Living in the Italian online advertising “swamp”, I’m always amazed to hear about the impressive use of interactive media that takes place in the UK. For example, the British School of Motoring (BSM) has a launched an online direct marketing campaign to engage young individuals and offer them free or discounted driving lessons. The viral video email campaign developed by Randommedia targets 16 to 21 year-olds with humorous video footage of a learner driver sitting in a car with his father imitating his bad habits.
In a forum on Brand Republic I’ve found an excellent thread talking about the worst campaigns of all time. The discussion is interesting, people is quoting Ford, Hoovers and DaimlerChrysler with Celine Dion. I can think about 3: in december 2002 the launched an impressive campaign in Italy, but they didn’t have any shop or retailer ready to sell their products. They were good in building curiosity, but they didn’t give people the possibility to actually buy the product, so potential customers lost their interest and soon forgot about 3′s offer. A true waste of money.
More than forty percent Internet users are reached by advergames. The upcoming Gartner G2 research states it, and it’s quoted on iMediaconnection. Advergaming is a phenomenon and we can see it’s evolving in the wireless world as well. But we need to remember advergames can prove very profitable only if integrated in a global push, and if marketers take advantage of the opportunity of collecting consumers data. Nothing in the world is free (a part from love, of course . If users want to play, they have to pay, with their personal data…
Keyword ad lawsuits could dramatically effect the way search engines such as Google and Yahoo do business. Some companies are alleging that selling keyword ads to rivals, which include trademarked keywords, are “confusing potential customers.” BusinessWeek talks about it. (thank you Lisa)
In the first three quarters of 2003 online advertising in The Netherlands grew by 20%, reaching a total value of 27.1 millions euros. The datas are provided by the IAB Nederland, and reported on Emerce (in Dutch), where Igor Beuker, IAB’s director commented:“A 20% growth is very good, especially if we consider that the best quarter (the fourth) hasn’t been counted yet.”
The Dutch online advertising expense is divided as follows: banners and skyscrapers 53 percent; contextual advertising 18 percent; pop-ups, rich-media and interstitials 14 percent; sponsoring 12 percent; search engine marketing 2 percent; e-mailmarketing 1 percent.
How strong is the relationship between music and mobile phones? How real are the business opportunities offered by the combination of the two elements? Industry experts tried to answer these questions at the MIDEM, the first mobile music forum, which took place a couple of days ago. Mike Greenville of 160 characters provides an excellent review of the event.
Blockbuster will provide MSN Messenger users with movie specials. The initiative has been presented this week in Italy, and is aimed to increase Blockbuster brand awareness and to improve MSN’s services. As explained in the press release of IconMediaLab, the agency which developed the creative, there will be an icon on MSN with Blockbuster’s logo, by clicking on it, users will reach a Messenger zone to access movies’ information. Here is a screenshot of how the thing looks like. It’s the first example of Messenger’s advertising I happen to find. It’s an interesting initiative, however looking at the way it’s presented, I’m not so sure users will easily understand that’s a Blockbuster logo (with Blockbuster’s related infos).
Mobile advertising can prove to be five times more effective than traditional direct marketing. According to a new research by Carat, mobile advertising will grow by 70%. The news is reported on Marketing Directo (in Spanish).
Volkswagen Golf 30th birthday will be celebrated online, with an advertising campaign and a competition on a micro-site developed by Tribal DDB. The marketing initiative is explained and detailed on Revolution Magazine. There will be ads displayed on mayor UK websites, as well as a targeted email communication to spread the word of mouth about the competition (http://www.winanewgolf.co.uk).
Gillette, “The Best a Man Can Get” is going online with a consumer contest with football legend Steve Young and Sports Illustrated magazine. As explained on Advertising UK, men who submit a photo of their “Best Game Face” either on-line at www.mach3turbo.com or in-person at one of three “Game Face Stations” on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31 in Houston are eligible to appear in Sports Illustrated and win prizes worth more than $20,000.
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