I�m writing an article about RSS and I�ve been reading quite a lot on the topic to get informed. There are a lot of articles and opinions out there about the marketing potentials of RSS. You can read some enthusiastic people saying that RSS is an unspammable medium, that it can deliver the advertising message using a �pull� model, that it�s cost effective, etc� On the other side the negative voices will tell you that it�s not measurable, that RSS is just for geeks, that is not (yet) integrated in email software, etc� I would like to take a different (and additional) perspective in the discussion, not considering RSS for what they really are in their substance. I believe the main issue about RSS� marketing potentials is connected to the information overload. There are tons of softwares installed on our computers: browsers, email readers, instant messengers, p2p, toolbars, desktop alerts etc� We get messages from everywhere, either in push or pull way (and I�m just considering computer mediated communication!). At work my Internet browser is always open. If I want to see if a Web site has been updated I just click on its link from my bookmarks. I don�t have to start another software and get the information downloaded on my computer. I do have a newsaggregator installed on my Mac, but I rarely use it. Maybe because I�m kind of lazy (I admit it), maybe because there are already too many windows open on my desktop, delivering me any kind of information just one click (and 5 seconds) away. I would tend to compare this point with the one associated to e-commerce web sites. The more clicks to buy a product, the less products get sold. The more clicks to get an headline, the less headlines� So I�m not saying RSS aren�t a fascinating medium. They are extremely attractive from a marketing perspective. I�m just saying there are already tons of information out there, but a day has only 24 hours, at least mine�
On MarketingWonk I’ve posted an interview with Riccardo Polizzy Carbonelli, International Advertising Director of Tiscali, a prominent EIAA member. The discussion is focused on last week announcement by the European Internet Advertising Association (EIAA) and the Internet Advertising Bureau Europe (IAB) which introduced the first European Online Ad Formats package.
Since one year and half Reebok has started a branding strategy to target young people between 15 and 25 years old. They have presented a new collection, the RBK, which reminds the streetware fashion and has clear references to sports, hip-hop and technology, topics that attract the attention of young prospects. On Le Journal du Net there’s an excellent article (in French) by Rapha�le Karayan in which the branding campaign is described and commented, with a lot of interesting numbers and details.
Revolution Magazine reports Fox Kids Europe is launching a pan-European multimedia campaign to support the release of DreamWorks’ ‘Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas’ on DVD and video. At the same time, New Media Age says that Twentieth Century Fox is using a video rich-media banner to promote the cinema release of the director’s cut of horror classic Alien.
On MediaPost Larry Dobrow focuses the attention on pop-ups, starting his analysis from the recent ‘Clicks, Ticks, and the Destiny of Pop-Ups’ session at Ad:Tech. I found particularly interesting the opinion of Avi Naider, CEO of WhenU, who said:“Pop-ups are not a monolithic entity. e mass market accepts TV commercials, but that took 50 years. Remember, two years ago, people were writing off the online medium completely”.
HP has launched a Foto-Spass campaign in Germany on the portal Wissen.de. The creative developed by Chocolate Blue, which includes banner, as well as flyers, tv and print ads can be seen on online on the agency’s web site.
Ananova reports today that the number of text messages sent in the UK reached a record high last month. According to the Mobile Data Association, 1.73 billion messages have been handled by the four mobile networks.
NetImperative reports IAB UK will launch an advertising campaign ‘Online: The interactive ingredient’. The initiative will include print ads, direct mail and industry forums, with a media investment of more than �325,000. Beginning next year a microsite will also be launched and promoted with online banners. The IAB is planning to regularly use marketing campaign to promote its activity and online advertising in general.
12Snap has presented the results of the campaign “Bevi Sdrink e vinci con un SMS” (drink Sdrink and win with an SMS), developed on account of Granarolo, probably the biggest milk producer in Italy. The campaign has been running throughout Italy during May, June and July, generating more than 120.000 Sms sent by user to join the competition. As explained on Cellulari.it consumers have been informed about the competition with a traditional media mix (radio and billboards), as well as with a direct SMS push.
The ‘Critical Decision’ campaign to launch online the new Honda Accord has been developed by MSN with an extensive use of video and engaging solutions to to capture the attention of the millions of consumers. As explained in the press release this is Honda’s first custom-designed promotion on MSN and represents the automaker’s most elaborate and expansive online advertising effort for the 2004 Accord. The custom solutions package could be seen online at http://criticaldecisions.msn.com/ but, apparentely today the server doesn’t work.
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