Yet Another Facebook Story: Burn Alter Ego’izzle

Our friend, Catharine P. Taylor, wants the virtual you to go clubbing and then report back in the morning.
Check that. Coca-Cola wants you to do so. Catharine P. Taylor wants to report on the action, or lack thereof.
image courtesy of Mashable
Here’s what she’s saying so far:

…if you believe that one thing social media marketing needs is great apps from major advertisers, it’s as good a place as any to start. Admittedly, the Burn Alter Ego (application) promotes Burn, an energy drink that is only available in Europe, Brazil and Morocco, but anyone is allowed to play.
Here’s how it works: once you’ve downloaded the application and set up your alter ego, it goes clubbing (which sounds rather attractive to me because I don’t get out a lot) and promises to post to its own blog in the a.m. Mine went out for the first time last night, and apparently spent some quality time using the Xerox machine to make copies of body parts (none all that naughty, unless you count my avatar’s bum). Those who download the app receive this warning: “If reading about drunken nights, nakedness, and crazy decisions make you uncomfortable, delete this application and go back to your knitting.” Cool! Well, I don’t knit, anyway.
You can set up your avatar to go out with friends who also have Burn Alter Egos or meet new friends while it’s out, and the more it goes out, the more options it will have in terms of wardrobe, furniture for the flat, and so forth. I’ve set up mine to find new friends mostly because I barely know anyone who has loaded it so far, but wouldn’t mind it if a few of us Social Media Insider avatars went out together in the next few weeks to see what our blogs would report to us in the morning.

Stafford Green, Head of Interactive Marketing for Coca-Cola Europe, says, “It’s creating a lot of funny confusion at our offices. People overhear that I went out last night with Eva and we partied in Paris with some beautiful models. And we have pictures on Facebook to prove the event! But in fact, it was actually our Burn Avatars, Eva’izzle and Stafford’elicious.”



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.