Swiss Agency Studio Total Places Belarus 'Teddy Bear Drop' Plane For Sale on eBay

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If you haven't heard the story, back in July, two Swedish ad executives from Studio Total piloted a plane to the capital of neighboring Belarus and dropped 879 teddy bears attached to parachutes and wearing signs which called for free speech. The stunt was aimed to rile the feathers of Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko who is said to be quite erratic and authoritarian.

Apparently the stunt worked as Lukashenko fired his chiefs of the air force and border service for allowing the plane to enter the country's airspace undetected. Lukashenko even expelled the Swedish ambassador, withdrew his country's envoy from Stockholm, closed his embassy in Sweden, arrested a journalism student who posted pictures of the airdrop as well as a real estate agency who rented a flat to one of the Swedes involved in the stunt.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-17-13    
Topic: Guerilla, Online



Ted Dhanik, engageBDR CEO, Touts Ad Serving's Need For Speed

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As you may have heard, real-time time bidding is a burgeoning practice in the interactive space. And, since we're talking real-time here ans in, you know, real-time, making sure your ads get served as fast as possible is, well, kind of important. In this interview, engageBDR CEO Ted Dhanik explains why speed is important and why it's crucial to a brand's online advertising.

In the interview, Dhanik note that brands running global campaigns from servers in the US risk the possibility of consumers leaving the page before ad load.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 3-13    
Topic: Online



Inbound Marketing: How (And Why) to Get Started

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This article originally appear on the Central Desktop blog.

It's a foregone conclusion that people hate advertising, right? More accurately, they hate interruption. They hate anything that takes them away from what they are doing in any given moment. Yet that's the premise of most forms of advertising.

When the internet presented itself to marketers, many thought they could just replicate what they did offline in the online world. In other words, create video pre-rolls, interstitials and banners. All that accomplished (barring the first few years when everyone clicked on everything because, well, it was novel and new) was banner blindness and a rabid hatred of anything that got in the way of one's online activities. Couple that with the DVR offline and things began to look bleak for marketers.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-27-13    
Topic: Online



Nate Silver Trashes New York Times Sales Force

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For a man who has the ability to predict presidential elections, Nate Silver's recent comment about the sales staff at The New York Times was shortsighted and displayed a surprising lack of understanding of the tectonic shifts that are occurring in publishing and advertising. It's as if he hasn't realized that the disintermediation of the ad sales process through trading desks, RTB and other forms of ad tech has had a decimating effect on CPMs and, hence, the ability of a publisher and its sales force to generate healthy revenue.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-13    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Publishing



Samsung Does Survivor With 'SOS Island'

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It's not the first time Survivor has been copied nor will it be the last. After all, who doesn't love watching a collection of hot and not, smart and dumb, strong and weak compete with one another for our own vicarious pleasure?

TV star and "survival expert" Les Stroud will train 16 contestants to compete in SOS Island: Survival of the Smartest, an online video series sponsored by Samsung. It will be shot and live-streamed from the remote SOS Island in the Caribbean. Viewers will vote for a winner with the last remaining contestant winning the grand prize: their own island.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 6-13    
Topic: Online, Social



Google Ads Favicons to AdSense Ad Units

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- Google has added favicons to its AdSense ad units.

- Awesome advice for those looking to become a social media guru:)

- Here's more data that support Apple's latest ad campaign is a failure.

- Seems a couple of ad ladies are miffed over the fact Nike doesn't sell shoes in women's sizes and aren't designed appropriately for women. Need more pink, we guess.

- AOL plans to launch an ad-tech upfront with a focus on programmatic. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong says,"It's essentially a machine upfront. We believe you will have an upfront commitment cycle that will rival TV."

- Not everyone is a fan of the Dove Real Beauty campaign. Predictably, it's a fashion form founder who has become a vocal critic of the campaign.

by Steve Hall    Jul-24-13    
Topic: Online, Research, Social



Google Introduces Extension Enabling Brands to Add Images to Search Ads

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Google, today, announce the beta launch of an extension that will allow businesses to add images alongside AdWords search ads. Up until now, Google's search ads have been text only.

Noting that one in sex searches on Google provide results with images, the search giant concludes people want a richer experience and images will do just that. However, the beauty of Google has always been its bare bones simplicity.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 5-13    
Topic: Online



How to Ensure Your Sponsored Content Adheres to Google's Guidelines

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If you're a marketer placing sponsored content (also known as native advertising) with a publisher -- or a publisher accepting sponsored content -- there are a few things you should know about how Google News, and Google in general, views this particular form of content.

In a recent blog post, Google Senior Director of News and Social Products Richard Gingras wrote:

"Credibility and trust are longstanding journalistic values, and ones which we all regard as crucial attributes of a great news site. It's difficult to be trusted when one is being paid by the subject of an article, or selling or monetizing links within an article. Google News is not a marketing service, and we consider articles that employ these types of promotional tactics to be in violation of our quality guidelines ... if we learn of promotional content mixed with news content, we may exclude your entire publication from Google News."

Hmm...

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 1-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Online, Policy, Social



JWT Amsterdam's Creative Use of Retargeting Rejuvenates Ad Banner

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Here's one of the most interesting uses of retargeting technology we've seen in a while. For those who don't know, in a nutshell, retargeting allows marketers to, in essence, "tag" you when you visit a particular site (on which they have placed an ad banner) and then show you another banner (retarget you) on another. Most marketers simply show you the same banner over and over again.

JWT Amsterdam approached retargeting a bit more intelligently and used the technology to tell a story.

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by Steve Hall    May-23-13    
Topic: Online



54 Examples of Brilliant Homepage Design

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You never get a second chance to make a first impression. That's why your homepage is undoubtedly one of the most important pages on your website.

For any given company, the homepage is its virtual front door -- and face to the world. If a new visitor doesn't like what they see, their knee-jerk reaction is to hit the "back" button. Despite mom's best advice, unfortunately, a lot of people still judge a book by its cover.

Don't let that happen. Flip through these 54 examples of brilliant homepage design to inspire your own homepage design strategy.

by Steve Hall    May-13-13    
Topic: Online










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