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This article was published on March 14, 2012

    This incredible PR stunt was used to promote Canadian-based app “Pothole Season”

    This incredible PR stunt was used to promote Canadian-based app “Pothole Season”
    Harrison Weber
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    Harrison Weber

    Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email. Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email.

    TAXI, a multi-disciplinary studio based out of Toronto, created an app and site known to Canadian drivers as Pothole Season. The app & site allows anyone to report potholes and get directions to places while them along the way. So far over 2,615 potholes have been reported using the app.

    But as well as the app is designed (trust me, it’s slick), the topic isn’t exactly thrilling. On top of that, whenever I hit a pothole, I prefer to swear, curse and then move on — instead of actually reporting problems to the city or other drivers.

    Brilliant as the agency is, PaperPlane, a street and guérilla marketing blog reports that the TAXI team has created a blunt, yet completely original PR stunt to draw attention to the app. The message here was to encourage drivers to use the app, or else the following just might happen to you. And as you can see below, the results were rather awesome:

    Via PaperPlane (translated from French):

    In Quebec, spring heralds the return of good weather, but also heralds the return of nest-holes. This phenomenon of the passage of the rigorous Canadian winters creates many difficulties for motorists. In order to simplify their lives, the agency Taxi has developed a digital tool available in the form of iPhone application and website for identifying all those holes in the asphalt. To further this commitment and encourage the use of these tools, the agency achieved a PR stunt in the center of the city of Montreal. The idea, simple but perfectly executed, is to stage a car so hyperbolic undergoing a nest-holes.

    Overall it’s an impressive take on a real problem for local drivers. Hopefully the stunt will help give the app some of the attention it deserves!

    ➤  Pothole Season: site & iPhone app (Free)

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