Digital Media Communications has just released a new online buzz campaign called “Red Academy” for Virgin Mobile. The campaign features a digital film clip called ‘Friends’ that pokes fun at the Orange campaign by introducing viewers to the Virgin Mobile ‘Red Academy’ and its childlike Machiavellian character Damien who compels naive trainees to “forget phone functions and simply phone friends”. You can have a look at the Friends film on DMC’s Web site. As reported today in Mobile Youth newsletter, recently Virgin Mobile has announced that it has reached 3,000,000 customers, confirming its position as the fastest growing network ever seen in Britain.
As reported today on Le Journal du Net online advertising is growing in France. “E-pub”, as defined in French, has reached a value of 119 millions of Euros in the second term of this year, with a growth of 64% compared to the same period last year. The data come from a recent study by TNS Media Intelligence-IAB France and highlights the fact that online advertising has surpassed by three times movie advertising. Cars, travels, telecommunication providers and banks are the most active sectors in online advertising.
Create fake headlines on magazines like Maxim or Sporting News and then send them to friends. This is the idea of Heinken’s recent viral campaign lauched in the US. Have a look at it on its web site. Nice!
News from Australia… Online travel service provider Zuji has just launched a new campaign, developed by M&C Saatchi to position as “your online travel guru” throughout Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. The news is reported today on B&T Marketing.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) today announced that several IAB member companies will participate in an Acceleration Program designed to hasten the growth of the industry. This will enable the association to immediately initiate programs and projects that will further improve the value of the interactive advertising medium for advertisers and agencies. Participating companies will fund the Acceleration Program by providing pre-paid membership fees worth $5.8 million. Read on the press release on Yahoo! Biz.
Mercedes-Benz has just launched two microsites in 18 countries and 20 languages to promote two cars: Viano and Vito. Syzygy is the agency that has developed the German auto-maker new online presence and features on its Web site a press release commenting the branding campaign on the Internet. Sorry the press release is in German, I’ll do my best to translate the key points… The project has been divided in two phases. In the introduction the visitors of the Vito microsite receive a first impression from the new car and an overview of the variety of the new transporter series. Starting from September 6th, the second phase will begin with further information and interactive features. The sites offer background informations, interactive offers, animations and interviews. Furthermore users can download brochures, agree upon a test run or get in touch with a local dealer. In particular I like the idea of presenting inteviews with the people that have actually projected the car, I feel like it adds a human touch to the online experience. The Viano microsite features an emotional approach as well, in order to target different prospect groups, appealing both to individualists and families.
It seems like automakers believe in the Internet potentials to increase brand awareness and indirectly to generate more sales. In these days I’ve found two articles talking about Ford and General Motors efforts to take advantage of the Web to regain market share. On iMediaConnection Sara Wilson talks about “All new 2003 Ford Expedition” a new campaign created to draw attention and make people interact with the brand. The campaign has been run with different ads and features on the three world’s main portals: Yahoo! Msn.com and Aol.com because, as Kristen Bergmann, Digital Media Director and Senior Partner at J. Walter Thompson explains:“We felt that we would reach most of the Internet population if we were to choose these three [portals], and they all happened to be existing partners of ours that we knew could deliver”.
On the other side we have General Motors who has just launched an online banner campaign to drive qualified traffic to the newly relaunched GMBuyPower.com. As DMNews reports, Flash-enabled banners have been developed by Zentropy Partners, with skyscrapers, horizontals and standard formats in different sizes and 120 creative executions. And Steve Woolford, executive vice president and worldwide managing director at Zentropy explains:“The beauty of this advertising is that it links up that part of the BuyPower site that most people are interested in. If someone’s not considering a GM vehicle, it’s silly to give them the tool to shop. If they’re not aware, we must make them aware. If someone’s not considering, we must make them.”
Sanalarana is the new Pfizer Web site created to refine and extend its offline brand strategy online through the development of a space devoted to the health care needs of the Hispanic community. The press release on Yahoo! explains that the Spanish language site provides educational content regarding health topics and diseases that informs and empowers members of the Hispanic community to take charge of their health.
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