- A book of human billboards. Relive the trendlet.
- Bald man buys hair for car with loan from Santander.
- SponsoredTweets has converted its offering from a flat fee to a cost per click model.
- A new book, Idle Idol: The Japanese Mascot is out and will highlight some of the weirder brand mascots that have appeared over the years.
- Internet advertising revenues in the U.S. hit $5.9 billion for the first quarter of 2010, representing a 7.5 percent increase over the same period in 2009, according to the numbers released today by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
- Want to know what's going on over at crowdsourcing agency Victor & Spoils? Check out CEo john Winsor's blog.
With more brands jumping on the bandwagon, a PQ Media study found social media sponsorships grew 13.9% to $46 million in 2009.
PQ Media defines social media sponsorships as "a digital word-of-mouth marketing segment in which brands provide material compensation, such as cash, products, points or trips, to social media content creators to promote and/or review their products and services through long-form text or status updates, often with accompanying visuals."
It's not like we didn't already know this but once in a while it's nice to have a study in the back pocket to whip out when that crusty old client or agency head refuses to believe what you're telling them.
This study, from mobile company ChaCha, informs...wait for it...teens prefer text as their primary means of communication. In a recent survey of 1,500 teens and young adults, 67.53 percent of respondents mentioned mobile text as their favorite way to communicate. That preference far surpassed all other modes of communication such as mobile voice (9.22 percent) and Facebook (8.84 percent).
- McDonald's. Still telling "people" it's a good thing to reward good grades with crappy food.
- Another middle-aged, white Republican walks the line with a pro-racial profiling ad. If you think about it, stereotypes are just assumptions based on past history. It's like a scientist making a hypothesis. So is this ad really that offensive?
- Despite Microsoft's Bing, Google still leads share of search with 71.4 percent in April, up from 69.97 percent in March. Bing fell from 9.62 percent in March to 9.43 percent in April.
- Witty. Instead of just telling people to Shave Everywhere, Philips Norelco is now telling people "Deforest Yourself. Reforest the World." How very green of them.
- HP is sponsoring the 2010 Cannes Young Lions Competition.
- @^% the brands that are @^%ing the people.
Of the 52 professionally produced ads by advertising agencies and aired during the 2010 Super Bowl, 100 percent of the creative directors were white, with only 6 percent of them being women. That's one of the findings in a new study from the NAACP to be released today at a press conference in New York.
The study was done by Dr. Richard Lapchick and a team of graduate students at the request of the Madison Avenue Project, an initiative of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, and the NAACP.
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Don't you love when a company jumps on a hot topic for their own gain? Hey, who can blame? After all, that's what it's all about, right? Call it opportunistic marketing or whatever you want but everyone does it. Including WiseWindow which is out with its latest Mass Opinion Business Intelligence study examining the public's sentiment towards Tiger Woods.
Mostly, the study set out to determine how the man is rehabilitating his public image and whether or not his sponsorship value can make a come back. Using web crawling techniques and cloud computing rather than keyword analysis, the methodology aims to discover unsolicited opinions. Which, when you think about it, is probably a whole lot more accurate than the spastic rantings you see on Twitter.
Anyway, according to MOBI findings, people are talking less about Woods' infidelities and more about his golfing career, something Woods and his team are likely quite pleased about. But like all scandals, what's really happening is that people are just bored with the topic and they've moved on. They will forget and before you know it, brands will, again, be begging Woods to pimp their products.
- In 2010 32.5 percent of the $368 billion marketers plan to spend will go towards digital with 30.3 percent spent on print.
- GlaxoSmith Kline wistfully tricks us into cervical cancer awareness.
- Make the Logo Bigger writes, "First P&G gave mom props during the Olympics, now Dove looks like they're seconding the motion during the Oscars. (Or maybe mom only gets the love during events beginning with O? (Came. Out. Wrong.)"
- Like that trick where you pull the table cloth out from under the dishes? Then you'll love this grand scale version from BWW.
- Alright. Alright. Alright. We'll link to your stupid snailpaper video. Now can you please stop sending us three emails a day?
- Chat Roulette gets augmented with advertising.
What most Super Bowl ad results studies fail to address is the true effectiveness of the ad. In other words, did it sell stuff for the brand? Only the brand can truthfully tell us that. But that hasn't stopped anyone placing various levels of credence on any study that happens to find its way to a press release.
Not that anyone cares three weeks after the game but a recent study conducted by Sands research using lectroencephalography (EEG) recordings and eye-tracking found VW's Punch Dub commercial to be the top ad. By quite a margin. That ad was followed by Vizio's Frge, Budweiser's Bridge, Google's Parisian Love and Brigstone's Whale of a Tail.
Sand Research Chairman and Chief Science Officer Stephen Sands explained the study's methodology, saying, "By conducting neuromedia analysis based on EEG readings rather than recall or more unreliable instant analysis peripheral measures such as heart rate, we are able to effectively determine the dimensions on which commercials are engaging viewers, and also an ad's chance for success."
Um...whatever. These studies are like advertising awards. They are pointless and mean nothing. The only thing that matters is sales. OK, maybe some squishy brand identity bullshit is fine once in a while when the stock price needs to be tweaked but an ad's "creativity," it's "recall" or its "likability" has little do do with the all important bottom line.
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Ooo! Ooo! Facebook Fan Pages work for marketers! A recent study conducted by Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business found companies that use Facebook fan pages can increase sales, word-of-mouth marketing and customer loyalty.
The study's researchers, Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business associate professor of management Utpal Dholakia and Restaurant Connections Founder Emily Durham who did the research for Houston-based café Dessert Gallery found the use of a fan page increased store visits by 36 percent, increased amount spent by 45 percent and increased loyalty by 41 percent.
Most effective ad of 2009? Dettol's Surface antibacterial spray according to a TNS Research International study which measured how "motivating" ads are. And this ad does motivate. Mostly by graphically illustrating the problem the product solves - the killing of potentially harmful bacteria in a kitchen.
The survey, which measured more than 250 ads over the year, used an "early warning tool" called Mercury to measure how likely consumers are to buy the product or service after watching an ad. TNS claims the study can determine whether the consumer engaged with the ads and how they felt emotionally when they viewed them.
Paul Baker, the head of Mercury at TNS Research International, said: "In 2009, Swine flu dominated headlines and directly affected a lot of people. The awareness of how to keep the flu bug at bay was exceptionally high and Dettol pitched its ad just right."
We love a solution that involves chemicals. We wonder what Method's Shiny Suds would have to say about this product. Oh wait, let's not go there again.