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Using Nicole Kidman to demonstrate the future of advertising on TV

The future of video advertising is via clickable interactive links embedded within the video. I promise. This Nike campaign for it’s new look book is a pretty basic idea but executed really nicely.

Imagine this: You know the Chanel Advert with Nicole Kidman in Paris? Well imagine if you were watching that on your connected television, and at any single point you could use your remote control to stop the advert and it would give you information about what was on screen at that given second.

It would go like this: Nicole Kidman is stood (for example) outside the Eiffel Tower. Wearing a vintage Chanel dress from 1923. The car in the background is a vintage Rolls Royce and she is wearing gold eye shadow (I’m making this up) I pause the video and I can click on any of the above objects and either buy them or find information out about them.

So in pausing the advert during that particular shot and clicking on the Eiffel Tower I am directed to let’s say the Trip Advisor website which pulls in an article about Paris (or a Guardian Travel article, Frommers guide etc). Which ever brand wanted to be associated with ‘Paris’ would pay on a PPC basis.

Then I get bored of looking at Paris, so I click on the dress and I am directed to the Chanel website which gives me a brief history of the dress. In 1923 Coco Chanel wore the exact dress to a party where she talked to Winston Churchill. Didn’t know that before I watched the advert. Wow- I’m starting to like Chanel even more.  I want to buy into the heritage of the brand.  The Chanel website then suggests that I may like the gold eyeshadow. So I buy it online on my internet enabled TV. Chanel eyeshadows are about £18. Now imagine if every advert you watched had every single object and location tagged- you could pause it at any point and buy any object on your screen. Ker ching.

I don’t have time at this moment to think about the moralistic element of this idea/reality by the way. But I will and I’ll re edit the post as and when.

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TRAP.IT my new favourite website.

During an average couple of weeks I go on the following websites religiously:

Tech Crunch
Fast Company
The New York Times
The Guardian
About three thousand food blogs
About four thousand design blogs
Cheap Flights.com
The Fancy
Blog pages of ‘freelance social media consultants/brand advisers” whose updates I look at with utter dismay. I do it more to get annoyed by the fact they are being flown first class to NYC to give a presentation on hashtags. #getagrip

ANYWAY, given what I do and what I like, I always find myself researching new trends and TV related stuff, however when the whole of the interwebz is at my disposal it seems shoddy that my online life is so limited. Step forward TRAP.IT.

TRAP.IT has just launched in public beta and uses the same A.I technology as Siri.
You select ‘traps’ of things you’re interested in, such as design, technology, business, or finance and it pulls together the latest articles from across the web. You also create your own traps by searching for a topic. I searched for ‘Trans Siberian’ and discovered some great travel blogs I would otherwise not have known existed.

You ‘like’ the content that appeals to you and over time TRAP.IT will learn what you like and don’t like and give you (hopefully) content that is tailored to you’re interests.

The UI is really nice, it’s easy to sign up using Twitter or Facebook and I think it could change the way people use the web and their reliance on Google.

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Boohoo – A Fashionable Success for the North West

 Nicola Radin Looks At This Manchester Based Online Fashion Retailer Who Are Cashing In on  A Clever Affliate Model.

Online shopping is continuing to grow, something which has been attributed to faster and cheaper access to the Internet. In 2006 £30.2bn was spent online (IMRG, January 2007). It has even been predicted that by 2011 there will be 32m UK consumers shopping online, adding up the value of their goods to almost £52bn. (Forrester, UK ecommerce Forecast 2006-2011, March 2007). Boohoo.com is a prime example of the development of e-commerce, demonstrating the move from the shop floor to the cybernetic window.   Boohoo is an internet fashion retailer who has chosen to locate their business in the heart of Manchester. Their exterior may look like any other former factory but inside their cool interiors (I’ve heard rumours of parrots in reception) reflects their inspired designs based on the latest catwalk styles. Founded in 2006 Boohoo has built a reputation for high quality, high fashion, reasonably priced clothes with the added bonus of next day delivery.  

 Boohoo knows how to utilise the internet to maximise its business, Boohoo affiliates is proof of that. Boohoo affiliates offers small online business the chance to advertise Boohoo.com on their website and in return the business will receive 8% commission from the new sales it has helped boohoo generate. Cookie systems monitored by a third party, Affiliate Window ensure unbiased, transparent financial results for the small businesses. Boohoo is paying for advertisement that it knows has generated sales, compared to other companies who are paying premium rates for advertisement spots on specific websites related to their products.  That’s a very nice business model-and its clearly paying off.


 Locating their head office in Manchester offers cheaper office space compared to London where rivals ASOS are based. Both have a similar demographic but Boohoo’s cheaper prices for similar products may well give them the edge. Boohoo realised that in today’s digital age being based in London is not vital part of a successful business, especially not an Internet one. Their advertisement model and location has helped to give customers competitively priced fashion products, which is essential in an online market more competitive than ever, as well as exhibiting the integrity of Boohoo’s ethos.  

 The real proof of Boohoo’s success is in emulation. Only this month Boohoo was awarded an injunction in a landmark case against new company Miss Boo, who were targeting the same audience as boohoo and selling similar items. Boohoo was concerned that customers searching for their companies website might land on Miss Boo and not know the difference due to their similarities. Google AdWords were used as evidence of the potential trademark infringement.  

 Boohoo’s clothes, shoes and accessories are featured regularly in magazines such as More, Heat and Closer because their products emulate the catwalks at such a good price. They are leaping from the cybernetic ether to the print of the real world.


Nicola Radin is a Freelance Writer based in Manchester, UK

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