Microsoft has teamed with Ford for a highly experiential, super soft-sell microsite around Microsoft SYNC.
SYNC is a voice-actived gizmo for your car that’s kind of like an iPod crossed with a Blackberry: it does music, text, and telephone. Cool, but it’s a sell with a high educational curve.
Sync My Music, which lives on MSN, features a game, tons of content and a number of video webisodes about Kim and Seana, two music-obsessed girls, who road-trip across America in a SYNC equipped Ford in their respective quests to become a singer/songwriter (Kim DiVine is the real thing, actually), or to hook up with hot male indie band members.
The game unlocks additional content such as wallpaper and MP3s; the Explore section of the site is a region-by-region guide to the myriad cities the girls visit in their travels. It contains info on local clubs and bands and planning your own road trip. Which may prove difficult, as most of the links are crosswired. Select NYC’s hippest bands, for example, and you land on Atlanta’s arenas, clubs and cafes.
Oh, well. Given current gas prices, you probably weren’t really going to do the roadtrip thing this summer, anyway.
Microsoft wants users to digg, blog and forward the site to a friend. Given the chicks meet popular local indie bands from time to time, the viral has got some real potential. Not just from the fans, but from the bands, who are promoting the heck out of the site on MySpace already.