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PORTFOLIO: Samaritan’s Feet Infiniti Coaches Challenge

 

Please visit http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/infiniti/2011/ and vote for Coach John Calipari and Samaritan’s Feet.

For more information about Samaritan’s Feet visit http://www.samaritansfeet.org.

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An Intermission You Don’t Mind

Who would pay $3 million for 30-seconds of fame? Every company who had a commercial air during the 2011 Superbowl did, and most aired their commercials more than once during the event.

As mass media quickly dwindles with DVR and online-streaming, advertisers are continually looking for ways to reach the masses.

Superbowl XLIV was the most-watched TV show in history, according to Yahoo Sports.

The Superbowl is the prime time for advertisers to get their message across to a lot of people at once.

CBS charges a premium for the coveted 30-second commercial spots, and advertisers are more than willing to pay it.

Not only are advertisers paying a hefty price to have their commercial aired during the Superbowl, they air their most creative, unique ads during it too.

People used to watch the Superbowl specifically for the game, but now more than ever, they are tuning in simply to watch the commercials.

Advertisers are getting their message out to millions of people at once, and consumers are getting the best of what the advertisers have to offer.

It’s a win-win situation.

Many companies are willing and able to spend $3 million for a 30 second commercial spot, yet others are not.

Don’t think those other big-name companies are missing out on the Superbowl action though, they’re not.

One strategy that companies have used for years is sending a commercial to CBS that does not fit regulations just so the commercial can be banned.

The company then promotes the fact that their commercial was banned from the Superbowl line-up, and uses it to gain publicity.

Snickers and PETA were just two of the companies that submitted commercials that were banned from the line-up this year.

GoDaddy.com has used this tactic for years but decided that it was old news this year and opted to just follow the rules, pay the money and join the Superbowl advertisers.

Whether advertisers opt to get their message out through the event’s commercial-line-up or by getting banned from it, you can bet no one is missing out on the once-a-year Superbowl hype.

 

-Ali Hendricks

 

 

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No Sleep for Local Agencies in 24 Hours of Pro-Bono EventSponsored by Scofield

Several members of Rise Innovations will be taking place in this charity event.

The following is a press release from Publicis Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 20, 2011) — Three local advertising agencies and one student team aredonating their talent and their sleep during the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) 2nd annual24 Hours of Pro-Bono event. The participating agencies will be partnered with a local not-for-profit and have 24 hours to create an advertising campaign that meets the goals and needs of theorganization. If the talented addies are still awake, they will present their creative campaigns topeers, the public and the nonprofit organizations at 6 p.m., on Thursday Jan. 27 at the IndianapolisCentral Library. All creative designs and concepts will be donated to the nonprofits.

This year students from the Butler University Center for Strategic Communication for Nonprofitswill be participating in the event with the professionals. The students will be lead by professors,but will have the opportunity to create and present with the agencies. Participating agencies includePublicis Indianapolis, Hirons & Company and Matchbook Creative.
The nonprofits featured are:• The John P. Craine House• Trusted Mentors Inc.• Worthmore Academy• Binford Redevelopment and Growth Inc.
The event is open to the public and tickets are $5 for AAF members and $10 for the public. Beerand wine will be served after the presentation along with light hors’doeuvres. Sponsors for the eventinclude Scofield as title sponsor, IMS Productions and Lamar Advertising donated in kind servicesfor each of the nonprofits and EPI Marketing Services provided printed materials for the event.
What: 24 Hour Pro-Bono
When: 6 p.m., Thursday Jan. 27
Where: The Indianapolis Public Library,
Cost: $5 for AAF members and $10 for the public

 

M edia Contact:Alicia Hammonds, Publicis(317) 644-8102alicia.hammonds@publicis-usa.com

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Holiday Promotions!

Advertising almost always plays a role in consumerism, but the holiday season is by far the most ad-tastic time of the year. Many companies leverage the holiday season to increase sales, and if you were one of the people who woke up at 4 a.m. on Black Friday, their efforts are working! Every single commercial is holiday themed, whether it’s trying to sell you coffee or cars. Retail stores explode with Christmas decorations and music to get you in the shopping spirit. (And it usually works!) As a consumer of every day media, I’ve been targeted countless times by print, web and ambient advertising around this time of year. But now, I’ve also experienced the other side of this craziness, and it’s made me think a lot about how much work companies put into holiday campaigns and promotions.

 

This year, I’m interning for a non-profit that essentially relies on the holiday season to get through the rest of the year. Therefore, they’ve kept me busy designing holiday displays, promoting Christmas sale events, and googling “holiday advertising ideas” for inspiration. Amongst all the other crap out there, how do you get your specific product or service to stand out? It’s a tough call. Our team has attended tons of events all over the Midwest, participated in Black Friday sales, and completely altered its social media strategy to better suit this time of the year. It’s impressive how well thought out the process is, and this is just a small non-profit. I can’t even imagine how much extra work large, national corporations and non-profits put into the holidays!

 

Going along with this holiday brainstorm here, I’ve noticed some pretty awesome gifts this year that aren’t necessarily traditional – and truly speak to the social media/viral phenomenon that our industry is experiencing. Obviously you can buy iTunes gift cards at most stores, but now you can purchase Facebook credit gift cards, too. This is the first year I’ve noticed that. And if you haven’t checked out the mobile app SWAGG, take a look at how it’s revolutionizing gift card giving for special occasions. SWAGG lets you send and receive gift cards, ditching the plastic for digital barcodes that stores can scan at the checkout counter. (You can use it for online purchases!) Just tap your screen to unwrap the gift, and you can even attach a video message for the receiver to view when they open it. Pretty cool stuff. And then, of course, there’s Groupon. My mom used a Groupon offer last week to save money at one of my sister’s favorite retail stores when she went Chrsitmas shopping. I can’t wait to see what else our industry’s masterminds will come up with, especially in regards to the holiday season. What else have you seen this month that’s caught your attention and encouraged you to shop?

 

– Lauren Fisher

 

 

 

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Social media’s influence on GAP

I went home for Butler’s fall break this week and was catching up with my mom at dinner one night. At some point in the conversation, I asked her what she thought of the new Gap logo and that whole controversy – to which she replied, “huh?” Shocked that she hadn’t heard, I filled her in. At the end of my spiel about rebranding, crowd sourcing and regret, she was stumped. “So…what’s the big deal?” she asked. Oh, boy….

 

I won’t bore you with the story of what happened with Gap. (If you don’t know about it, read here.) And I definitely can’t offer insight or opinion on the topic better than the next person who’s blogged or commented on the situation thus far. However, the conversation with my mom made me think about something entirely different. For those who aren’t connected on Twitter, read blogs, and constantly interact with people/resources in the advertising industry – are rebranding efforts THAT big of a deal? Does an altered logo change consumer behavior for all other audiences who couldn’t care less if a color or font is suddenly different? It also made me wonder to what extent a logo can change before “mass” audiences notice. For example, MasterCard changed their logo about four years ago (did you notice?), and State Farm Insurance recently updated theirs as well. I’m curious to see how many people outside the industry notice these things, and what it takes for them to talk about it.

 

It’s hard to put myself in my mom’s shoes, because I’m all over the design and advertising industry, and make it a way of life. But I’m interested to see if the off-Twitter community and older generations even care about efforts like these. To me, the whole Gap situation was a terrible mistake and I can see why the company went back to the old logo. It totally changed my perception of the company, even though I don’t shop there and don’t know much about it. But is that a universal reaction? I doubt it. Hmm…

-Lauren Fisher

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Make them remember

As a senior graduating in December, my job hunt has hit full force.  But I am constantly wondering what I can do to stand out and make a lasting impression with potential employers.  Being in the creative field of public relations and advertising I decided to put my education into practice and brand myself.  I developed a personal logo, but the most important step was to reinvent my very conventional resume from just a white background with lists to something more creative.  This link gives some very creative examples that inspired me to think outside of the box and create a more memorable resume.

My personal favorites are the flyer resume, the newspaper classified resume, and the pinwheel resume.  Not only are these creative ways to show education and work experiences, but the resume in itself is also a design example that could easily be part of a portfolio.  In today’s job market this is a genius idea.  Why not have a resume that pulls double duty and not only tells what you are capable of but also shows it.

-Nicole Hangartner

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PORTFOLIO: Barefoot for Bare Feet Micro Site

By now you’ve probably heard we are helping out Samaritan’s Feet by planning and implementing their first ever student-run social media campaign.

Along with other social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc., we developed a campaign micro site to give a one-stop information hub for people to understand what Barefoot for Bare Feet is all about.

We wanted to simplify the mission of Samaritan’s Feet by making the site only a few pages of useful information in a visually appealing manner.

Please visit the site, if you’re not already, start following the movement!

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