Finally, a practical use for virtual reality: One that involves Ikea’s Swedish meatballs.
Earlier this month, Ikea jumped into the VR craze and rolled out an “experience” that lets people build a virtual kitchen. The idea, according to a press release, is to “solicit consumer feedback as Ikea continues to explore the possible implications of the technology for the home.”
Well, one possible implication was recreating the experience of shoveling dozens of Swedish meatballs down your gullet until passing out in the Ikea showroom. In a recent update, as requested by users, Ikea added a game where people can do just that, virtually.
The VR meatball eating addition is paying off for the brand because people are borderline obsessed with it, as evident in this clip uploaded to YouTube where one person admitted to spending 45 minutes throwing meatballs and said they “loved every second.”
“The reviews for the game make me want to visit the fantastical wonderland that is Ikea more than the actual game does,” a person commented on Reddit, where sincerity is rare. Another person added: “I’ve been looking for the ultimate IKEA meatball experience and it’s finally here.”
So if a brand is looking for people to actually use their VR attempt, just add some meatballs.
How Yeti is marketing like a DTC brand on social media and in the outdoors
Known for being a brand of indestructible coolers, cups and increasingly lifestyle apparel, Yeti has been evolving from a wholesale company to one that markets more like a direct-to-consumer company as it experiments on platforms like TikTok, Pinterest and its own media properties.
How Zola is boosting its OOH spending in New York for ‘engagement season’
OOH ads for the startup, best known for offering wedding registries, will not only be in the Rockefeller Center subway station (where they are hoping to capture the attention of couples going to visit the Christmas tree) but also with subway digital ads, billboards near Bryant Park as well as downtown in Soho and with wild postings throughout the city.
Inside the tensions countering advertisers’ latest quest for programmatic transparency
Brands such as P&G and Unilever have cooled on auditors' proposals in a study led by the ANA.
SponsoredHow brands are driving better outcomes with attention-focused strategies
Sarah Martinez, senior vice president, Americas Revenue, IAS The digital media landscape is a revolving door of content that vies for consumer attention. Between social feeds that scroll to infinity with the swipe of a finger and the state of television undergoing a digital revolution, content is everywhere — but consumer attention is fragmented and […]
Acxiom’s CEO on why everything’s an ad network now, and what that means
Chad Engelgau talks about how Acxiom will harness retail media networks and the metaverse -- as well as the need for marketers to connect internal data to be more effective.
Florist brand uses video to connect with families during the holiday season
FTD LLC, also known as Florists' Transworld Delivery, is looking to stand out during the holiday season through connected TV with the goal to drive brand recognition and incremental traffic.