Archive for May, 2011

Time and technology + story the new model for modern marketing

Posted in content, POE, search, social with tags , , , , , , on May 28, 2011 by Joanna Lyall

The new Audi Le Mans ad premiered tonight before the Champs League kick off.  The 2.5 min ad tells the story of what it is like to be an Audi driver in the 24 hour Le Mans race.  The ad in shot in 2d and 3d (viewable on Sky and in cinema).  It is beautiful and engaging, it is an ad that you want to watch.  Longer time lengths, smart use of technology combined with a story gives a brand stand out but will it pay back on the media cost (at circa £160k per 30 secs)?

From what I can see they have a fabulous piece of owned content + an incredibly high quality paid media spot but have made very little effort to maximize the earned media value….  In my opinion if you are going to spend that much on one spot it should be supported by digital media in the paid and earned space.  The YouTube film has not been posted publicly so that it is discoverable and there is not any paid search to overcome the lack of natural visibility.

I really believe this is the new model for marketing in a POE world but you have to get all the elements working together to make the most of the new media ecosystem.

Why more women aren’t sitting at the top

Posted in Ideas you love to share with tags , , on May 22, 2011 by Joanna Lyall

Made for me – BMW owned driving earned

Posted in content, Ideas you love to share, POE with tags , , , on May 3, 2011 by Joanna Lyall

I enjoyed reading an article in the FT this morning about BMW’s built to order business that is starting to take off in the US .  For some years now BMW have already sold cars on a  made to order basis in Germany but now the US consumers can also get involved.  From their Spartanburg factory you can order an X3 and with over 70m possible configurations you can get quite personal.  Allowing your customer be part of the product creation without actually having to change anything that you do is a smart way of making your owned assets work harder. In this example BMW have been clever in also giving their customers a film that shows their car being built at various stages of the production line.  The built to order models are no more expensive to the consumer and actually are potentially a better business model for dealers to avoid them having speculate over which cars to have in the showroom.  This product gives people a reason to choose BMW and most importantly gives them motivation to talk about it.  If you ‘designed’ your own car you would tell all your friends wouldn’t you? and you may even want to show them the film…