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Ice Bag Advertising (SMART 100)


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This innovation initially came to life when…

This innovation came to life after a discussion with a friend who owned an Ice manufacturing and distribution business in Adelaide. I noticed there was a blank space on one side of the bag and asked him why he didn’t sell the space off to advertisers. We also discussed the vast opportunities due to his distribution network into all supermarkets and convenience stores. From this we looked at potential markets and agreed to trial the concept through his business.


The purpose of this innovation is to…

As an ambient media it helps reinforce other forms of media / its visual display and emotional value at the time of purchase. / Top of mind awareness and reinforcement of product or message

It does this by…

The ice bags are distributed to all major Service stations, Bottle shops and Supermarkets. Whether it is a brand message, competition, product launch, awareness campaign or redemption offer, the medium is perfect to target a broad cross-section of the community (one on one) and at a time when they are in a relaxed and casual mood.


This innovation improves on what came before because…

There is no other Ambient media product competing as far as we know at the point of distribution, storage boxes etc.

Its various benefits to the customer/end-user include…

Ice bags offer a perfect alternative to direct mail or other forms of ambient media. You’re not competing for space in the letterbox as your ad will be the only message on the Ice bag other than the distributor branding.


In the past, this problem was solved by…

Picking up a bag of ice from the Service station, Bottle shop or Supermarket is an Australian tradition. Packaged ice is a companion product purchased to cool drinks for most social functions. Almost every person purchases packaged ice at some time throughout the year for an outdoor social activity.

Its predecessors/competitors include…

All other forms of ambient media, but we see this as an additional product to be added into the mix of an overall campaign.


It is made for…

Over 40 million ice bags are sold nationally per annum creating a huge untapped advertising medium. Almost every person purchases packaged ice at some time throughout the year for an outdoor social activity.


It is available for sale through…

IM in association with all major ice bag distributors around the country can offer a national distribution network covering all major capital cities and regional areas. Bags are distributed and sold at all major Service stations, Bottle shops and Supermarkets.

Our marketing strategy is to…

We are already talking to Federal and State Governments to add this into their future Drink & Drive Campaigns. We have also spoken to major breweries and Soft Drinks and Food distribution businesses.



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