The article that I chose to edit on Wikipedia was the one about "Invisible Children". This article contained very little information about what the movie and organization was actually about and what they have actually accomplished. So, I updated the site to include this information on Friday (11/23/09). I checked periodically over the break and my edits page has not changed. As of today (11/29/09), all of my changes are still being displayed. There is a warning on the page that states that the article's "tone or style may not be appropriate for Wikipedia", but this message was there before my changes were made. The changes can be seen below:
One possible technology of the future that was presented on the “Future Of” is Immortal Avatars. This featured 3D technology that would create extremely life like computer versions of any given person. Among other things, their avatar would have the ability to match their speaking and facial patterns once properly recorded. Not only could this work to keep friends and loved ones close when they are far away or gone, but also it could serve as a learning tool where students can hear about historical happenings directly from the person who experienced it.
One marketing technique that could be used for this product is the idea of emotional branding. Much of the “Future Of” segment focused on the idea that people could still keep loved ones close after death. So, emotional branding would be an ideal approach for this target market. If the idea of Immortal Avatars is marketed as a way to deal with loss and help someone through a time when they are weakest, this would be extremely appealing to those having similar feelings. The brand must make an emotional connection with this market because the point is not to prey on those who are fragile, but rather to make a difficult time easier. Also, this approach does not necessarily have to focus on those who have lost loved ones. It can instead focus on those who cannot be near their loved ones because they are far away for things such as work, school, or the military. In general, it would appeal to a group of people who miss someone close to them, no matter what the circumstance. I believe this could be done through print ads or television spots that effectively convey the emotional connection this brand is trying to make with them. Overall, these ads could do this by presenting the problem of greatly missing a loved one and then providing a solution to always keep them close by having an immortal avatar of them created.
A second marketing tactic that could bring success to this product is narrowcasting. This product could have more than one target market, but they would have very different reasons for wanting to support it. As stated above, every day citizens would have an interest in the product because it can keep them close to those they care about, even when they are far away or deceased. However, there is another group of people that may be interested in the product. Teachers and students would take an interest in Immortal Avatars because it could enhance classroom experiences. For example, it may be informational to hear about a speech that was given by someone several years ago, but if it is not documented on video tape one cannot receive the full experience. Even if a video tape is available, the student cannot fully picture being there. However, if this person had an immortal avatar, a teacher would be able to enter the speech so the entire class could see the person, in 3D, delivering it. This would provide the true experience of witnessing the original speech. So, it is clear that these two potential users could never be targeted in the same way. This is why narrowcasting would be an important tool to use during any advertising campaigns. If certain information or ideas about the product were revealed to each market and not the other, each would feel like they are being understood and have a stronger connection to the product. For people who are missing those close to them, advertising can focus on the idea that Immortal Avatars will perfectly replicate all the small nuances of their loved one. This is something that would be important because they will already know the little quirks of their loved one. For the classroom setting, it is more important that the person will be in 3D and sound like the real person. This is because it will better provide the feel of actually learning from someone in history or a speaker who could not attend the class because they are too busy.
In general, these new and inventive marketing techniques fit well with this potential product of the future. As technologies become more advanced and possibly more difficult to understand, advertising must also advance to help people understand why it needs a place in their lives. Emotional branding and narrowcasting would allow this to be done for the Immortal Avatar, which can serve to emotionally or educationally advance the lives of those who use it.
What in "The Persuaders" surprised you (or not)? Name one new thing you learned about marketing or politics from watching the film. Name one new thing you learned about yourself from watching the film, or one thing that the film reiterated about yourself.
One thing that I was surprised about was the availability of information that an ad agency or a company can receive about their target market. I was aware of much of the market research that takes place, but I was not aware how much information on habits and media intake is available. I believe that this can be helpful for researchers and ad agencies in terms of business. However, it also seems invasive to look through internet records or credit card receipts that stores keep on record. This tied into what I learned about myself while watching the film. Because companies can submit this information to ad agencies that pay them, it is easier for a campaign to specifically target me. Even if I never participate in any research or polls, there can still be a record of what I am buying and what target market I would fit into.
"The Persuaders" begins by questioning the increase in the amount of advertising we typically encounter in our daily lives. How would you assess the amount of advertising you see? Too much? Too little? Just right? In your view, what difference does it make to know that people today see much more advertising in their daily lives than people 20 or 30 years ago?
Although there is no denying that there has been an influx of advertising in recent years, I believe that It depends on location as to how a person encounters it in daily life. Most people will experience it through television commercials, radio commercials, or print ads. However, if one lives In the city they are subjected to an extremely large amount of advertising simply when walking down the streets. However, I don’t think that this should be considered to be too much advertising. It doesn’t affect the people who see it in a bad way, instead, as the movie suggests, it just makes it more difficult for campaigns to break through the clutter. Therefore, I think that people have generally become more accustomed to the amount of advertising that is now in life. So, ads must compete against other ads and the fact that people tend to tune them out now.
The cropped image appears to be nothing more than a gathering of people. It is presumed to be enjoyable by the man in the center that is smiling. However, when the full image is revealed one can see that it is actually a graphic scene of a lynching. This shows that any alteration of a photograph can change its context meaning. Without seeing this particular photo in its entirety one would not know it's disturbing nature. So, just a portion of a photograph or even an entire photograph can not always accurately display an entire happening or situation.
In terms of of McLuhan's idea that "the medium is the message", if Adobe Photoshop were the medium the content would include several aspects of the program. Examples of the content are the photos stored in the program and the tools that can be used, such as the Eyedropper Tool, the the Crop Tool, and the Hand Tool. I believe that the message associated with this medium is that technology can be used as an art form. Because the program allows people to alter images, create collages, and do design work, it gives users creative freedom. Therefore, it allows one to produce aesthetically pleasing products on a computer, rather than traditional methods of art.
The medium I chose is PostSecret.com, which a website used to display secrets people write on postcards and send in to a moderator. The site is run by just one man and features new postcards every Sunday. The content of this medium includes pictures of the postcards, as shown in the collage. There is also text, links, and videos on the site. The message is that it allows people to share information or secrets with each other and can bring people of all different backgrounds and interests together through the use of technology. The site allows people to feel a connection with those that wrote the secret, even if they do not know who they are or anything about them.