Innovation That Matters

Airport contest seeks new runway models

Travel & Tourism

We’ve seen airports engage consumers with everything from free dancing lessons and light therapy to a four-storey slide that rewards duty-free spending. The latest innovation? Gatwick Airport’s Runway Models contest. Launched in late May by the UK airport and Storm Model Management, the Runway Models contest invites Gatwick travellers to submit a photo of themselves either online or by taking advantage of the dedicated photo booths in the airport’s departure lounges. The closing date is 12 July; all entries are posted online, where they’re available for public voting. Once all the entries are in, Storm’s model scouts will choose four guys and four girls to go through to the next stage, while public votes will choose an additional guy and girl to advance; those chosen by the public will also win GBP 500 in Gatwick retail shopping vouchers. The Final 10 will then be invited to a “model bootcamp” and photo shoot where they’ll spend the day with industry professionals learning the modelling basics as well as having their hair and makeup done. The guy and girl that impress Storm the most will be selected as the final winners of a year’s “New Faces” contract and a debut at London Gatwick Fashion Week in August. Gatwick, meanwhile, will donate GBP 1 to the Great Ormond Street Hospital charity for every photo uploaded. There are myriad ways to impress and engage consumers, but sometimes there’s just nothing like a good, old-fashioned contest; if it can tap into consumers’ vanity, so much the better. Beat that, traditional advertising! 😉 (Related: Lottery contest appeals to dog owners’ gravanityContest replaces ad campaign for Nissan launchContest asks fans to design their own doughnut.) Spotted by:



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