taylor Swift fragrance smells success with sixth augmented reality campaign


Taylor Swift’s newest fragrance

Elizabeth Ardens Taylor by Taylor Swift fragrance is incorporating augmented reality into its campaign for the sixth time, pointing to the technologys growing popularity and proven value for some marketers.

This is the third Taylor Swift fragrance to launch, and for all of the brands six campaigns, it has partnered with Aurasma to include an augmented reality feature. The augmented reality can be accessed via direct mail, print advertisements, in-store point-of-sale and product packaging.

For me this was an interesting message because I think people think of augmented reality of being potentially kitschy or a one-off, said Annie Weinberger, general manager at Aurasma, Palo Alto, CA.

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I think the fact that this is [Taylor Swifts] sixth Aurasma campaign is showing that augmented reality is becoming much more mainstream and when they sit down and think of the campaign for her fragrance shes always going to include augmented reality, she said.

And were seeing that more and more from our customers, that theyre not just doing a one off theyre coming back again and again. And theyre doing that because theyre getting real results.

Mobile fragrance
This is Taylor Swifts third fragrance with Elizabeth Arden, and the brand has leveraged augmented reality for all of the fragrances campaigns, including international campaigns. The brand believes that the technology will help it better connect with mobile-native millennials.

According to Elizabeth Arden, the campaigns for the first two fragrances brought positive results, leading them to stick with the technology, upgrading to Aurasmas newest version which updated social integration and targeting.

Consumers can access exclusive content by scanning direct mail, print advertisements, in-store point-of-sale and product packaging with the Aurasma app. Taylor Swift has the ability to easily update the back-end to deliver different experiences from the same print product.

The content explains to consumers how Taylor Swift came up with this new fragrance and lets them better understand the background behind it.

According to Ms. Weinberger, previous campaigns delivered social scavenger hunts that integrated with Facebook and Twitter, so she would not be surprised if similar experiences were used with the new fragrance.

Augmented reality
Augmented reality has been gaining steam with more and more print and out-of-home advertisers connecting to additional content.

One brand that has been leveraging Aurasmas technology is AMC Theaters, and according to Ms. Weinberger, it has seen a 75 percent click-through rate with the augmented reality. More than 40,000 clients use Aurasmas augmented reality technology, and its app has about seven million downloads.

Additionally brands such as AMC and Office Depot insert the Aurasma SDK within their own branded apps so that consumers do not have to download an additional app to access the augmented reality feature.

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According to Ms. Weinberger, the campaign saw a 300 percent increase in usage after adding augmented reality functionality.

Were seeing this huge explosion of augmented reality, Ms. Weinberger said. I think the main reason is consumers are wanting to get information and wanting to interact through digital.

Prints not going away, but theres a real need out there to bridge the physical or the printed world with the digital world, so theres not this disjointed voice of a company or campaign or event, theres one cohesive message and voice and its very seamless to the consumers so they dont have to go to multiple places, they can launch a digital medium from a physical object, she said.

Final Take
Rebecca Borison is editorial assistant on Mobile Marketer, New York

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