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Ikea invites customers to ‘pee on this ad’ to check for pregnancy and a crib deal

The Swedish stores new ad is made of paper which contains similar technology to a pregnancy test and if its positive, the ad reveals a special sale

Ikea, the Swedish homeware giant, has come up with a novel way to get would-be parents streaming through the doors to the companys cavernous outlets a magazine advert for baby cribs that doubles as a pregnancy test.

Ikea is encouraging the possibly pregnant to pee on the ad in its latest catalogue, the paper of which contains similar technology to a pregnancy test. If the test is positive, then the ad reveals a special discounted price on cribs.

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Ikea wants you to pee on this ad and if youre pregnant, it’ll give you a discount on a crib https://t.co/MjuUiQSkZz pic.twitter.com/wAMXt8IdkJ

January 9, 2018

The marketing innovation by the Swedish agency kestam Holst, which has been running the ad in the countrys popular Amelia magazine, was first reported by AdWeek.

Mercene Labs, which helped create the ad, explained it had used the pregnancy test strip as a starting point and used the same technology to detect antibodies that bind to the pregnancy hormone hCG, resulting in a color change. Technical advancements made during the work with this campaign have the potential to improve medical diagnostics, the lab claimed.

kestam Holst and Ikea have received attention in the past for their advertisements. Their 2016 ad for the furniture company was commended for featuring a divorced couple normally a taboo subject for ad agencies.

Nor is Ikea the first company to use urination in product promotion. Adweek called the crib ad definitely the coolest pee-based advertising since 2001 when Animal Planet put urine-scented ads at the bottom of lampposts to attract dogs (whose owners then saw a larger ad at their own eye level promoting a dog award show).

Others in the genre include Captive Medias urine-controlled gaming systems for urinals and Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklaters protest against Texass anti-trans bathroom bill titled I Pee With LGBT.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/10/ikea-invites-customers-to-pee-on-this-ad-to-check-for-pregnancy-and-a-crib-deal

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