In a world first, Kia and its communications partners – mobile solutions agency Mnet, media agency Initiative and creative agency Innocean Worldwide - have collaborated to create an interactive game that allows people to return a high-speed tennis serve live from their TV.
Using their smart phone as a racquet, anyone can attempt to return a serve from Australia’s very own Sam Groth, the world’s fastest server (263kph).
Designed by Mnet to maximise viewer engagement for Kia’s sponsorship of the Australian Open starting next week, the ‘Game On’ App (www.kia.com.au/game-on) will be supported by a campaign that consists of six ads delivering six different serves, an online practice court, digital outdoor and activations.
Tony Barlow, Chief Operating Officer of Kia commented, “Kia’s partnership with the Australian Open Tennis provides us massive reach to a passionate audience to promote our great range of cars. The ‘Game On’ App will really enhance consumer enjoyment of the Tennis at home in a way that has never been done before. And of course, such an innovative and technologically advanced idea matches perfectly with Kia’s core brand values.”
Travis Johnson, CEO of Mnet said, “When you watch the tennis from home you can’t imagine the power of the players’ serves. We’re giving everyone the chance to feel the pressure and react as the ball zips past. The App syncs with the on-screen serve using audio fingerprint triggers, and the accelerometer to determine the accuracy of the user’s swing in a way similar to gaming consoles, but playable by anyone with an iPhone or Android smartphone.”
The Kia “Game On” App launches this week and ends with the Australian Open Men’s Final on January 26.
The Apps can be downloaded from the links below: