In less than a month the European Football Championship will kick off in Portugal. Advertisers are getting ready for the event which can be compared to the Super Bowl as a brilliant article on The International Herald Tribune explains. Reaching a pan-European audience is difficult but an event such Euro 2004 is expected to attract millions of consumers’ eyes. Eight multinational brands have paid an estimated E20 million or more each to be “official partners” of Euro 2004, and dozen of other companies are running advertising campaigns or contests related to the event.
European mobile carriers are investing a lot in ringback tones which are expected to boom this year. An article on New Media Age says UK operators have already issued guidelines to suppliers in order to receive the next “mobile gold” as soon as possible. Here in Italy I still haven’t heard about it but I’m sure we will soon catch up. The are a lot of players in the industry attracted by ringback tones, I mean, they are attracted by the revenue ringback tones are expected to generate. Music labels, in particular, are quickly discovering that mobile is the promised land that will save them from the mp3′s curse.
Schwarzkopf has launched an SMS marketing campaign in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to promote its brand and its products. The initiative will involve over 6000 hair salons where users will find questions to be answered with their mobile phone. In case of winning, the prize will be immediately awarded.
KLM has just launched, for the umpteenth time, an online competition that allows people to win plane tickets. I do like the use of online competitions to get people’s attention, but I believe KLM is pushing too hard on this marketing solution. I’m becoming sick of getting email from KLM (twice a month, maybe more), telling me I can win and travel around the world for free.
The train you are waiting for is late? If you’re in Switzerland or in The Netherlands, you can be notified via SMS and waste no time waiting at the train station. New alert services are becoming available through Europe (you can also get timetables delivered to your phone), but it’s rather unlikely they will arrive in my country (Italy) in the near future. We are passionate about mobile communication, but we also have trains that are always late: such an alert service will be too expensive, both for users and for providers…
Daewoo and Sloggi, an unusual partnership to launch a contest to win the car with the best body. Developed by LaMarque Amsterdam, the campaign aims to reach a younger audience than the usual Matiz’ one. As Emerce (in Dutch) explains, women who want to enter the competition have to send the photograph of their buttocks. If you go to Kontest.nl you can vote for the best pictures, and get tips to improve your fitness. The best rated will win a Daewoo Matiz. To support the online competition, Daewoo will send out 3 million brochures. Note of the editor: this competition could only be hosted in The Netherlands, homeland of the Big Brother…
After the Rich Media Task Force, we have the Pop-up Task Force. I love (!?) Americans taking everything as a question of life or death. Why don’t we simply call it “Operation Enduring Freedom (from pop-ups)”? On MediaPost, Jim Meskauskas talks about the latest guidelines presented by the IAB to help users and the industry managing the “pop-up question”. Let’s wait and see when the Anti-Spam Task Force will be created…
AdAge reports about a successful online initiative by Snapple that used behavioural targeting to increase the awareness of its brand. According to the results provided by Dynamic Logic, the campaign was a success, delivering brand awareness of 76%; brand favorability of 36%; and purchase intent of 37%. The ads run on iVillage targeting a specific audience of “calorie-conscious” women.
“Thirst Out” is Sprite’s under-the-cap promotion which started last Saturday. As explained in the press release, the soft drink brand will offer 52 million prizes in a campaign that will last eight months. Partners is the initiative are Blockbuster and Musicmatch which will provide prizes including mobile phone ringtones, movies and videogames and free music downloads.
A couple of months ago, IAB issued the guidelines for rich media formats developed by the “Rich Media Task Force”. Now IAB has called for a feedback from the industry, asking marketers, agencies and publishers to fill in a form and share their opinions. To learn more about the initiative, go on MediaPost.
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