Sky to launch Green Button advertising

Sky has announced the launch of its Green Button advertising service, which gives viewers the option to watch long-form commercials. The company says that final testing is in progress with the service expected to launch in June 2009. The new service has been developed using the same technology as Sky’s Green Button programme reminder facility. It allows advertisers to prompt viewers to press the green button on their Sky remote to book longer-form content into their Sky Guide or to record content onto their set-top box. This longer form content, which can be anything from two minutes to two hours in length, will include extended versions of TV ads, behind…

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Leader of the tribe?

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For many, Seth Godin is a leader among marketers. In his latest book, Tribes, however, he puts forward the idea that we must all be leaders. He explains why to Marketing Age. It’s not every day you come across someone perceived to be a real hero in the field of marketing, but Seth Godin – bestselling author, speaker, blogger, entrepreneur and self-professed agent of change – appears to have nailed it, right down to the fact that he has his very own five-and-a-quarter-inch tall ‘Marketing Guru Action Figure’, complete with trademark odd socks and casual business gear. Godin’s list of achievements to date is extensive, by any standards. He has…

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Volkswagen Award for OwensDDB Print Ad

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OwensDDB’s Polo ‘Dog’ ad has been awarded gold in the print category of an internal Volkswagen competition of all of its global advertising last year. The inaugural Volkswagen Global Adwards, which took place in Geneva last week, presented gold, silver and bronze awards in online, film, outdoor, print and below the line categories. An international panel of judges picked the Polo ‘Dog’ campaign as the best Volkswagen print ad of 2008 out of 350 entries. The judges described the ad as: “world class, timeless creative that was perfectly pitched for its audience, and was beautifully crafted without any hint of taking short-cuts in the production.” They also said the ad…

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Jameson to sponsor film awards

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Jameson has signed a deal to become the title sponsor of the 2009 Empire Awards. The partnership involves sponsorship of the Best Actor Award, editorial coverage in six editions of Empire magazine and exclusive spirit status at the awards ceremony that takes place in London at the end of March 2009. “Jameson is currently involved with film all over the world including The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Ireland and film festivals and events in over 20 countries,” said Catherine O’Grady, head of PR and sponsorship for Jameson at Irish Distillers, Pernod Ricard. “This is a really exciting partnership that’s going to further strengthen and build Jameson’s relationship with film.”…

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No Easy Answers

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While sales tips books, articles, and websites may have their place within a robust sales strategy, Dave Stein maintains that they should never replace sales training or process. There is no question that there is currently an abundance of websites and books focusing on sales tips. All you have to do is type ‘sales book’ into the Amazon search facility to get an idea of the thousands of books that have been written on this subject. Many new ones are published each month, and each one has a new approach or a silver bullet – something that the author will use as a draw to try to get people to…

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Salman Rushdie: A Writer’s Tale

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Although best known as an author, Salman Rushdie previously enjoyed a successful career in advertising. Grainne Rothery heard him reminisce about his former life. Updated: October 13, 2017 As a novelist, Sir Salman Rushdie has received critical acclaim, numerous awards and accolades and, in 2007, a knighthood for his services to literature. He’s also been the subject of tremendous media attention since a fatwa was proclaimed against him by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1988, following the publication of The Satanic Verses. His talent as not just a writer, but his ability to debate and publicly discuss hot-topics publicly on nationally followed broadcasted shows such as Real Time with Bill Maher, would have…

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Crowd Surfing

A new book by David Brain and Martin Thomas redefines crowd surfing and examines how today’s savvier customers are influenced. When asked to review a book called Crowd Surfing I was excited about the prospect of getting under the skin of Iggy Pop’s concert dives. Recent research in Ireland indicates that having ‘cool parents’ has overtaken ‘I want to be famous’ as the No 1 teen aspiration in life, so this book could be the defining moment in helping me bond with my kids. Listen out for ‘There goes my dad’ at next summer’s Electric Picnic! Unfortunately, I quickly realised that I had been suckered. The book is talking about…

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