Puma to Launch Mobile Phone

As part of its diversification strategy, Puma is launching a mobile phone in the second quarter of 2010. The sportswear company has signed a license agreement with French mobile phone manufacturer Sagem Wireless. According to Puma, the agreement is in line with its strategy to move into new categories that complement its range of sport and lifestyle footwear, apparel, and accessories. In a statement, it said: “Puma’s entry into mobile leverages its innovative brand and design skill to improve user experience and connect its community.” The phone will be sold globally in Puma’s own stores and through operators. The phone will be solar-powered (the solar implement will be on the back of…

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UPC welcomes new look Oireachtas TV

Oireachtas TV

UPC has welcomed the first broadcast of Ireland’s first fully fledged, dedicated parliamentary channel Oireachtas TV, which is being carried on UPC channel 207. Oireachtas TV will now provide unfiltered access to the parliamentary process to over one million households nationwide, including debates, committees and other proceedings from both houses of the Oireachtas. Since its launch on UPC, Oireachtas TV has increasd its viewership by 20pc following its move to channel 207, having previously being broadcast on channel 801. Now available alongside mainstream news and current affairs channels, the Oireachtas TV channel is regularly viewed by 55pc of UPC subscribers. “This channel ensures the citizens we serve can see for…

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Setanta to Broadcast Ireland’s GAA Football Matches in HD

Ireland’s first broadcast of Gaelic games in high definition is set to take place this Saturday evening when Setanta shows the Armagh vs Dublin football match. The game will be available on Setanta HD to UPC digital customers, as will at least seven other Allianz League games, including Dublin’s big football clashes with Cork, Kerry and Down. Hurling fans, meanwhile, will get to see the Tipperary and Kilkenny match in high definition on 12 February. “Setanta are showing 15 games in total and a minimum of eight will be in HD on the UPC service, including four Dublin games,” said Colin Morgan, CEO of Setanta Ireland.  “All of Setanta’s games are on…

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Alcohol Brands Ask to be Blurred Out of Movie “Flight”

Alcohol brands ask to be blurred out of movie

Alcohol brands ask to be blurred out of movieImage courtesy of Facebook According to reports, drinks brands Budweiser and Stolichnaya have asked to be blurred out of an upcoming movie starring Denzel Washington. Both companies cited their concerns due to the negative connotations alcohol has in the film. Entitled ‘Flight,’ the movie focuses on a pilot with an alcohol problem (Washington), who becomes a hero when he saves the lives of the passengers on his commercial flight following a plane crash. However, the brands have revealed their unhappiness with their association to the film, especially scenes where Washington is shown drinking and driving. Statement From Budweiser Speaking to Reuters, vice-president of Budweiser , Robert…

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Customer Service Best Practices for Email

Email

When using E-mail for customer service purposes, be sure to follow this helpful advice: Answer quickly—customers using E-mail expect a prompt response, usually within the same business day. Use the “Reply” key in your E-mail program so that the customer’s note is part of your response. Avoid slang, jargon and anything else that could be considered insulting, such as writing in all capital letters. Don’t send attachments—not everyone can open them, and some users are afraid to open them because of the threat of viruses. Instead, paste the contents of the attachment directly into the body of the E-mail. Treat E-mail as you would paper documents—assume it will be kept…

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How To Best Fake a Trend on Twitter

What is a hashtag? Well, the obvious answer is that if something is quite popular, it is going to get retweeted a lot. But it is possible to pay someone to make something trend artificially? Of course. Where there is money to be made, rules will be broken. Twitter makes money by allowing businesses to push “Promoted Tweets.” However, those adverts are clearly marked. But there are companies that try and get around Twitter’s rules. They offer to make something trend for a price. How do they do that? They use bots. Bots are automated accounts, and you can make them say anything you like. If you’ve got enough of them, you can make it…

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Marketers Lacking Digital/Social Media Analytical Skills

Social Media Engagement

Social Media Engagement Global digital marketing spend is expected to increase in 2018. As we enter the new year consumer engagement levels and analytical skills remain limited. This includes across channels, according to Alterian’s annual marketer survey. The survey polled nearly 1,500 marketers, agencies, marketing service providers, and systems integrators worldwide. This year’s topic, ‘How Engaged is Your Brand?’, examined marketing expenditure, social media measurement , and the level of personalization across digital channels. About half of survey respondents estimate that overall marketing expenditure will increase slightly (5-25pc) over the next year. It is also seen that an additional 9pc said it would improve significantly (25pc or more). This, according to Alterian, suggests…

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Ryanair Officially Joins Facebook Marks 30th Birthday

Ryanair has officially joined Facebook and launched a competition via the social media site to mark its 30th birthday. The ‘30 Names 30 Planes’ competition offers 30 fans the chance to have their name and face pictured on one of 30 Ryanair aircraft. Fans can upload their photo and download a CGI video of their Ryanair plane bearing their name and face on the new Facebook page, and the 30 winners will be announced in September. Otherwise, on the page, Ryanair will offer its 100m customers the latest route news and developments, other competitions and offers and real-time customer service. The Facebook page is part of Ryanair’s strategy to expand…

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Etihad Airways announced as sponsor of international live streaming of GAA matches

Etihad Airways has been announced as sponsor of GAAGO’s international live streaming of the GAA Championship 2015. GAAGO is the GAA and RTÉ’s online streaming service for Gaelic games outside of Ireland. It is live streaming over 45 GAA football and hurling senior championship matches in the summer, plus the concluding stages of the Electric Ireland GAA minor championships and the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling U21 Championship Final. In addition to sponsoring these matches on GAAGO, as part of the sponsorship agreement, GAAGO customers will receive a discount on various programmes when purchasing tickets using the promo code Etihad before the end of June. The airline has partnered with…

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€1m Rabodirect campaign focuses on truth

€1m Rabodirect campaign focuses on truth

Telling the truth is the central theme of an integrated online and off-line marketing campaign for Rabodirect, which launches next Monday and will involve a spend of €1m. According to Rabodirect, the ‘Truth’ campaign, which was developed together with Brando, will take the bank’s straight-talking approach to a new level and will continue to challenge traditional banking. The campaign will run from 16 March through to June across TV, radio, outdoor, press and online media. The TV ads, which were directed by former Father Ted director, Declan Lowney, will go out on RTE, TV3, TG4, Paramount, Setanta and Channel 6. The bank’s own employees feature in the online banner campaign…

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