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Level Up, Health +1: How gamification can be the basis of a smoking cessation tool – Net 504

Link to my Conference PaperAs part of my Internet Studies, I had to write a conference paper on the subject of Social Networks and Online Communities. At the time, I was (and still am) fascinated by the theory of gamification – the idea of solving real-life problems using mechanics and designs inspired by computer games. I ended-up presenting a concept for an iPhone/mobile app that can help people quit smoking cigarettes using the theory of gamification (click on the logo to head straight there).

Final mark for this paper was 78%, and the main loss of marks was due to my writing style; the lecturers expected academic writing, while I chose to go for more of a personal story. I love the good-old TED talks, and I just couldn’t help myself from trying to emulate some of the speakers from these conferences. I felt that by giving a more personal touch to the paper, the reader could identify and feel what I feel, making them more immersed the idea that I was presenting.

I believe that this concept could really help a lot of people. I’m actually trying to get this idea of the ground, and turn it into reality. Will keep you posted how it all goes…

How to advertise something you can’t advertise; Movectro, Ogilvy, and Channel 7 getting into trouble

I’m gonna come out with it – I’m a huge fan of ABC’s Media Watch. It’s a 15 minute show that exposes any wrong-doings and miss-reports in Australian media. If you’re a marketing, communication, humanities, PR, or journalism student, then this show is for you.

I wanted to share the following story that was aired on the 27th of June 2011. Media Watch uncovered how a Channel 7 news report was actually a well orchestrated PR campaign by the smart folks at Ogilvy. It was a promotional piece for a new ‘wonder’ drug called Movectro. Under current Australian law, drug companies are not allowed to promote prescription medicine to the general public, meaning that traditional advertising methods just wont do. What Ogilvy did instead is they presented a favourable media release which was plugged by Channel 7 news, calling for its viewers to make this drug available to potential customers (or “patients” if you like) under the current health benefit scheme (get the government to subsidise the drug, so it is available to more people, yet the company still makes the same profit because the government pays the bill for the product). The final result of this campaign was that Movectro manufacturer got hit with a $20,000 fine, and the drug is no longer available here in Australia (I wonder if Ogilvy got fined as well – not sure about that…).

It’s a very interesting look into ‘alternative’ advertising, and the whole idea of “what you see on the news isn’t always news” comes to mind. Anyway, enjoy the show.

Media Watch is available as a free download on iTunes and through its website. You can also catch it on ABC TV and iView. Definitely worth a look.