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BizReport : Viral Marketing : March 24, 2009

7-Eleven takes Slurpee's viral

If you're looking for a good example of how to create a viral campaign from a branded micro-site, look no further than the new site launched by 7-Eleven. As North American's head into the Spring and Summer months this new campaign, which encourages consumers to use the site to see how their favorite Slurpee changes their look, is certain to bring consumers back time after time.

by Kristina Knight

7-Eleven partnered with Omnicom Group's Freshworks/The Integer Group to create the microsite to promote the Slurpee brand of frozen drinks; the 'Brainfreeze Laboratory' allows users to upload their own picture to see how drinking their favorite flavor will change their complexion. The pictures can then be sent to friends.

7-Eleven is cross-promoting the viral campaign with banner ads, promotional emails and on the micro-site itself; the campaign runs through July - the height of Slurpee Season.

When it comes to viral campaigns the key is to offer consumers something they may not get from anyone else and to make the micro-site fun.

Although photo-manipulating websites are out there, most are targeted to women looking for a new hairstyle or makeup lesson; this is one of the first manipulation platforms that should appeal to both men and women, younger and older consumers. From the fun standpoint, marketers need only look at the 7-Eleven campaign or at Office Max's holiday 'Elf Yourself' campaign to see that consumers like to create caricatures of themselves to share with friends and family.

Tags: 7-Eleven, cross-promotional advertising, rich media, viral, viral marketing

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  • I think this is a unique marketing strategy of 7-eleven to revive and acquire more customers. I just hope that it'll work and will increase the company's revenue.



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