CYBRA Corp. is putting a smile on its marketing. CYBRA, the developer of award-winning MarkMagic bar code software for labels, RFID tags, and electronic forms, and EdgeMagic-an integrated RFID control software for the IBM System i, is reaching out to a new generation of iSeries/System i professionals while paying tribute to veteran code warriors.
The first video can be seen on YouTube at:
According to Sheldon Reich, CYBRA vice president of solutions, "We decided our marketing messages needed to evolve just as our bar code printing technology has evolved-from support for impact and thermal printers to laser printers, RFID encoding, PDF, and emailing. Today's iSeries IT people are all online-they're part of the YouTube generation-sharing videos, reading blogs, wikis, and other new media. That's where we want to reach them."
To reach this audience, CYBRA decided to create online videos with a message tailored for new media. The "MarkMagic Bar Code Software Chronicles" is a series of videos featuring "the 2,000 Year Old Programmer"-known as "2K"-with his cool, young counterpart, "Auto-ID." Over the course of the videos, 2K discovers that you don't have to do "heavy lifting" to print bar codes. He also finds his package (and his keys!) with the magic of RFID.
The message is clear: MarkMagic bar code software makes it a snap for both the new kids on the block and grizzled vets to knock out sophisticated bar code labels, electronic forms, and RFID tags. As 2K puts it, "Pshhhhh! MarkMagic bar code software is cool!"
The videos have been released on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/cybratv and other new media sites, as well as on CYBRA's own website, http://www.cybra.com./ A companion mini-site http://www.markmagic.com/ has been launched with the videos and information on MarkMagic Bar Code Software. In addition, viewers have the ability to remix and "mashup" one of the videos at http://www.mixercast.com/_mixercastView.jsp?blogifiedId=MzE2Mzg2
About the Videos
Jerry Selkin, a retired New York City school principal, plays "2K," the "2,000 Year Old Programmer." Born, raised, and residing in Bronx, N.Y., Jerry, who turned 80 this month, has just recently started using a computer-no doubt to see his work online. "Auto-ID," is played by Jay Cornelius, a principal in Honeybear Films http://www.honeybearfilms.com/, producers of "The MarkMagic Chronicles." Jay and partner Dov Friedman produce television commercials, viral commercial videos, short films, and corporate Web video. Jay's work has appeared on National Geographic, The History Channel, A&E, PBS, TLC, HGTV, Discovery-Times Channel, IFC, and the Outdoor Life Network. The scripts were written by Reich and Morty Schiller, CYBRA's director of marketing communications.