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Cash App – Aerial Advertising & QR Codes

Thousands of phones on the ground were pointed at Cash App’s newest aerial campaign promising free BitCoin. The aerial billboard featuring a prominent QR code was spotted soaring over venues in the Miami area over the last couple of weeks. Fusing modern technology and aerial advertising paid dividends and a great ROI for the advertiser. The printed QR code, prominently displayed in the sky, was proof of the effectiveness of aerial advertising and drove impressive results.

The first flight in early April 2022, targeting the Miami Beach coastline, resulted in a record-setting 15,000 unique QR scans. The following flight in early May, flew high above both Miami Beach and the Miami F1 Race around legendary Hard Rock Stadium, and broke the record with more than 25,000 QR scans.

These amazing results place aerial advertising as a leader in Cost Per Action (average in this campaign of less than $1.00) over most other forms of advertising. Please contact us to learn more about this exciting way to engage your customers or if you are interested in incorporating a QR code in your next aerial advertising campaign.

More than Words in the Sky

Remember the Pepsi taste tests in the 90s? There was a cup of “cola” and a cup of Pepsi. Participants tasted both and then on camera revealed which one they liked the best (which was always Pepsi – imagine that). And there it was, irrefutable proof that Pepsi was the better tasting soft drink by two or three people.

I recall some friends and family members sharing their surprise that Coca-Cola didn’t respond or accuse Pepsi of illegally using their trademark (which, for the record, they never did). But why would “Coke” do anything? Coke has pretty much won the cola war and has held onto the majority of the market share for decades. According to Beverage Digest, Coke controls 42% of the total carbonated soft drink market, compared with Pepsi’s 30%.

However, when you’re looking to gain market share and your competition is going head-to-head with your products and services, it behooves you to take action, respond and retaliate. Consumers deserve to know why your brand is the better option. This is exactly the situation faced by T-Mobile.

In 2014, the mobile communications company launched a petition, at Change.org/AbolishOverages, calling on other carriers to follow T-Mobile’s lead in dropping overages. The petition had approximately 250,000 signatures at the end of August and now has more than 330,000 signatures. And while T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been busy on social media promoting their brand and petition, the company felt it wasn’t enough. So they wrote their message where their biggest competitor’s couldn’t miss it… above their headquarters.

digital skywriting

The technique known as digital skywriting, utilizes five planes flying in formation and working in sync to write messages using a dot matrix system. Five aircraft in the sky over a specific location or community, demand attention and often causes local media and social media to buzz over the advertisement or campaign. What happened over the Verizon Wireless headquarters was no different.

Check out this brief video to see it in action.

While the battle rages on between mobile service providers, few will forget the lengths at which T-Mobile went to as they fought to rid the world of overages and earn more business.

What do you think… would a digital skywriting message cause you to search for more information or share an image on your social media networks?

Reinforcing Your Message with a Blimp

Recently, upwards of 20,000 people gathered in the streets of Birmingham, Alabama along with radio and television personality Glenn Beck as part of a movement known as “Restoring Unity,” “Never Again is Now,” and “All Lives Matter.” The crowd marched for peace, unity, understanding and love.

High above the mass, one block north of the infamous Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, an AirSign blimp soared above embellished with the message, “All Lives Matter.”

Those who marched in Birmingham on August 30th wanted to send a message to the rest of the country: Their presence and words mattered, and the airship above reiterated their purpose.

#AllLivesMatter

The blimp gained social media traction with the hashtag #UnityBlimp and even helped gain the attention of The New Yorker, who published an article on the march the following week.

Through publicity provided by Glenn Beck and his charitable organization Mercury One, participants as well as interested social media followers were able to experience the march firsthand. Not only did the message “All Lives Matter” resonate with the audience, but it was also projected over the entire city – reinforcing the reason behind the event for all to see (whether they were Birmingham or following via Twitter in Chicago).

Interested in learning how your message reach your target audience geographically and create buzz online? Check out our airships.

Expand your marketing mix into the sky

From time to time marketing and advertising executives change up their marketing mix. Whether it’s due to a new budget, a tired message, or a response to marketing data, it’s always a good idea to reconsider the ways in which a brand promotes its products and services. That’s why the timing has never been better to expand your marketing mix into the sky.

By showcasing your brand in the sky, your audience expands to entire communities, major event attendees, and even social media. Instinctively we look up when we hear the engine of a low flying plane, helicopter, and yes, even a blimp! And in today’s fast moving, ultra sharing world, these methods of advertisement are more likely to be photographed and shared on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook than the more traditional and expected forms of advertising like billboards and newspaper ads.

“But aren’t airplane banners a beach thing? Or a way to propose?”

Airplane banners can be used numerous ways and in various geographies. Whether it’s at the beach or the mountains, during the Super Bowl or weekday rush hour traffic, airplane banners get noticed. In fact, a recent survey showed…

  • 88% of respondents remembered seeing airplane banners 30 minutes after they had passed,
  • 79% remembered the product or service that was advertised, and
  • 67% remembered at least half of the banner content.

Can you say the same about your quarter-page newspaper ad?

“Plane, helicopter, blimp… what does it matter?”

First of all, Heli-Banners are not for the faint of heart. These banners are so big an airplane cannot successfully pull them through the sky. We’re talking about a HUGE space for your brand to be featured, ranging from 10,000 to 50,000 square feet!

If that’s not big enough, try an air ship that’s actually environmentally friendly like the Eco Blimp. Eco Blimps do not utilize helium like most other blimps you may be familiar with, making them more environmentally and budget friendly.

So while you’re considering making changes to your marketing and advertising spend in 2016, remember to expand your marketing mix into the sky with other brands such as Ford, Google, and Virgin Atlantic. Contact Airsign for a free quote.

Aerial Advertising-Aerial Hashtag

What’s in a #Hashtag?

Aerial Advertising-Aerial Hashtag

You’ve probably already saw or read about our recent performance of #PiInTheSky from one of the many news outlets that reported on it. This art display, which we were happy to help execute for artist and friend Ben Davis (ISHKY), did more than make an artistic statement about infinity and the unlimited potential in each and every one of us – it proved the unfettered canvas that is the sky is an excellent medium to say something, anything to countless spectators below.

But how, you may ask, does one control how a message translates to the media and, more importantly, social media? Enter: The Hashtag.

There have been countless articles praising the hashtag and its ability to control the flow of a message. In fact, that’s precisely why we chose to make use of it prior to puffing 527 characters of pi over South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin. But what was demonstrated at the precise moment #PiInTheSky was painted across the sky is the instantaneous, cohesive and powerful effect it has on people to be a part of the phenomenon, whatever that phenomenon may be.

For sake of argument, let’s say we opted not to present a hashtag to our audience. More than likely, we’d have seen countless creative but varied hashtags to communicate what spectators were witnessing. Yes, #PiInTheSky could certainly have been one of those, but would we have seen hundreds of images of the event flash across our screens the moment it happened? No. This is why the hashtag played such an important role in controlling the message we were tasked with promoting.

There’s a reason practically every show you see on TV nowadays makes use of the hashtag, whether it’s scene specific or general. It makes sense and it plays on the group mentality the hashtag has already represented. An idea. A question. A statement. Whatever it is, the hashtag gives viewers, consumers, and the like the ability to become part of something and more importantly, to share in something. This is why it’s so important to marketers and advertisers. People love to feel like they are part of something.

When thousands, perhaps millions of spectators saw #PiInTheSky, those most active on social networks like Twitter and Instagram knew they were experiencing something special. Their desire to feel part of that lucky group of people prompted them to take pictures, tweet and tell their friends, all while using the only other thing that tied them all together—the hashtag.

As aerial advertisers, our primary objective is to promote our clients and provide them the most up-to-date strategies available. We do this to maximize results, yes, but also because it’s what we’re best at. Advertising is changing on a daily basis and one of the hardest things to do is control a message, especially when it can easily evolve from publication through how it plays out in social media.

Wouldn’t you rather forego the game of telephone and make sure your message is not only heard, but acted upon?

We were honored to be part of #PiInTheSky and we like to think we helped make it larger than life, perhaps even infinite. We look forward to spreading other messages, be it for a company, a brand, an organization. If you got to experience what we’re capable of, we thank you for your attention and help in making that such an amazing event. If you didn’t, look out for us in the future. And, if you’re an advertiser, give us a call. Let us put your #Hashtag in the sky.