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Big Data, the new, all-encompassing term for the plethora of data that needs to be wrangled to effectively manage an online campaign took center stage at Internet Week this morning. Billy Beane, manager of the Oakland A's and made famous in the Brad Pitt movie, Moneyball, spoke to a full house about his discovery of the importance of data in managing a baseball team.
Before the use of statistics as a guiding force in the management of a baseball team, many decisions were based on emotion and other less-that-scientific modes of decisions. Much like the early days of advertising when everything was based on a gut feel and a big idea, baseball management didn't believe in the power of data. That has changed in the past 12 years and is now an institutionalized form of management in baseball.
Beane's advise to the advertising industry is that mathematics will always work if you trust it. Now, we can hear a great many of you groaning right now and asking, "How the hell does data help me develop cool creative?" It doesn't directly but it sure does indirectly and has been doing so for decades.
Car aficionados will love this one. Eagle One, with help from Cornett Integrated Marketing Solutions is out with an online car show app on Facebook. Car owners can upload photos of their vehicles, view other car show vehicles and rate many aspects of the car such as wheels, paint job, glass and more. Weekly and monthly prizes are awarded which can be posted to the car owners timeline. Check out the overview video below and the actual car show here.
Here's some interesting work from Dare Vancouver for Honda. The agency created a page takeover unit on Yahoo! OMG. Upon visiting the page, users were urged to click on a box that said "start your drive". Once clicked, the page flipped down and a city grew from the page's content. Headlines became buildings. Pictures became billboards. The Civic from the big box then took to the city, zooming through the streets. Once it finished its circuit, a super came up that said, "Driving is fun again", and then the page flipped back up and the Civic drove back into its original big box.
The work touted the brand's CIvic. Check out a video of the takeover below.
Digiday is out with an advertising technology-themed Hitler Reacts video. You've seen the video before. It's been parodied a million times with a million different topics; Leno moving back to late night, Justin Bieber not comprehending the word"German," the iPhone ending up with Gizmodo and many others.
The video skewers the present state of online advertiwsing and its ridiculously over complex fuckery which has caused the industry to foist upon us company after company whose sole missions are to fix the fucked up situation the company before it caused.
This is beyond hilarious. Popchips, with help from LA-based Zambezi, teamed up with Ashton Kutcher and, in one day, transformed Ashton into four different colorful characters - a flamboyant fashion designer, a sensitive Harley-loving biker, a new age hippie, and a Bollywood film producer.
The campaign promotes faux dating site, World Wide Lovers. The video leads to a Facebook page on which people can choose one of the four Ashton characters and have him deliver a message of love or, if things aren't quite so rosy on the relationship front, a Dear John message.
In addition to the online elements of the campaign, out-of-home will appear in six markets (Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, Boston, Phoenix and Denver).
Be sure to check out additional video below which highlight each individual character.
Perhaps you've heard of the online media tactic retargeting. If you haven't, it's the practice (through retargeting ad networks) of placing online ads in front of people (wherever they go online) after they have visited the advertiser's site. It's a way of "following" a prospective customer around the web and "retargeting" them with ads for the site they initially visited.
But this can be done several ways. One of which is called search retargeting. This tactic follows people around the web with ads that align with a search they just completed on Google, Yahoo! or Bing. In theory, this tactic broadens an advertiser's reach because it targets potential new customers versus customers who may have already visited an advertiser's site.
Download this white paper (part of the Adrants white paper series) from Chango. It will educate you on all the various forms of retargeting as well as its newer form, search retargeting.
Red Tettemer + Partners and CP+B have created a campaign for Under Armour have created What's Beautiful, a social media contest that provides women with an online community designed to help them meet and exceed their physical goals through a series of training challenges. The three women who rise to the top of the challenge will receive a one year sponsorship deal with Under Armour.
After nine weeks, Under Armour will nominate 10 finalists based on the strength, drive, and determination highlighted in their stories and original content submissions to be featured on the What's Beautiful homepage and mobile app. Ultimately, three winners will be named - two by Under Armour selection and one by public vote.
At the Ad Age Digital Conference, Hulu announced it will now charge advertisers based on a 100 percent completion rate. In other words, Hulu will charge advertisers only when their advertisement has been 100 percent streamed and delivered. Hmm. You mean they used to charge for half delivered ads? Even old TV never did that. Well, mostly.
More seriously, before this announcement, Hulu would charge advertisers for an ad as long as a beacon fired. The beacon used to reside at the beginning of the ad. It has now been moved to the end.
OK so we've seen car configurators online before. But we don't think we've seen one that's used YouTube. With help from Saatchi & Saatchi, Toyota is out with, yes, a YouTube-based car configurator to promote the Prius C. While it's cool and all to do something first, sometimes reinventing the wheel isn't always the way to go. The process is slow and cumbersome and got our MacBook Pro heated up to the point where the fan was screaming.
Anyway, there are some other fun elements to the promotion such as a video featuring Danica McKeller (she's 36 now!) who speaks on the topic of Wallet Wisdom and how people can financially prepare for purchasing a car. And there's Bill Nye who talks about the vehicle's technical features.
From April 2 to April 15, Maybelline in Russia is inviting Russian women to submit their photos to Facebook and the popular Russian social network Vkontakte. The women's images are then selected (by votes and moderators) to appear on the Clear Channel Spectacolor billboard in Times Square where passersby can vote for their favorite girl on the promo site or Facebook page. The girl with the most likes wins a trip to New York.
At the launch event which took place in Times Square this week, a number of methods were used to get the attention of the crowd - such as a live HD cam that broadcast the crowd on the street to the billboard so passersby could see the contest participants from the billboard which is livestreamed online 24/7 on the project website. Also, street teams were encouraging people in Times Square to vote via iPads.