MediaPost reports today about the recent Ford F-150 truck online campaign. According to Nielsen/Netratings traffic from home to Ford jumped 72% to 842,000 unique visitors, thanks to the heavy advertising on MSN, Yahoo! and AOL. Masha Geller says this has been a successful campaign… Well, I do agree that traffic is important, however I believe that, in order to evaluate the results of this online effort, we should better look at other data, not mentioned in the article, such as the number of people that have signed up to receive further information on the vehicle, or have booked a driving-test.
The Italian web magazine Prima Comunicazione presents the results of a recent study by Nokia saying that more and more SME have started using mobile e-mail. In Europe, the use of mobile e-mail will grow by 35% in the next 18 months.
New Media Age reports today that “the wireless space in Ireland today is ‘nothing less than a revolution’”. Opt-in has proved to be the key to the success of mobile marketing in the Irish market place, and more and more companies are happy with the results of their wireless campaigns. By the way, Ireland has the highest per-capita texters in Europe.
Nissan goes wireless to promote the new Maxima 2004. As iMediaConnection reports today and a press release stated last week, “Nissan has launched a pioneering affinity marketing campaign for the Nissan 2004 Maxima called the “Mobile Concierge” that packages advertising for the new car with compelling entertainment content for consumers.” The campaign has been developed with AvantGo, and features branding banners that link to a 2004 Maxima microsite designed specifically for PDAs. PDA marketing sounds very strange to me, since here in Italy (and Europe) we have plenty of mobile phones but only few people, mostly managers, use palm & pocket pc. Personally I’m not even interested in having one, I don’t have such a busy life to actually feel the need of it…
On the Italian MediaForum I found today the opinion of Sarah Fay, President of Carat US, who was taking part to an international forum last week in Venice. Commenting a recent study on media usage she stated that young users (between 13 and 24 years old) represent a very important target that will determine the approach to new media communication in the next future. Therefore “we need to provide them with high quality communication”.
The latest cross-media analysis study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau says that pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca could increase product awareness in prospects also using online advertising. AdAge talks about it saying that a mix of broadcast, magazine and online media was recommended as the most efficient and cost-effective means to promote the “purple pill” Nexium.
Revolution Magazine reports that GlaxoSmithKline is launching a web site as part of an integrated campaign to promote its Lucozade Energy drink. The idea is to explain consumers how the drink can help them by increasing their focus and concentration. The Web site idea looks good to me, a part from the rather disgusting brain graphic in the bottom left side of the page. I wonder how this drawing will encourage people to drink Lucozade…
At IBC this year, YooMedia Plc will demonstrate the first ever real-time, synchronous mobile and interactive TV application to be trialed on TV. This first pilot goes live during IBC on Turner Broadcasting�s Cartoon Network. The demonstration can be viewed on stand 3.231 in the iTV lounge at IBC. This is a cut&paste from YooMedia press releases… sounds very interesting!
According to InternetRetailer.com some web sites have expressed concerns about the effectiveness of the AdSense program. A study by NewGate notes that AdWords program is far more effective. Interesting the opinion of Tom Dugan president of NewGate who “contends that the results of the NewGate study point to an inherent weakness in contextual ads � that they catch consumers at a time when they are not likely to be in a buying mood”. Just the opposite opinion of the one I’ve received last week from Massimiliano Magrini, Head of Sales di Google Italia. Dugan’s point of view is very interesting and I might tend to agree with him, even though I think that before talking about theories, predictions and opinions on the matter, it should be better to have a look at more comprehensive AdSense results.
Disney has signed an agreement with Lycos to promote the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” through Europe (which in Italy becomes “The curse of the first moon”, boh!). Nine countries will be involved in the campaign that will take advantage of a special web site in nine languages. Disney is trying to take advantage of the very well established Lycos communities. Users might play the characters online by challenging other people throughout Europe in the Fight Club (that will be hosted on Lycos web site). There will also be a chat room and a competition to win the movie gadgets.
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