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Pixlee Helps Brands Curate the Best in User-Generated Content

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 29, 2013 06:12 PM

Pixlee, a leader in Personalized Visual Marketing (PVM), just released its Pixlee Platform, helping distinguish user-generated photo and short form video campaigns by its ability to surface the best photos and videos among the millions of pieces of brand-affiliated content uploaded daily. 

“Our vision is to replace stock imagery across the board with highly targeted user generated photos,” said Kyle Wong, co-founder and CEO of Pixlee in a release. 

Pixlee’s proprietary PhotoRank is the intersection of user photos and data PVM, and uses impression metrics (or hits) to serve the best photos to its clients who then choose which user-generated pictures to display on social media sites like Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram or Twitter.Continue reading...

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Land Rover Gets Inspired by Real Explorers in Partnership with Outside Magazine

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 8, 2013 04:45 PM

Outside magazine readers are exactly the target audience for Land Rover: adventurous sorts with some discretionary income. Instead of just purchasing some ads in the publication and on its digital offerings, Land Rover has teamed up with the magazine to create a series of branded content across the publication's properties, including custom video content

The content will focus on three outdoor personalities who are “driven,” including the first person to stand-up paddle board the Bering Strait, Sonya Baumstein; the chief of climbing and ski gear manufacturer Black Diamond, Peter Metcalf; and Levinson Wood, who is attempting to be the first person to walk the length of the Nile River. The campaign will also be seen on Outside’s YouTube page and LandRoverUSA.com/Driven as well as have print elements and extensions on Outside TV.Continue reading...

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Spotify Looks to Experiment with Brand Profiles as iTunes Radio Readies Launch

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 22, 2013 03:57 PM

Spotify wants to help brands infiltrate your music choices. The music streaming service already offers an ad-based model, but now it plans to deploy a feature that will allow users to 'follow' their favorite brands and listen to brand-created playlists. 

The feature, which will be similar to how users can follow and 'like' brands on Twitter and Facebook, will enable marketers to create more of a relationship with the over 6 million Spotify users that pay to skip ads. Still, Spotify is only "talking with brands" about the feature and their willingness to test it out, AdAge reports

After only entering the US market in 2011, Jeff Levick, Spotify's chief sales, marketing and international growth officer says that 2014 "will be the year to see what externally we can present as new products," as the service tries to prove to marketers that its more than just a radio service.Continue reading...

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Sports Illustrated Dives Into Content with Live Video Series SI Now

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 28, 2013 02:50 PM

Sports Illustrated is no stranger to streaming video on its website. After all, the staff there churns out up to 50 original videos per week for its sports-hungry readers, but now the iconic sports media company is embarking on a whole new type of streamed content.

On June 3, the company will air its first installment of SI Now, a new, 30-minute talk show that will be streamed live daily at 1 p.m. ET. The daily video show will be sponsored by Ford through October as it attempts to reach 18- to 34-year-olds.

"Three years ago the mandate was to simply bring Sports Illustrated to life in video form," said Ian Orefice, executive producer for news and sports at the Time Inc., according to Ad Age. "The reason for 'SI Now' is that we weren't doing enough for the immediate viewer. We didn't have that deeper connection."Continue reading...

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Ibiza's Amnesia Nightclub Hopes Branded Content Boosts Brand, Franchise Ability

Posted by Abe Sauer on May 27, 2013 08:45 AM

"If you have a dream, and you should have a dream, you have to get behind the steering wheel and step on the gas…"

So begins the the third annual "season opener" video for the Matinee party at well-known Ibiza nightclub Amnesia. From there, it turns into what it would be like if the year 1990 ate a bag of shrooms and then choreographed the new Cirque du Soleil show. 

But Amnesia is building a platform for more than a summer of blackouts, barf-stained morphsuits and British misbehavior. The club is trying to build a global brand ready for franchising.Continue reading...

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Brands Find Inspiration and New Partnerships in Creative Cinema

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 29, 2013 05:08 PM

Canon is giving the public a chance to direct in “Project Imaginat10n.” Helmed by Ron Howard and daughter Bryce Dallas Howard, filmmakers of all skill levels can join five celebrity directors—Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman and James Murphy—in directing short films inspired by 91 Project Imaginat10n winning photographs. 

The third annual program found inspiration after it charged Howard to use crowdsourced photos for a short film project, when you find me, which was directed by his daughter. This year, aspiring directors can submit photographs that fit into 10 themes, including character, mood, backstory and obstacle. The contest is the brand's latest installment in its Long Live Imagination campaign.

Howard is no stranger to marketing, as the famous director has often expressed his appreciation for the industry and its tendency to be "wide open" to creative ideas. For a brand like Canon, the marriage between producing traditional films in an untraditional way is helping it set itself apart from its digital competitors.Continue reading...

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Oakley Gives Women and ESPN a Boost

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 3, 2012 03:01 PM

It used to be that publications kept their editorial and business sides as separate entities, also known as keeping "Church and State" separate in many a newsroom. With the way business and advertising has been evolving in recent years, though, some media outlets have found ways to find leverage a little content from its business relationships.

Sunglasses brand Oakley and espnW, ESPN's female-centric sports news website that launched in Dec. 2010, have announced an “innovative new content collaboration focused on serving the female fan and celebrating female athletes,” which is already evident (see above) on the espnW website.Continue reading...

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Gawker Sheds Blog Status, Community - But Not Woes

Posted by Abe Sauer on February 11, 2011 04:00 PM

A Day in the Life of Gawker Media - FINAL from source/record on Vimeo.

The much ballyhooed Gawker.com redesign rolled out on Monday, with Gawker Media czar Nick Denton saving his flagship website for last as he rolled out the redesign across his other sites first.

More than just a a simple change in the look of the blog, Gawker's new format has been billed as an outright battle over the future of media strategy. It has already claimed several top Gawker personnel, including his head of ad sales, not to mention some of the site's regular readers and commenters.

The redesigned sites, which started going live across the Gawker Media family in early February, have become embattled islands of complaints, with Denton fighting back and defending his new format. When Gawker.com relaunched the day after the Super Bowl, there were tech hiccups — to be expected in the wake of its recent hacking, perhaps — such as the new design losing its Google News status.

In further defense of his choices, Denton posted the above video. It was the final straw for many of the site's loyal readers — whose wit and commentary drove more pageviews and return visits than Denton may realize.Continue reading...

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