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June 15, 2012News for marketing professionals

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  • Brands "gamify" spots with Microsoft's NUads format
    Toyota, Samsung and Unilever will be the first brands to use Microsoft's NUads format, ad units that employ Microsoft's gesture- and voice-sensitive Kinect device. Toyota has already said it will create a Camry spot that will include a poll question that can be answered through the NUads connection, and Unilever will initiate NUads for the fragrance Lynx in the U.K. Adweek (6/14), Mashable (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
2015 State of Marketing Report
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Turn your emails into consistent revenue generators.
Sometimes email is the forgotten marketing channel, but it's as reliable and profitable as ever. A study from the Direct Marketing Association says that email provides a $39.40 return on every dollar invested into it. Read our marketer's guide to learn the advantages of triggered and retargeted emails, and get real-world insights into smart email marketing from C Spire Wireless and others. Download now.

  Market Trends 
  • Democrats, GOP are divided on brand preferences
    Republicans and Democrats disagree on products and services, too, according to a Buyology survey. GOP voters tend toward BMW, Allstate, History Channel, Major League Baseball, Subway, Dunkin' Donuts and Xbox brands. Democrats prefer Jeep, Progressive, Animal Planet, Wendy's, NFL, Starbucks and Wii. Both parties agree to agree on Olay, Google, Coca-Cola, Visa and Apple. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (6/14), MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

  • Meme-licensing business can bring in big bucks
    Some creators of "memes" -- tidbits of recognizable Internet content -- are making money licensing them, writes David Sax. Ben Lashes and Viral Spiral manage meme-licensing businesses that scour the Internet for prospects and sell the rights to reference memes to brands such as Lipton, Nokia and Nike. "Properly exploited, some memes can bring in anywhere from a few thousand dollars for a single licensed broadcast of a popular video to six figures for an integrated marketing campaign based around a meme," Sax writes. Bloomberg Businessweek (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lexus creates virtual golf game for U.S. Open site
    Lexus expects to drive some 100 million impressions through its U.S. Open golf online sponsorship. Lexus is promoting the RX 350 F Sport model with a free online golf game that replicates the U.S. Open course, as well as interactive ads. The game "is a fun way for Lexus to message to potential car buyers," says WealthEngine's James Dean. Luxury Daily (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

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  AAF Spotlight 
  • AAF AdCamp
    AdCamp is an education initiative to teach high school students about professional opportunities in the advertising industry. AAF will act as host to this program again after a highly successful launch this past summer in Chicago. Sponsors, students and parents alike could not say enough positive things about the AdCamp program. This year, we will be host to an AdCamp in Chicago (June 18 to 29) and Washington, D.C. (July 9 to 20). Minority scholarships are also available to qualifying multicultural students interested in pursuing advertising as a career.

    More details and applications can be found at Spread the word to colleagues, friends, family and neighbors who have students of high school age within their household! Don't miss out this summer! Spaces are limited.

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