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MovieLink and Lycos: co-branding deal

on October 21, 2003 by Martina Comments

Reuters reports that Online film download service Movielink is launching a Web site with Internet portal service Lycos in a co-branding deal made in order to widen its customer base. The new site, at http://lycos.movielink.com, will allow Lycos users to easily access films from nearly every major Hollywood movie studio.

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BMW introduces ‘ConnectedDrive’

on October 21, 2003 by Martina Comments

BMW cars will be soon connected to each other through a wireless lan that will allow people to exchange information about traffic jams. As the Spanish news site Iblnews explains, BMW is confident that other auto-makers will also adopt the ‘ConnectedDrive’ technology which will become a unique car communication standard.

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Sometimes they come back

on October 20, 2003 by Martina Comments

According to a new report, by MSN Online Pulse report, produced in conjunction with the IAB, online advertising is about to have a dramatic comeback. MediaGuardian comments today the report’s findings, explaining both the good and the bad news about online advertising future.

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NHL: vote your MVP with an SMS

on October 20, 2003 by Martina Comments

(via Textually) Mobiico and Mobileway are teaming up with The National Hockey League to expand the NHL�s efforts in the mobile market this season with a new mobile community � NHL HockeyNation. As explained in a press release, NHL’s fans this year will be to vote their MVP of the game directly from home, by using a mobile phone. By texting the vote, participants could win 10,000 $ and a trip to the All Star Game. There will also be a Mobile Trivia and a Mobile Chat aimed to engage the huge number of hockey fans around the US (Over 22 million fans attend a hockey game every year, 220 million view the games on television).

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Avis to launch an email marketing campaign

on October 20, 2003 by Martina Comments

Avis, the car rental company, has appointed Arnold Interactive to create an email marketing campaign. The emails will be distributed throughout the UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Avis plans to target up to 100,000 consumers throughout Europe. Mirko Behnert, e-Commerce Manager for Avis commented on Arnold Interactive Web site:

“The strategy to develop more Internet business has enabled us to successfully increase the proportion of customers booking online to 12% in June, growing 65% year on year. We were impressed by Arnold Interactive’s ability to deliver cost effective solutions creatively and felt they were the ideal partner to help grow our business online.”

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Marketer, remember my birthday

on October 20, 2003 by Martina Comments

On New Media Age I’ve found an excellent article by Ross Sleight, on relationship building. He suggests that sending a birthday card or a promotional discount could be an excellent opportunity to build a closer relationship with clients. I agree with Ross: No matter what we are selling, a personal touch can make the difference. The point is to overcome customers’ expectations, not just fulfil them. And customers are first of all persons. Unfortunately marketers usually forget about this “detail”.

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The Instant Web Companies fly with Delta

on October 16, 2003 by Martina Comments

DMNews.com reports today that Delta Air Lines awarded a three-year contract to The Instant Web Companies, for producing its SkyMiles frequent-flyer newsletters, statements and membership credentials. In the press release, Rob Borden, SkyMiles program director, said:

“IWCO�s programming capabilities allow us to extend highly targeted offers to our members, driving customer loyalty in strategic markets.”

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Mercedes-Benz takes Armani on the Web

on October 16, 2003 by Martina Comments

Mercedes-Benz has taken Giorgio Armani’s exposition on the Web. A new micro-site features the itinerant exhibition produced by the Gugenheim Musum New York, and now showing in London. It shows approximately 400 creations of the Italian designer. It’s an interesting example of co-marketing, even though I found it rather plain and somehow sad in the way that it has been realized.

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New York City as a brand

on October 15, 2003 by Martina Comments

Reveries presents a very interesting interview with Joe Perello Chief Marketing Officer, New York City. A long conversation in which Mr Perello explains NYC as a brand and the integrated marketing strategies to promote it.

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The marketing power of RSS

on October 15, 2003 by Martina Comments

Tom Hespos wrote yesterday on MediaPost an excellent article to explain the marketing power of RSS (Really Simple Syndication). Apparently operating on the push model, they actually put consumer in control, since it’s up to the end user to decide which content to receive. RSS might be seen as a “spam” free” alternative to email marketing. I believe text-based ads will work for RSS feeds. RSS represent another chance for contextual advertising. Relevant advertising content can be put at the end of the feed. However I think it will be important to clearly separate the feed content from the advertising content. RSS appear to be a powerful tool for marketers, and it’s important to immediately gain people’s trust. Two simple words like “sponsored link” might do the job.

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