Game Maker Intros New Title By Encouraging Fans To 3D Print Characters And Share On Social Media

evolve_3d Here's a bit of creative that will appeal to the geeks, gamers and do-it-yourselfers. Working with Saatchi & Saatchi North America's Team One (a subsidiary of Publicis Groupe) to promote its new multiplayer shooter game Evolve, game publisher 2K and Turtle Rock has launched what it claims is the first-ever downloadable character set in the gaming industry -- using 3D printing technology. T0 promote the characters, Team One created a trailer-like video which features the characters and pointers on how to go about creating the characters. Those interested can go to the website, choo [...]


The Power Of Real-Time Display For Back-To-School

ecommerce-shopping-credit-600 While many schools have recently let students out for summer break, back-to-school (BTS) shopping is already top of mind for marketers. This season, eMarketer estimates about $50B will be spent on retail e-commerce sales, including a wide range of products and categories from apparel and electronics to school and office supplies. eMarketer's recent report explains that the main buying season for back-to-school shopping is July and August, as 96% of parents expect to have completed the majority of their purchases by the end of the summer. However, the data also reveal that most BTS pro [...]


Removing The Fog From The Marketing Cloud

Another foggy day in the marketing technology cloud. Consider this: just 20 years ago, a retailer having a website was a huge novelty. Back then, the main purpose was to connect customers to service reps or find a store, and it took years before you could effectively showcase and optimize products like you can today with a marketing cloud. [caption id="attachment_90111" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Another foggy day in the marketing technology cloud.[/caption] Websites and e-commerce have evolved in the past 20 years largely due to third-party technologies. These technologies have helped optimize the overall brand experience, build cus [...]


Acquisition Isn’t Oz: Follow The “Yellow Brick Road” Of Email Marketing Success

yellow-brick-road-shutterstock Attracting new prospects to your enterprise is obviously key to a successful business, but that is just the beginning of the process. To be successful over the long term, you need to be driving relevant customer experiences so that all your clients embark on the Yellow Brick Road (YBR) to the highest customer lifetime value. Keeping customers on the golden pathway means developing a series of explicit steps that will deliver the maximum benefits and satisfaction to them. The focus here should not merely be on how great your return might be, but on how you can customize your product or se [...]


Krylon Spray Paint Teams With DIY Bloggers And YouTubers For Web Video Series

MTKrySprydnFBPage72 Seemingly to bring some personality to the banality of the product category, spray paint brand Krylon has teamed with several home improvement online personalities including Mark and Theresa Clement from MyFixitUpLife.com, Gail Wilson of MyRepurposedLife.com, Beckie Farrant of InfarrantlyCreative.net, Liz Latham of HoosierHomemade.com and Mike Warren of Instructables.com. Teaming with these Do-It-Yourselfers, the brand, with help from Cleveland-based Marcus Thomas, has launched Krylon Spraydown, a three-episode web video series hosted by Mark and Teresa Clement and featuring appearanc [...]


What Works Best For Measuring Marketing Impact? Top-Down, Bottom-Up Or Sideways?

shutterstock_181286708=devices-touchpoint-attribution The discipline of marketing science arose from marketers' number one need: to know what advertising efforts work. What are the forces that drive sales up or down, and by how much? To answer these questions, marketers need data. In yesterday’s world of mass media broadcast advertising, aggregated data was all that marketers had to make data-driven decisions. It was enough for marketing scientists to develop sophisticated econometrics models to fuel an entire discipline known as marketing or media mix modeling (MMM). Marketing (Or Media) Mix Modeling (MMM) These models use historical i [...]


Rotating Banners: Why Image Sliders Kill Conversions

web-design-website-layout-slider-shutterstock Digital marketers and web designers love rotating banners, which allow multiple pieces of content to occupy a single prominent space on a web page. (Synonymous terms include image sliders, carousels and animated sliders.) On the surface, the idea seems like a great way to keep several competing departments happy, giving them all a piece of prime real estate on the page. But there’s just one problem: your visitors probably won't consciously pay attention to them. The evil truth of rotating banners is that they do the opposite of what's intended, distracting users away from your most import [...]


Goofy Comedian Posts Whacky Instagram Videos to Promote Summer Festivals

sina_festival_reporter To help promote over 300 summer festivals in the city, Amsterdam-based agency Natwerk created an Instagram-based campaign called The Festival Reporter. The work consists of 15-second videos featuring comedian Sina Khani who has created a collection of comical videos highlighting the many interesting things to do while in Amsterdam. From July 1 through the end of summer, Khani will travel from festival to festival sharing what he sees and encouraging people to join in the fun. Each video is tagged with #PitchFestival. The Festival Reporter Instagram profile points to a website hub wh [...]


Dodge Marketing Plan Doom With A Performance Framework

analytics-600 One afternoon, I was sitting in the CEO's office at a global agency when an urgent knock came from the door. The global account director was leading an emergency meeting with the agency’s biggest client, and he was in a bind. The agency needed to retrofit a performance measurement plan for a $12 million marketing campaign that just wrapped up. The global account director heard I was an "analytics guy" and thought I could help. I joined him downstairs with the client's VP of marketing as well as six agency people. It turns out the VP had a new boss who wasn't around at the start of the [...]


10 Lies You Should Never Believe From SEO “Gurus”

shutterstock_178473206-snakeoil While the days of the snake oil salesman are long behind us, we're still plagued by people out to make a quick buck at our expense. As business owners, it's sometimes not apparent when a charlatan is trying to wheedle money from us, especially when it relates to something we don't know much about. Take search engine optimization (SEO). While it's generally accepted that a well-run SEO campaign is an essential part of any online marketing strategy, many business owners still aren't really clear on how to improve their search rankings; and so, they turn to supposed experts for help. The pr [...]


Internet Provider ‘Downloads’ Christ The Redeemer Statue From Brazil to Italy Overnight

fastweb_christ_redeemer If you live in Brazil, you are not very happy this week following your crushing loss to Germany in the World Cup semi-final. But Italy is having a blast at your expense. Italian broadband provider Fastweb "downloaded" the Christ the Redeemer statue which overlooks Rio de Janeiro from Corcovado Hill and magically erected it in Piazza Dante in Naples, Italy. You know, as an example of Fastweb's super fast download speeds. The 20-meter-high statue is said to be an exact replica -- and exact weight -- of the original even though it's just half the height. Fastweb worked with M&C Saatch [...]


Preparing For A Post-Banner World: What To Expect From Next Gen Ad Standards

display-ad-featured Standard ad formats are the backbone of the digital advertising industry, having driven the medium's growth from nil in the early 1990s to over $40 billion in 2013. They are essential to delivering the scale needed by national advertisers. The demands placed on digital ad standards have increased exponentially since their inception, fueled by the rapid increase in bandwidth, device proliferation, and user expectations. The next generation of standards must work for different ad types (e.g., brand vs. direct response) in a world where content is fluid across screens, while also being fle [...]


How To Achieve Better Conversion Rates for Your Third Party Web Applications

kunikuni_piglet_shutterstock2014-07-07_0858 If you use a web-based, third party service for your career center, ticket registration or maybe webinar registrations, you are probably feeling some conversion pain. Even though these systems provide a (usually) less expensive option than building it yourself, they are usually quite ugly and have a subpar user experience.   We've become accustomed to third party services being this way because everybody has to use them, but there are options that might be worth looking into that could give you a little bit more control over those ugly systems. Their poor user experience may stem fro [...]


Data-Powered Message Strategies That Drive Better Customer Experiences

United-Dayton Most email marketers are data junkies. They track their deliverability, spam rate, bounces, clicks, clicks-to-open rate, conversions and many other stats -- as well they should. But the data we collect and track as email marketers, and the tools and methods available to us -- to improve results or resolve problems or provide new services -- are changing fast. It's becoming possible to leverage data to do things in the email channel that simply weren't possible even just a few years ago. But just because we can doesn't mean we should. Where exactly should we draw the line between using da [...]


The New Shopper Marketing Paradigm Part 3: Solving the Digital Paradox Of Performance

shutterstock_129636221-warehouse Return On Ad Spend, or ROAS, is a wonderful metric of digital media, but it is ultimately a measure of an acceptable cost of advertising. The real goal for product manufacturers is volume – to actually see a rise in orders shipping out of the factory. When something really works at scale, you don’t need fancy metrics to know. But most consumer product brands want to take baby steps into digital, or at least into new digital media opportunities. Modest budgets can generate incremental sales, but it will probably be hard to actually “feel” the incremental sales among the larger oce [...]


Goodbye Email, Hello Rich Media Messaging

email vs. mobile messaging "Give us your email address and we'll give you great deals." These seductive words charm millions of customers every day eager to get a good deal from their favorite retailer. Unfortunately, soon after signing up for these deals, the emails often hit the junk mail folder, never to be seen by the intended recipient. With Millennial preferences changing, perhaps it is time to evaluate our digital marketing strategies. Instead of replicating the wheel by sending the same kinds of email messages to mobile devices, we should get a little smarter about how we are direct marketing. Goodbye [...]


4 Things To Get Right Before You Pay For Traffic

click share by position If you're thinking about starting to pay for traffic or expanding an existing program, there are four core concepts to get right before you start burning cash. Determine: What's a visit worth? Design for Conversion Get Your Message Right Establish an Organic Strategy Determine: What's A Visit Worth? The most immediately actionable analysis for a marketing team is to calculate the value of a visit to the channel you are planning to invest in. This analysis is essential for intelligent bidding in more sophisticated channels such as Paid Search or Programmatic Display, because p [...]


Samsung #UnderWaterSelfie Stunt Offers Free Phones To Those Who Take The Plunge

underwaterselfie_samsung Leveraging the #underwaterselfie tag to promote their new water-resistant Galaxy S5 phone, Samsung, working with Zurich-based Serrantega, surprised pedestrians alongside Lake Zurich with something a bit unsuspected. While people enjoyed the sun, a scuba diver suddenly emerged from the depths with a Galaxy S5 in his hand. As he emerged, he raised the phone, offered it to one of the people along the lake and said, "It's for you." Those who took the phone and answered the call were promised they could keep it if they would jump into the freezing cold water and take an #underwaterselfie of [...]


First Party To Whom? Display Targeting Data Demystified

shutterstock_120614257-cookies With the ever-increasing drone of industry rumblings about the demise of the third-party cookie, many ad tech players have begun highlighting "first party" prominently as a key buzzword in their positioning. Frequently, this is used in the context of "first-party data" and, in some cases, "operating in the first party" for online advertisements. This has led to a lot of confusion around the term "first party." Every advertiser wants it, but ad tech vendors are offering multiple, disparate solutions under the umbrella term "first party," when these solutions actually have very little in c [...]


How To Handle Email Marketing For Franchise Brands

shutterstock_125281946-envelopes-franchises More and more, franchise brands are embracing email marketing to help them on a number of fronts. Often, franchisers deal with a number of different types of franchisees -- single location, multi-location, multi-state, small corporations, partnerships, solely owned, highly sophisticated, unsophisticated, etc. Fragmentation is more the rule than the exception, so clear and consistent messaging, while hugely important to the overall brand, is a significant ongoing challenge. The appropriate application of technology to business needs allows templates and content to be developed at the corp [...]


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