'Entertainment' Category

Marketing Baseball Cards: Bubble, Boom or Bust?

Posted by Neal Leavitt on October 30th, 2015 at 5:54 pm

“Say it ain’t so Joe!”

Those words were supposedly uttered by a small boy outside the Cook County (IL) Courthouse to ‘Shoeless Joe’ Jackson. He had just finished testifying to a grand jury; one of eight Chicago White Sox baseball players who allegedly took bribes allowing the Cincinnati Reds to win the 1919 World Series. Jackson was banned from baseball after the 1920 season but was found innocent in 1921 by a jury.
Debates have raged for 90+ years on Jackson’s guilt or innocence; his baseball cards, however, have stood the test of time. Currently on eBay, for example, you can buy a 1909 E90-1 American Caramel rookie for $10,999.95. If you’ve got some spare change hidden in the sofa, you can grab a 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Rookie RC #311 for only $38,795, also on eBay (with free shipping!). And in late April, a T206 Honus Wagner card sold at auction for $1.32 million.
While the market for certain types of baseball cards is still strong, a paucity of children and even teenagers at major baseball card shows in recent years appears to be the proverbial canary in the coal mine. Baseball card prices have been falling in recent years... Read more

On taking the Graphic Novel format into Virtual Reality (A Brand Entertainment Perspective)

Posted by Clyde Desouza on September 19th, 2015 at 11:10 pm

Virtual Reality has the power to engage audience on never seen before scales. People are hooked to 3 to 4 minute long "VR experiences" where as commonly eyeballs are desensitized to online adverts and youtube ads are skipped in 4 seconds... discover how VR can contribute to Branded Entertainment through one such innovation - India's First Cinematic VR film.

Emerging Technologies Showcased at SIGGRAPH 2015 Could Be Tomorrow’s Products

Posted by Neal Leavitt on August 20th, 2015 at 6:23 pm

SIGGRAPH has always served as a unique forum for an array of cool and innovative technologies and computer graphics approaches. Last week’s SIGGRAPH 2015 conference continued the trend.
This marked the 42nd conference and exhibition; SIGGRAPH reported that almost 15,000 attendees, partners and media from 70+ nations descended upon the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Kristy Pron, SIGGRAPH’s Emerging Technologies Program Chair said at this year’s conference, “we wanted to find technologies that can be applied to daily life, whether it will be tomorrow or in a few years. We also wanted to uncover practical emerging technology apps from various industries such as automotive.”
So here are a few examples that are still in the nascent stage but could have real-world applications soon:
SemanticPaint – A collaborative effort by Microsoft, the University of Oxford and Stanford University. The SIGGRAPH demo unveiled what the research team says is a “new and interactive and online approach to 3D scene understanding.” The system lets users simultaneously scan their environment and interactively segments a scene by “reaching out and touching any desired object or surface.” Users have continuous live feedback online. The researchers further stated that errors can be immediately corrected in the segmentation and/or learning, which... Read more

What tourism DMOs are doing on Instagram

Posted by Doug Schumacher on August 13th, 2015 at 9:27 am

Last year we reported how tourism DMOs are using Instagram to generate impressive engagement levels. So thought we’d check in on some of the leading brands in that industry and see what they’re current Instagram activity looks like.
In the Instagram Leaderboard chart below, we’ve tracked some of the largest state tourism DMOs for the month of July. The chart contains the major high-level KPIs used to evaluate social media activities. Posting volume is always one of the big questions, and the posting rate is more than one time per day for these tourism offices, at an average of 34 posts per month each. Colorado is posting over two times per day average, at 81.

The fan growth rate column shows in impressive average of over 10%, just in July alone. That means on average this industry will double their Instagram fan count in 7 months. If Florida keeps their pace up, they’ll double in 3.5 months.
Of course it’s easy to grow a community quickly when it’s small. So how do these Instagram fan counts compare to other networks in this industry? The Global Fan Leaderboard below shows that while some brand have attained considerably high fan counts, like Pure Michigan, in general, all these DMOs still have... Read more

Q&A: Chris Lindland, CEO of Betabrand on Newsjacking HP T-Gate (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on July 31st, 2015 at 10:51 am

Betabrand knows how to break news. Or at least break into it.
The San Francisco-based online clothing company has a history of newsjacking—it made a name for itself when Mark Zuckerberg met with Wall Street bankers in (what else) a hoodie. Zuckerberg's sister Randi stumbled upon Betabrand's $148 Executive Hoodie (think worsted wool) and inventories instantly sold out.
Fast forward to this week, and the small brand has made an art of fast-turn content marketing that this week included a one-take video capitalizing on reports that Silicon Valley legend HP was banning t-shirts in its engineering department to recruit some engineers of its own.
That was Monday. On Tuesday I told CEO Chris Lindland that he had a hit on his hands. By Wednesday Adweek and FastCompany had covered the video. And whether responding to it or simply the news reports, HP Human Resources felt the need to post its own video reassuring employees that the ban was just an unfounded rumor.
I talked with Chris again this morning about his amazing week—and what is says about effective content marketing in general—and powerhouse newsjacking in particular.
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