Yes, I have the Pokémon Go app on my phone and you might be wondering why. As many of you know, I have a nine-year-old son, Aiden, who is obsessed with Pokémon, so of course, I have the app. But let’s be clear it is only on my phone because his iPad only has wifi and so he can basically only use it at home.
But the point of this blog post isn’t about Pokémon Go, but more about how others are jumping on the Pokémon Go bandwagon for their own brands’ benefit. You may recall that in December of last year, I wrote “May the PR Force Be With You,” about brands jumping on the Star Wars bandwagon. The new Star Wars movie was a big deal, but I encouraged organizations to take a look at their brand before deciding to jump on a bandwagon .
So imagine my (kind of) surprise when yesterday I came across a blog post from PR Week, “How brands are using the Pokémon Go craze to 'catch 'em all',” which was all about brands jumping on the Pokémon bandwagon. And just like with Star Wars there were some brands that it makes sense to be involved with Pokémon and there are others that it made no sense at all. Just because every other brand is doing it doesn’t mean your brand should as well .
There were some definite Pokémon winners such as the Arizona Department of Transportation, which is my photo above and these four from The Smithsonian, The Phoenix New Times, Airman Magazine and Geeks Who Eat.
And a couple of others that didn’t make sense to me and just didn’t quite seem to work:
Now I want to know from you, what brands have you seen jump on the Pokémon bandwagon that either worked or didn’t work?