Partnerships: Foursquare v Starbucks, Courvoisier v Daily Show

Foursquare Lands New Partnership With Starbucks
Starbucks is partnering with location-based social network Foursquare to offer discounts to its most loyal customers, Mashable reports. The “mayor” of each Starbucks location — the person who has checked-in there on Foursquare the most — is entitled to $1 off of any Frappuccino. It’s a one-time offer, lasting only for the next month, but Foursquare says it is confident that it will continue working with Starbucks on more offers in the future.

Courvoisier, the UK’s number one selling cognac, is to become the first sponsor of More4’s The Daily Show. The deal, brokered by ZenithOptimedia, forms part of a £15m investment in Courvoisier in the UK this year by its owner Maxxium. It will comprise a series of idents screened from 2 June for a whole year, aimed at promoting Courvoisier as a mixable and versatile drink for cocktails and punch. The move follows its 3D advertising campaign on Channel 4 in November.
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Recession: Unbranded Couch-Potatoism …

Consumers are defecting from iconic CPG brands as they try to save money by purchasing less-expensive store and private-label brands. While this trend is not new, it has become more pervasive since the economic downturn started in December 2007, per eMarketer. In fact, 59 percent of U.S. consumers reported having switched to store brand food and household products over the past six months, according to a May 2009 study by ICOM.


Recession Intensifies ‘Couch Potatoism’ as TV, Internet Converge
Some 26% more Americans chose TV as their favorite type of media than they did last year, according to a new study by Deloitte, which lends credence to the theory that the recession has intensified America’s love for television. The study revealed that more than 70% of respondents ranked TV among their top-three favorite media activities; 34% placed it at the top of the list. TV also snared more than double the numbers of the second most popular media choice, the internet, which came in at 14%, according to MediaBuyerPlanner.

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3DTV: Courvoisier, The Queen

Courvoisier is to become the first brand to run 3D TV advertising in the UK. The spot, which will air during Channel 4‘s ‘3D Week’ next month, will be shown during several shows, including The Queen In 3D and The Greatest Ever 3D Moments. Channel 4’s ‘3D Week’ is sponsored by Sainsbury’s, which will distribute 3D specs in its stores but will not run any 3D TV ads.
Channel 4 is hosting a week of 3D programming and advertising starting with ‘The Paul O’Grady Show‘ followed by ‘The Queen in 3D’ at 9pm. O’Grady’s show will appear in three dimensions at points during the programme, while the Queen documentary features a 3D colour newsreel of Elizabeth II, created over 50 years ago during her Coronation year and shot by cameramen Bob Angell and Arthur Wooster.

Possibly related:

3D Queen footage to be screened (news.bbc.co.uk)
UK Channel 4 set to throw some 3D programming our way (engadget.com)
Does 3D TV leave you feeling a bit flat? (guardian.co.uk)

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    Death and Life of TV

    The Death And Life Of Television
    A post I missed from The Ad Contrarian: “Even though people have the opportunity to watch video on their computers and cellphones, TV accounts for 99 percent of all video consumed in 2008…” Interesting point of view and an unarguable stat (there are many more in the article). Except: what are people watching and how are they watching it on “TV” – in its many forms? I don’t think we should return to the TV-Centric dystopia of th3 50s-90s, but neither should we discount TVs undoubted power. I wonder if the Contrarian was railing against :30 ads back in the day they were the advertisers’ default choice?

    death and life of tv

    DVRs: Not quite such a threat after all
    According to the most recent estimates from Nielsen, nearly one-third of all television households have a DVR, and the device is far from its saturation point. Still, media people may not need to fear a huge dropoff in commercial viewing due to time-shifted viewing.

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