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A Publisher That’s Totally HIP

 

A HIP PUBLISHER  – CONTENT MARKETING ON SOCIAL CHANNELS

DISCOVER HOW WE PROVIDED LEADING EDGE CONTENT MARKETING & MEDIA SOLUTIONS TO AN ENTERTAINMENT NEWS STARTUP AND MADE THEM TOTALLY HIP.

Coinero Pakistan required a Digital Partner to launch their flagship media property HIP Pakistan. The brief was simple. Create something that they could easily manage themselves with the ability to upload new content and multimedia as and when they were written, but with controls over when it was published. MI Digital was chosen due to their unmatched expertise working in cross-channel solutions and an understanding of the technology to run high profile, high traffic sites. The content management system would be key as HIP news especially related to fashion and celebrities come and go in the blink of an eye — so the HIP Team needed to be able to react even faster, or be relegated to the bargain bin. The system would also have to work to incorporate publishing and ad servers as well as distribute content across social channels within a heart beat of the content’s upload.

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MI Digital also took upon itself as a challenge to create an enhanced catalog for the photography on the site (a sure traffic puller) and create digital experiences that highlight the latest and greatest in the industry — while they’re still relevant. Stated simply, we put the freedom and power to build compelling marketing and content experiences in HIP’s hands.

HIp7The platform built on the popular content system WordPress, allowed HIP team to bring their customers closer to the runway, the show, the launch, the movie or anything they wished  with enhanced interactivity, rich multimedia experiences and the ability to seamlessly integrate social functionality — allowing them to go from concept to creation faster than their audience could say, “That’s so…HIP!”

On the homepage,the content column was divided into sub sections representing the feature articles of each channel on the site. The general structure of the designed layout of each web page contained a significant article including an image, headline and thematic introduction. Aging content which was less hip was represented only by a headline and a key-phrase. To access the complete article, its associated images and related text one had to click on the headline. The general tone of the site was more straightforward and factual in its approach to communication. The UX whilst considerably and effortlessly communicated to the target audience.

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The figures already are encouraging reading, suggesting that the strategy to engage distinct audiences of those coming new to the media brand through a focus on stories –  is already delivering ahead of expectations. 

MI Digital also developed the visual style for the media brand. Working closely with the HIP team – creating collaborative mood boards  to gather stimulus from the team – MI Digital came up with a visual identity that was truly HIP. The challenge was to create a robust brand language that was endlessly adaptable, flexible and immediately recognizable. The visual language communicated ‘Trendy’ from trend lines running between the sections to textures that truly reflected what was HIP, the design language catered to the young, fashion conscious and HIP crowd. 

Presenting the wealth of content we have in a way that enabled our audiences to easily find the information they come to the site to find was identified as one of our biggest challenges. In practice, however, MI Digital team  made this part of the process seem relatively simple, and working with the client we have made the site a more engaging destination with very high time on site metrics well above industry norms.

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Making sure the site appeals to the varied users requires a significant investment in understanding those audiences. We also felt a real sense of responsibility on this project. When you’re dealing with a new brand and hoping to create a passionate fan base you really want to ensure you’re reflecting the brand appropriately online. The close working relationship with the team at HIP and the time spent getting under the skin of the audiences has really helped us to develop a site that we feel is as HIP as we think it is.

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Beyond just creating a HIP design, MI Digital team was also responsible for creating engagement and generating traffic to the site via it’s SEO services.

Within a few months, HIP Pakistan was leading the searches for some of the most sought after keywords in Pakistan including it’s own related and for the leading entertainment topics in the industry.

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Full Features List:

  • Show posts in different styles.
  • Show a Grid Module (4, 5 or 6 articles), a big slider or a normal sized slider above the latest posts
  • Offset Option for posts lists to not have duplicate posts appear on the same page (grid shows posts #1-#5 and the posts list below shows from post #6 and onwards).
  • Infinite Scroll Options: All blog styles can use “Normal pagination / Infinite Scroll / Infinite Scroll with Load More Button”
  • Feature specific posts exclusively in the category grid/sliders
  • Upload custom backgrounds
  • Set the background to any color
  • Set background to full-width stretch, repeat or no-repeat
  • Set general color for category using a color picker (for menu hovers, review boxes, etc)
  • Option to use a unique sidebar
  • Full-Width Post Option
  • Fully integrated review / rating system
  • Reviews system options:
    • Three different styles: Stars, Percent or points
    • Option to include a score subtitle to appear in the thumbnails throughout the site
    • Option to include up to three pros and cons with custom titles
    • Option to turn on/off user ratings (user reviews). When a user leaves a rating, a cookie is left on the visitor’s computer with the relevant post ID, to minimize chance of visitors voting multiple times on the same post.
    • Multiple shortcodes available for articles: Dropcaps, buttons, highlight text, toggle (Faqs), alert boxes, columns, video gallery, responsive video, divider and tabs.
  • Post Format: Video (Able to embed YouTube / Vimeo / Kickstarter / Viddler videos) and appearing in a unique overlay of the featured image
  • Post Format: Audio (Able to embed Soundcloud) and appearing in a unique overlay of the featured image
  • Upload custom background or background slideshow
  • Change the featured Image style (four different styles) or turn off completely
  • Set the background to any color
  • Set background image to full-width stretch, repeat or no-repeat
  • Custom Sidebar
  • Featured image can be set to output as “Parallax / Full-background / Full-Width / Standard / Full-background slideshow”
  • Upload custom background
  • Upload multiple custom backgrounds for background slideshow
  • Set the background to any color
  • Set background image to full-width stretch, repeat or no-repeat
  • Set general color for page using a color picker (for menu hovers, borders, etc)
  • Option to turn on/off hover zoom effects on sliders/grids
  • Takeover Background Ads (clickable backgrounds) system.
  • Retina Ready (HD)
  • WPML-Ready, RTL-Ready.
  • Boxed Or Full-Width site Option
  • Mega menu system
  • Custom Sidebars for category and pages
  • Schema Review Rich Snippet Microdata
  • Schema Author Rich Snippet Microdata
  • Schema Breadcrumbs Rich Snippet Microdata
  • Fully Responsive design
  • In-built pagination
  • Indented threaded comments
  • Designed with valid HTML5 + CCS3 code
  • Extensively tested with ALL major browsers and versions, including IE8.
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Better By Design: Home Detail Gets Distinction Of Being In GQ UK (Gentleman’s Quarterly)

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Home Detail  from inception has believed in its mission to help its customers ‘discover the details’ in their lifestyle choices and help them define their aesthetics and choices.  It is a brand dedicated to help its audiences explore what’s possible, to help them find their tastes and ultimately what they really want. Urbane, upscale, occasionally irreverent and always stylish, the brand sets the highest standards in its products, its photography and in its service to its customers, because after all details matter.

Which is why, despite its young age, it was recently picked by none other than GQ UK,  whose status as a byword for men’s style is unparalleled. The magazine that sets the standards in feature writing, fashion editorial and photography and with an audience of over 954,189 sought out this young retailer and then showcased its products within its coveted pages. 

The British GQ team has personally and expertly curated the products with some great finds which readers will find. Home Detail are delighted to showcase their products to British GQ men for the first time, which is an exciting time to be in.  Audiences who do not subscribe to the magazine can and will have the opportunity to discover and purchase the products cited in the magazine at www.homedetail.co.uk and the ‘As Seen In’ Tab.

MI Digital, the full service digital agency for Home Detail is proud of this accomplishment

About GQ UK:

A publication of Condé Nast, GQ is the world’s leading men’s magazine.  Since its launch in 1988, GQ has evolved into the UK’s most contemporary, stylish men’s magazine.  GQ is the only magazine in Britain dedicated to bringing its readers the very best in investigative journalism, fashion, glamour, comment, lifestyle and entertainment each month. Today, GQ is a multi-platform brand, publishing each issue in print and on the iPad, an acclaimed website, iPhone apps and its outstanding annual event – GQ Men of the Year.

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Fibre7 Most Engaging Brand In The Month of July With 7900% Growth

Health care experts often advise people to add essential vitamins and nutrients to their diet to remain in good health and boost their immunity, yet maintaining a balanced diet rich in fiber is often becomes difficult for today’s busy population, specifically. MI Digital team understood this insight when they launched ‘Ramadan Recipes With Chef Shai’. The campaign broke new ground for the category in Pakistan due to its focus on the convenient manner of boosting their fiber intake. MI Digital handled everything from the production required to the media buying.

According to the latest SocialBakers.com July 2014 social Marketing Report Pakistan, Fibre7 was the 5th most engaged with brand in the region based on Post Engagement Rate beating the country’s Avg. Engagement Rate by 10X and creating a high record of 7900% growth in engagement for the brand.

Fibre7 is Pfizer’s health and wellness brand, a fiber product (fiber husk) which is targeted for the mature audiences who are health conscious and motivated by health and weight needs. Fiber Husk is usually taken as a means of promoting bowel regularity in the country and eliminating acidity. However to increase usage and a means of helping people meet their daily fiber needs as specified by international bodies, Fibre7 has been promoted as a means of healthy lifestyle which promotes daily wellness which may including weight control, diminishing obesity, heart disease, etc.

The campaign which  brought over 7900% growth in engagement for the brand was the recent association with Chef Shai. To increase the daily intake and to take advantage of the month of ramadan (where consumption of especially unhealthy foods and snacks increases manifolds), Fibre7 associated with Chef Shai, a local celebrity chef and announced for the first time recipes made with Fibre7 as an ingredient. These ranged from shakes to traditional foods.

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The success of the campaign can be judged that despite being a brand for mature audiences, seniors and empty nesters, adult females, and higher income households brand in a relatively conservative category, the campaign generated well over 7900% engagement and swept across all demographics despite being advertised to only the TG on social media. It proved that there is a demand for health and weight conscious products across all segments and people do want  nutritious, natural, better-for-you recipes.

 

 

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Pfizer Fibre7 Launches ‘Ramadan Recipes With Chef Shai’

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Pfizer Fibre7 launched its new campaign ‘Ramadan Recipes With Chef Shai’ during the holy month of Ramadan in Pakistan. Targetted towards the ‘health conscious adult market’, the campaign which included the production and development of Recipes from scratch, video shoots and then launching the campaign on social channels, display networks and video networks using hover-over ads proved to be a huge hit with some of the videos garnering well over 4000 likes and shares with massive amount of engagement on the overall campaign. In total just the organic facebook likes almost doubled during the campaign with massive requests for availability and trial of the product.

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The star of the campaign however was the Chicken Broast with herbs video which garnered over 4700 likes and 2000+ shares.

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The videos showcased how to make Ramadan Healthy whilst the posts provided summaries of the videos for people who  might not have the bandwidth or the devices to view video content.

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The recipes ranged from traditional desi to the exotic such as:

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Please visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fibre7 for more information or to watch the videos.

 

 

 

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Nestle Milo – Mobile Credit Redemption Campaign

 

 

MI Digital was a pioneer in the mobile credit redemption promotions that only now brands such as Pepsi and Unilever have picked up. In 2010, we did our first campaign with Nestle Milo where we replaced the traditional form of contest entries via snail mail, with mobile sms. Contestants could send in their code to our ShortCode at 2121 and could get mobile credit sent to their mobile.

 

 

 

 

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Pfizer’s Anne French Tops In Branded Gaming

Pfizer Pakistan’s depilatory product ‘Anne French’, Pakistan’s top selling hair remover cream created massive engagement and is proof of validating games as the new marketing channel. Unlike conventional thinking gaming isn’t just for guys. A recent Entertainment Software Association report revealed 45 percent of gamers are women. It’s a stress reliever, and a way for them to escape after a long day in the real world. 

The numbers proved the argument. Anne French ‘What’s In’ Slider Game achieved top 23 in top new free category and 67 ranking in All Time Casual Category. It also achieved a rank of 71 in ALL TOP NEW FREE GAMES whilst hitting 169 on all TOP NEW FREE Apps uploaded to Google Play Store That week and in top 400 FREE GAMES of all time in Pakistan.

 

 

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The success of Anne French in such a category makes for a good argument that brands will increasingly look to games as a powerful and important component in their advertising and brand engagement programs.

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Web Design & Development – Tapal Ice Tea Web Design and Development.

Tapal Tea launched Ice Tea Branded Portal With Chillkaro.com website.

One of the earliest web designs that MI Digital did was for Tapal Ice Tea. The site called Chillkaro.com was amongst the first branded portals in Pakistan, playing with content (music files and rounding up local musicians) marketing much before it was ‘Content Marketing’. The can too was interactive (mouse over would move the can in rotation), whilst a small button would switch the site from Peach to Lemon Colors in an instant.

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This wasn’t the actual page but the wireframe that we tested. Unfortunately the actual page has been lost to the archives of history.

 

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Tapal was also first to Facebook experimenting with Facebook and gated pages (remember: “Like To Unlock”) to access content.

 

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This was the Tapal Ice Tea Can that was a failure in the market.

 

 

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InStore, InStyle – Marketing in Retail Stores Using Digital Media

Dawn Aurora - March-April 2010 IssuePublished in Dawn, Aurora, March – April, 2010

Over the last decade broader socio-economic changes, including growth in the urban middle class and disposable incomes have given rise to the modern retail sector in Pakistan.  There has been a marked decrease in traditional ‘kiryana’ stores, an increase in general stores and the emergence of new formats such as superstores, malls and retail chains to cater to the increasingly time-compressed consumer[1].Instore Marketing

Even a few years back, the concept of in-store marketing did not exist in this country. Yet today due to the fragmentation of traditional media and the tremendous clutter of information assaulting today’s consumer, stores are emerging as a viable alternative to the challenging mass-market advertising environment. They’ve quietly become a hotbed of advertising activity as more and more brands, big or small shift to in-store advertisement, providing effective and direct communication to the customers.

“Currently all our marketing activities are sponsored by our suppliers. Roughly speaking [instore marketing] accounts for 2 to 5% of Makro’s revenue. Instore marketing also include Makro-mail, which is fortnightly published and distributed to top 5000 customers as well as to all concerned suppliers and stakeholders.” said Salman Zafar, Asst. Category Manager at Makro Pakistan.

Research indicates that over 70% of decisions are made in-store or at the ‘First Moment Of Truth’[2] which is why marketers are increasingly seeking ways to control what ad messages their customers see and what information they access for making purchase decisions increasingly through digital media – one of the primary digital vehicles being used in-store is Digital Signage, one of the staples of modern trade outlets.

Through the use of Digital Screens / Retail TV and Interactive Kiosks, marketers are increasingly targeting consumers looking to learn about new product offerings, recipe ideas, advertised specials, etc. Fast Moving Consumer Goods brands in food, dry food and non food segments are most active industries in this space and actively use digital signage to differentiate their brands and provide customers a break from the rather mundane shopping experience.

Amongst the innovators in this category, has been Dalda Foods Pvt. Ltd. Recently in Ramadan, they launched an ‘Activation’ across Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad using Digital ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Interactive Kiosks. Using touch screens to provide instant play, software to control the inventory and multimedia to add excitement to their consumer offer (play and win on buying 10 KG of Dalda’s products), Dalda added entertainment to an otherwise mundane activity and the results of the activity backed their decision. In an otherwise crowded marketplace, these kiosks helped Dalda to differentiate from all the other brands out there using traditional formats.

Similarly, a high-end beauty products company utilized this medium to interact with their customers too. Using motion sensing technology called ‘Eye-Sense’ developed by Tuesday Digital, the digital characters would call out to the passerbys and get them to interact with the screens and products of the company. Aside from FMCG, PSO has also setup digital screens at its pumps, whilst banks such as Standard Chartered are experimenting by setting up live kiosks at their branches to give their customers a demo of their online banking facility.

These companies are not the only ones. Realizing the gains from going digital, retailers too are jumping on this band-wagon. Originally viewed as a potential incremental revenue stream and a way of sourcing more marketing rupees from brand manufacturers, digital instore formats are now also being seen as a way of differentiating the shopping experience and promoting their own offerings.

“Currently digital signages are not there in Makro, but yes Makro has plan of introducing them in future. In-store media can provide us with an effective way to increase revenue, both through higher average shopping baskets per customer visit and increased customer loyalty in terms of number of visits and what they regularly purchase while in that store during each visit”, Said Salman Zafar.

Aside from Digital Signage, another digital medium which is growing is the use of Mobile technologies in the retail environment. ‘BlueCasting is a relatively newcomer to advertising but stands to greatly change the way we market. The pioneers in this field are Mobilius who have developed ‘BlueStorm’, a proximity marketing tool which aims to engage the consumers. Using the technology marketers can broadcast pictures, audio, video and text within a 100m radius ensuring a very innovative and cost effective way of spreading the messages across thousands of people who visit these outlets. Since it’s fully mobile, BlueStorm” can be used to reach out to customers for special promotional campaigns like distributing redeemable coupons. It can also be utilized to organize promotional game shows such as treasure hunt at exhibitions/shopping malls or anywhere else, thank customers on exit and get instant feedback.Instore marketin

The future of this format is only expected to be bright. If the experience of Thailand is taken as a benchmark, one can expect that by 2010, modern formats particularly large supermarkets, hypermarkets, and convenience store chains will have captured about 25 per cent of the total retail market, and most of the middle and upper class markets. At the same time, one can expect that the number of outlets per thousand population would decrease from the current level of about fifteen down to ten. It is expected that the share of total retail sales held by both traditional kiryana and general stores would decrease from about current levels of 95 per cent to 50 per cent.[3]. Marketers are taking note.

“I think “the last mile” is becoming increasingly important even in Pakistan as categories go back towards commoditization with an endless supply of brands and the consumer lost between their choices. Especially for intangibles like telcos where data is the only thing that the consumer buys, it is much more convenient to deliver interactive ways to select and change package plans on the go”, said Tamseel Alvi, Brand Manager, Zong.

He continued “Retail is surely becoming a key “moment of truth” in terms of delivering brand experience. In terms of dedicated brand outlets, franchises and more so our customer support centers are becoming more like experience centers rather than just a sales outlet. In the rural sector, our mobile customer support centers are taking the retail outlet directly to the consumer”, Tamseel Alvi, Brand Manager, Zong

With the falling price of digital media gadgets and flexibility in content creation that only digital technology can offer innovative store technologies now allow grocery retailers to give consumers what they want: time and money savings. This is just the start of what digital can do for marketers and retailers.

“Retailers must make the jump to a totally integrated closed-loop model. To maximize return, retailers must deploy a macro system which seamlessly connects all in-store digital marketing with their POS and loyalty database systems [and if they don’t have any, they should start thinking about creating them] and in-store activation devices that connect customers in real-time to the retailer’s systems. What I’m talking about, is CRM applied at the store level. We call it transactional media, because it involves bringing together all the in-store marketing pieces in a coordinated customer-centric fashion to enhance the in-store shopping experience for consumers, increase sales transactions and build loyalty for retailers. What’s intriguing about this model is that by better serving their customers, retailers and brand marketers better serve themselves”, said Salman Abedin, CEO, Tuesday Digital.

As digital media  increasingly prove their effectiveness  — To retailers by turning their communication vehicles into steady revenue streams and to advertisers through better reach and targeting — the flood of interest and money will disrupt the status quo. This change will affect nearly all in-store marketing players, from agencies to retailers and everyone in between. Those that embrace the disruption stand to benefit the most.


[1] Mr. Jawaid Abdul Ghani, Consolidation In Pakistan’s Retail Sector.

[2] Source: POPAI, Point of Purchase Advertising International (POPAI)

[3] Mr. Jawaid Abdul Ghani, Consolidation In Pakistan’s Retail Sector.

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