Ever wonder how your favorite celebrity became a spokesperson for a national brand? Why your beer of choice is supporting veterans? How your home team chooses the charities that they support? It takes more than a one-night-stand to make these relationships worthwhile. It takes dates, flirting, compromise and commitment. Most importantly, it takes shared goals and vision.
We'll show you how Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a national non-profit, non-partisan group supporting our nation's newest generation of veterans has established a multi-year partnership with Miller High Life, the San Diego Padres, and celebrities that support their mission. Together, they are literally changing lives through a program that will give up to $1 million in experiences to veterans.
In a world where everyone is online and new technology, websites and companies are cropping up everyday, brand loyalty is difficult to maintain. It is critical for brands to ally with the organizations and people that support their ideals, and give their audiences a reason to believe their messaging.
by Justin Cox
Companies often stress the importance of consistency—a consistent image, voice, strategy, etc. Countless models and presentations have been created to help brands maintain continuity. But, does consistency really equal success? It certainly can for things like product quality or customer service. When it comes to the world of marketing, however, consistency is overrated and overused. This issue is most apparent in the digital space, where print and TV campaigns are routinely repurposed as banner ads and pre-roll videos. Compounding the problem, marketers often duplicate digital ads across sites that have little in common with one another, ignoring the fact that consumers behave differently as they move around online. New disciplines and technologies have emerged, giving the industry unprecedented ways to reach consumers. Digital advertising should reflect these changes and inspire brands to be flexible, schizophrenic even. An argument could be made that no two ads should ever be the same. To achieve this, the industry must embrace a new order of advertising—one that champions inconsistency. One where publishers and agencies work together to create custom marketing content. Where ads for Heineken can’t be replicated as ads for BudLite. Where consumers experience advertising that is inextricable from the place where they are experiencing it. And where the goal is not to keep a brand on track, but to create unique experiences that compel consumers to engage on a deeper level.
by Michael Fisher
It’s a reality that digital word of mouth is here; and it is here to stay. Millions of online conversations are happening, yet until now, brands have struggled to find a way to measure the quantity or quality of those interactions. Did you post on your friend’s Facebook wall asking if they want to grab a burger at Red Robin? Or tweet about what awful service you received while waiting on hold for 15 minutes with your credit card provider? Or comment on a blog a post about your desire to buy a new pair of True Religion jeans? Well, people are listening. And reacting -- more than ever before. Unlike in the past, brands are now faced with the ability to harness word of mouth via social media. Consumers are helping to shape that brand perception, whether they know it or not. So what are brands tracking today, and what should they be tracking? Knowing how advertising dollars successfully translate to the social world can be tremendously powerful information, for example. Is Snickers or Bud Light most successful with its SuperBowl commercial? Plenty of conversations happened online -- were you one of them? Michael Fisher will leverage his deep expertise on this subject to reveal how the content and conversations happening online today are often coordinated, measured, and analyzed across all channels. How can the consumer leverage this channel to connect with brands in a more one-to-one manner. and how can the brands successfully communicate back?
by Oren Michels
The days of consumers sitting at a full-sized monitor browsing a website populated with your content alone are quickly evaporating. In order to succeed you need to take your experience and your brand to where your users are – mobile devices, collaborative applications and mashups, gaming consoles and third-party platforms. Branded websites as we know them are fast being replaced by mashups of content from multiple sources layered together or targeted experiences that take advantage of the immediacy, location awareness and ubiquity of mobile apps.
This change is no cause for panic. In fact, for those that remain innovative, nimble, and open to new ways of developing business it can be one of the best opportunities to come along since the web itself.
This session presents how to engage end users with your brand when designing online experiences means placing your data or functionality on others’ web properties (ones you don’t control) and vice versa.
We’ll explore how others have been able to build their brand while embracing the concept of platform and how you can redefine partnerships and engage developers creating the apps that define the next wave of digital engagement. The session will cover concepts critical to online success like web services, platform development and APIs including a tour of some of the best examples of brands and pervasive experiences proliferating the digital network.
There’s no mistaking that new media has changed the landscape of marketing, commerce, and fashion. It seems that everyone these days has a blog, and the fashion blogger subset has become an industry force to be reckoned with: they sit on the front row of Fashion Week, they appear in national publications, they guest design for major brands, and companies hire them to wear their clothes. Trends are now influenced from the bottom up, with more fashion bloggers dictating what people buy rather than what's seen on the runway. Let's discuss what makes a fashion blogger a taste maker and why brands are sitting up and taking notice.
11th–15th March 2011