September 17, 2014

Picture Yourself As Small Business Owner of the Year

Hiscox small business owner of year

Yes, that’s me in the image.  And no, I’m not really on the cover of Fast Company. I only look like I made the cover, because I used the Hiscox Reactor.

Hiscox, an insurance company that focuses on small business coverage, has launched an interactive “experience.”  Called the Reactor, it gives you a multimedia presentation. At the end it presents you with an image of yourself on the cover of Fast Company.

Using the Reactor makes you feel like you are a ball moving through a Rube Goldberg machine — or, as some might call it, a 3D pinball sculpture or gravitram. The online experience lasts about a minute and a half.

Hiscox says, “Every action has a reaction. Launch the Reactor and see how every decision you make in life and business are all connected, and the amazing places they can take you.”  Kevin Kerridge, Head of Small Business for Hiscox USA calls it a “visual voyage through each individual’s past experience.”

You log in using your LinkedIn profile. It pulls some of your data from LinkedIn to personalize it. For instance, at one point it shows profile pictures of some of your LinkedIn connections.  Here are two of my connections:  Andy Birol on the left peeking out from under Shashi Bellamkonda.

Hiscox Reactor contacts

Clever Marketing by Hiscox

The entire thing reinforces the Hiscox brand.  For instance, it almost exclusively uses the Hiscox corporate colors of black, red and white.

There’s even a built-in advertisement for Hiscox — although it is understated.  As your pinball is moving through life, it comes to a part where you run into a problem. You start going down, down, down and almost fall into a “major setback” black hole.  And then you see a mobile phone that says incoming call from Hiscox, and at the last minute you are saved from an irrecoverable fate — presumably by having Hiscox insurance coverage.

Eventually you end up under the spotlight as “Business Owner of the Year.”

It’s a short diversion from your workday, and may give you a shot in the arm.  After all, who doesn’t want to see his or her name and face on the cover of a magazine?

To see for yourself how it works, you go to Reactor.Hiscox.com.

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Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses, and also serves as CEO of TweakYourBiz.com.

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  1. Pretty interesting, Anita! :)

    Well, I’ve read somewhere that written and visualized goals (i.e. print your goals and frame it on your office wall) can bring you to more success.

    Visualizing is important, especially in my line of business. Imagining where I want to go in the next 5 or 10 years – and have it presented in visual manner – can keep me motivated and focused.

  2. I think that this is inspiring. It can easily motivate a group to work towards a particular goal. The key is to achieve something greater than being good. You strive to be the best.

  3. This is quite interesting. Picturing yourself as a small business owner of the year can be rather motivating and spur you to better yourself next time. Thanks for the article!

  4. Wow! This is a great tool. I’m finding useful for visualization – my mental exercise of seeing myself in my desired future.

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