Why World Cup Soccer Ads Don't Get Skipped

I don’t think the 30-second TV spot is dead.  For frequent readers of this blog, this may come as a surprise, considering how often I tend to rail against it is an outdated, expensive, and questionably effective form of advertising.  In the vast majority of cases, this is still true.  But in the midst of

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In Pursuit of Clickable Video

One of the biggest buzz-inducing topics at Vloggercon this weekend was the concept of product placement in online video content and how this ability to incorporate an advertiser’s message directly into the story might offer vlogs the greatest chance of winning traditional TV advertisers.  There are a few shows, like FrenchMaidTV or 88Slide that I

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The Marketing of "An Inconvenient Truth"

One of the more anticipated documentaries coming up for widespread release across the country is the new film "An Inconvenient Truth" – focused on telling the real story of global warming and leveraging the growing popularity of Al Gore’s "resurrection" (as Wired magazine termed it) from the "former next president of the United States" –

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Inside The Da Vinci Code Marketing Strategy

After much fanfare over the last few weeks, The Da Vinci Code opens in theaters across the US today.  Though some early reviews from the Cannes Film Festival premier have been less than perfect, there is no denying that the marketing machine behind the film has generated buzzworthy firsts, from partnering with Google to open

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Getting Global Insight on Trends from Search

Since websites have become primary information sources about companies and products in the late 90s, integrated marketing teams have been using web analytics to mine data about users and translate this into trend information and ammunition for testing the usability of websites.  One metric in particular that almost all marketing teams pay attention to are

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The Arrival of Product Placement on Blogs

Anyone in the marketing and advertising industry has probably followed the evolution of product placement on TV and in films with interest.  With the Tivo phenomenon changing how consumers view (or skip) the 30 second spot, some say the future of television is in product placements.  But what about product placement and sponsorship on blogs? 

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VW Uses "Double Marketing" to Position Brand

For anyone who has ever sat in a marketing strategy session, inevitably the discussion usually comes down to dueling product/service benefits.  Does it taste great?  Is it less filling?  I suspect it was a creative impass that led Miller to come up with what is probably the most famous dueling benefit campaign ever created.  But

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Hilton Promotes a Better World, Starwood Promotes Better Sty ...

Taking a look at the current promotions from two of the world’s largest hotel chains is an interesting snapshot of the different philosophical approaches each chain brings to their hotel operations.  Hilton launched their Be Hospitable campaign with a call to people around the world to just be nicer to each other.  Their campaign site

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Coke Has to Make Every Drop Count

Last week Mark Ritson of the Design Bulletin shared an insightful view of the Cola Wars between Coke and Pepsi.  Rather than focusing on battle between Coke and Pepsi, Mark rightly illustrates how Pepsi has won the war by successfully diversifying its brand to represent more than just the carbonated beverage category.  Coke is still

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