This morning, during the official Blackberry 10 launch event, Blackberry surprised everyone by announcing that none other than superstar Alicia Keys is the new Global Creative Director of the company. The new position at Blackberry was created specifically so that the company could heighten awareness and interest in the new platform.
Essentially, Keys will be tasked with boosting the Blackberry brand to a whole new level of fandom. Of course, this won’t include undeserved attention; rightfully meaning that Blackberry is actually going to show off the platform instead of using blind advertising.
During the conference, Keys talked about how she would achieve such a lofty goal of launching Blackberry to new heights. She’s going to work directly with renowned artists and professionals, in a campaign to show off just what the Blackberry 10 platform can do. The Blackberry community and anyone else paying attention will be able to see how these professionals use their new Blackberry 10 device and just what they are able to do with it.
Considering Microsoft enlisted the help of Jessica Alba to promote their new platform Windows Phone 8, it’s not all that surprising that Blackberry turned to a renowned individual for help with their own product launch. Of course, it is undeniably remarkable that they created an entirely new position for Alicia Keys, and officially added her onto payroll. When you realize that Keys is a 14-time Grammy Award winner, and private entrepreneur with a solid foot in the business world, that surprise fades away- well, a little bit anyways.
Of course, Blackberry also took the time to send out a press release, and create a new feature at Inside Blackberry, to summarize all of the changes, and the overall impact, that Alicia Keys will be making in her new role.
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – January 30, 2013) – At the close of its BlackBerry 10 launch event today, BlackBerry (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) CEO Thorsten Heins introduced 14-time Grammy® Award winning singer, songwriter and entrepreneur, Alicia Keys, as BlackBerry’s new Global Creative Director. As an official member of the BlackBerry team, Keys will lead an array of new business initiatives that will drive engagement with BlackBerry and perception of the brand.
“Alicia Keys has come to BlackBerry because she believes in the product and technology, and subscribes to our overriding philosophy to ‘Keep Moving’: to empower people through mobile computing and communications,” said BlackBerry President and CEO Thorsten Heins. “We are excited she will be bringing to us her enormous capabilities, as well as a vast network of relationships in the entertainment, social media and business communities, to help shape our brand and grow our business.”
In her new role, Keys will work closely with app developers, content creators, retailers, carriers and the entertainment community to further shape and enhance the BlackBerry 10 platform and inspire creative use through its remarkable capabilities and functionality. From music to books, to film, to apps, Keys will lead the charge of enhancing entertainment consumption and distribution, through the power of BlackBerry 10.
“Staying connected has become a vital part of my creative process,” said Keys. “I have been using the BlackBerry 10 for a few weeks now, and I’m truly inspired by its innovation. It has entirely revolutionized the experience. I know the potential this platform has to help creative people be more productive, and help productive people be more creative. This is such an incredible age to be living in, with such profound advances in communications and technology. As Global Creative Director, my goal is to inspire creativity with this platform, and I’m so excited to jump right in.”
At this morning’s launch event, Keys revealed BlackBerry’s new “Keep Moving” Project, which engages BlackBerry users in exclusive and compelling experiences created by inspirational and multi-faceted artists, writers, designers, filmmakers, musicians, and athletes. Renowned film director Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City) and author Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Stardust, The Sandman) will join Keys as the first three “BlackBerry Partners” leveraging the power of the new platform to create original content and special user engagements. The essence of these creative projects is that they are collaborations between the artist, BlackBerry and BlackBerry users around the world.
Frank Boulben, BlackBerry Chief Marketing Officer said of the Keys appointment, “Alicia has tremendous reach, which makes her the ideal global creative director to inspire and empower creative people around the world to push the boundaries of the mobile experience. It is vital to our success to engage in a dialogue with creators and help them better succeed at what they do. We’re thrilled to have Alicia’s insight and passion shape our brand and grow our business.”