Recently quite a few of the FreshNetworks team have started buying and selling each other on the internet.
…It’s not as bad as it sounds!
What’s happened is that Empire Avenue, a gamified approach to measuring social influence, has sparked off some friendly rivalry as we work out just how much social capital we hold.
Where Empire Avenue differs is that your value can effectively be peer-reviewed by others buying and selling shares in your score, giving you an incentive to remain a valuable commodity and remain active on your social networks.
What’s the value for brands?
The early adoption of automotive brands is interesting, as one of the features of Empire Avenue is the option to buy “luxury items” – like a fancy badge that displays a manifestation of your virtual wealth. At present these are generic items – cars, boats, houses etc. but I expect we’ll soon see branded versions being offered by companies as aspirational items, or even rewards for loyal fans.
Brands will also be able to communicate with their users as the Empire Avenue platform offers real time chat and status updates. It also offers users the chance to purchase in-game adverts to encourage visits to their profiles and, hopefully, investment in their stock. The relationship works both ways and brands can also invest in their fans, which is certainly a new type of engagement that goes beyond what we have seen before.
If you or your company are already active on social media, now may well be the time to think about “investing” in Empire Avenue.