These are just three of a growing number of fragrance-infused promotional materials being used by marketers today:
- "Smell York" is a new campaign designed to bring tourists to York destinations. The tourist board's website explains: 'Smell is the stronger of the senses and the one associated with forming the strongest memories!' The brochure includes 12 photos, each accompanied by an appropriate olfactory hint, such as a chocolatey scent on the page promoting York's chocolate-making heritage.
- Johnson & Johnson, well known for its baby powder, recently arranged for an English-language newspaper in India to infuse the full-page ad with the scent of the powder. This approach also links the ad with the nostalgia of childhood (or parenthood).
- The Australian supermarket Coles is adding the aroma of hot cross buns to ads in Australian newspapers, just in time for the pre-Easter shopping season. Imagine opening the newspaper and inhaling the scent of freshly-baked buns? Maybe that's just the encouragement hungry shoppers need to stop off at the supermarket very soon.