Why Augmented Reality is Doing You a Disservice
The caption promised me an “insightful slide show.” Purely for curiosity’s sake I pulled out my smartphone and scanned the augmented reality (AR) marker on the magazine page.
I leaned back a few minutes later and put it down to another AR disservice—or a case of “un-marketing.” The slide show consisted of three slides, the accompanying type too small to make any sense of on my iPhone screen.
It was another case of just because we can does not mean we should. It was the perfect example of using new technologies purely for the sake of it—similar to the use of QR codes. Some marketers want to use technology whether it makes sense—and thus provides a good user experience—or not.
A good user experience—let’s be realistic here—takes work. Lots of work. It has to be planned and executed well.
I recently had the chance to create such add-on value for the Visual Media Alliance’s newly launched magazine, Storyboard. Trying to be mindful (on a small budget, mind you), we interviewed award-winning designer Michael Osborne and created six short insightful videos that allow viewers to go behind the scenes of his studio and explore several of his unique sources of inspiration.
And yes, a lot of planning and finessing and editing was involved in the project. But so far, from the feedback we are getting, it was oh so worth it.
Let’s be Smart About Technology and Learn from the Best
Victoria’s Secret has been at the forefront of mobile commerce for quite some time. One of the reasons why the brand leads in this field is because their app and use of AR does not solely focus on driving sales. Instead, the app integrates content like games and weather forecasts designed to drive repeat usage.
But you do not have to have your own app to break AR ground and make sensible and successful use of the technology.