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29 October 2014

Has Air NZ created ‘The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made’?

Continuing its long tradition of creating memorable and entertaining in-flight safety videos, Dwarves, Orcs and Elves are set to take flight once again as Air New Zealand unveils The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made ahead of the December release of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy.

The safety video features members of the cast from all three films in the Trilogy including Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Dean O’Gorman (Fili the Dwarf) and Sylvester McCoy (Radagast) – as well as a special cameo from the director, Sir Peter Jackson, and some other familiar faces.

The new video follows the airline’s first Hobbit-inspired safety video – An Unexpected Briefing (2012) – which attracted more than 12 million global online video views, generating huge social media coverage. The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made wraps up a successful three-year association between the airline and The Hobbit films.

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27 October 2014

Storymaking: The next evolution in Content Marketing

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Smart brands are turning consumers into evangelists - and publishers.

Storytelling is a verb, and many brands believe that means they should be telling stories about their brand, which was just another method of spinning one-way advertising. True, a brand’s origin story (think of Apple, HP) can be useful, but the true power in storytelling is when brands create products and content that motivates audiences to talk about the brand and keep them top of mind in ways far less intrusive than traditional advertising.

So if there’s enough confusion about the definition of storytelling, then maybe we need a new word. David Berkowitz recently wrote in AdAge about something called storymaking—where the brand facilitates and taps into the stories people are creating and sharing with each other. You could call it the next evolution in storytelling, or maybe just a proper redefinition of the way brands should be marketing to their audiences. Regardless, storymaking is how brands today are activating their customers and turning them into not only evangelists but also publishers, and it can provide real results.

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24 October 2014

Why mobile programmatic is the future

According to the IAB UK’s recently released Digital Ad Spend Report – done in conjunction with PwC – mobile video advertising has grown 196% over the past two years to £63.9m. This makes it the fastest growing digital ad format, accounting for £1 in every £5 spent on Internet and mobile display ads.  As automated buying also grows to keep pace with the explosion of ads on the format, there are two key benefits that mobile programmatic can bring for brands.

1) The ability to keep pace with change

The pace of change in consumer behaviour does not wait for the advertising community to catch up with it. As brands’ target audiences move en masse towards mobile devices, every advertiser’s programmatic campaign must include a strong mobile element – brands simply cannot afford to ignore the areas where their audiences are paying increasing amounts of attention. This attention is now split across multiple screens and a single programmatic campaign can target and optimize against desired audiences in a holistic and unified fashion.

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22 October 2014

Festival of Media LatAm Awards 2014 Video Highlights

If you haven’t checked out the winners from this year’s Festival of Media LatAm Awards, then what are you waiting for!? All of the winning case studies are available on Cream so if you want some inspiration, you know what you have to do.

CHECK OUT THE FOMLA 2014 AWARDS WINNERS HERE

We’re also giving you a sneaky glimpse into the FOMLA 2014 Awards ceremony, for those who couldn’t make it and want to see all the winners in all their glory.

For all the highlights, check this out:

20 October 2014

What millennials read and why

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“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” - Lemony Snicket

Given millennials’ love of short-form videoInstagramhyperlapses, tweets and the gamification of everything we touch, it’s easy to believe they don’t read long-form media. But it’s simply not true. In fact, according to Crowd Tap, millennials spend nearly 18 hours a day consuming all kinds of media. 18! Granted, millennials consume more than one form of media on more than one device at a time, but this is still a massive amount of time to be consuming anything.

In fact, millennials are reading more than the over-30 crowd: 88% of Americans under 30 says they’ve read a book in the past year, compared with 79% of Americans older than 30, according to the Pew Research Center. Bonus fact: 43% of millennials read from a book every day – it just might not be a paper book.

Want to take advantage of millennials’ penchant for reading? Here’s one millennials’ advice:

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17 October 2014

Viral Ad of the Week: BBC Music – God Only Knows

Want to know the secret to viral video success? Well if we look at the latest sharing figures from across the social web, all it takes is a great soundtrack, some theatrical backgrounds and a few famous faces thrown in there too; in other words the BBC’s latest ad promoting BBC Music, created by ad agency Karmarama.

Thanks to Unruly’s Viral Video Chart, we can see that the most shared ad globally from across the social web in the last 7 days was ‘God Only Knows – BBC Music’ with 201,161 shares. Its closest competitor was ‘Danny Macaskill: The Ridge’ with 148,667 and ‘Chanel No5: The One That I Want – The Film’ with 94,778 shares in the last seven days.

For those who haven’t seen it yet, not only where have you been, but here it is again:

14 October 2014

What happens in a YouTube minute? [infographic]

We recently looked at what happens during one minute on Facebook and Twitter, but what about YouTube? Well, did you know that over 100 hours’ worth of video is uploaded in 60 seconds and more than 2.7 million videos viewed. Wow!

Thanks to YouTubeDownload, check out the infographic below to find out what else happens in one minute, including just how much money the most popular YouTube channels make.

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13 October 2014

Will digital be the decider in this year’s elections?

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Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books...” – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

October is THE huge month in terms of political advertising, with most of it going to TV – especially at the statewide and local level. Problem is, voters’ media consumption habits are changing. Digital is where it’s at for a growing number of voters. Online streaming, mobile, and multi-screen are growing leaps and bounds. Of course, with that comes the opportunity for personalization and segmentation around preferences. Campaign marketers, who are under pressure to produce results, are working furiously to insure the candidate’s online buys are not going to wasted impressions.

To help with that, political advertisers and consultants have jumped on programmatic ad-tech big time. Armed with razor-sharp targeting options, ad-tech campaigns can quickly and easily target ads directly to specific voters. Everyone’s doing something along these lines because no campaign wants to be caught behind the digital 8-ball in this year’s midterms. According to a new STRATA political survey, 85 percent of political agencies plan to use programmatic ads for their political media-buying efforts this year. The company says the agencies polled represent roughly 75 percent of total political advertising billings.

That’s interesting, but it may not be enough. Watch for these three trends to make a difference: 

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