Today a lot of news site focus on Yahoo!’s earnings and they almost skip the fact, reported on eWeek (via Yahoo! News), that Microsoft has launched a campaign to target Linux users. The campaign, running both on and offline, is designed to give customers information about the advantages of using Windows over its open-source competitor. It’s interesting they are doing it, but I’m not sure about the results they can reach. Open-source lovers are difficult to seduce, most of all it the “gigolo” is named Microsoft.
NMA reports of a study by Bunnyfoot Universality on banners. Despite the funny name of the research company, the results are quite interesting, although they don’t say anything new: online banners build brand awareness, even if people don’t click on them.
Advergames, defined by Gartner as games that incorporate marketing content, is an emerging advertising option. On MediaPost Larry Dobrow quotes Denise Garcia, Gartner�s principal analyst, media and advertising:“With these games, advertisers can communicate with the online audience, but not in a hard or direct way. When people go online, they�re looking for content and they�re looking to be engaged. The games satisfy both of these needs.”
There’s a Gartner report coming out soon, and I really look forward to read it. It would be interestin to see if there’s any data proving advergames effectiveness in brand awareness and loyalty building.
Thanks to Steve, I’ve found out an excellent article on iMediaConnection about targeted advertising. It’s an interview with Andy Jedynak, senior vice president and general manager at WeatherBug, who explains how the website is helping advertisers with a precise and effective targeting. Through users’ registration and wit WeatherBug has developed a rich database which has been the base for building a frank relationship with consumers. What we understand from this interview is that in the online world the “ask-listen-talk-listen” is a crucial circle to build a site’s success, generating traffic and providing advertisers with satisfying results.
A new campaign aiming to demonstrate the benefits of Yell.com has been launched in the UK. As Brand Republic the creative has been developed by AKQA and features skyscrapers, standard banners and buttons which will appear on MSN, Ticketmaster and other high-traffic sites.
Poste Italiane, the National Italian Postal Service is launching a wireless advergame (with a video clip) to promote its new pre-paid credit card, which is the “son” of an online game featured on Poste.it. The game can be downloaded from an advergames portal as well. The idea of a wireless advergame sounds great also because it’s getting a lot of attention from the media with a positive echo for the branding effect.
eMarketer reports the results of a Reveries study conducted among over 400 marketers. 22.7% of marketers think mobile marketing is currently just fairly viable, only 13% rate it as fair five years from now. On the topic, there’s also an article on iMediaConnection, while the full research’s results are available here.
Let’s talk about brands, branding and slogans. Al Ries on Adage writes an article about “Wasting money on bad advertising slogans“, explaining how a brand could invest $40 million dollars in advertising without leaving an idea in the prospect’s mind. He quotes the case of food producer Tyson, but also provides a bunch of positive examples leading the route of successful advertising with powerful slogans. If you’re interested in branding and brand mistakes, have a look at a new blog, “Brand Autopsy“, it’s excellent.
Denise Garcia analyst at Gartner G2 plays the oracle on iMediaConnection, making predictions on the ad spending winners and losers in 2004. The article is based on her latest research, 2004 Advertising Trends Report and provides a bunch of insights about online advertising and financial services, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail and travel industries.
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