Times Square Station Display Hosts Free Throw Challenge with NBA Star


Leading up to the NBA All-Star Game, a digital storefront display in NYC’s Times Square Station hosted a digital arcade-style basketball free throw game. From 1/26 to 2/22, 3,438 consumers competed for the opportunity to win a game of H-O-R-S-E with NBA star Carmelo Anthony.

Nominating Company: Pearl Media, Fairfield, New Jersey
Venue: Times Square Station, New York, New York
Project: Free Throw Challenge at Times Square Station
Category: Transportation

Kumho Tire is the first-ever official tire partner of the NBA and NBA Development League (NBA D-League) in the U.S. and South Korea. Taking their NBA involvement one step further, Kumho partnered with New York Knick’s star Carmelo Anthony for a new campaign. The campaign focused on consumer content creation with a sweepstakes payoff for a game of H-O-R-S-E with Anthony. Leading up to the NBA All-Star game in NYC, Kumho took over the MTA’s S trains and Times Square Station with static branding from the Carmelo campaign. To enhance the consumer experience, Kumho was looking for an experiential activation within their Times Square station domination that leveraged Anthony and the sweepstakes.

When executing in a transit space, especially a well-trafficked space like Times Square Station, fighting for attention against the noise pollution is tricky. Despite having an A-list athlete to feature, the ambient transit noise was going to drown out the interactive experience. We needed to implement a unique call-to-action that would cut through the clutter and grab consumer attention in a way that felt organic to the experience.

From 1/26 to 2/22, 3,438 consumers competed for the opportunity to win a game of H-O-R-S-E with NBA star Carmelo Anthony.SOLUTIONS
Smashing through the noise pollution, we implemented a solid surface vibration speaker. This speaker allowed us to convert the storefront glass into a high quality speaker solution. Emitting powerful sound and vibrations through the glass cut through the noise and chaos of Times Square Station, drawing plenty of attention to the experience. In this particular instance, we accompanied a glass shattering animation of Carmelo passing a basketball towards pedestrians with a corresponding sound effect.

Over 28 days of activation, 3,438 unique consumer interactions were recorded. Additionally, 629 emails were submitted, yielding an impressive data capture rate of 18.3 percent. The campaign also received significant press attention with 3,646,053 total impressions.

Pearl Media won the DSE 2016 Bronze Apex Award in the Transportation category.

1 Comment

  1. Complete bullshit by Pearl Media. Here is why:
    They claim “28 days of activation, 3,438 unique consumer interactions”
    Considering 12-hour a day traffic, each consumer had 5 min to interact, play and enter his/her email address. In other words, there must be a non-stop line of consumers to play with the screen for 28 day for 12 hours each day.
    Complete non-sense, bogus claims.

    Wow 629 emails were submitted! With the cost of the installation and support, each email comes at the high price of $25 to $30 each. Due to the totally random nature of passersby, the conversion to the next level in the funnel will be non-existent.

    Congratulation Kumho Tire on wasting a pile of cash!

    Pearl Media, you can sell. That’s for sure. Everything else is highly questionable.

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