In the UK, Panasonic is online with an advergame to promote its Lumix technology for digital cameras. The game has been developed by Inbox Digital and is nicely placed within the camera display (see below). It is quite funny to play but, most of all, has an interesting mechanism to assign the prizes. Basically it gives away quite easily £20 vouchers to purchase a Panasonic camera, while it assigns the digital camera only through a final draw.
New Media Age reports Nescafe is online in the UK win an advergame called “Lift your cups” supporting the TV campaign starring fashion gurus Trinny and Susannah. The game has been created to build awareness around an on-pack promotion (text-to-win) which gives away a shopping spree with Trinny and Susannah worth £10,000, or one of 25,000 £5 vouchers to spend on lingerie at a selection of high street shops. The game has been created by Outside Line.
In the UK Vodafone is online with a website featuring The life of the Mayfly competition. The concept is based on a Tv campaign created by Bartle Boble Hegarty/London. The idea is to allow people sharing their view on how to make the most of each day. Anyone who gives life to a mayfly has his/her name displayed on the website and gains the chance to win the final prize. The best mayfly will be awarded with a trip to Italy, to the Fiorano Race Track at Maranello. There the winner will be driven around a track by Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari Granturismo. Again, an online marketing idea that gives visitors to star at the center of the stage… give people 30 seconds of fame!
A new report by Interpublic agencies Weber Shandwick and FutureBrand (“050 A Fresh Perspective”) found out the majority of consumer advertising is focused on 20 to 40 years old people. And if you consider that in the UK, over 50-years-olds currently hold around 80% of disposable income (about £196bn in spending power), you realize how big is the chance you miss. [News via BrandRepublic]
In the first nine months of 2005 online advertising has reached a 279 million value in Germany. According to the numbers released last week by Nielsen Media Research, there has been a 36,3% increase since September 2004, with online and financial services as well as the automotive industry leading the expenditures. Despite the growth, Internet advertising is still very small if compared to traditional media. Since the beginning of the year, the investments in print, TV, radio and outdoor advertising have been worth over 13.3 billion euro. In the United Kingdom Internet advertising expenditure for the first half of 2005 reached £490.8 million, with a 5.8% market share which actually surpasses the outdoor’s (5.1%). According to a study by IAB/PwC online revenues increased by 62.3% on a like-for-like basis when compared to the same period in 2004.
In the UK, 3G operator 3, owned by Hutchison, is about to become the world’s first operator to sell airtime on its own network to advertisers. Unfortunately the article on Media Guardian (free reg.) doesn’t clearly say what exactly 3 is going to do. One possibility is that they will offer free downloadable ads to their clients This idea has already been successfully tested with Apple iPod ads, which generated 160.000 downloads in a week. Mobile video advertising clearly opens interesting opportunities for viral videos delivered mobile phones, althought pricing and/or the business model still remain a big question to be answered. Who should pay for downloadable mobile ads? Branded content, should be free, but when it comes to mobile phones, free is a word that almost doesn’t exist, especially with carriers always wanting to share revenues.
In the UK, Wonderbra has launched Experiencewonderyou, a classy, sexy and sophisticated website to showcase its latest collection. Probably men will enjoy it more than women but it’s really worth checking out (also) for its incredible design and the immersive brand experience. Unfortunately I’m not sure which is the agency that did it, probably it’s Publicis.
Bus shelters are receiving a lot of attention lately. Today Brian pointed me to an interesting campaign his agency (Meridian Outdoor) did for the UK mobile carrier O2. Bus shelters around the country have been transformed in candies distributors branded O2. There is a touch sensitive button inviting people to press here to receive a free O2 treat. When the button is pressed a capsule is dispensed from the 6 sheet which contains a free O2 sweet. A sonic message plays telling people to enjoy their free O2 treat.
Fashion brand New Look has launched an interactive outdoor campaign in the UK which allows users to get mobile vouchers through “hypertagged” billboards. 96 bus shelters nationwide are powered with bluetooth technology provided by Hypertag. Revolution Magazine reports customers were also invited to become part of the New Look window display by having their photo taken through the store window, and pressing a button to display their face on the mannequin for 15 seconds.
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