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BMW's MINI brand has never had a big advertising budget, but everyone would agree it's ad agency knows how to stretch a dollar. The latest promotion from MINI is a program called Motorby that takes interactivity at 60 mph to new heights. According to MotoringFile.com, a large MINI enthusiast/news site, select MINI owners were recently email an invitation to join the Motorby campaign, whereby they give MINI some scraps of info about themselves and are then sent a special key fob in the mail. Special billboards called Motorboards have been set up in cities like Chicago, New York, Miami and San Francisco, and when one of these MINI owners drives by the billboard will light up with a personal message like "Looking good today, Scooter," and "David, your hair looks great today". It's a very creative campaign, and if successful (and no one causes an accident by trying to read their message at speed), the brand may roll out the program to all MINI owners.

We have to assume that MINI has people on the back end screening the info that each owner provides, but we'd give our right foot for a pic of a Motorboard that says, "Did you read Autoblog.com today, Joe?" Come on, there has to be a few people at MINI who would let that slide, right?

[Source: Motoring File]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Isnt that funny? There is a mini cooper ad, and right beneath it in traffic is a Scion xB??!! the IRONY!
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a fantastic idea. Makes me want to buy a MINI just to feed my narcissism.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL, you had me going there for a minute when I first read that billboard. I thought Autoblog had some sort of inside deal with MINI.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, they hope that now their friends will want one, too.

      Of course, there's fun to be had without buying a Mini: I'm sure the key fobs will show up on eBay before you know it.