Curtains Up

According to Ad Age, Digitas is getting into the branded-content game with the launch of a new offering called The Third Act. Third Act will develop and produce branded-content ideas and manage distribution strategies for the content. It sits under the umbrella of Digitas, part of Publicis Groupe, and will serve both Digitas clients and […]

Dare To Dazzle Your Audience With Content

Benjamin Palmer, CEO of The Barbarian Group, has some intriguing things to say about branded content. What makes a great show, game or film? Artistic merit, humanity, story, talent. These occasionally overlap with marketing demographic, industry sector and brand penetration, but more often than not, they do not. God, that’s sad. We’re sort of in […]

Pure Content. Real Connections.

Mountain Dew is morphing into a studio. The beverage brand’s new skateboard documentary, “Deathbowl to Downtown,” follows the rise of street-skating in New York’s shifting urban landscapes from the ’70s to the present. The film took three years to make. Yet, the brand only appears at the start of a film, in the same way […]

The Kind of Content Consumers Seek Out And Share

Louis Vuitton and Ogilvy Interactive won a Webby for their “Countless Journeys” site, which is also supported in print and TV. The video above is content from the site. Catherine Deneuve shares her Paris with us, seducing us into thinking we’ll need Louis Vuitton luggage when we arrive at Charles De Gaulle.

Viewers Not Watching Ads? Make the “Ads” Better.

According to The New York Times, MTV is having a lot of success with “podbusting,” sponsored content that is almost indistinguishable from the entertainment programming. “The results are amazing,” Hank Close, the president for sales at MTV Networks, said. “In many of these messages we’re seeing 100 percent retention.” “We are increasingly being asked by […]

Art Film or Commercial? You Decide.

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Branded Content, aka Advertainment. What’s Your Policy?

“Transit,” a short film by Steph Green The Responsibility Project from Liberty Mutual is a microsite that builds on the brand’s “Resonsibility. What’s Your Policy?” ad campaign. Here’s how the brand describes it: It all began when we ran a TV commercial about people doing things for strangers. The response was truly overwhelming. Thousands of […]

When A Book Is An Ad

According to The New York Times, Charm!, a book written by a character on ABC’s soap “All My Children” is doing well at retail, having sold 100,000 copies since its debut in February. The book also appeared on the New York Times best-seller list. Naturally, a fragrance called Charm, which is a product of the […]

Acme Widget Content Co.

Ad Age is running an article on the former chief operating officer at WPP’s Alliance, David Caruso. Caruso has started a new agency, Acme Content Co., dedicated to branded entertainment. “I felt in a big agency [branded content] still wasn’t being treated with the respect and thought leadership that the other disciplines were,” he said. […]

As The Pendulum Swings…

Newsweek is floating the idea that the heyday for consumer generated content has come and gone. In short, the expert is back. The revival comes amid mounting demand for a more reliable, bankable Web. “People are beginning to recognize that the world is too dangerous a place for faulty information,” says Charlotte Beal, a consumer […]