In his latest column on AdAge, Al Ries talks about the “Disintegration of Integrated Marketing”. The article is not as polemical as it might sounds from the title or, at least, is not against the concept of “integrated marketing” rather against the tempting idea of “integrated marketing agencies”. Specialization is the key says, Mr Ries, and actually it’s simply an evolution of the positioning idea he presented us twenty years ago. Agencies can’t do everything in-house, unless they compromise quality. And this reminds me of a book I read a couple of years ago, “The Myth of Excellence” whose subtitle was “Why great companies never try to be the best at everything”. Think about it…
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The shortlist for the Revolution Awards 2004 has been revealed last week. In the category “Best Online Retailer” Interflora is running for the gold medal thanks to its e-commerce system developed by Broadband. On Broadband’s website you can find out more about the project.
Standard Life Bank is promoting its personal finance planning with an online campaign developed by DNA. The news is reported on Brand Republic, explaining that the campaign’s objective is to raise awareness of the service and attract new customers.
DoubleClick has decided to strengthen its European Management Team, announcing the appointment of Ben Regensburger to vice president of sales and account management. As quoted on Advertising-UK the decision underlines the strategic importance of the European online advertising market, as David Rosenblatt, president, DoubleClick said:“We see tremendous growth potential in international markets this year and therefore want top talent on our team”
Levi’s brand continues to evolve on the Web. On February 18th the spring web site, designed by Lateral, will be launched, with a new section dedicated to the new Levi’s� 501� Jeans with Anti-Fit campaign which works in conjunction with the offline campaign components (TV, print, OOH, cinema, and retail/instore). Within this section, a great example of through-the-line integration, is Levi’s� vmx: This video mixer allows users to create and send fridge magnet style messages using the actors from the campaign – a fun way to encourage consumer interaction being fairly passive in terms of branding; with the added benefit of recruiting for further communications programs (check it out here). Jon Bains, Chairman of Lateral said:“We wanted to build a site that would act as a platform for not only improving brand interest but also a highly interactive communications vehicle that would allow Levi’s� Europe to build and develop relationships with its users.”
To learn more about Levi’s online strategies, you can also read a recent interview I did with Helene Venge, Digital Marketing Manager for Levi’s� Europe.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) today announced that online advertising revenue in the United States for Q4 2003 totaled an estimated $2.2 billion, with revenues for the year 2003 are estimated at $7.2 billion. Greg Stuart, President & CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, quoted in the press release, declared:“I’m not at all surprised at these revenue numbers. Our medium is such that we should expect this positive performance. Based on sound business principles the industry has grown up and become a great competitive advantage for those marketers who have been paying attention. Not exactly a secret weapon any longer, our medium continues to lead where others have fallen off, and smart marketers know it, and are shifting dollars and gaining share.”
Murphy�s (the beer), and Enpocket (the marketing expert) have teamed up to create an SMS text-based, cross-carrier limerick campaign that gives the public poetic licence to showcase their creative writing skills. As explained in the press release The �Take the Murphy�s Challenge� campaign will be launched to coincide with St. Patrick�s day. Donal O�Sullivan, Marketing Manager, Murphy�s said:“St. Patrick�s Day is an important period for Murphy�s in terms of business and branding. The �Take the Murphy�s Challenge� campaign will awaken the creative spirit amongst those celebrating on St. Patrick�s Day and raise interest with the public at large in the run up to 17th March”
Raise of Honor is a new Playstation game that Sony will launch with a multi-million dollar marketing campaign. The press release explains that a viral and online push will support print and TV advertising. Viral advertising will consist of “wild postings” in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Online advertising will commence in February and continue through the end of April. The ad will be run on Web sites such as atomfilms.com, ifilm.com, ign.com, gamespot.com, and maximonline.com.
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