Movies, Tv, Mobile phones: the business is getting bigger and bigger. The issue has been discussed recently at the MIPTV-Milia new media conference in France, and featured in an article on News Australia. SMS are used to send out invitations to movies’ previews, MMS galleries are helpful to generate a buzz about a movie, and we even see the possibility of “direct-to-mobile” film series. Fox Lab is in fact ready to launch “Hotel Franklin” a film series in a new format (60-second episodes) which uses a concise screenplay written specifically for mobiles. In The Netherlands they have already experienced the mobile soap opera, getting excellent results, so Fox’ idea sounds appealing. In my opinion, the key to the solution’s future success will be in content’s quality. Fox is launching something similar to Sex and the City, which will probably/hopefully engage people right from the first scene, however they need to keep it high profile in order to set a trend and allow the business idea to grow.
On iMediaConnection the “showcase” is definitely my favourite section. Last week they featured an advertising quiz by Fuji . Developed by Sharpe Partners with Pointroll rich media technology, the ad helps users finding the right digital camera. Some people are enthusiastic about the solution, others believe the solution did not fully exploit the media potentials. Personally I don’t like the layout while I like the idea of interactivity and the user experience they’ve tried to create.
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.
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