Benetton has won the Investor Relations Best Practice European Website Award assigned by the Investor Relations Society, Europe’s leading professional body for investor relations practitioners. As explained in the press release the he main features of the /www.benetton.com/investors website are Benetton stock quotes in Milan, Frankfurt and New York reported with just 10 minutes’ delay, investment calculator, benchmark table information, sophisticated interactive charts, and a comprehensive archive of past financial statements, half-year and quarterly reports, press releases and past presentations.
Columbia TriStar has promoted its movie Gothika with film streaming ads on MSN Hotmail. As explained in a press release on Microsoft’s website, the ads have been running for two weeks targeting audience aged 15-24 in Britain. Chris Gilbody, Account Manager at Manning Gottlieb OMD, Columbia TriStar�s Media agency, commented: �Hotmail offers substantial reach & micro-targeting of our target market online, allowing us to deliver the movie trailer straight into the inbox of our key demographic. We then track the number of people that actually viewed the trailer till the very end, allowing us to reach a cost-per-complete-trailer-viewed metric. Using Hotmail in this way ensures the trailer is used effectively and with the greatest impact.�
The disturbing ads can be seen on Flashtalking web site.
The anti-gun organisation “Mothers Against Guns” is about to launch a multi-channel campaign to support a petition to demand the total ban of replica guns in the UK. The agency Grey London has developed a short film “Toys that kill” which will be shown in cinemas and will also be available on the organisation’s web site, where the video is available both for download and stream. It’s possible to sign the petition on the web site.
A new study by Doubleclick Germany says email marketing in Europe is growing in volume and effectiveness. In the last three months click-through rates increased to 11.3 percent. In Germany the value is 8.9 percent, in France 8.7 and in the UK about 7.4 percent. Opening rates are also growing, with 42.9 percent of opened messages.
Brandchannel features Martina Zavagno, founder and editor of Adverblog.com, talking about viral marketing: �An advertising concept, in order to work in a viral perspective, needs to add value to the user�s experience. This value can be explicated in something entertaining, in something educational or in something rewarding.� Check out the article “Are you sick of viral marketing?“. Thanks to Abe Sauer
Fashion brand French Connection is planning to use mobile marketing to support its expansion into the US. FCUK has recently launched a digital radio station and is supporting the spring/summer marketing campaign with SMS and MMS.
The SpinAwards, the online advertising assigned in The Netherlands, have been announced last week. Emerce presents the winners’ list, with Unilever celebrated as the best online advertiser in 2003. Among the others, McDonald’s “I’m lovin’it” won as best online campaign, while M&M’s Film Buddy won the best banner prize assigned by the public. All shortlisted entries can be found on SpinAwards’ website: www.spinawards.nl
160Characters reports Buongiorno Vitaminic and mobile phone retailer Teljoy are supporting a reality TV show in South Africa as part of an HIV prevention initiative. Buongiorno Vitaminic and Teljoy will donate Nokia phones, digital cameras and other gadgets as prizes for a reality television show competition to run across Lovelife�s various youth-focused media, from April to June 2004.
In Spain Siemens Mobile has launched an SMS based competition to celebrate the Father’s Day. As Marketing Directo reports, the promotion targets young users engaging them with funny questions about their fathers. How does your father call your mother (the nice nickname ? What will you do if your father finds you singing Bisbal’s latest song in the shower? To start the interactive challenge, users just have to send an SMS with the word Siemens, they will get three questions back and the possibility to win 10 Siemens SX1 and a 10 � traffic for their mobile phone. The competition for el “D�a del Padre”, developed by mobile agency Mami, has also a special web site www.siemens.es/diadelpadre, and has been supported by an integrated advertising campaign with Tv, press and radio ads as well as some e-mail marketing.
“Lap of Honour” is a new race advergame created by Panlogic to promote The Daily Telegraph Formula 1 coverage. The game also encourages users to challenge friends through the Pro Fantasy Formula 1 site, aiming at generating a viral effect.
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