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I guess if you are over some digital projects then you know the problem of creating online campaign creatives from sources that were made for an offline (TV, print) activation. Photos from which the main character cannot be cut on a proper way, illustrations where some layers are missing but need to be animated, TVCs to be used as they are for a videobanner…etc. These are usually the main reasons of lame banners that lead to failures in the online communication which may enhance brand managers that the online channel is not something worth investing in.

The creative solution I have for today is something I like very much. The agency had a 60sec TVC and by using the interactive annotations some videosharing portal provides they created side channels that made the TVC live and exciting. This is not the first time of course when an agency used this feature as a base of a commercial. But I like the way of thinking and the fact that the idea might have come after the TVC was ready. All the side channels contain narrations and texts only but it is still entertaining.

It is a pity that they couldn’t arrange putting behind this video some forum spamming activity so that the TA could find it easier. Though every second Hungarian internet user is using Youtube at least once a month they don’t use it the same way like the national videosharing portals where they go and browse the videos. As a Hungarian when you upload a video to Youtube or any other international videosharing site you may also assure that your fellow Hungarians may find it.

Another Djuice-related post here on MaghiarDigiCreatics.

Leo Burnett Hungary has won a bronze award in Innovative Advertising on New York Festivals. This category covers the creative media usage therefore really respect for them! SMSBandi was a big success for a really long time here in Hungary. It really became a kult kind of thing. Something like Burger King‘s Subservient Chicken.

Here is a video from SMSBandi who performed one’s SMS to the addressee:

And you can see the award winning material here.

Respect once again for the creativity!

I like takeovers. Yes i do, beacause most of the times they are entertaining and therefore the creative itself is a valuable content for visitors. I think the biggest difference between interstitials and takeovers are this: takeovers can be entertaining while interstitials are more like big unavoidable – mainly image – adverts (unless you disable flash content in your browser). However you may find many more examples for interstitials while browsing. That’s because takeovers requires more creative work and co-ordination. Unfortunately, the tight deadlines and sometimes the lack of experience with such a complex creatives does not favor to the wide use of takeovers.

Djuice as a brand of Telenor targeting teens and young adults.  Djuice likes using not-everyday solutions and do spend a lot on online marketing communication as its target audience can be reached via online easily.

Their newest campaign is about promoting multimedia mobile services. Hungary in the CE region is an early adaptor of new mobile functions. The biggest barrier is financing the cost of new services as the biggest part of early adaptor target audience belong to the teen and young adults age group.

So Djuice came up with a promotion of giving back a weekly cost in every month for new subscribers. They created a microsite for the promotion that supports the message by funny modern artistic characters monsters:

 This graphical world is really close to these days’ most popular animation series. But, let’s see the creative that directs the microsite:

The takeover was published on Hotdog.hu, the most popular Hungarian community portal. There is a fake Hotdog opening page that looks like the real one and as the portal loaded monsters appear and conquer the whole screen. The total animation lasts for 12 seconds which is the the time limit of overlay solutions. They should automatically disappear after 12 seconds. Here I have a problem. For such a special overlay creative there should be a following ad because if the visitor is watching what’s happening and suddenly ends but cannot be recalled because one visitor can see it only once per week (there is a weekly cookie) there should be a small reminder later. Otherwise they loose the users that don’t switch in 12 seconds.

I like the creaive idea: Make fun with words. Even though they don’t cover the whole story (we are talking about multimedia content that also includes pictures, videos, music, etc.) I think the creative execution is good. I think Hotdog as a medium was a right choice. It has its own look and feel very similar to the key visuals of the campaign.

And what about the link in between the message and the product? The microsite is as nicely done as the campaign creative. What I am missing still is the connection between the visuals and the offer. I know that there are strict guidelines how to visualize the product and price offer but I would see the monsters on the product offer page presenting maybe. Without keeping them on that page these offers are too direct and tells the visitor that make no mistake this is what is important for us (for the company): selling the phones. Some might not think about that but this nuisance may negatively affect the optimal results.

Pros:
+ good creative idea
+ nice creatives
+ creative mediaplanning

Contras:
– missing follow up of takeover creative
– missing visual link between the creative and the message on the microsite

I would be glad to see such well-done campaigns on the Hungarian market. It was inspiring.