Free ‘GoogleWiFi’ comes to NewYork

Free Google Wifi

Free Google Wifi in Chelsea, NY

The Internet giant provided the  Chelsea   neighborhood  of Manhattan, NY, with free internet starting  Tuesday-8th, January, 2012. A great PR play that will allow thousands to access the Internet and Google’s products. Search and email are the most used services on the internet, in that order.

Of course, Chelsea is home to Google in NewYork, and employees will be able to access their emails over lunch break in the many adjacent restaurants.

However, the free wi-fi are also for students, businesses and residents in the Chelsea area, and will also notably cover outdoor areas of the Fulton Houses-housing projects owned by the NewYork City housing Authority.

But heres the great social and PR capital that Google gets.

1. Social Responsibility for PR

“Google is proud to provide free WiFi in the neighborhood we have called home for over six years..”  –Ben Fried, Chief Information Officer for Google

The many businesses and students who will access free, secure Internet for as long as Google will park at the Chelsea neighbourhood will talk about it for ages, and continually use the brand. That does not include the media and public impressions that Google has earned in The Big Apple. Even the Mayor, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg attended.

2. Relevant Products
Once again here is a great example of what adding the social relevance angle to a product or service that a company provides can leverage big stunts.

Read more here.

[Image courtesy AiesecLife]

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