Friday, December 14, 2012

Diesel - Pre-Internet Campaign

Diesel is launching a 20th anniversary edition of their YUK shoe and supporting it with their 'Pre Internet Experience.'  Developed by SMFB, the relaunch of the 1993 shoe encourages users to go back to those pre-internet days by challenging you to go offline and not post on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for three days.  Those who can abstain from social networks for 72 hours have the chance to win a pair of the boots.  Ironically the campaign uses a dedicated website and Facebook to encourage participation in the contest, asking questions like 'When did sharing become annoying, and liking just a pointless online gesture?' and 'Why do you know what your friend's lunch looks like, and how is this making the world a better place?'

The campaign differentiates the YUK shoe by billing it as the pre-internet shoe, 'no tracking, no timing, no wall posting, no bullshit.'  Clearly a dig at sensor enabled shoes from Adidas & Nike while encouraging users to 'Take a little break from your life online.'

Diesel have also created a series of videos that make fun of the current state of footwear affairs by chronicling a fictional GPS artist and Parkour athletes.   See below.

I predict we'll see a lot more activity aimed (ironically) at encouraging users to disconnect.  I expect to see more and more brands looking to enable or co-opt the movement to disconnect for periods of time as a way of coping with information overload and constant connectivity.   Basically brands looking to enable a 'digital sabbath' once a week or the like.