QR-Go-Round? (II)

10/09/2010

Danica Patrick was ousted by a car crash with 10 laps left!

Even more disappointing was Tissot’s QR-on-the-car strategy. From pre-race to the point Ms. Patrick was forced to leave the track, I saw no opportunity to scan that code.

One of the problems is that Ms. Patrick was too far back, the camera never stayed with her long enough. The pit stop would have been a good time to show the QR, but the camera was focused on the pit crew instead. The other problem is that the QR was not discoverable. It was too small, and there was no mentioning of it throughout the broadcast. If I were an unsuspecting viewer, I wouldn’t know Ms. Patrick’s car was special at all.

The QR takes people to a mobile page with the schedule of events, the lineup for the race, information on Danica Patrick and her team, pictures of Tissot’s Danica Patrick collection, etc. People in the live audience without a program and viewers who are not near a computer should find the page useful, especially before the race. But since there appeared to be no chance to scan the QR code from the TV, and race attendees were not likely able to scan it directly from the fast-moving race car, could Tissot have promoted this marketing effort using other media?

Tissot’s website gave no indication of their NASCAR QR campaign. I then went down to the bookstore and flipped through magazines from Road & Track to Motor Sport to Sports Illustrated to the Watch Journal. I could not find a single Tissot advertisement, let alone a Tissot advertisement with Danica Patrick or the race car with QR.

At the very least, I would make the QR much bigger, so even if it can’t be scanned, viewers could still see that it is a QR code. Had I been given a generous budget to work with, I would also reach out to NASCAR enthusiasts and Danica Patrick fans by promoting on SPEED TV, ESPN, Danica Patrick’s official website and fan sites, JR Motorsports/Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s website, and various motorsport magazines.

Given its seemingly poor exposure, it is unclear to me who Tissot was trying to reach through the QR-on-the-car. But I can’t imagine it reached very many people.

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