IHeartRadio's Vending Machine Turns Instagram Photos Into Swag

Targets college students' nostalgia for hometown radio


IHeartRadio is touring the country with a T-shirt vending machine that accepts Instagram photos as payment. The marketing effort has racked up 5.7 million impressions—likes, shares, views—in the first week on the photo-sharing app, according to iHeartRadio. The five-week campaign (which runs through Nov. 15) stops at 10 college campuses in the Midwest and South, including Arizona State University, the University of Texas and Florida State University.

"It's a mobile-first generation that we wanted to engage with and typically you've got college students who are away at school, and iHeartRadio is a natural way for them to stay connected with their hometown radio station," said Chris Williams, svp of iHeartRadio programming.

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