Imagine you’re opening a new soda shop, and you want to promote your signature ice cream floats. In order to get word out, you must engage your audience, and social media is the most obvious way to do it. So, you take to Twitter and ask your followers whether they prefer coke floats or root beer floats. Now, imagine that every time users choose coke or root beer, they spread the tweet to their followers, who also engage with your brand. Within a matter of minutes, you can have hundreds of tweets cheering for one flavor over the other, thus creating excitement and brand interest among hundreds of new potential customers.
The name for this exciting phenomenon is "Twitter Conversational Ads" and "Instant Unlock Cards", and they are very real (no imagination required). They create direct business-to-consumer contact that promotes ad interaction and social sharing. Their primary selling point is obviously their ability to go viral quickly, which is something that marketers have been chasing for years.
These Twitter ads allow for direct interaction and engagement in two ways.