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Orange Balloonacy

So, Orange Ballonacy is back – and this time it’s bigger, better and a whole load more social. Check it out at http://playballoonacy.com

The race starts on 8th November so if you want to add your website to the course or grab yourself a balloon before the race starts, you better do it now!

If you’ve never heard about Balloonacy before, it is a great internet balloon race where thousands of balloonists fly across a course made out of bits of the internet to win heaps of kudos and prizes. Here’s a quick peek of what happened two years ago

…and this time there’s a prize for website owners too! http://www.playballoonacy.com/prizes

Up for it? Head on over to http://playballoonacy.com where you can add your website, grab a balloon and help make Balloonacy an awesome one this year as well!

Good luck to all the racers!

E 😀

 

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Social Media and Fortune 100

Ok – here I say it – I love INFOGRAPHICS!

This one provides you with a quick look into the Fortune 100 Companies and their social media usage.

I’m still very surprised to see that not many have understood the importance of owning a corporate blog, but still – the remaining stats make me feel a little bit more positive about the future 🙂 .  What’s your view on it?

E,/

 

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Digital Noise – 1st Issue

‘Digital Noise’ is finally  here and I’m taking the opportunity to write it entirely with my new BAMBOO pen tablet!  YAY 🙂

The list of content is endless, so bear with me;  there’s been a lot going on in the past couple of weeks so I want to make sure that the best of the best get shared before it’s a bit too late.

Let’s give it a start by saying that all the content on Digital Noise is chosen by me with no fees being paid by the respective advertisers. lt’s just a collection of news worth sharing – will these be about digital campaigns, emerging technologies or new gadgets, you’ll find them all here!

If you do want your campaign to be featured within Digital Noise,  you know what to do –  just drop me an email and I’ll be happy to consider it.

Men Got Talent

Let’s give it a start with a campaign that Rumoruhas.it has followed from the start. I’m pretty sure you all remember the awesome ‘Walk In Fridge‘ campaign by Heineken –  if you don’t, I hope to be writing a case study ASAP as it’d be worthy. The ‘genius brains’ behind the campaign have come up with a follow up commercial tapping into a current worldwide craze : Talent TV Shows. Take a look at the video below, it’s simply spot-on…

DoYouChat.com

On a more serious note, I absolutely love what this French organization against Domestic Violence, Ni Putes Ni Soumises,  has launched to increase awareness on the issue. Tapping into another craze (in my opinion still a fad) Chat Roulette, the company has launched a very similar website called DoYouChat.com.

As you log onto the site, you’ll get to talk to different users until being restricted to ‘next’ a young girl. Here’s where the strong message about domestic violence comes to life… give it a go and you’ll see what I mean. It’s a very strong piece of marketing and I believe very effective; I’d love to know stats on the site so if anyone is listening out there, do drop me an email.

Tyrannybook

A really interesting project has been launched by Amnesty International this week called the Tyrannybook. The correlation to Facebook is quite obvious, however the main objective of the new social network is not to make friends, instead you’ll be making ‘allies’. I believe the purpose of the website is to create a space where users can discuss important worldwide issues with the people from Amnesty and increase awareness on what the ‘bad guys who don’t have respect for human rights’ are up to! Explanatory video below:

OVI Maps

Using an installation featuring custom optical flow, face tracking and some crazy complex arrow chess, Nokia created this awesome interactive projection in Covent Garden – together with W+K and tech specialists Seeper – to increase WOM around the new OVI Maps now available to all Nokia handsets.

Inspired by you. Worn by Wayne

Another awesome idea by W+K London and Nike’s first campaign for the ‘WRITE THE FUTURE’ World Cup activity was launched earlier this week.

It’s a simple and exciting digital experience with a massive incentive. Users are asked to submit a 12 characters message which would inspire the players with Nike stitching the winning line onto every pair of boots they wear in South Africa. SIMPLES.

The digital activity sits as an application on Facebook; it lets you see how your line will appear on the boot and then publishes it to your wall to encourage your friends to get involved. The activity is also hosted on SkySports and other media channels like The Sun.

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The app has received already over 2,500 entries in the past few days. On May 18, when the competition ends, Wayne and Ashley will decide the message they want to wear on their boots so their bespoke ‘Elite Series’ footwear can be custom stitched. And before the players pick up their boots to head off to SA, the winners will see their creations on display in NikeTown London.

Musik Pitch

Music Pitch is a brilliant, functional website and no one other than the Mashable chaps  explain it better:

This website allows businesses and even average folk to seek out musical talent in the form of a contest — the prize of which is payment and exposure (for example: the site suggests a range of $20,000 to $100,000 be rewarded for a song to be used in a feature film). Anyone can visit the site and launch a contest (for a small fee), which can be used to find music to score/furnish: feature films, video games, indie films, theater, movie trailers, underscores, web/blog/podcasts, TV shows, personal projects, commercials and the somewhat nebulous choice of “other.”

The Next Generation of Spotify

Talking about Music, how could I forget about the new Spotify. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you download the latest update to the application to see how the new platform has become more social. Connect with Facebook, share playlists with friends, send tracks to your mates’ inbox and much much more… Spotify has gone social and we like it!

Tom Tom and Star Wars

Something I’d have never expected to see from a brand like Tom Tom but they’ve decided to be a bit more creative and launch a new update to their products : Darth Vader voice to their GPS devices! A brilliant idea with a great viral video to promote it…Check the content below, well funny!

Catch a Choo

An interesting project from a brand I don’t tend to mention too often on here. Shoe brand Jimmy Choo has launched a London treasure hunt using different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and – surprise surprise – Foursquare. The brand is giving away a pair of special edition trainers worth around £350 I believe. The shoes will randomly ‘check in’ throughout the day at some key trendy locations around the city of London. If you are lucky and quick enough to reach the location and find the Jimmy Choo bag, the trainers are all yours! So far no one has been quick enough to grab the prize… the competition will go on until someone scoops the goodies.

iPad

Last but not least, iPad talk!

I’m a self confessed Mac Whore and therefore I’m dying to get an iPad. This time tomorrow I’ll have one pre-ordered and I can’t bloody wait – especially when you see apps like this one below:

Although, I have to say – the new HP Slate tablet isn’t less appealing:

Before I forget, make sure you also check the latest video by Erik Qualman from Socialnomics who has just released Social Media Revolution 2. The video is an update to the one who I’m sure everyone embedded into Social Media presentations few months back 😉

 

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Robin of Shoreditch

If you haven’t heard about Robin of Shoreditch – you definitely will in a couple of days time as something like this doesn’t happen every day.
I received an email from Little John at the weekend asking to feature this awesome project on my blog… I’m generally quite picky with what goes on here but how could I say no to this?!

Robin of Shoreditch is an anonymous group of creative outlaws looking to take from the rich and give to the poor; with the rich ones being the Top 100 Companies from the Brand Z Report and the poor ones being the people of Haiti who desperately need some serious help after the dramatic earthquake happened earlier this year.

The guys have come up with a fantastic marketing idea for each one of these brands and are slowly uploading these idea-showreels on Vimeo for the attention of each Brand Director. The hook? Each brand is free to take the idea on board and if happy to develop this further, all they need to do is pay Robin of Shoreditch 1/10.000.000 (that’s one/ten-millionth) of how much the brand is worth as a fee. For example, being Nike valued $11.9 million, the brand will only have to pay $1,199.90 for the idea.

The guys have set up a JustGiving page for the companies to send the money to.

100% of the paid fee goes straight to DEC for Haiti, the guys are not getting anything out of this, which I think is highly commendable ….Enough respect chaps!

There’s not much else to say other then this project is simply #AWESOME.
I will try my best to reach all the people I know within those companies to get the word out there. But if you are reading this, please share it with your friends, get the buzz rolling and make those brands aware of this fantastic project.

You can follow the guys on Twitter, you can befriend them on Facebook, check how they’re getting on with Daytum and follow their blog.

Make sure you check some of the idea-videos as they’re brilliant, and if I haven’t managed to explain the project in the right way, check the video below…

I wonder who’s gonna be the first brand to take advantage of this and pay up … Sweepstake anyone?

Enzo

 
 

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Branded Video Content all the way…

For those who remember, the expression ‘branded content’ was coined in 2001 with the launch of an amazing BMW project called The Hire, a collection of 8 short movies produced by BMW with some of the world’s best directors, starring Clive Owen as the main character and showcasing some of the best qualities of the mighty German cars.

As consumers had begun to be engaged with much more interesting, relevant and definitely longer content, in 2001 this was considered a breakthrough innovation. In 2010, nearly 10 years down the line, this marketing approach is still considered to be one of the best around and who couldn’t say the same with a bunch of new ‘branded content’ making their way into our ‘hearts=brains’ ?

It’s always good to remember what Gary Knight, ex ITV, once said:

The content element must be real, for real people, in the real world. It must never be advertorial, as it then becomes “fictitious” and the franchise is lost. The best starting point is to think about how to create a genuine viewing experience that can adopt true brand-extension positions, both on-and off-air.

The new decade has definitely started with a BANG within this marketing environment as more and more marketeers try and come up with cost-effective ideas; new ways to reach diversified audiences and create content that can be easily integrated within a marketing mix using different channels.

Just thought I’d show you some of the great examples from the last couple of years that I’ve loved, followed by some of the newly-launched ones, as I am really excited about 2010 being the year for branded content.

In the same style of The Hire, towards the end of 2008, Sony Ericsson launched an awards-winning campaign calledWho is Jonny X, a nine-part digital drama series to promote the new line of Xperia phones. Each episode (2 to 3 minutes long) followed Johnny X as he used his X1 mobile phone to try and piece together elements of his life following a kidnap by a gang. For those of you who didn’t see it, you can either watch the whole movie on the official website, or go to their YouTube page to see each single episode.

In 2009, Red Bull decided to create an online series whose target audience of extreme-sports fans could completely-relate-to and entirely-get-addicted-to. For this reason, they decided to launch ‘The Atherthon Project’, an awesome show tracking the exploits of the most famous family in mountain bike history. The series follows British riders Dan, Gee and Rachel Atherton as they compete in the 2009 UCI World Cup Series and the World Championships in Australia. Totally addictive and perfect for their adrenaline-junky-core-audience.

Also last year, Schweppes launched a short movie called ‘SIGNS’ which is one of the videos I simply can’t stop watching. The viral seeding activity was brilliant as no one actually knew that it was a branded project by the Orangina Company. The video has reached around 10 million views since launched and it’s an absolute masterpiece in my honest opinion. It’s quite funny that until the last time I saw the movie, I didn’t realise at the end the ‘Schhhhhh’ sign made by the actress (which kinds gives it away…)

In 2006/07, Orange commissioned a TV show called ‘Orange Playlist‘ to promote the existing Orange Mobile Music Store. The show was broadcasted on ITV every Wednesday featuring different celebrities picking their 10 favourite songs. The show was so successful that it was commissioned for the following year. Orange and their brand entertainment agency Cake also managed to extend their Playlist content into experiential marketing through roadshows touring universities and city centres.

In 2009, Australian ‘uBank launched a rather successful campaign to help consumers understand the tough economic climate with a series of some very ‘tongue-in-cheek’ video-tutorials. Called Money Box the content aims at making the world of finance simple and easy to understand, helping you “make the most of your money right now” (Very ASDA-ish)

2010 has already had an impressive start with branded content….

Devil-worthy fashion brand PRADA has just produced a new short-movie called ‘First Spring’ in collaboration with one of the most established Chinese artists, Yang Fudong. The short clip has been shot beautifully and the awesomeness of the video is very much in the lack of heavy branded material. You don’t see the PRADA logo anywhere during the movie; a well thought technique that will definitely allow the brand to grab consumers’ attention even more.

As Daniel Granatta has already mentioned within Adverblog, ABSOLUT is one of the brands that better understands the concept of branded content. One of their recently launched sites to promote their ‘Rock Edition’ vodka bottle, called “You’re with the band“, is in fact a very good proof of that (this is a documentary made by Danny Clinch on how’s the life of a rock band such as Wolfmother).
However, their latest work is something that looks absolutely exceptional.
In collaboration with ‘Where the Wild Things Are‘ director Spike Jonze, this week Absolut has launched a short-movie at the Sundance Film Festival called ‘I’m Here’. As Contagious magazine reports, this is a wonderfully whimsical tale about two robots living in LA that Jonze says is his first love story.

Jonze says of the collaboration:

Absolut didn’t give me any requirements to make a movie that had anything to do with vodka. They just wanted me to make something that was important to me, and let my imagination take me wherever I wanted’.

All I can say is that the movie seems to be fitting perfectly with the ABSOLUT brand and even more with their latest comms positioning. The investment in such an acclaimed director seems to have already paid off with the 30-minute film being accepted into film festivals globally, including Berlin next month, Turkey and the aforementioned Sundance. (Ref. Contagious)

One last thing to mention for those who really don’t get the difference between ‘Sponsored Content’ and ‘Branded Content’.

Sponsorship is adding a brand’s logo to an already existing event or entertainment property, whereas Branded Content involves coming up with the creative idea together with the brand and the producers. It is an effort of collaboration in order to bring consumers entertainment that they want, in the form that they want it!

Who is gonna be next?

E./


 

Italian Marketing is keeping up…

So… gone are the days when I’d think I’d never come back to Italy as the market was far behind compared to the English one! I’ve been down here for the past couple of weeks and I have to say, I’m extremely impressed by how far they got to!

I’m not sure if you all know, but  the Italian audience is now one of the most prolific both in terms of iPhone  and Facebook usage throughout Europe (2nd in Apps’ Downloads and 3rd biggest audience on FB). From what I’ve seen and heard, ‘social media’ campaigns seem to be working pretty well; also, in terms of ‘innovative use of media’ the market currently looks pretty healthy and not entirely different from the UK. What stood out while surfing the internet over here or watching both TV and the ‘bigger’ screen is how creatively they are producing and delivering content.

Some examples below:

I spotted a lot of bespoke landing pages to promote movies á la Nintendo Wario Land YouTube page. If you haven’t seen it before, this is something that’s been done over and over again by other brands. In Italy I’ve spotted the trailer of ‘Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs’ (Piovono Polpette) using the same technique. Check it out here!

Another interesting thing I saw through a YouTube takeover was this campaign launched by Intesa SanPaolo, an Italian bank, to put trust back into their consumers. Called ‘Per Fiducia‘, (English Version here) the project includes three short-movies produced by three young talented directors with the mission of highlighting the positive and vital energies that animate the Italian country. Named ‘Per Fiducia 2.0’ the campaign is now asking users to participate through an interactive story-telling tool and create their own stories. Through a crowd-sourcing tool, users will be able to vote and rate the content, deciding the winners and therefore the next batch of short-movies to be showcased online…

Flashmobs seems to be taking over the more adventurous Italian audience as well. The Italian FOX TV decided to promote the American TV Series GLEE with a flashmob in ‘Galleria Alberto Sordi’ in Rome – check it out down here:

Also I haven’t managed to find a link anywhere online, but there is a new Italian TV show called ‘InnovatiON‘ where users are asked to interact with the content on TV from their computers while watching the show. Something like this obviously works if you are watching the show live – but no issues there at all as in Italy there is no SKY forwarding/rewind/recording facilities yet!

Last but not least, I’d like to give a massive thank you to Andrea Genovese who is providing an excellent review on everything happening in Italy through his 7th Floor website. If you speak Italian I’d really recommend you all to follow him – he’s an increadible source of inspiration and definitely keeps me in the loop with everything that’s happening “back home” – Grazie Mille Andrea!

I think there is a little bit of work to do in terms of using more emerging technologies but I am definitely going to keep Italian case studies in my mind now that I know things are working nicely here! ;O)

Over and out … happy holidays peeps!

E/.

 

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