Another reason I wish I got a mini instead my Honda Civic Si.
The Account Directing dynamo, Kimberly, sent me this New York Times story by Barnaby Feber (log-in required) on mini's personalized billboards. A few quotes from the article:
"The boards, which usually carry typical advertising, are programmed to identify approaching Mini drivers through a coded signal from a radio chip embedded in their key fob."
"The messages are personal, based on questionnaires that owners filled out: “Mary, moving at the speed of justice,” if Mary is a lawyer, or “Mike, the special of the day is speed,” if Mike is a chef."
"The program was first suggested to Mini a year ago by Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners, a San Francisco advertising agency that wanted to intensify the already strong “tribal” feeling among Mini owners and stimulate their desire to support the brand, according to Greg Stern, a partner with the firm."