Unrelenting progress in processing power, network bandwidth and storage capacity will enable the electronic game industry to become greater than five times more pervasive by 2010. The fact comes out of a recent research by Deloitte & Touche (Moore’s Law and Electronic Games is the report’s title). As explained in the press release, we can expect good news for many companies, as Scott Singer, Managing Director of Deloitte’s Media and Entertainment Corporate Finance Group states:“As technology continues to improve, new opportunities will arise for industries outside of the traditional electronic game arena, such as movie studios, record companies, advertisers, mobile phone producers, communications operators, toy manufacturers and electronics manufacturers. The installed base of devices will escalate from 415 million in 2004 to 2.6 billion in 2010.”
Mobliss and Tribal DDB Worldwide have teamed up to create, implement and manage a wireless text messaging promotion for the United States Air Force. As explained in the press release, the promotion, which launches on May 29th and is expected to last through June, will involve a trivia game, called Air Force Snap Decisions. The trivia game will be available to wireless subscribers at three different events in conjunction with The United States Air Force “Cross Into the Blue” (CITB) Tour. I don’t know what to say about this initiative. It’s a good sign that mobile marketing is becoming relevant in the US but, at the same time, I’m disconcerted by the fact that the army wants to entertain and engage its audience. I can’t ignore my pacifist soul. To read more about videogames and war, check out “War Gaming“, by Thomas Mucha, on Business 2.0.
To promote its Voyager model in the UK, Chrysler has developed an integrated marketing campaign using direct mailing, telemarketing and, of course, the Internet. The news is reported on Revolution quoting the opinion of Steve Gray marketing director at Chrysler Jeep UK.
Fashion brand FCUK is targeting US market with a mobile campaign. FCUK has become the first brand to implement a simultaneous transatlantic mobile marketing and CRM program, working with creative agency Marvellous Mobile and Enpocket. As explained in the press release, the UK and US cross-carrier campaign, integrated tightly with other core customer channels, allows customers to interact with the brand via text messaging and to win a variety of prizes including gift certificates and t-shirts. By engaging customers with the brand and the radio station through their mobiles, FCUK hopes to build a profile of its customers and target individuals with specialised content that is particularly relevant to them.
Web-based video advertising is hot, and will get hotter & hotter in 2004. Today both Adweek.com and iMediaconnection focus their attention on the new format. At Ad:Tech in San Francisco industry experts have discussed the potentials of video advertising and video content in general on the Web. The expectations are high, and several brands are already experiencing positive results. Is video advertising an hype? Is this going to be good bargain? What’s consumers opinion? Let’s wait a couple of month before answering.
Serial Wireless reports of a mobile marketing campaign created by PhoneValley to promote the home video version of Bad Boys II. The campaign, launched in France last April, allows users to download the movie’s logo to their mobile phones. A terrible initiative to promote a terrible movie?
The Viral Factory has won the Best Creative Award for the ‘Sex Olympics‘ viral campaign which parodied Olympic events, substituting them with sexual “sports”. The award is assigned each month by Interactive Advertising Bureau to encourage creativity online. Brand Republic reports that the jury commented:“The Trojan Games is a great piece of online work. It’s witty, well executed and original, one of the most memorable viral campaigns we’ve seen this year.”
The Australian Tourist Commission has decided to invest �150m in global marketing push. They have redesigned the web site australia.com to support the campaign’s claim “Life in a Different Light”. Brand Republic provides further information about the brand’s relaunch which takes advantage of tv and interactive advertising.
After the big buzz created by Ford with its Evil-Ka viral campaign, the public opinion is now attracted by Corel and its seewhogotfired.com (the “feature rich” video is simply fantastic). The Ottawa Business Journal dedicates a good article to viral marketing, quoting opinions of Corel people behind the SeeWhoGotFired idea, and presenting a few more online viral campaigns, such as Burger King’s subservientchicken.com.
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