The Digital Bus: A unique experience

My three month internship at Ingenex Digital Marketing is flying by! Right now, I am approaching the end of my second month, and the company has recently launched its Digital Bus Summer Tour of 2013.

Ingenex Team

Ingenex Team

The goal of the Digital Bus is to promote our services and brand awareness via digital social outreach as we engage in activities and events on our summer schedule. During the summer tour we hope to connect with  people through the use of hashtags in order to create conversation and establish new relationships.

The Digital Bus visits awesome places beyond Michigan’s borders. Our 1972 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper also travels to Illinois and New York. We encourage people that see us on the road or in person to take a photo and tweet us using the hashtag #DigitalBus so we can interact with them!

For each summer tour, our team wears personalized t-shirts to help us brand and promote the bus as well as our company. This experience allows us to combine the digital experience with the real world and connect with our community.

Joao and Erin at Nickel's Arcade

Joao and Erin at Nickel’s Arcade

I’ll try not to be biased, but the 1972 Volkswagen we have is extremely cool! The Digital Bus provides a charming and exclusive identity to our company. Promoting the digital services we provide via our vintage van is very ironic, but in my opinion that’s why Ingenex is such a unique agency to work for. Though we are digitally immersed in our daily work, all team members are extremely social, outgoing and this opportunity allows us to combine our skills and personalities.

This is also an opportunity for us as a team to get to know each other better in different environments. The Digital Bus is an experience that not many agencies can provide, and I am very happy for the opportunity to be part of this experience.

My kind of birthday town, Ann Arbor is

“How many birthday deals can you get in one day?” That was the question that drove the creation of the Ann Arbor Birthday Deals video I had the opportunity to work on. The piece is posted to TheDigitalBus.com, the blog run by Ingenex Digital Marketing.

The premise: Derek Mehraban, the Ingenex Digital Marketing CEO, celebrated his 40th birthday in August with the entire Ingenex team. Everyone piled into The Digital Bus — a fully-restored 1972 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper — in search of free birthday offerings. A number of Ann Arbor businesses provided complementary food and gifts — birthday candles, ice cream, truffles, cupcakes, ice tea, etc.

Erin O’Neill, content producer at Ingenex, drove the project. She shot the video and developed the concept. She said she wanted something “madcap” when she gave me the raw footage to edit. Drawing inspiration from reruns of “The Monkees” and Buster Keaton films, my touches included speeding up the action, creating humorous titles, and adding light uptempo music. Both Erin and Derek offered tremendous input during the editing process.

Working on projects such as this affirms my love for digital media and digital marketing. I find digital technology streamlines the creative process. Erin captured the footage on a small digital video camera and I edited it on my laptop using Final Cut Pro software. Digital also provides a mass outlet where others can provide immediate feedback. Various versions were uploaded to YouTube so the Ingenex team could offer input, and the finished piece was promoted through social media.

The video also serves as a showcase for Ann Arbor and its various businesses. The city is a great place to live and work and that comes across in the piece. Thank you to the following companies that were visited during the birthday outing: Ben & Jerry’s, Bubble Island, Cake Nouveau, Circumference, Cupcake Station, FOUND, Northside Grill, RoosRoast, Schakolad, and TeaHaus.

For a complete list of “A2” birthday deals, go to: http://arborwiki.org/Birthday_Deals.