Cab rides get personal with geo-targeted digital marketing
Wed, Mar 28, 2012 (4:25 p.m.)
If Steven Spielberg ever predicts the end of the world, I’ll start sweating. In 1999, when he began production of the neo-noir thriller Minority Report, he invited more than a dozen experts in fields ranging from architecture to computer science to imagine what the world would look like in 2054. Most of us were still marveling at AOL Instant Messenger reached through dial-up back then, which makes it even more mind-blowing that Spielberg’s think tank envisioned so many real technological advancements.
From retinal scanners to robot insects, many of the film’s wonders have been or are being realized. And thanks to Wynn Las Vegas, we’re a step closer to the über-personalized advertising that interacts with the inhabitants of Spielberg’s fictional future—advertising that not only recognizes who they are, but also knows their states of mind.
Wynn’s not quite there, but last week, it kicked off a new mobile interactive campaign spanning 1,000 taxis equipped with Show Media’s proprietary system of high-definition, touch-screen monitors running on Google’s Android operating system. Here’s how it works: A visitor enters a special cab. A “geo fence” targets him within a 300-foot radius. The voice of Steve Wynn provides a custom greeting, and a location-specific, interactive tour of the city begins.
Through a partnership with Show Media, Wynn has exclusive rights to content, which will update constantly and promote the property’s dining, entertainment, attractions, shopping and nightlife. And when visitors return to the airport, Wynn’s voice hits them with his signature “hurry back.” No doubt it will make tourists feel special and more connected to our city, and it will be interesting to see how other Strip properties respond to Wynn’s throwing of the sci-fi gauntlet. Now if Weekly could just find a way to get in on that self-updating newspaper thing ...
With world-class dining, shopping, spas, golf and entertainment, there's no shortage of things to do at Wynn. The resort’s aquatic acrobatic show, “Le Reve—The Dream,” a creation by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone and Steve Wynn, will leave guests wanting more with its breathtaking performances that conjure an imaginary world. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping experience with stores including Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. Tryst is its signature nightclub, offering a secluded lagoon inside the club and spacious dance floor. Blush, the Wynn’s ultra lounge, draws swanky party-goers. Tryst, Wynn’s signature nightclub, is situated along a private lagoon under a 90-foot waterfall and plays host to some of the world’s most renown DJs.