I’ve received my first Valentine’s card from “a secret blog reader” or, better, I should say from “a smart marketer” (with a viral attitude . There isn’t much romance in the card, but it’s certainly able to get a woman’s attention and, most of all, to kickstart a word of mouth effect. There is an (almost) naked butt with a tattoo saying “Panlogic loves Adverblog”. If you go to www.lovetattoo.co.uk you can get yourself a Valentine’s butt too. The initiative is branded Last Minute, while the creative has been developed by Panlogic.
Digital Media Communications (DMC) is today launching Polaroid�s first online buzz marketing campaign, featuring a photo-alphabet full of suggestive and risqu� �love letters� in support of a new Valentine�s Day marketing promotion created by Euro RSCG London. Mark Farris, Polaroid Group Marketing Manager, commented:“Polaroid has a unique attraction for Valentine�s Day and the �love letters� campaign highlights this. The online buzz marketing campaign will be key to driving awareness of the site.”
To see the promotion in action click on www.love-letter.co.uk/Bmine, it’s a sexy idea
RSS is raising marketer’s expectations in finding a solution to the e-newsletter decline. I’ve already talked about ‘marketing and RSS’ a couple of months ago now, thanks to an article by Janis Mara on IAR, there’s the chance to further discuss the issue. It seems that in the US there’s a company, RSSAds, ready to launch a new online ad network. As the article’s author says tracking of content and ad viewing has always been one of RSS’s weak point, but RSSAds Ceo, Chad Williams claims that his company tracks ad views by means of a simple transparent image file. Whenever the RSS reader calls back to the server for the image, it counts as an ad impression. RSSAds are coming up with several ad serving pricing options: cost-per-click, cost-per-time-period, cost-per-insert and cost-per-thousand impressions models and pay-for-performance ads which is expected to become the most popular. It sounds interesting but also rather complicated. If it works, it’s probably a gold mine. If it doesn’t…
The strenght of online advertising is in the ability to deliver target messages to consumers. Presenting a consumer with an advertising message right on his desktop is the new dream of online marketers, as Scott Greenberg explains on iMediaConnection. Desktop Advertising Networks are joining the online marketing mix. Web site advertising typically delivers either a large, but untargeted audience, or a targeted but small audience, while the DAN can deliver both precision targeting and mass reach. DAN can be very powerful if understood and used properly, but at the moment marketer are rather skeptic and confused. Privacy is the main issue that raises concerns but relevance, timing and frequency of such an intrusive form of advertising play a role as well.
A recent report by the Yankee Group presents a comprehensive and detailed picture of the wireless youth market in the US. As a European I’m always glad to read such kind of research to find out the difference between the two continents. However I’m also always surprised by the results which underline the fact we are living two different wireless worlds. Let’s take SMS for example. The Yankee Group says that text messaging is the most used service in the US, with 43 percent of all young adults sending/receiving at least one text message a month. In Europe this sounds almost funny, on the same kind of report you would have read: ” text messaging is the most used service, with 43 percent of all young adults sending/receiving at least one text message a day if not even a hour”.
A new campaign by Pepsi in partnership with Apple ioffers music fans the opportunity to download tracks from the iTunes site every time they get a ‘lucky’ ring pull or bottle top. As Silicon.com explains the adverts claim there are 100 million songs to be won and that one in three drinks will be lucky.
Fears that Google will be the next Microsoft victim are rising. On the IHT John Markoff says that today, nearly everyone in Silicon Valley has begun to ask: Will Google become the next Netscape? And then he presents an extensive analysis of the battlefield where Google and Microsoft might end up fighting. This is not exactly an advertising related news, but I wanted to share my concern for Google’s future.
At the prestigious Big Chip Awards McCANN-i has won the prize for “E-Marketing Campaign” for the microsite and banners produced to promote Durex. The creative work can be seen only on McCANN-i web site. Further details about the award can be found in an article on Manchester Online.
Online travel reservation operator Opodo is starting today an integrated marketing campaign in Germany to increase customer perception of its brand image. The news is reported on Horizon.net, saying the creative will include billboards, radio spots and online advertising with the claim “Ich bin Opodo-reif” (I’m ready for Opodo). The agency which developed the campaign is Leagas Delaney, based in Hamburg.
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