Posts Tagged ‘Widget Marketing’

Skittles: Website Widgetization To A New Level

March 16th, 2009

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Skittles, the colored candy company decided to start March with a bang and introduce a clever spin that married social media marketing with Website Widgetization. the question was on the how. i have posted on Promo Widgets and Ad Widgets and how a brand can be made portable and viral via widgets. What Skittle did that is a true work of genius in terms of Online Marketing was to make their website a Widget and then make that widget float over web 2.0 darlings to place the brand into a social context given by the direct consumers of the brand product. be it YouTube for videos, Flickr for photos and Twitter for Social Messaging. this way they brand over people perceptions and opinions why promoting directly the skittle brand and boost the marketing into the 21st century as it gives it credibility and effectiveness.

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I remember vaguely other company that did something similar by making their website in flash at a size that could fit into a 800 x 600 pixel grid that linked to myspace and that reproduced videos about the brand. this was back in 2006 i think. what skittle did goes into a whole new level thanks to the evolution of the web, widgets, new media and social media alike. so it is not that another brand didn’t tried this or that it was not possible. it is just that it was not yet the time for it as the tech was not only evolved enough but that the conventions had not reached the mainstream to me this idea a marketer dream.

I hope the idea gets explored more we get to see even better execution of this.

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11 Steps For Widget Success

December 4th, 2008

iMedia Connection 4 widget best practices

iMedia Connection is not a stranger to Widget related Articles. and while this new piece called “11 Steps for Widget Success” should be more useful for those interested Widget Advertising and Widget Marketing.. the points are good for everyone interested in Widgets.

I also recommend to read the article by Bob Garfield on Advertising Age. but if you have already read that one. this would could be considered a guide post that one.

And finally as a matter of Blog Replies go. Newsgator got their on take on imedia Connection article that is also worth a read.

Advertising Age On Widget Marketing

December 4th, 2008

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Bob Garfield over at Advertising Age did a piece on Widget and Marketing that is truly great. it is also 101 material for anyone not only interested in Widget but also in Internet Enabled Marketing and Advertising.

Widgets Are Made for Marketing, So Why Aren’t More Advertisers Using Them?

That said. i don`t agree on the over pushy title that makes it sound as if Widget only purpose was marketing. i would have put it as “Widgets are a match made in heaven for Marketing”. but that is only because i feel the need to be nit picky with it.

My favorite phrase of the article has to be “Utility Plus Brand” as a way to define Widget Marketing and something to thought about since it inherently implies there should be something utilitarian to the Widget in the first place. that should always always translate to the widget not only have a purpose but being useful for it.  otherwise no matter how great the product you are pushing is or how great your widget analytics are everything will be pointless and a waste of time for everyone.

KickApps Gets $14 Million More Of Funding Money

December 4th, 2008

KickApps

KickApps is a strange startup. its main business is Website Socialization. but it is also partly a Widget Company because a lot of that Socialization is archived via Widgetization. you can also make Very basic utility Widgets or some nice and simple Media Widgets via its Widget and Video Player Studio and add advertising to it. in a way that reminds me of SproutMixer and Musestorm.

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So it competes with Ning, Flux,  SproutMixer and to a lesser degree with all the main Widget Companies.

Thing they will continue to do so because they have got $14 million more in funding as Techcrunch reported:

“KickApps CEO Alex Blum confirms to me that the company did indeed raise a C round of $14 million with a new lead investor, North Atlantic Capital. Existing investors Softbank, Spark Prism and Jarl Mohn also participated. KickApps either splits ad inventory with publishers on the pages created on its platform (60 percent to KickAps, 40 percent to publishers) or lets publishers buy out its portion of the ad inventory for $3 to $6 CPMs. Most larger customers choose to control the ad inventory themselves, which suggests that when social networking features are wrapped into a larger site, the ad rates don’t have to be counted in dimes (as they do on much of Facebook and MySpace)”

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via TC

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