Eco & Sustainability, Marketing & Advertising.
Recently, we saw the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa in Chile offer virtual seeds to its guests, giving them the chance to help reforestation in the hotel’s neighboring spaces. Now, beer brand Molson Canadian is encouraging consumers to greater appreciate their surroundings through its Red Leaf Project, which is providing beer coasters embedded with seeds to help them plant trees. Those buying crates of Molson Canadian or ordering the drink at bars will receive a coaster for the duration of the promotion. Each coaster is made of seed paper, which grows into a tree when watered, given the right conditions. The company plans to release one million of the coasters, which also contain a pin code that gives customers a chance to win a pair of tickets to an outdoor concert taking place in their part of Canada. When entering the pin code, users can enter their address and Molson Canadian promises to put money towards a park in the area and has set aside USD 400,000 for this purpose. Fans of the brand can also get a guaranteed ticket to the Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project show in Toronto by signing up to volunteer at one of its 100 Park Projects across the country. The campaign aims to encourage younger beer-drinkers to become actively engaged in environmental projects while also enjoying themselves and appreciating the Canadian outdoors. Marketing firms – how could you help promote a brand while also encouraging eco-friendly behavior?
Developed by students at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. The app also contains a dictionary of visual symbols which can be incorporated into the text message reply. the Windows 7 Phone app takes received text messages and breaks down each word into an interactive button.For rural people to reply to the messages
We’ve seen a couple of ideas that aim to help illiterate people navigate text content on the web. as well as easily keep in touch with relatives and friends. The user’s contacts list is also made more visual by adding avatars. the dropping price of mass produced smartphones and greater mobile coverage means they are already being used in poorer rural areas of the world. EasySMS app is offering a more visual and aural way for those who can’t read or write to understand and reply to text messages. Users can hear the whole text message read out in a synthesized voice. The app enables those who can’t read or write to take full advantage of the technology. which can be customized to contain memorable features. The following video explains more about the app:
. or click on individual words to hear them read out and then drag those words into their own reply. Now. where many of the more than 800 million people who are illiterate reside. According to the team behind EasySMS. from Question Box to Wordia.
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.600. which means they'll be 4. cheaper and easier than public transport. provided each trip is less than 30 minutes. With fuel prices still on the rise and increased concern about the environmental costs of driving. For short journeys. After identifying themselves and providing credit or debit card details. bringing the total to 20.one every 300 metres. And if you're in outdoor advertising. Like a similar scheme in Lyon. launching an ambitious bike sharing system that is meant to 'lead a revolution in the way Parisians move around the city'. Once all 1. Cleaning staff drive electric vehicles and use rain collected on the roofs of JCDecaux offices. If no bikes are available. the program aims to help reduce pollution and keep the people of Paris physically fit. where 10 percent of the city's population has a subscription to the local sharing scheme. Dubbed Vélib' (from velo + liberté). An additional half hour is EUR 1. Bikes can be returned at any service point. shared bicycles are faster. the nearest service point will never be far off . The sturdy grey bikes come with a metal basket on the handlebars and are heavier than standard bicycles. The number of bicycles will also be doubled. A day pass costs EUR 1.000 bikes in just 36 hours. users can take out a bike.Bike sharing
This weekend. planners from other cities should head over to Paris to test Vélib‘ in preparation for launching their own bicycle sharing program. allowing users as many rides as they like. renters are directed towards a well-stocked point nearby. which is footing the bill in exchange for exclusive rights to 1. Customers can pick up a bicycle from one of 750 self-service points. with prices climbing for additional time used. the pricing model is aimed at encouraging quick turnover. Vélib‘ maintenance staff get around town on 130 electrically assisted bicycles. built to withstand heavy use. A barge with 12 stops along the Seine will pick up bikes in need of major repairs.451 are in place (end of 2007). In line with the program's green image.4 times as densely distributed as metro stations.
Each holds 100 of some of the most often used medications that can range from pills to drops to creams and so forth. patients can take printed prescriptions to their regular pharmacists. while their insurance companies are billed automatically. bikes will be equipped with RFID tags so that users can track availability online. Users will pay a membership fee of CDN 78 for one year. From the patients' point of view.) The machines include several safeguards to insure patients receive the proper medications their doctors ordered. the time savings can mean significant cash savings. which are accessible 24/7. Bixi follows the standard bike sharing principles: users take a bike from a stand. relieving pharmacists from such routine tasks could turn out to be the machine's major benefit. the last thing consumers want to do is to make a second trip to a pharmacist and wait while their prescription gets filled. InstyMeds machines also save pharmacists the slow and potentially error-prone process of counting out medications by hand. Besides saving time for patients. likewise could help alleviate a growing shortage of pharmacists. rising to CDN 12 per hour for extended periods of use. The vending machines. The first half hour of every trip is free. Indeed. (Alternately. InstyMed's founders note that by handling routine prescriptions the vending machines let pharmacists focus on more important tasks such as counselling patients. clinics. then insert either cash or credit cards to cover copays. They enter their prescription number and birthday via a user-friendly touchscreen monitor. has devised a novel way to make getting medications easy. Moreover.000. the ordering process is relatively simple. however. InstyMeds machines require that physicians create prescriptions electronically. The company's vending machines are designed to be placed in doctors' offices. the new high-tech public bike system developed for the city of Montreal.After visiting the doctor for the flu or other common complaint. ride it to where they want to go. While start-up costs are likely to be high for any new venture in the heavily-regulated health arena.
Urban bike-sharing is coming to North America in the form of Bixi. and fees compare favorably with the price of
. To make the concept even more attractive to users. and drop it at another stand when they're done. CDN 24 for one month or CDN 5 for one day. InstyMeds illustrates how entrepreneurs can devise niche products that handily meet customer needs while potentially chipping away at ever-growing healthcare costs. The aim is to encourage short trips. emergency rooms and other healthcare facilities. real-time information is beamed to the web from the system's solar-powered bike stands. With pharmacist salaries in the United States climbing over USD 100. which are then transmitted to the vending location. a US startup. InstyMeds.
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In Italy. Late last year we featured Massachusetts-based NeighborFavor. the city will end up with a financially independent yet affordable scheme that will keep its residents fit and safe and its environment clean and open. One reason for the system's low cost is the long-lasting bikes. and recently we came across a variation on that same premise in a different
. Taking Montreal's fierce winters into account. which were designed by Michel Dallaire and are expected to provide 75. a site that lets college students earn cash by helping each other with their shopping. platform enables users to crowdsource small and last-minute grocery deliveries
Milk. Bixi's full launch is scheduled for April 2009.25).000 bikes will be installed in 300 locations across the city. when 3.000-100.a monthly bus pass (CDN 66.
3rd May 2012 in Retail. (Related: City bike schemes Bank-sponsored bike sharing. Bixi will operate from April to November. If it all goes according to plan.
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