What I love about working in digital marketing is the fact that digital tools can be become even more powerful, cool and engaging if and when they are integrated with the “offline” world. You can apply them to marketing action as well as to art, as this brilliant project made in Pennsylvania demonstrates.
What happened is that a group of people decided to bring to life on Google Street View Sampsonia Way, located in the North of Pittsburgh. As Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley, the minds behind the project, explain on the a Street with a view website, Neighbors, and other participants from around the city, staged scenes ranging from a parade and a marathon, to a garage band practice, a seventeenth century sword fight, a heroic rescue and much more. Street View technicians captured 360-degree photographs of the street with the scenes in action and integrated the images into the Street View mapping platform.
Land Rover has launched a new website to support its G4 challenge where finalists from 18 countries compete in extreme sports including rock climbing and kayaking over four weeks in April, across Thailand, Laos, Brazil and Bolivia, for a chance to win a Land Rover. As reported on BrandRepublic (sub. req). an intensive new media marketing activity will support the competition, with emails sent out to the Land Rover database, online advertising, a dedicated WAP site and special 30″ film to be broadcasted on mobile phones. The agency behind the campaign is Freestyle New Media.
Eurostar is running an integrated marketing campaign in Belgium to promote its summer connection to London. The price for a two-way ticket it’s 69 Euros, so the advertising concept rotates around the 69 (sex) position. Outdoor advertising invites those who pass by to text an SMS and interact. Online ads are running to drive traffic to www.eurostar.com/londonXperience where a community game gives away tickets to London. A viral video is also part of the effort (too bad the “send to a friend” option is missing). The agencies behind this campaign are TBWA\Belgium and Hypervision for what concerns the interactive part. [Thanks to Bert Van Wassenhove for the hint]
Genetsis has created in Spain and Portugal a new online campaign for Fanta, Fun & Wave. The initiative targets young consumers, with an online promotion which gives away vacations around the Mediterranean. Users can enter the competition by submitting the pin code they find on the cans. In Portugal, there is also a loyalty program which allows consumers to accumulate points and win further prizes. What is nice about the campaign is the fact they also give away a free SMS every two submitted codes. Even if “one” SMS isn’t a big prizes, it’s interesting to see how the mobile is integrated with the Internet, trying to focus of what really attracts young consumers.
BrownCo, the online brokerage offering of J.P. Morgan Invest, announced yesterday a new advertising campaign aimed at active traders. The integrated campaign consists of television, print and online ads with a total budget of $15 million. Online ads, developed by itraffic, will highlight the campaign’s messages and will run appear on major financial Web sites including CBSMarketWatch, SmartMoney and TheStreet.
In Spain MyAlert Marketing Interactivo and Cool Lines have developed a campaign for Heinz Ketchup integrating e-mail, web and mobile marketing. The microsite for “Heinz Bienstar” features a competition giving away a stay for 2 people in fantastic Spanish Spa’s. Users can enter the competition by provinding a PIN number (found on Heinz Ketchup) via SMS, snail mail or directly online.
“Don’t let the summer slip away” sounds like a song, but it’s simply the theme of an integrated campaign launched by the Wales Tourist Board to attract people to the region. DM Bulletin reports that a druid character stars in the campaign, which takes advantage of direct mailing, online advertising as well as Tv and radio spots.
In Spain Siemens Mobile has launched an SMS based competition to celebrate the Father’s Day. As Marketing Directo reports, the promotion targets young users engaging them with funny questions about their fathers. How does your father call your mother (the nice nickname ? What will you do if your father finds you singing Bisbal’s latest song in the shower? To start the interactive challenge, users just have to send an SMS with the word Siemens, they will get three questions back and the possibility to win 10 Siemens SX1 and a 10 � traffic for their mobile phone. The competition for el “D�a del Padre”, developed by mobile agency Mami, has also a special web site www.siemens.es/diadelpadre, and has been supported by an integrated advertising campaign with Tv, press and radio ads as well as some e-mail marketing.
The case study of Mitsubishi “See what happens” campaign, explained on iMedia Connection by Joseph Jaffe, tells us that online advertising has taken a step further in its consolidation process. It’s all about integration or, better, as Mr Jaffe says it’s all about “the convergence of form and function; TV and the Web; idea and execution; brand and business”.
In his latest column on AdAge, Al Ries talks about the “Disintegration of Integrated Marketing”. The article is not as polemical as it might sounds from the title or, at least, is not against the concept of “integrated marketing” rather against the tempting idea of “integrated marketing agencies”. Specialization is the key says, Mr Ries, and actually it’s simply an evolution of the positioning idea he presented us twenty years ago. Agencies can’t do everything in-house, unless they compromise quality. And this reminds me of a book I read a couple of years ago, “The Myth of Excellence” whose subtitle was “Why great companies never try to be the best at everything”. Think about it…
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