'Emerging Platforms' Category

Watch Out for these So-Called Business Breakthroughs in 2015

Posted by Anna Johansson on January 5th, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Innovation in the workplace is continuing to expand at a rapid rate in 2015. It seems that every new start-up or product launch promises to streamline your processes in one form or another, and a huge focus across the board is taking you and your team from the office and out into the world.
The question isn’t are you ready to take on all these new technologies; it’s how to spot the breakthroughs from the duds. The last thing any company can afford in 2015 is to spend money on a product that won’t add anything to the bottom line in 2016.
So here’s a shortlist of hot products talked about as business breakthroughs for 2015 and how they will really impact your enterprise:
Sekonix DLP Pico Keychain Projector
While quite a few authoritative articles have listed this as a hot product for 2015, it’s not quite the breakthrough presentation product it promised to be. Yes, it is a keychain and it is a projector. However, the reviews that tout its ability to avoid conference room projector costs and lugging around heavy equipment are a bit overboard.
The Sekonix is tiny and pretty cheap at $199. The picture quality is impressive for the size, but... Read more

eSports Racking Up Billions of Viewer Hours – and Dollars

Posted by Neal Leavitt on December 27th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

So your 13-year old son is seemingly spending every waking moment hunched over his Xbox, PS Vita, phone, tablet or (doubtful but some pre-teens and teens still use ‘em) laptop playing one endless video game after another. You’ve morphed into an avatar from his perspective; the video games have become his real world.
What do you do?
Well, if he’s really good, let him play on. eSports has finally reached critical mass and has become a multi-billion dollar business, notes market research firm SuperData Research.
Note the following from a trends brief the company put out last April:
• More than 71 million worldwide watch competitive gaming. In fact, about 14.9 million people tuned in to the 2013 World Series; last year 32 million watched the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship – more than double the audience for our so-called ‘national pastime’!
• The average eSports viewer watches 19 times a month; average session is more than two hours;
• eSports is becoming a revenue driver and marketing vehicle for online game publishers and major brands; former like Riot Games, Wargaming and Valve; examples of latter include Coca-Cola and Intel;
• The International 2013: Dota 2 prize pool was more than $2.8 million; total prize money from... Read more

Connecting Gaming & Brands

Posted by Tom Edwards on December 22nd, 2014 at 8:54 am

Two of my passions are gaming and marketing. Whenever I have the opportunity for the two to intersect I am overjoyed. Previously, I have written on the topic of advergaming (imedia) and brand integrations (IEG). This article will highlight case studies of advergaming as well as introduce edutainment case studies.
Gaming is big business. According to Gartner, the projected worldwide video game market size in 2014 will surpass $100 billion dollars. In 2014, 58% of Americans have played a video game and 68% of gamers are 18 or older. With the fragmentation and shifts in media consumption, gaming provides significant dwell times with a hyper connected audience. Brands that create authentic and relevant value that empowers gamers will “unlock” value beyond impressions.
Let’s start with terminology refresher. An Advergame is an electronic game - often low-cost or free - designed to promote a brand or product.

ADVERGAMING - Advergaming is closely associated with both above the line, through the line and below the line integration where the advertisements or brand integrations are either explicit and may be an integral part of the game or products are embedded seamlessly into the existing gameplay.
ABOVE THE LINE EXAMPLES

Burger King - Xbox 360 Licensed Games

Coca-Cola - ... Read more

3 CPG Soft Drink Social Media Campaigns Analyzed

Posted by Doug Schumacher on December 15th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

A look at the campaigns major CPG soft drink companies are running on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Brands in report are Coca-cola, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sprite, Dr Pepper and Fanta.
Report Highlights

Each campaign had a different social network drive the bulk of the engagement.
Each campaign employed a tactic for generating audience participation.
Twitter is the network with the highest posting volume in each campaign.
Twitter, despite having lower fan counts than the corresponding Facebook pages, delivered more engagements on 2 of the 3 campaigns.
Facebook is the dominant network for reach, with over 92% of the average fan count.

Instagram’s key factor to its triumph over Twitter

Posted by Winnie Brignac Hart on December 12th, 2014 at 9:29 am

Instagram made a big announcement on Wednesday – that it now has 300 million monthly active users, surpassing Twitter’s reported numbers of 284 million.
Why has Instagram surpassed Twitter?
It seems that Twitter’s growth has slowed to a crawl. One potential cause for this decline in growth may be due to the fact that Facebook purchased Instagram, which gave the channel access to an audience of 1.35 billion.

Instagram’s diversity of content has contributed greatly. The visual offers all of the popular aspects of Twitter, with little, if any, of the poor aspects. Twitter’s problem arises from its overactive noise. With Instagram, the volume is manageable and you’re likely to actually see every photo in your feed.
However, while some users favor the reliable, standardized photostream, Instagram’s limited approach to a visual-specific platform does constrict users and marketers. Twitter, on the other hand, can tweak its service and expand its offerings as much as it likes.
Getting More User Engagement
In the end, this statistic should be lighting fires under other social networks to focus less on user numbers and more on user engagement. With a 50% user base growth in 9 months, Instagram definitely has nailed it and proved its $768 million investment from Facebook.