“Live in Your World. Play in Ours.(TM)” This is Sony message to engage more and more people with PlayStation 2. In a press release on Yahoo! News the Japanese giant explains its strategy for a Christmas marketing push: there will be a massive investment in advertising on Tv, cinema, print and outdoor, as well as online. The online advertising will run across broad-reaching sites such as entertainment, gift-giving and kids destinations.
To evaluate online advertising you can’t mix all the variables together (as the IAB did). I’m not in the position to say whether Nate Elliott is right or wrong, but I very much liked his column yesterday on ClickZ in which he stands and criticizes the recent numbers on online advertising presented by the IAB and PWC. It’s unusual to see someone raising his voice like this and I surely admire Nate for taking such a strong position. He says:“This industry needs a good, easy way for advertisers to understand the brand impact of their advertising. Ad exposure time doesn’t look like the answer.”
Remember, there was a time when advertising didn’t exist… but now these times are gone and, as the New York Times writes today: “The trend to advertise in places that had until recently been advertising-free is accelerating, with two major marketers clambering aboard the booming brand wagon.” The reference by Stuart Elliot in his excellent column is to Toyota and Nextel, but these are just two examples of “branding the impossible”. Maybe we have reached a point of no return
According to a new study by Dynamic Logic, audio can greatly increase the awareness of online advertising. The news is reported today on MediaPost, explaining that the study, which was conducted for BabyCenter LLC, found that advertisers experienced 15 percent to 168 percent lifts in awareness by incorporating audio into the creative of ads. A few doubts… - Many people surf the Web at work with the audio turned off… - Many times audio might get annoying instead of interesting to users’ ears. In a way, it’s like pop-ups: an unexpected audio might disturb your quite navigation, taking your attention away from the content you are reading.
You can’t exactly say Fiat cars are as good and as nice as German cars, but you can’t deny the Italian auto-maker doesn’t pay attention to communication. Fiat tv spots are always based on excellent creative ideas and usually also quite entertaining to watch. Now Fiat has decided to take the Web seriously, introducing its upcoming Fiat Idea with a special micro-site. On www.fiatidea.com you can preview the car that will be launched in January, and join a competition to win an Xbox or, if you are very lucky (or unlucky, it depends from the point of view , a Fiat Idea. PS: The competition is open to Italians only… sorry.
Online advertising has become a serious stuff for auto-makers. They are heavily investing in the media, and apparently getting good results back. On iMediaConnection Jim Meskauskas presents an excellent state of the art analysis of past, present and future of auto-makers online advertising.
German agency Human-I has developed the new Sony’s online campaign to promote the Vaio Tv. As exaplained on eMARKET they have created pop-ups, 30″ tv spots and large banners, as well as the Vaio Tv landing page.
On MarketingWonk Tig Tillinghast reports today of a recent study by the University of Chicago business school that banner may be the most effective ad in helping retain customers. Well, once again someone saying that you can’t measure banners’ effectiveness by counting the clicks. It’s all about branding, delivering and reinforcing a message.
As Revolution Magazine reports today, Lego, the Danish toy manufacturer is running a pan-european interactive campaign to raise awareness of its Bionicle, Sports and Racers lines. The campaign is running on Fox Kids websites in the UK, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and The Netherlands, driving traffic to microsites (the English Bionicle one should be here).
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