Branson’s Daughter, Holly, To Run Digital Magazine Business

Ad Age reports that Virgin is planning to extend its brand into consumer magazines with the launch of a new title, Maverick, which will be available exclusively as an app for the iPad, iPhone and eventually, Android. If the venture is successful, Virgin hopes to establish itself as a leader in digital magazines. As I […]

Are Mobile Ads Just Plain Annoying?

It’s a small study, so take it for what it’s worth, but eMarketer.com cites a study of female college students that suggests mobile ads are a turn-off: A Ball State University study of a primarily female group of college students found that a majority of them had seen ads on their phones, including 51.2% of […]

Text A Ten Spot To NWF

As bad as the BP gusher is for the economy, wildlife and the ecosystem in the Gulf, it’s a fund raising opportunity for groups like National Wildlife Federation. I have no problem with that, in fact, I’m prepared to send them $10 via text. My question to you is this: does the ease and immediate […]

Do Something Real, Take Home A Lion

Ad Age is preparing for Cannes by asking the Adverati what campaigns they expect to see awarded. Tom Eslinger, of Saatchi & Saatchi, likes Nokia’s Signpost campaign. “I really like Nokia’s World’s Biggest Signpost because it was simple and happened in the real world, making ripples through relevant media online and mobile — and was […]

iAd: Keeping Free Apps Free And Other Reasons For Being

According to The Guardian, Apple has taken more than $60 million in bookings for its new iAd mobile advertising network – weeks before its scheduled launch on 1 July. Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, said: “iAd offers advertisers the emotion of TV with the interactivity of the web, and offers users a new way to […]

Becoming The Mayor Of Creepy Possibilities

Yes, I dabble in Foursquare, although it hasn’t provided me with any substantial benefits like free nachos. According to the New York Times, marketers are paying attention. Here’s a pretty creepy quote from B. Benin Bough, director of Social and Emerging Media for Pepsi: “If you check into work, then you leave work, you check […]

Geo-Based Promotional Targeting Gets Nets Fans In The Game

When Gowalla users check in to a location they receive virtual currency. Thanks to an innovative use of the geolocation service by Vayner Media, virtual currency became actual currency in the form of free tickets to a New Jersey Nets game at the IZOD Center. Prior to the game, Gowalla users who checked in to […]

The Agency Perspective on Apple’s iAd

Over at Boston agency Hill Holliday’s blog, Ilya Vedrasko and some of his colleagues share what they learned after Apple reps came to the agency to talk about the iAd, the new mobile ad platform. Adam Cahill, head of the digital media group, had this to say: Three things strike me as interesting: Pricing: Apple […]

Kin Folk

With a splashy new ad campaign featuring music from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (not yet on YouTube), Microsoft seeks to carve out a piece of the fast-moving smart phone market with a pair of new handsets, Kin One and Kin Two. The phones, both sliders, are built off the Windows Phone 7 platform […]

Is iAd Jobs’ Rotten Apple?

Financial Times reports that agencies and software developers welcomed Apple’s iAd announcement last week. But Justin Spohn of Portland strategy firm, Fight, is not impressed by Apple’s move into the mobile advertising business. Here is my fundamental problem with iAd: It makes no sense from a brand strategy point of view. It’s irrational, and philosophically […]