Rapper Jay-Z’s recently-released memoir “Decoded” turns reading back into a game for adults with a new campaign sponsored by Bing and headed by New York ad agency Droga5. Not relying just on traditional marketing, pages from the book are printed in secret locations.
This epic scavenger hunt takes place as much online as it does in the real world. For its part, Bing launched interactive 3D maps that allows users to search the streets of New York, L.A., New Orleans, Miami, London (all cities mentioned in the book) and more, letting users look for clues. The grand notion is to have players find, “decode” and assemble the book together online. Interactive design experts Area/Code designed the gamified elements of this monumental project. In this in-depth case study of how they went about gamifying a book online and in real-life, Area/Code GM and Executive Producer Demetri Detsaridis discusses this historical marketing campaign.