“Boston Red Sox Woos Fans With Social Media-Powered Vending Machine” by Emily Jed, Vending Times

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox used social media powered vending machines to give away thousands of prizes and build excitement around 2015 tickets going on sale. The team worked with Dayton, OH-based Innovative Vending Solutions to deploy two machines that dispensed prizes to fans who posted on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TheGiftOfSox… Read more »

“Insta-Freebie: How to Reward Event Guests for Instagram Posts” by Michele Laufik, BizBash

Insta-Freebie: How to Reward Event Guests for Instagram Posts Innovative Vending Solutions, the company behind the increasingly popular Twitter-activated vending machines, has launched an Instagram version Photo: Courtesy of Innovative Vending Solutions Following the success of its Twitter-activated vending machines, Dayton, Ohio-based Innovative Vending Solutions has launched an Instagram posts version. After guests post a… Read more »

“6 Clever and Offbeat Marketing Tactics Your Business Can Afford” by Brittney Helmrich, Business News Daily

When you think about marketing, what's the first thing that comes to mind? You probably think of things like Internet ad campaigns, press releases, commercials and, of course, social media promotions. But marketing doesn't have to be the same old tactics you're used to – you can take it to the next level if you… Read more »

“Social Media Activated Vending Machine Nets You Free Stuff” by Ann Thompson, WVXU Cincinnati

Listen to the story… The concept is 21st century clever. Help companies promote their products via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get free products from special vending machines. Patrick McDonald thought of this idea years ago and launched Innovative Vending Solutions in 2008. The company is based in West Carrollton. His partner is Jeff Thibodeau…. Read more »

“West Carrollton Company Launches Instagram-Triggered Vending Machines” by Joe Cogliano, Dayton Business Journal

A local company is selling what it claims is the first Instagram-activated vending machine. West Carrollton-based Innovative Vending Solutions — a developer of tech-focused automated retail machines — is counting on the social media platform’s millions of daily users to drive big sales. Also known as IVS, the company’s social media vending machines offer organizations… Read more »

“Vending Machine Delivers Breastfeeding Supplies To Nursing Moms” by Emily Jed, Vending Times

BALTIMORE — Nursing moms who work at Johns Hopkins Hospital here can now purchase breastfeeding equipment and supplies from a vending machine, the Baltimore Sun reported. The machine makes accessible pump accessories, storage bottles, breast pads and other supplies to breastfeeding employees who often work during hours when the hospital gift shops are closed. A… Read more »

“Old Navy Flip-Flops Are Coming to a Vending Machine Near You” by Kelsey Glein, InStyle

Heading to the beach anytime soon? To build excitement for their much-anticipated $1 flip-flop sale on June 28, Old Navy is installing creating custom vending machines that dispense flip-flops using social currency (i.e. a tweet) around Los Angeles and New York City. For three days only (June 24 to 26), the vending machines will be… Read more »