Charlie’s Angels will come back as a video game. Sony Corp.’s movie division on Monday said would release an online video game based on “Charlie’s Angels” to coincide with the new “Angels” movie which it is also releasing. It’s no doubt an interesting example of how the gaming industry might help reinforcing the marketing mix to support a new product launch. I’m not sure if this can be exactly defined as “advergame” but I thought it was worth posting anyway. You can watch a preview on Animated Angels.
This is the tagline of Yahoo!’s newest campaign to promote its renovated search functionality. The advertising campaign will be run mostly offline, for example with tv commercials created by Black Rocket Euro RSCG. In a perfect “guerrilla-style”, the Internet will also be used as part of an unusual outdoor campaign: Yahoo! has rented a huge billboard in New York City’s Times Square, and for 15 minutes every hour, live search terms will scroll across the screen, highlighting users’ actual searches on the site. Read on the news on IAR.
Further expanding its digital service offerings, Carat Interactive announced today that it has acquired San Francisco-based Freestyle Interactive. The acquisition reflects two major industry changes for Carat, the growing trend in agency consolidation and the growing demand for full services in the Interactive space. Read on the press release on Carat’s web site.
Does online advertising influence branding or yield direct response? This is the key questions to which eMarketer tries to give an answer. In today’s newsletter David Hallerman, using DoubleClick’s numbers, explains that marketer are in increasingly understanding and taking advantage the Internet as powerful medium for both branding and direct response campaigns.
The IAB has released a detailed breakdown of its 2002 online ad spend figures which, it says, proves online has finally ended its reliance on its traditional sectors, including hi-tech and media. Read the news as reported byNew Media Zero.
The financial news Web site CBSMarketWatch.com has recently signed a deal with Absolut Vodka to lauch an “Happy Hour” ad campaign. The news is reported today on Adage which reveals that the parts have signed a one-year ad deal for Fridays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m, aimed at a weary audience counting down the hours to the end of the week.
Verisign will be the first B2B markete to participate in the Cross Media Optimization Study (XMOS) promoted by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). Completed XMOS research results are currently available for Unilever, McDonalds, Colgate-Palmolive and Kimberly-Clark. Read the full press release on IAB’s site.
The future of online advertising is in applications, not in ads. This is briefly the idea expressed today by Sean Carton on ClickZ.com. He points out the advertisers using the Internet need to involve the user in new and unique experiences that one-way broadcast media can’t possibly accomplish. The topic is extremely interesting and it’s indeed one of the main field in which Adverblog.com is going to focus in the near future.
Nike has been recently nominated Advertiser of the Year at One Show Interactive. In its latest issue Ad Week talks about Nike’s interactive strategy and about the evolution of online advertising since its very beginning. The focus, of course, is on rich media, and in the use of interactivity and games to get consumers’ attention and loyalty.
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