Posts Tagged ‘Video Games’

COMPARISON ADS

February 2, 2010

Happy New Year!  At some point I will write a Newsletter (which also appears on my Facebook page, etc) on why I haven’t been writing newsletters recently…but not now.  Today I want to rip-off some more business’s  advertising ideas.

Have you seen the Allstate Insurance TV spots where they compare their competitor’s prices to Allstate’s?  We could do the same type of ads comparing money a consumer spends on a video game…or trip to the movies that one thinks is so inexpensive…or going out to dinner, etc, to going to a live event or purchasing music.  The comparisons don’t and shouldn’t be limited to a financial message, since our ticket prices aren’t exactly cheap…and we all have seen what younger consumers think the value of recorded music should be.

There probably isn’t a person alive today that doesn’t mark important times or periods in their lives…good or bad, with a song or piece of music.  Many of remember decades by the type of music prominent at the time… 70’s Rock, 80’s New Wave and Punk, etc.  Do you think the casual gamer has the first game they ever owned…although I am very sentimental to Pong?  But you never forget your first concert.  Now that I’ve taken my 12-year old Gwen to a few, she told me she wants me to take her to as many live shows as I can.  Gwen is now hooked on live music!

Experiment…in your next ad, instead of the same old music video, new single, and frame with the B.S. “call to action”, try comparing going to a Zac Brown Band concert (just an example since I’m a fan and we were talking about him in the office today) to going to a movie.  It’s a no brainer for a consumer after that.  Price is very comparable… Zac is only in town a few times a year at most…it is fun, communal …you can go with friends…you can meet members of the opposite sex, that show will only happen once as no-show is exactly the same…but the movie and theatre aren’t going anywhere…just to name a few. 

Hope to hear from you on the subject.  Let me know what you come up with.  Also, the movie trailer concept is something we all should consider.  More on that in the Aspen Live wrap-up which will be headed your way shortly.

Have a great day!

Jim Lewi

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GOING ON DEFENSE

November 30, 2009

Just as the labels took-on fans in the music business, it started with a lawsuit in telecom as well.  AT&T sued Verizon for “false claims” believing it was Verizon’s advertising and not AT&T’s service that was hurting the company.  But as a very long time AT&T customer (yes they’ve gone through several name changes in the process) I can tell you that Verizon found a real weakness in their competitor and exploited it.  Verizon’s coverage, service, whatever you want to call it is better than AT&T from my experience.  AT&T needed to go on the defensive with their marketing…a long time ago.  It took till mid-November to get something from them.

Verizon was eating AT&T’s lunch for them.  Check out this for creativity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JgrBtn8XdU&feature=player_embedded.  So AT&T hired Luke Wilson as their spokesperson and finally went on the defensive while at the same time highlighting their network’s strengths.  If you watch NFL football, chances are you have seen these commercials.   

In Live Entertainment, we could go on defense too.  What if we were to create similar ads where stars compare and contrast other forms of entertainment to live?  For example, would you rather play a video game alone in your room, even if you are playing with other gamers over the internet, or would you rather go and sing, scream, dance, eat, drink, and have fun with your friends at a concert?  Bono said something at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction concert on HBO (I wasn’t at the concert) that really said it all…”Rock-n-Roll is Liberation”.  What gamer could put that kind of cherry on top?

Have you seen the ads for California tourism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md69zCJKD1c?  How about the creative radio spots for Vegas?  The fact that our business isn’t investing in itself is a testimony to why we have an attrition problem.  We are competing with entertainment with huge marketing budgets.  We can’t do that.  Yet it’s Live Entertainment that has the amazing communal experiences… and cool stars that have a direct pipeline to fans. 

Let’s start now! It doesn’t have to cost a lot.  It could just be a web/Twitter/blog thing.  Watch how many tickets fly out the door!

Speak with you soon…

Jim

DEALS ARE GETTING DONE

April 8, 2009

We had another great turnout for this month’s meeting of ” The Aspen Dinner Club” last Thursday in Los Angeles.  I got glowing reports back from NY, Austin, and Indy…and we are talking about adding San Francisco and Boston next month.  You don’t have to be in Live Entertainment or Music to be a part.  All are welcome.  So last Thursday, Gang, Tyre, Ramer, and Brown’s Gene Salomon brought someone from the TV business.

Gene’s friend was from Mark Burnett Productions and his energy was infectious.  We spent the most time talking about how “everyone wants to make deals right now in Hollywood”.  It was an interesting observation.  Although there was “no money”, there was content that needed to be distributed and actors, directors, and so on that needed to be paid.  So some money was better than none.  Deals were being made.  Can’t we do that in our business too?

Live Entertainment suffers from small marketing budgets relative to the entertainment dollars we compete for with the likes of video games and the movie business (# 2 advertiser).  Brands have trouble getting their message heard but have real marketing budgets.  We should be getting deals done just like the TV and movie businesses. 

Although “it’s not about the money, it’s about the money”…it doesn’t always have to be about the money.  It can be about bringing in the money.  Let’s try partnering with corporate America rather than waiting for them to write a check…although I’ll never turn-down money.

Speak with you soon…

Jim