Transforming Advertising with Augmented Reality: A Glimpse into the World of AR Advertising
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Transforming Advertising with Augmented Reality: A Glimpse into the World of AR Advertising

Transforming Advertising with Augmented Reality: A Glimpse into the World of AR Advertising

Betty Vanguard

Advertising, as we've known it for decades, has often been met with skepticism and resistance from consumers. The intrusion of ads into our daily lives, whether through billboards, television commercials, or pop-up banners on websites, has typically felt disruptive and uninvited. However, the advent of augmented reality (AR) has ushered in a new era of advertising, where engagement is key, and the boundary between the real and digital worlds is blurred. In this article, we'll explore how AR advertising addresses the problems associated with traditional advertising, provide examples of companies leveraging AR in their marketing strategies, and delve into the exciting intersection of artists, brands, and advertising in the realm of AR.

Virtual try-ons (VTO) for clothing in partnership with Maison Valentino. Powered by Wanna. Source: Jing Daily.

AR Advertising: A Solution to Traditional Advertising Woes

Traditional advertising has long grappled with several inherent problems. These include:

- Intrusiveness*: Traditional ads often interrupt the consumer experience, leading to annoyance and resistance.

- Lack of Engagement: Consumers have become adept at tuning out traditional ads, leading to diminishing returns on advertising investments.

- Ineffectiveness: It can be challenging to measure the real impact of traditional advertising campaigns, making it difficult for brands to understand their ROI.

Augmented reality advertising offers a solution to these challenges by providing immersive and interactive experiences that captivate and engage consumers. Here's how AR tackles these problems:

Enhanced Engagement through Immersion

AR advertising immerses consumers in a digital world seamlessly integrated with the real one. By overlaying digital elements on the physical environment, AR provides a more engaging and interactive experience. For example, a cosmetics brand can allow consumers to virtually try on makeup using their smartphones, offering an engaging and personalized experience that traditional print ads or TV commercials cannot match.

Targeted and Measurable Results

AR advertising provides valuable data on user engagement, allowing brands to measure the effectiveness of their campaigns in real-time. Metrics such as user interactions, time spent, and conversion rates provide insights that were previously unattainable with traditional advertising methods.

Examples of AR Advertising in Action

1. Boutique Hotel: Kini Beach Haus by Orion Haus in Ft. Lauderdale, USA

Hiero Veiga's vibrant mural in Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.

Basa Studio, Marco Locatelli and Fat Heat collaborated with Orion Haus to bring Hiero Veiga's vibrant street art mural to life, using an innovative approach. The mural's enchanting transformation occurs effortlessly as passersby simply scan it with their smartphones, without the need for any additional apps. This was achieved through the use of web-based Augmented Reality (AR), a choice favored by many advertisers due to its user-friendly nature, sparing audiences the inconvenience of downloading an app.

This remarkable case study serves as a prime example of how a charming boutique hotel cleverly harnessed AR technology to subtly promote its brand while infusing an element of playfulness. The theme and narrative of this AR mural transport viewers to a hidden oasis just off the historic Las Olas area—a secret jungle along the riverbank. In this lush tropical rainforest, emerald-hued flora and exotic creatures abound, all under the watchful eye of the Goddess Kini, who has become one with the verdant surroundings. Bathed in Kini's radiant light, this emerald and sapphire rainforest unveils its hidden dimension to all who stroll by. 


Addressing teenagers, and with the support of Zappar, Fanta created an AR experience that let people choose from 12 different specially designed filters for their phones and create their own unique Fanta personality. Then they could share those filters and unlock pin codes from Fanta packs to enter a prize draw. To promote the campaign Fanta influencers took took over social media and cinemas all around.

3. Snapchat Lenses

Snapchat's AR Lenses allow users to modify their appearance in real-time through fun and engaging filters. Brands have jumped on board, creating branded Lenses for promotional purposes. For example, Taco Bell's Lens turned users' faces into tacos, effectively promoting their products in an entertaining way.

The Intersection of Artistry, Brands, and AR Advertising

The fusion of artistry, branding, and AR advertising is a testament to the boundless creative possibilities that this technology affords. Here's how these three elements intersect in the world of AR advertising:

1. Artistry in AR Content Creation

AR advertising campaigns often rely on artists and designers to create captivating digital content. These artists bring their creative vision to life by designing interactive AR experiences that resonate with audiences. From OOH billboards to immersive storytelling, artists have found a new canvas in AR, allowing them to explore unique avenues of expression.

The following is a glimpse into the future of 3D animations on OOH billboard advertising using AR. This prototype was created by XR/AR designer Ian Curtis. If you happen to be in San Francisco near the Brannan and 4th, go and have a look. All you need is your mobile device to open the link provided by the artist on IG

2. Brand Collaboration with Artists

Brands are increasingly collaborating with artists to infuse their campaigns with creativity and authenticity. By partnering with renowned artists, brands can tap into existing fan bases and leverage the artist's unique style to create compelling AR experiences. These collaborations foster a sense of cultural relevance and authenticity that resonates with consumers.

The following collab is between artist Yunuene and CAT. The collaboration between the artist and the brand was elegantly straightforward, yielding magnificent results. The brand initiated the process by sending a pair of shoes to the artist, who infused her creative touch by painting a unique design on them. Subsequently, the artist's work was transformed into a stunning 3D digital representation, complete with an augmented reality (AR) layer. This ingenious collaboration allowed the brand to subtly position itself in the spotlight, leveraging the artist's substantial following of over 8,000 on social media for an impactful brand exposure campaign.

3. Nurturing Consumer Engagement through Artistry

Artistic elements in AR promotion and advertising can profoundly impact consumer engagement. A beautifully designed AR experience can captivate users, hold their attention, and leave a lasting impression. This is particularly relevant in industries such as: culture and entertainment, fashion, and the tourism industry, where companies can collaborate with artists to create visually stunning AR experiences.

This AR encounter, crafted by the collaborative efforts of artist KAWS and supported by Acute Art, takes place within the iconic Casa Batlló designed by Gaudí. The accompanying video production was skillfully executed by Danilo.

The Future of AR Advertising

As AR technology continues to evolve, the future of AR advertising holds exciting prospects. Here are some trends and possibilities to watch out for:

1. AR in E-Commerce

AR is poised to revolutionize the e-commerce landscape further. Virtual try-ons, product visualizations, and interactive shopping experiences will become more prevalent, reducing uncertainty and increasing consumer confidence in online purchases. This instance featuring the Puma "Future Rider" sneakers hits the mark perfectly. 

2. Personalization at Scale

AR advertising can offer highly personalized experiences by utilizing data on consumer preferences and behaviors. Brands can deliver tailored content, product recommendations, and offers, thereby increasing the chances of conversion.

A notable instance that has captured our admiration is the partnership between the artist Bond Truluv and Nikon. This collaboration vividly illustrates how a brand such as Nikon can tailor an experience, exemplified by a digital filter, to cater to their customers through the use of augmented reality. Simultaneously, it effectively promotes and advertises their products.

3. Education and Information

AR can serve as a powerful tool for educating consumers about products and services. Brands can use AR to provide in-depth information, tutorials, and interactive guides, enhancing consumer understanding and trust.

This serves as an illustration of how a bot assists users in navigating a museum enhancing the users understanding and experience inside the building:


Augmented reality advertising represents a paradigm shift in the world of marketing. It addresses the problems associated with traditional advertising, offering enhanced engagement, targeted results, and measurable ROI. Companies like FANTA, Orion Haus Boutique Hotel, Snapchat, CAT, Taco Bell, Puma and Nikon have harnessed the potential of AR advertising to create immersive and memorable experiences for consumers.

Furthermore, the intersection of artistry, brands, and AR advertising is fostering a new realm of creative possibilities. Artists are at the forefront of designing captivating AR content, while brands are leveraging these talents to connect with consumers on a deeper level. As AR technology continues to advance, the future of advertising promises more personalized, engaging, and informative experiences.

In a world where consumers are bombarded with advertising messages, AR advertising stands out as a medium that not only captures attention but also provides value and entertainment. As we move forward, it will be fascinating to witness how AR continues to transform the advertising landscape, creating new opportunities for brands, artists, and, most importantly, consumers. Augmented reality advertising has indeed arrived, and its potential is limitless.

* while augmented reality (AR) advertising can offer less intrusive and more engaging experiences compared to some traditional advertising methods, it's important to recognize that the intrusiveness of an advertising approach depends on various factors, including implementation and user perception. AR advertising has the potential to be immersive and interactive, allowing users to engage voluntarily, but it can also be intrusive if not used thoughtfully.

Let's break that down with a more balanced perspective:

Traditional Advertising Intrusiveness:

Interruptive Nature: Traditional advertising methods like TV commercials, radio ads, and pop-up banners often interrupt the consumer's experience, which can be perceived as intrusive. For example, a TV show is paused for a commercial break, or a website's content is obscured by pop-up ads.

One-Size-Fits-All: Traditional advertising tends to be mass-market-oriented, meaning that ads are broadcast to a broad audience regardless of individual preferences. This lack of personalization can contribute to the feeling of intrusiveness.

AR Advertising and Intrusiveness:

Opt-In Engagement: AR advertising typically requires users to opt-in actively, such as by scanning a QR code, using an AR app, or interacting with AR elements voluntarily. This aspect can reduce the sense of intrusion, as users engage with AR content by choice.

Contextual Relevance: AR advertising has the potential to provide contextually relevant information or experiences, making the content more valuable and less intrusive. For example, AR navigation apps provide directions in real-time, enhancing user experiences without interrupting them.

User Control: Many AR experiences allow users to control when and how they interact with AR content, putting them in charge of their engagement. Users can choose to exit or pause AR experiences at their discretion.

However, it's essential to note that not all AR advertising is inherently non-intrusive. Poorly executed AR campaigns, aggressive pop-ups, or experiences that disrupt a user's real-world activities can also be perceived as intrusive. The key to successful AR advertising lies in designing experiences that respect user preferences and enhance their overall experience.

In summary, while AR advertising can offer a less intrusive and more engaging alternative to some traditional methods, the intrusiveness of any advertising approach ultimately depends on how it is implemented and the degree to which it respects user consent and experience. It's crucial for advertisers to strike a balance between capturing attention and respecting user autonomy to ensure a positive reception of AR advertising campaigns. 

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