Advertisers Happy With Results of Apple’s iAd Program

by Gio Gutierrez

Advertisers are pleased with iAd’s performance, noting the level of engagement for users and their willingness to revisit ads multiple times, aiding in brand awareness.

Rob Master, the North American media director for Unilever, which put out one of the first iAds for its Dove shower products — said his company would soon launch a second iAd for its Klondike dessert bar. The company’s Dove ad featured videos and trivia games about baseball players Albert Pujols and Andy Pettitte.

The Dove ad resulted in a “double-digit” percentage of users seeking further information about the product, with 20% of viewers returning to check the ad out again. (Repeat viewers are marketers’ favorite kind — it indicates a clear interest in their brand.) That’s a good start, Master said.

Master also notes that the company’s early entrance into the iAd platform and the experience its advertising team gained with the initial launch have reduced the time and expense required for future ads in the program.

The report notes that Campbell Soup, DirectTV, General Electric and Sears are all preparing to roll out their own iAds, just as Citibank has gone live with its new ad with video and geo-location content built in to tout the company’s credit cards and iPhone apps.

HUGE Tech News

by Gio Gutierrez

It’s no longer illegal under the DMCA to jailbreak your iPhone or bypass a DVD’s CSS in order to obtain fair use footage for educational purposes or criticism. These are the new rules that were handed down moments ago by the U.S. Copyright Office. This is really big. Like, really really big.

The office looks at copyright law every three years in order to make revisions or exemptions. The six “categories” now exempt from prosecution under the DMCA are:

1. Defeating a lawfully obtained DVD’s encryption for the sole purpose of short, fair use in an educational setting or for criticism

2. Computer programs that allow you to run lawfully obtained software on your phone that you otherwise would not be able to run aka Jailbreaking to use Google Voice on your iPhone

3. Computer programs that allow you to use your phone on a different network aka Jailbreaking to use your iPhone on T-Mobile

4. Circumventing video game encryption (DRM) for the purposes of legitimate security testing or investigation

5. Cracking computer programs protected by dongles when the dongles become obsolete or are no longer being manufactured

6. Having an ebook be read aloud (ie for the blind) even if that book has controls built into it to prevent that sort of thing.

The Florida Keys & Key West remains “Unaffected”

by Uly Busch

The Florida Keys and Key West has launched a new TV spot aimed at allaying visitors concerns about the oil spill in the Gulf. The spot was created by Tinsley Advertising in Miami and shows the clear, pristine waters and laid-back atmosphere the Keys are famous for. The copy shows us the two definitions of the word “Unaffected”; 1. Not changed or modified and 2. Genuine or unpretentious. Both definitions are perfect descriptions of the Keys. Then the voice over tells us “No matter what goes on in the rest of the world the Keys will always be unaffected”. The message is clear; nothing can change the sincere, unpretentious nature of The Florida Keys and Key West. That’s the biggest reason this quirky destination has been attracting vacationers for years and will continue to do so forever.

Ads on iPad Perform Six Times Better Than on Desktop

by Gio Gutierrez

A recent study of rich media ads from textPlus, pointRoll and AdMarvel found, in the first four weeks of the iPad’s release, ad interaction times were 30 seconds, ad interaction rates range from .9 to 1/5% (6X higher than desktop ads) and 67% of users who viewed the ads’ video component watch all the way though as compared to 53% for the desktop.

Granted, some of this is likely due to novelty but if these numbers hold, there will be some willing iPad advertisers out there.

Miami Children’s Hospital “Perfect Fit” Campaign wins Best of Show.

By Rick Balter

In today’s announcement of winners by the Healthcare Marketing Report of their prestigious 27th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards, Tinsley Advertising’s “Perfect Fit” campaign for Miami Children’s Hospital captured Best of Show. With over 4,000 entries received in this year’s competition, and as the largest healthcare advertising awards competition, we take great pride in being only 1 of 16 recognized entries. The campaign also garnered a Gold in the category of Total Campaign with Television.

The 27th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards are awarded by a national panel of judges who were engaged in reviewing all entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design and overall impact. The judges recognized sixteen entrants with the Best of Show designation, for their overall excellence and breakthrough advertising production.

The Healthcare Advertising Awards is the oldest, largest and most widely respected healthcare advertising awards competition. The awards are sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report, the leading publication covering all aspects of healthcare marketing, advertising and strategic business development.

Since its inception, the “Perfect Fit” Campaign has been recognized by others as well, including:

  • The 2009 Aster Awards for its Newspaper Advertising series
  • The Florida Hospital Association 2009 Mark of Excellence Award for its TV Campaign
  • The 2009 Addys for the TV Campaign and Annual Report

We’re especially proud of the work we’ve accomplished with our partners at MCH. In addition to the many accolades received from the Advertising and Healthcare communities, this campaign has been acknowledged as being instrumental in increasing the Hospital’s Market Share to the highest level in its 60 year history.