'Entertainment' Category

Technology Transforming the Fashion Industry

Posted by Neal Leavitt on November 27th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Last week after a nice lunch with my sister, niece, brother-in-law and cousin, I got corralled into following them into Nordstrom’s in downtown San Francisco. I quickly realized that with only two magazines, a book, and a smartphone, it would be a challenging afternoon.
And once my niece pulled about a half-dozen outfits off a rack and said “I just want to try on a few things,” the situation became untenable. Elevated heart rate. Accelerated pulse. Beads of sweat on forehead. If the store had started playing Slim Whitman songs, my head would have exploded, similar to what happened to the little green Martians in Tim Burton’s campy Mars Attacks.
Quickly gave everyone a hug and said I was dashing out to Ghirardelli’s for a sundae (dark chocolate hot fudge; medical studies have indicated dark chocolate’s good for you, ergo, Ghirardelli’s sundaes are healthy. Bit of twisted logic but effective for assuaging any guilt feelings).
But while scraping away the last nanometer of ice cream, it got me thinking about how technology has radically changed the fashion industry in just a few short years.
“Technology is now completely ingrained in our interaction and relationship with fashion retail,” said... Read more

2015 Just Around the Corner: So What’s the Skinny on Digital Marketing Trends?

Posted by Neal Leavitt on October 26th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Quality content. Content marketing. Mobile-friendly content. Ad retargeting.
Scores of pundits and prognosticators awake and arise this time of year from their marketing crypts to make predictions, outline scenarios on what they see as hot digital marketing trends for the upcoming year. And we see a lot of those aforementioned terms – and others – you know what some of them are - year-after-year, being bandied about and re-purposed.
To use some pirate vernacular, “arrrggggghhhhhh!”
All good-intentioned, most impart a lot of useful info-nuggets but it’s easy to get lost in the morass.
So is there anything really interesting that might help drive awareness of products/services, and ultimately sales next year?
Yup.
Internet Retailer recently did a search marketing survey (full results being published in November) from mid-September to mid-October encompassing responses from 95 participants; about two-thirds identified themselves as working for web-only retailers.
Some interesting survey snippets:
• 46.2% reported increased traffic to their e-commerce sites over the past year through natural, or organic search;
• 32.9% generated at least half of their online sales through their paid search and organic search programs combined;
• 40.3% said their search marketing budgets increased over the past year;
• 53.3% said they would increase their pay-per-click search spending... Read more

Why Joel Hyatt Says Current TV Was the Most Innovative News Network

Posted by Morgan Sims on October 1st, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Current TV co-founder and CEO Joel Hyatt has often discussed the contributions of that network to modern broadcasting. Not only did Current TV's innovations bring more viewer participation to mainstream TV, it’s very founding process was an object lesson in the evils of a concentrated industry. That makes Hyatt's success in launching Current TV as much an innovation as any technique that he pioneered.
Current TV Exposed the TV Broadcasting Oligopoly
Your cable or satellite menu looks like a melting pot of options. There are literally hundreds of channels. The problem is, a handful of companies control them. Disney, for example, owns the channels that bear the Disney brand, plus channels with the brands ABC and ESPN. NBC owns NBC-branded channels plus USA, Bravo, and Syfy. That list is far from comprehensive.
There's also a small group of providers distributing airtime. That makes entering the business almost impossible for independent startup channels. The problem was epitomized when a network whose co-founder was former Vice President Al Gore couldn't get cable and satellite providers to carry it.
Hyatt and Gore beat the distribution blues by buying a small news network, Newsworld International, and inheriting its 17-million household distribution. That put Current TV on the air.... Read more

How Smartphones Have Changed the Entertainment Industry

Posted by Morgan Sims on September 15th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Smartphones have changed a lot about modern life. The entertainment industry has certainly experienced a lot of challenges. Here are four ways that smartphones have changed the industry.
Audiences are Laughing at You, Not With You
The evolution of 4G phones has changed the way that people experience the world. It doesn't take long before smartphone owners start to rely on their devices for everything from directions to Internet access.
As people have gotten used to carrying small, Internet-ready devices, problems from past decades start to look humorous instead of dramatic. Iconic '80s movies like National Lampoon's Vacation and Friday the 13th look silly to audiences yelling at main characters to just call someone for help.
When the Griswolds get lost in the desert, older viewers who grew up without mobile technology have to explain to younger audiences that Google Maps wasn't an option. When a murderer creates havoc at Crystal Lake, young viewers throw their hands up in disbelief because no one calls the police.
When TV and cable stations air movies made as recently as two decades ago, they have to know that young viewers will find the plots frustrating because they don't seem relevant to the way people solve problems today.
Everyone on... Read more

Report: Social Media Analysis – Luxury Auto Manufacturers

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 24th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Automobiles are often objects of passion, and as such, can be well suited to social media. But as this report shows, not all luxury autos are created equal. At least not when it comes to drawing fans and generating engagement on social networks.
The Zuum report “Social Media Analysis - Luxury Autos” is an industry benchmarking and content exploration into where the fans are in that industry, and what engages them. It looks at 12 of the Luxury Automobile brands. Social media networks included in the analysis are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.
Key Highlights and Takeaways:

Facebook is the dominant network for most brands in this industry, but considerable activity is moving over to Instagram
Google+ has considerable fan base overall, but is driving minimal engagement with brand content
There’s surprisingly little promotion of posts on Facebook from these brands
Mercedes is prompting their fans on Facebook to join them on Instagram. A possible move in reaction to Facebook’s declining reach issue.
Auto-enthusiast magazines are generating significant engagement for some of the brands, something brands should leverage when possible, as not all press will be entirely possible.

Brands analyzed are: Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volvo.