Duracell Powers New Year’s Eve in Times Square
New York City’s Times Square is one of the biggest stages on New Year’s Eve, with millions of people from around the world gathering to see the iconic ball drop at midnight. The PR execs at Duracell saw this as an opportunity give its battery brand—which exists in a low interest and highly commoditized industry—a boost. They partnered with PainePR to hold a month-long event in December 2008 that would let consumers light up New Year’s—literally.
The crux of the event: Six “snowmobikes” stationed at Duracell’s Times Square-based Power Lodge that would capture the energy generated by pedalers and then store it in massive batteries. Then, as the ball completed its decent on New Year’s Eve, this energy would be used to light up the 2-0-0-9 numerals.
To get consumers pedaling in the weeks leading up to the big night, the team held a media open house, secured celebrity endorsers and conducted aggressive outreach. Ultimately, their efforts paid off: More than 9.24 kilowatt hours were harnessed by pedalers, which was enough to light the sign for a full 20 minutes and 35 seconds. â–
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