The ART (‘Autorit� de r�gulation des t�l�communications) has released a few data about broadband’s diffusion in Europe. France is leading the way with 1.2 million subscribers, followed by Italy (1.1 million) and the UK (1 million). Denmark has 12.7 fast connections every 100 inhabitants, followed by Belgium (12.1) The Netherlands (11.5) and Sweden (10.4), at the bottom of the standing we find Italy (4.7), Ireland (0.9) and Greece (0.1). The European average is 6.0 fast lines each 100 inhabitants. Further information about the research are provided in an article on Le Journal du Net.
The combination tv + mobile is one of the most attractive to marketers. Usually it has been approached using tv programs driving people to interact wireless, this time the situation works the otherway around. The History Channel is running a mobile marketing campaign to build awareness and loyalty to a new tv program, The Barbarians. The campaign has been enabled by Enpocket which targeted a profiled list of opt-in 25-54 year old men with a text message that was delivered to their mobile phones the evening before the show.
A new report by Jupiter Research forecasts that spending on e-mail marketing in the U.S. will rise from $2.1 billion in 2003 to $6.1 billion in 2008. The press release explains three factors will be critical in driving the market: the dramatic cost reductions of e-mail marketing, the growth of sponsored and acquisition e-mail campaigns and the ever-increasing challenges presented by spam. Customer retention e-mail campaigns account the greatest share of non-spam e-mail marketing campaigns.
BMW is heavily investing in the online pre-launch of its new 1er. To create curiosity and build awareness in potential customers, the brand has developed a web site, named “Prinzip Freude” and an adventure advergame, Flame – The Game. An article (in German) introducing the initiative is presented on 7er.com, which explains that BMW’s idea is to start a dialogue with its prospects, addressing them as “friends” (Freunde), and engaging them with exclusive content and events.
T-Online and DMMV are about to launch an exhibition which will feature 10 years of online advertising. The news is reported by German news site W&V, which also provides the address for the exposition: www.10jahreonlinewerbung.de. They are currently shortlisting the banners in order to build up the standing. Unfortunately the web site is only in German… this is the link to submit your work or your favourite online ads of the past ten years: www.10jahreonlinewerbung.de/einreichungsformular.php
A couple of weeks ago, T-Mobile has launched The Mobile Lottery, an instant-win interactive lottery played via mobile phone. As the Company explains, each ticket costs �1 and offers multiple chances to win, with a better than one in five chance of scooping a tempting cash prize up to �1,000. Charities benefit, too, as the Mobile Lottery donates 20p from each �1 stake to 10 selected UK charities.
Littlewoods has developed an online version of the classic British football game “Spot the Ball”. As Revolution reports, players pay a fee to join the game and can win cash prizes. You can find the game on GameOn website.
Disney is launching the DVD of Finding Nemo with an innovative online campaign. Thanks to the technological support of Reporo and ValueClick, users who watch the ad can directly purchase the product with a click. To see how the ad looks like and most of all how it works I suggest you going to Reporo’s web site (than click on showcase).
Italian automaker Fiat has presented a new graphic style for all web sites in its network. Pubblicit� Italia explains that points of strength of the new line are two Flash based presentations which welcome users on the web sites. The presentation are focused on Fiat’s new cars and latest events. Fiat.it features an interesting path “Costruisci la tua Fiat” (Build up your own Fiat) that allows users to personalize their car immediately asking for an estimate and getting in touch with a car dealer to actually purchase it.
Fiat is running an online campaign to promote its Panda to 24- to 44-year-old women. As Revolution reports, Fiat has signed a sponsorship deal with Handbag.com which will include online ads, text links in the newsletter and a special branded section in the spring fashion pages (see screenshot).
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