February 13, 2009
We’ll file this post under “innovative use of media” (which is nothing new for U2). The band has announced that it will appear on CBS’s The Late Show for an entire week to promote the release of its new album.
Given the consistent slide of music sales in the US—a 45 percent decline in the number of albums sold since 2000 (src: NYT.com) it’s not surprising that bands and labels are looking for innovative ways to promote their products (Radiohead’s “name-your-own-price Internet release,” the proposed Ticketmaster / Live Nation merger, guest judges and audience members on “American Idol,” etc.).
What’s interesting about these types of arrangements is that they mirror a more broad marketing strategy—integrating a product into the world of the audience (the old “integrate vs. interrupt” approach). Whether it’s getting a single track included on EA’s “Madden NFL” or licensing your music for commercial use as Moby and Sting have done, it’s apparent that the old play book is being updated for the digital age (regardless of the product being promoted).
The new paradigm seeks to obtain respect from the audience, and looks for ways to align a product with an interest, whether the forum be on Facebook or “Friends.”
February 10, 2009
A very interesting piece from a SONY-BMG conference that uses statistical data to explore how the world around us is changing every minute—and what the long-term implications will be. If nothing else, it underscores the need for long-term thinking and planning (personally and professionally).
From the video’s creator Karl Fisch (the director of technology at a high school in Colorado):
…I still passionately believe that we need to reexamine formal education as it’s currently being experienced by our students and that we owe it to our children to do everything we can to improve. If the presentation draws even a few folks into asking questions and getting involved in the conversations either locally or globally, then I’ll consider it a success.
Seen an alternative version of the video here
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February 4, 2009
Puma has launched a new retail concept store called “Puma City.” It consists of 24 steel shipping containers that stack on top of each other to create an 11,000-sq.-ft retail space and lounge area. It was build to support Puma’s participation in the Volvo Ocean Race and will tour the globe (next stop–Boston, April 2009).
Smart, innovative, well-designed, and modern. Great attributes to have associated with your brand. Puma has found a way to make its brand, products, and retail experience appear to be both exclusive and conveniently located. Additional photos can be found here.
February 2, 2009
Now Available With Tracking
In a move that is likely to make creative and media teams cringe, Google will be offering viewing data to advertisers who have purchased television media time through “Google TV Ads.”
Advertisers who place television advertising via the “Google TV Ads” system can “… be provided impression data for ads that appear during shows that consumers record using a DVR. The data [may] shed light on how frequently specific ads are actually played back or skipped over by DVR users” (read full Google posting here).
Advertisers could use such data to determine which creative spots are less prone to fast-forwarding and which networks perform better for certain brands.
Although Google TV represents only a small percentage of the overall television audience, this move represents another shift in the measurability of advertising effectiveness. Agencies would be well advised to continue leading the discussions with clients on the most effective ways to invest their media dollars, and the messages that resonante with their target audience.
February 2, 2009
I ran across an interesting article last week in the Start-Ups section of The New York Times. A company in Chicago will be reprinting blog posts on regular paper for free distribution in big cities. The Printed Blog will feature topics diligently covered by locals with advertising surrounding the editorial.
This innovation is a perfect merging of new 2.0 philosophy and tried and true old school media. Because all of the content is “recycled” from bloggers, the weekly will be able to cut one of the biggest expenses that currently have traditional newspapers in a bind – reporters. Instead, they share some of their ad revenue with the bloggers they publish.
It’s a novel idea – especially since advertisers will pay much more for print over online (it’s an even trade off, as they can take advantage of the fact that the papers will be super localized). Whether The Printed Blog will manage to prove a success, will depend on if the public accepts the bloggers as a dependable source for news and opinion. These sages of the online world have struggled for validation among professional editorial writers since the web first went 2.0. Is this newspaper the next step in getting it? And have advertisers found an effective new media channel? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
The first issues are scheduled to be released tomorrow in San Francisco and Chicago.