Yesterday I told you about the DoubleClick online advertising awards. Today I tell you that Deep Focus has diffused a press release with interesting details concerning their award winning rich media campaign for Kill Bill vol. 1. Deep Focus’ President Ian Schafer says:“”The KILL BILL campaign fortified the effects of massive amounts of television advertising by using high-impact online creative to not only prepare audiences for the enormous shock they were about to get in theaters, but to compel them to show up there and experience it in the key first weekend of release.”
Doubleclick has announce in a press release the winners of its third annual awards assigned to recognize the best campaigns on the Internet. Open all agencies, direct marketers, and publishers, this year’s Insight Awards received over 100 campaign entries, which were presided over by industry experts from 11 organizations. The award for “Best Online Advertising Campaign” has been assigned to Modem Media for Heineken: Hoax campaign which encouraged over 140,000 people to interact with the brand. The award for “Best Rich Media Campaign” had two winners, American Express: Blue Cash campaign developed by Digitas New York and Miramax Films: Kill Bill vol. 1 created by Deep Focus. In the “Best Email Marketing Campaign” category the number one has been Kinergy for its Procter & Gamble Club Olay Xmas Issue campaign. The first prize for “Best Multi-Channel Marketing Campaign” went to Click Here for the Dr. Pepper: Raging Cow Product Launch. A full overview of entrants and winners is on Doubleclick’s website.
In partnership with the Italian portal Tuttogratis, Bacardi Breezer has launched a series of advergames. On a Tuttogratis special section users can play and win in the “Free Spirit” competition. Veronica Chiesa, Head of Web Marketing at Bacardi Martini said that this initiative is perfectly in line with Bacardi Breezer brand image and philosophy. Actually the prizes aren’t clearly explained, so even though the marketing initiative seams to be interesting, the communication approach can be improved.
Rock the Vote has partnered with Motorola to launch Rock the Mobile Vote to engage young adults in the political process. Users who opt-in the program at www.rockthevote.com/wireless will be polled and informed via sms. Rock the Vote hopes to bring 20 million young voters to the polls in November through the program.
Le Journal du Net features the best UK banners of the week. The nicest is the one by Profero developed which aims to encourage children on the Internet to be aware of the risks and in particular not to give out personal contact details. To read more about the campaign go on Profero’s website, or what the creative showcase.
The British government is launching a web site (www.need2know.co.uk) to provide teenagers with information and advice on relationship, health, money, education and law. As Brand Republic explains, the site is already online but the promotional activity will begin this spring.
Ameritrade is targeting active traders with a new advertising campaign named “Last Market Hour”. As explained in the press release, online advertising will be part of the promotion mix, with rich media ads on CBS MarketWatch and Yahoo! Finance displayed during the last hour of trading.
Chinese are going crazy for SMS. They sent about 15.6 billion short messages through their mobile phones during January, with a rise of 91 percent over the same period last year. Yahoo! News reports, adding that short messages are popular in China because of their low cost and efficiency, with subscribers paying on average about 0.1 yuan (0.01 US dollar) for each message.
If The New York Times says it, it must be true… A new report by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that online advertising revenue in the United States increased 20 percent in 2003, to $7.2 billion. The automotive industry, in particular, is investing hard in Internet advertising. Automakers increased the number of their advertisement 75 percent in 2003, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, while online advertisements by the telecommunications companies increased 31 percent. More details about online advertising fighting back can be found in a press release by DoubleClick and Nielsen//Netratings to introduce the results of an inaugural joint Year in Online Advertising Report for 2003.
In Brunei, during the 20th National Day SMS Quiz, people can text and win a Hyundai Matrix. As Brunei Direct, The contest is the first of its kind to be launched in the country and will run from February 27 until April 23, divided in four rounds. It aims to enliven the spirit and celebration of the 20th National Day. Contestants will also have the chance to win PCs, flights to Singapore, mobile phones and digital cameras.
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