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Google Hotpot Takes Over Portland, And Last Night’s Blazers Game

When I got to last night’s Blazers game against the Orlando Magic, the first thing I noticed was this group of guys sitting in front of me wearing Google Places shirts.  I was just about to ask if they were Google employees, hoping they were all carrying Nexus S devices until I realized there was a red shirt similar to theirs on every chair in the arena.  Sure enough, Google sponsored a “red out” of Blazers shirts and brilliantly placed their new Hotpot service on the back of them.  Good stuff right?  Well they didn’t stop there.  Above every single urinal in every bathroom in the building, they had stickers reminding you of Hotpot with catchy slogans like, “Rate like a Racehorse” which of course received a nice laugh from those of us deep into a couple of pints.

And then this morning, I wake up to a Google Mobile Blog post announcing Portland as the first to get a major Hotpot marketing campaign for this new service.  They have already distributed business kits to some of the top restaurants and businesses in the area to help promote it, so expect to see Google Places stickers in the windows of your favorite cafe.

Speaking of those stickers, if you have a Nexus S, you’ll be able to use that NFC chip to check in simply by touching one.

Portland readers, be sure to check out the Hotpot blog for more, head to Voodoo donuts (either location) this Saturday for a special treat, and enter to win a dinner for 10 to your favorite restaurant here.

And Google, feel free to send us a Nexus S to test on all of our favorite Portland pubs.

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    They are doing very good job and also I realized there was a red shirt similar to theirs on every chair in the arena.

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    I realized they were all wearing red shirts. Funny how you’re reporting on it today and it just so happens to be of interest…

  • Gaston Cantens

    The google places shirts and Nexus S devices are the new concept in this industry

  • prosperity

    Well,they have chosen a nice way of promoting their new Hotpot service -sponsored a “red out” of Blazers shirts,,,every single urinal in every bathroom in the building, they had stickers reminding of Hotpot with catchy slogans like, “Rate like a Racehorse”….

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    In new Google service called Hotpot we can add friends, rate just about anything on the planet, and do it all so quickly and easily now from our mobile phone…Some of good attempt of advertising they did– Google sponsored a “red out” of Blazers shirts and brilliantly placed their new Hotpot service on the back of them, every single urinal in every bathroom in the building, they had stickers reminding you of Hotpot with catchy slogans etc….cooooollll.

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    Does anybody know what rom that is in the screenshot? It looks pretty awesome. I like the icons, and the status bar at the top. I really do.

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    They have already distributed business kits to some of the top restaurants and businesses in the area to help promote it.

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    Well I realized there was a red shirt similar to theirs on every chair in the arena. Thanks for sharing with us!!!

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    Well I realized there was a red shirt similar to theirs on every chair in the arena. Thanks for sharing with us!!!

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    Its a great achievement by Goggle Hotpot,now they have a big hold over the market…

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    Well They have already distributed business kits to some of the top restaurants and businesses in the area to help promote it..Thanks for sharing with us…

  • Scooby

    Portland Jail-Blazers much? :-)

  • Rizzidy

    Portland sucks.

  • Crcrazy8

    Just another reason why oregon is the best state :)

  • http://syntakk.blogspot.com syntakk

    Okay, Houston next!

  • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Freddy

    Go Lakers!

  • NorCalGuy

    Do most Google employees get Nexus S's to carry around or is it just a select few??

    • Timoh

      From the sound of it, based on the video with the motor tablet. The developers all use it as the baseline device to design around. Just the developers would be my guess.

      • NorCalGuy

        ok just wondering, the company i work for sells Google their coffee and they are sending over 5 of their employees today to do a tasting so i was just wondering if they would be carrying the phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Brown/622460851 Daniel Brown

    I want this shirt…

  • http://www.thecarners.com Matt R Carner

    Minneapolis sounds like the perfect second candidate for this promotion. :)

  • Timoh

    Looks like you got a zombie to hold that shirt out for you. Or an albino. Either way, don't let it bite you.

    • kellex

      Pffffffffft. It's called a camera flash. :P

  • villian1998

    Well that's never coming to Seattle :-(

  • tjpeco

    as a resident of Orlando, I can safely say, screw your trailblazers :P

    • kellex

      Yeah, the Magic got handled last night. Well aside from Howard dominating every time he touched the ball. Blame Reddick. :P

  • El El Kool J

    Google always doin big things!! :P

  • http://twitter.com/GratefulRoast Grateful Roast

    And it was a great game too! LETS GO BLAZERS!

    • kellex

      Yeah the arena looked weird all red. It did look empty, but it was definitely packed again.

      • http://twitter.com/GratefulRoast Grateful Roast

        … also relevant, picking up Mathews was a gangster move … RISE WITH US! (typing from my snowy north-eastern pa cubicle).

    • Higher_Ground

      I saw it on tnt and thought the same thing! It looked like a wnba game attendance until the zoomed in on the crowd.