Big W teams up with RYOT Studio for AR shopping experience

15 June 2021

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Customers can scan a WebAR code to ‘place’ select outdoor toys from the Toy Mania sale virtually into their own spaces.

Big W has joined forces with Verizon Media’s branded content division, RYOT Studio, to give Aussies a new way to shop Australia’s favourite annual toy sale, Toy Mania, using augmented reality (AR).

In a first for Big W, customers can scan a WebAR code to ‘place’ select outdoor toys from the Toy Mania sale virtually into their own spaces allowing them to view objects at scale and in real-time.

Users can interact with the products in 360° - all from the comfort of their own home. Customers can easily click through to buy products on the BIG W website if they like what they see.

This collaboration is the first ecommerce-focused AR execution to be built on Verizon Media’s proprietary Immersive Platform. It follows a number of extended reality campaigns to come out of RYOT Studio, which is leading the charge in creating entirely new ways for customers to shop remotely.

The campaign goes live today and is being promoted across Verizon Media’s suite of Yahoo editorial brands through display and native ads, as well as custom editorial articles. Additionally, the campaign will be promoted on BIG W’s website, in-store and across social channels.

Big W campaigns marketing manager Doug Sexton says: “At BIG W, we’re constantly looking for ways to make it easier for families to shop with us. This year as we kick off our Toy Mania sale, we’re excited to leverage the power of AR so that families can see items virtually in their own space. This tool will allow our customer to shop the range with even more confidence.”

RYOT Studio head of strategic solutions Julia Edwards says: “The way consumers shop has changed forever, so it’s become incredibly important for brands to explore new ways to interact with their customers. Immersive experiences like this not only allow customers to interact with a brand in their own physical world but also drive direct, trackable sales results.

“This collaboration with BIG W takes the stress out of buying big bulky items and makes it seriously easy for consumers to make their purchasing decisions. It’s another great example of how Verizon Media are building commerce products that deliver value and utility for our audiences.”

Doug Sexton - Marketing Manager - Campaigns
Amie De Grussa - Assistant Marketing Manager - Campaigns
Jennie Ko - Marketing Design Manager
Paul Connell - Marketing Design Lead

RYOT Studio
James Kavanagh - Snr Project Manager
Julia Edwards - Head of Strategic Solutions

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Natalie Vieux - Snr Sales Manager
Megan McElderry - Group Sales Manager

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Fran Mahony - Client Director

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