A quick perusal of the advertising trades over the last six months shows the emergence of a new cocktail: a shot of heady new technologies like social marketing with a splash of old favorites like email and CRM. This is an encouraging development.
It shows that the industry is willing to embrace all that is new and exciting, without sacrificing the focus on ROI. The latter is especially important as the ability to deliver measurable results is what has driven online advertising's growth over the last decade.
Take a look at some of the marketers that are converging branding and performance campaigns:
In what has to be a watershed moment for advertising, Pepsi decided not to advertise during the Super Bowl. Instead, it decided to engage consumers in a two-way dialogue through social networks. To quote Lauren Hobart from TIME magazine, "It's a big shift. We explored different launch plans, and the Super Bowl just wasn't the right venue, because we're really trying to spark a full-year movement from the ground up. The plan is to have much more two-way dialogue with our customers."
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