Category Archives: Video

Super Bowl XLIV Preview: The Biggest Event of the Year

This year, the high holy day of American sports falls on Feb. 1, with kick off set for 6:30 p.m., ET as the Seattle Seahawks face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

An estimated television audience of 112 million will include a significant number of non-sports fans who are most interested in the commercials, for which NBC sold air time at a record $4.5 million per 30-second spot.

Here at DGC, we revel in all of it: The game, the parties, the commercials, the half-time show, the real-time marketing moments, social media, the second screen, the entire omni-channel experience and, of course, the PR opportunities that abound.

DGC staffers want all of our clients to win, but some have taken sides regarding the two teams that will actually play the game. Click on the video to find who they’re rooting for and why.

‘Perspectives’ on Work/Life Balance from DiGennaro’s CEO

“Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown,” Shakespeare wrote.

As CEO of the 35-person NY based agency, with outposts/partnerships in Los Angeles, London, Mumbai and Sydney — DiGennaro still manages a healthy balance between her work and her personal life. Sam founded her namesake PR firm, DiGennaro Communications (DGC), in 2006.

Sam DiGennaro on Perspectives “I just haven’t given up the things I love,” DiGennaro said of about her personal life in a seaside interview at the 2014 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity this past June. She told Katie Kempner, EVP/Chief Communications Officer at Cripsin Porter + Bogusky, and host of Perspectives with Katie Kempner. “I have sacred rituals and I don’t let anything get in the way of them. It keeps me centered and calm as the work week unfolds.”

DiGennaro talked about how she encourages a supportive, collegial atmosphere at her agency in which employees can spread their wings and embrace an entrepreneurial spirit.

Perspectives with Katie Kempner in an inspirational online series featuring conversations with women in business and how they balance business with their personal lives given today’s “always-on” mentality.

You can check out the full interview here.

Buy Audiences, not Media

The changing media landscape and technology’s increasing impact on brand, media and consumer relationships were among the topics discussed at  the annual Media:Now event, hosted by The Advertising Club of New York. The event brought together some 300 of the industry’s best and brightest on April 10.

Gary Reisman, CEO and co-founder of LEAP Media Investments, a new media company that sells high-value audiences at scale using Emotional Attachment™ technology, was on a panel titled: “Changing Paradigms in Media Investment.”

Reisman joined other media and marketing practitioners to talk about the myriad of ways in which media investment practices are being upended, reinvented and reinvigorated, including how technology is affecting the media buying process. (Check out Reisman’s remarks in the video below.)

Fellow panelists included Dave Morgan (CEO, Simulmedia); Jay Sears (SVP Marketplace Development, Rubicon Project); Adam Solomon (Vice President, Digital Ad Products and Revenue Operations, Time Inc.); and Lauren Wiener (President, Global Sales & Marketing, Tremor Video).

The discussion, which was moderated by Martin Cass (CEO, Assembly and MDC Media Partners), touched on various industry trends and topics including what’s next for programmatic, addressable video, and what lies ahead for the digital publishing industry.

Closing Remarks from Re:Think 2014

Following an exciting few days at the New York Marriott Marquis, the Advertising Research Foundation’s Re:Think 2014 conference has come to a close, after more than 168 paper submissions were presented from the top companies in business. With key insights from industry luminaries like Keith Reinhard, Carolyn Everson and Lee Garfinkel, the days were jam-packed with valuable insights and takeaways for attendees to take back to their desks and influence their work.

We caught up with Gayle Fuguitt, CEO and President of the ARF, for her biggest takeaway from the conference and how Re:Think 2014 ushered in a new era for the ARF.

For more Re:Think 2014 highlights, see below for a small sampling of the great coverage that ran this week:

Advertising Age: How Big Data Shapes AT&T’s Advertising Creative

Direct Marketing News: Video: Three Questions with the ARF’s Gayle Fuguitt

The Makegood: Why the Best Advertising is Formed When Art Meets Science

Audiences Growing with Live TV: Blame #FOMO

Sochi Olympics 2014

Now that we’ve watched a puppy befriend a Clydesdale in a Budweiser spot and 80’s icons come together for RadioShack’s ad during the Super Bowl, audiences are engaged with TV’s current big event – the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The Olympics are a huge investment for both advertisers and its broadcaster NBCUniversal. For the Sochi Games, NBCUniversal shelled out a reported $775 million for U.S. media rights and is spending an estimated $100 million more to produce the event.

In 2010, when the Winter Games were held in Vancouver, news outlets reported that NBCUniversal lost $223 million from the broadcast. Why? Despite a favorable time zone for U.S. viewers, the Vancouver Games took place during a dip in ad spending caused by the recession.

Times have certainly changed in four years. Ad spending is up – NBCUniversal is reported to be making $900 million this time around. Media habits have also changed. Audience levels for live events, including awards shows and sports, have grown exponentially given that viewers experience FOMO – the “fear of missing out” and being left out of the conversation that unfolds on social media.

TV viewing is no longer just about contributing to the next day’s water cooler conversation. Twitter and Facebook trending topics, Buzzfeed memes and blogging serve as real-time barometers of pop culture and current events, encouraging potential viewers to tune in and engage as the action happens.

Social media enables networks to “amplify” sporting events and awards shows into true multiplatform experiences. As such, broadcasters are innovating and implementing social TV initiatives – whether it’s encouraging the use of certain hashtags, showcasing viewers’ tweets on screen or running contests through social media platforms.

The Sochi Games are no different – NBCUniversal is capitalizing on the power of these platforms. The company recently announced partnerships with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+ and other such sites, allowing fans to view exclusive video content and engage with Olympics commentators and athletes.  

Brands have also been keen to connect with the millions of engaged fans on social media.  For the brands not officially sponsoring live sporting events or awards shows, social media offers the opportunity to sneak into the conversation – like JCPenney did tweeting the Super Bowl with its Team USA mittens. It’s too early to tell what brand is winning the social conversation during the Olympics, but the athletes themselves have been doing a great job stirring conversations around #SochiProblems.

There’s no doubt that live events offer broadcasters and brands alike an opportunity to engage with an avid audience. The dual forces of television and social media are pushing us into experiencing live events on second and third screens to redefine “TV.”

Yes, times have certainly changed – we do watch whatever we want, whenever we want. However, when it comes to awards shows and live sporting events like the Olympics – #FOMO is at its most rampant.    

Think Nothing Big Happened at the Super Bowl? Think Again.

Sunday night proved to be a bit of a bore with the Seahawks dominating the entirety of the game. So what kept us watching at DGC? The marketing showdown of course! Here are a few trends that emerged from the biggest night in advertising:

  • Nostalgia trumped glitz: A lot of brands like Anheuser-Busch, Chevrolet and Maserati took the sentimental route, opting for feel-good over splashy spots. For example, Microsoft inspired us with a :60 spot narrated by Steve Gleason, a former NFL player with ALS, through the use of eye tracking technology on a tablet. Steve speaks about how technology has the power to “take us places we’ve only dreamed of” as we see images of technology helping a woman hear for the first time, a child run with prosthetic legs and an elderly man losing his eyesight paint.
  • Brands ambush the Super Bowl: Brands that didn’t have TV spots during the big game got creative in how to reach large audiences. Newcastle was a winner, enlisting Anna Kendrick to star in its video “Behind the Scenes of the Mega Huge Football Game Ad Newcastle Brown Ale Almost Made.” While on the other end of the spectrum, jcpenney was sending out tweets filled with typos, calling it a stunt to promote its “Go USA” mittens. Other brands certainly had fun in the social conversation – Coors Light chimed in to suggest the department store drink responsibly and Kia offered a designated driver.
  • Light humor reigned: There was far less over the top, slapstick humor during this year’s big game. Outside of the expected Go Daddy ad, brands and advertisers went with lighter humor. Take Volkswagen’s “Wings” spot created by Project: Worldwide agency ARGONAUT where every 100,000 miles, a German engineer received a pair of wings. And in TurboTax’s “Love Hurts,” the brand compared watching the game between two teams that aren’t your own to watching your crush dance the night away at prom with a cool dude that isn’t you. And, on another nostalgic note, DGC client David&Goliath brought us back to The Matrix in its newest spot for Kia.
  • Double spots: Brands like Pistachio and Chevy doubled up on spots during the game. For instance, we got to see Stephen Colbert try to rely on his fame alone to carry the pistachio commercial but unfortunately fell short. In the second spot, the branding is amplified to the point where Colbert cracks his head open to reveal a pistachio inside.

And it didn’t stop there. Denver-based DGC client and Project: Worldwide agency Motive, along with Mekanism, created the Super Bowl Halftime Show for Pepsi. And DGC client Pandora hosted a “Pandora Presents” Event at the Bud Light Hotel in NYC on January 31. The show was headlined by Imagine Dragons, who just came off its well-received Grammy performance and Grammy award win the previous weekend.

We hope you enjoyed game day as much as we did. What was your favorite part?

Check Out New Film A.C.O.D. Directed by Friend of DGC Stu Zicherman

A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce), a film co-written and directed by Friend of DGC Stu Zicherman, hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles this Friday, October 4th and in Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, Dallas and San Francisco the following Friday, October 11th.

A.C.O.D. follows Carter (Adam Scott), a seemingly well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce. Having survived the madness of his parents’ (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) divorce, Carter now has a successful career and supportive girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). But when his younger brother (Clark Duke) gets engaged, Carter is forced to reunite his bitterly divorced parents and their new spouses (Amy Poehler and Ken Howard) for the wedding, causing the chaos of his childhood, including his wacky therapist (Jane Lynch), to return.

Go to the link below to view the trailer and find theaters/showtimes.  You can also find out information about A.C.O.D. actors and filmmakers doing Q&A’s after screenings in NY and LA this weekend.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/video-hot-trailer-a-c-o-d-adam-scott/

Successful Women Share “Perspectives” on Work-Life Balance with Katie Kempner

Katie Kempner was on set at this year’s Advertising Week event, filming episodes for her show, “Perspectives with Katie Kempner.” The interviews were also streamed live through a partnership with Huffington Post LIVE to help deliver insights from many highly successful women to those that couldn’t attend this year’s Advertising Week in person.

The interviews are designed to inspire and empower women in their quest to live happy, healthy and meaningful lives, both personally and professionally through their career. Katie’s interviewees share their personal (and sometimes hilarious) stories of work-life balance and how to embrace all of the twists and turns that a career in advertising and marketing can present, from how to create your own version of modern-day balance, the challenges that come with trying to be “always on” and why a fabulous pair of shoes can help you more than you think.

Check out these “Perspectives” interviews from Advertising Week to hear more insights from these successful business women:

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Amanda Morgan McAllister, Head of U.S. Marketing for Microsoft Advertising

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Heidi Browning, SVP, Strategic Solutions at Pandora

Sharon Napier

Sharon Napier, CEO Partners + Napier, a Project:WorldWide Agency

Nancy Reyes

Nancy Reyes, Managing Director of Goodby Silverstein & Partners NY

What TV Shows Will You Likely Watch This Fall?

Every fall TV season brings hits and misses – and the crop of new shows this year is no different.

 With the week of premieres on the horizon, Gary Reisman, CEO of brand strategy and content alignment company NewMediaMetrics, sat down with Lynette Rice, West Coast News Editor of Entertainment Weekly and host of “Inside TV” on Sirius XM 105, to reveal top insights and predictions from his company’s 2013 LEAP™ TV Study.

One of the top findings from the study  – the top 10 shows for the fall 2013 TV season that have a high probability for success are:

Rank

New for Fall 2013

Network

1 The Crazy Ones CBS
2 The Michael J. Fox Show NBC
3 Sleepy Hollow Fox
4 Ironside NBC
5 Hostages CBS
6 Almost Human Fox
7 The Blacklist NBC
8 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC
9 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland ABC
10 Reign CW

For the past seven years, NMM has made these predictions with more than 80 percent accuracy by measuring consumers’ Emotional Attachment (EA) to show concepts – a nod to how the media industry should assess content with an evaluation at the front end of the production process.

On the EW radio show, Gary talked about the shows most likely to miss the mark with audiences this season and refuted the suggestion that this process could take the creativity out of content creation. Listen to an excerpt from the Sirius interview with Gary here and here.

 

Grab a Hold of the Vine for Your PR

It’s been nearly five months since Vine was introduced as a free iOS app and since then it’s become one of the most downloaded applications in the Apple App Store. Vine, introduced by Twitter in 2012, enables users to create and post six-second video clips that can be shared on social networking channels like Twitter and Facebook. vine-app-hed-2013

The very idea of video creation is all about storytelling, while connecting and engaging viewers. But can you do that in only six seconds? Tribeca Film Festival founder Robert De Niro thinks so. In April, De Niro was asked about the effect of technology on the festival and filmmaking itself. He responded by calling Vine an “interesting thing,” and said:

“Six seconds of beginning, middle and end. I was just trying to time on my iPhone six seconds just to get a sense of what that is. It can actually be a long time.”

  • Vine in the News: News outlets are getting in the Vine action, too. In February, Tulin Saloglu, a columnist for Al-Monitor and a New York Times contributor, successfully used Vine to capture terrorist attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. By posting the videos to her @turkeypulse Twitter feed, Daloglu’s films were one of the first attempts to use Vine for journalism purposes.
  • Vine + RyGos: Given Vine’s short form, its success in the world of memes is no surprise. Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal went viral last week, propelling creator Ryan McHenry’s following on Vine from eight followers to more than 15,000 (McHenry also has nearly 4.000 followers on Twitter now—we’re curious to know what the figure was before #RGWEHC hit) and no doubt sparking ongoing spoon torment for RyGos.
  • Vine in the White House: Vine is also becoming political. On April 22, the White House joined the bandwagon, publishing its first Vine video through its official Twitter account by announcing the annual White House Science Fair.

As the app continues to gain momentum, we at DGC are cognizant of the need to begin leveraging Vine with our clients. When pitching media, Vine can be used to raise awareness of pending news in a fun, viral way—you can develop Vine videos to tease hints of potential news announcements to get media buzzing before a big launch. Since Vine only allows for six seconds of recorded footage, it caters to us PR pros looking to get a message across quickly and succinctly.

Vine can also help with clients’ social media channels like Twitter. For your next social contest, consider asking users to submit a Vine video, allowing you to grow your clients’ following by leveraging new and existing hashtags. You can even think about distributing a social media release with Vine videos embedded to give the campaign wider exposure and drive traffic.

Do you have more ideas on how Vine can be used by the PR industry? Let us know in the comments below!

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