The Economic Impact of LOTR


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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 75 years since J.R.R. Tolkien first imagined the inhabitants of Middle-earth. Tolkien said he originally wrote The Hobbit, with its adventures of halflings and goblins and elves, to amuse his children. He ended up writing a story that would last for generations, though, and the three-volume novel that followed — The Lord of the Rings — cemented his place in literary history. With more than 150 million copies sold, the trilogy is one of the best-selling novels ever, and today it stands as one of the highest-grossing franchises of all time.

The economic impact of Tolkien’s masterpiece is difficult to fathom, but the brand is obviously a goldmine. Today’s readers are as enraptured with the against-all-odds heroics of the hobbits as they were over 50 years ago. And New Zealand, home to the locations from Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of Lord of the Rings, has seen an explosion in tourism. (Jackson’s three movies grossed almost $2 billion worldwide.) Additionally, businesses from movie theaters and toy and game manufacturers owe Tolkien a debt of gratitude.

Check out the latest video from OnlineMBA.com to see the breakdown of the economic impact of this fantasy epic. With the arrival of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in movie theaters, the franchise doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.

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Heineken Rugby World


‘Continental Shift,’ an advertising campaign starting the countdown to the opening game of Rugby World Cup 2007 in Paris on September 7th. Heineken will once again be the Official Beer of the Rugby World Cup and holds Official Sponsor status.

Supporter roars a war cry in Heineken Rugby World Cup TV ad

Referring to their new campaign theme ‘One World, One Cup, One Beer’, Heineken presents a TV commercial in which thousands of fans from all over the world show their passion for the game of rugby and for Heineken beer. The television commercial was shot in a number of iconic locations around the world, and is based around the idea that rugby fans will do anything to get to Rugby World Cup 2007. The result: they scrum down together to shift the world’s continents closer to Paris.

 

 

 

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Melinda Eskell, Manager Heineken Brand Communication commented, “Bates Singapore have done a great job with the new campaign. It creates a unique atmosphere around the tournament and will bring enjoyment to Heineken rugby fans around the world. We want to show the epic nature of this world-class event and our world-class beer. It’s all about fans, the game and our beer working as one to literally bring the world closer together. Leer más “Heineken Rugby World”

QR codes encourage more recycling


 

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QR Codes help encourage recycling

The Whangarei District Council in New Zealand is using mobile and prizes to boost their programs.

A new promotion from the Whangarei District Council in New Zealand is taking a mobile friendly approach to promoting the use of its recycling program by using QR codes to give people the chance to win prizes when they recycle properly.

The six week program will run until December 3, to draw attention to the new permanent bins.

The permanent recycling bins will be located on the city streets, as well as one at Tutukaka on the foreshore. They will each feature QR codes that can be scanned by smartphone using recyclers, so that they can enter into draws that win points that will earn different types of prizes.

The QR codes recycling campaign is joining the “It’s a Karma thing” campaign by Love NZ.

The council has joined forces with the Love NZ campaign program called “It’s a Karma thing”, which allows QR codes and GPS technology to be used for scanning bin codes in order to earn larger numbers of “Karma Kredits.”

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007 taste for beer… a Heineken of course!


IDEA: James Bond doesn’t always drink beer. But when he does, he prefers … well, Heineken. With apologies to Dos Equis, 007 is the original “most interesting man in the world.” And he declares his allegiance to the Dutch lager in a new global campaign from Wieden + Kennedy timed to the release of the latest Bond movie, Skyfall.

It’s a natural fit for Heineken, whose recent global ads “The Entrance” and “The Date” each focused on an intriguing male lead—the brand calls him its “Man of the World”—who is Bond-like in his charm, ingenuity and worldliness. The hero of the new 60-second spot is mistaken for Bond himself as villains chase him through a train that’s roaring through the Siberian wilderness. Daniel Craig and the new Bond girl, Bérénice Marlohe, make cameos, but it’s the Heineken man who outwits his adversaries—earning himself a beer from 007 and a mysterious briefcase from Marlohe.

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“The Bond films have always been aligned to Heineken’s international, premium image,” said Cyril Charzat, Heineken’s senior global brand director. “In this campaign, we see the charm and resourcefulness shared by James Bond and the Heineken Man of the World, which allows him to momentarily step successfully into Bond’s shoes.” Leer más “007 taste for beer… a Heineken of course!”

Pay To “Highlight” Your Facebook Status Updates To More Friends – A Reckless New Ads Test


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Only 12% of your friends see your average status update, but Facebook is testing an option called “Highlight” that lets you pay a few dollars to have one of your posts appear to more friends. Highlight lets the average user, not Pages or businesses, select an “important post” and “make sure friends see this”, but not color it yellow as Stuff wrote when it first spotted the feature. A tiny percentage of the user base is now seeing tests of a paid version of Highlight, but there’s also a free one designed to check if users are at all interested in the option.

Highlight could show Facebook’s willingness to try more aggressive ways of making money, which should delight potential investors. But Facebook is playing with fire here. The service has always been free for users, and a pay-for-popularity feature could be a huge turn off, especially to its younger and less financially equipped users who couldn’t afford such narcissism.

The official statement from Facebook on this is:

“We’re constantly testing new features across the site. This particular test is simply to gauge people’s interest in this method of sharing with their friends.”

I doubt Facebook is going to see positive reactions to Highlight, but if it did it could turn into an unpredicted revenue stream. Just the fact that Facebook would test this could bolster confidence for potential IPO investors. They want to know the company is interested in striking a more advertiser-friendly balance between a pure user experience and the goals of advertisers. That’s especially important now, as yesterday Facebook had to warn investors that its ad business is in jeopardy as more users access via mobile where it doesn’t show nearly as many ads.

But the problem is the potential for Highlighted updates to reduce the general relevance of the news feed. Facebook’s news feed sorting algorithm is designed to show you posts by your closest friends or that have received a lot of Likes and comments. Highlight distorts this, and will encourage news feed spamming club promoters, musicians, small businesses, or anyone else with something to gain from more clicks.

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El renacer de los calentadores de pene croatas | Partida para Ideas del Sur, destinatario Soñando por Bailar…

En aquellos días, no había ropa tan buena contra el frío y la gente no era lo suficientemente rica como para mantener el calor corporal, por lo que la congelación era un problema real; y para evitar daños permanentes en la simiente del hombre estos calentadores entraron en uso.

Las esposas creían que el mantenimiento de las partes íntimas de su hombre calientesles permitiría seguir siendo fértiles, con el consiguiente aumento de sus probabilidades de tener hijos. Un Quid pro quo evolutivo: tú vas caliente y, a la vez, calientas el fuego de mi hogar.

Estos calentadores, tejidos en lana de oveja, es una prenda centenaria que sigue guardada con naftalina en muchos armarios de los croatas, un pueblo muy bien dotados desde hace siglos, a tenor del tamaño del bolsillo. No se sabe exactamente cuándo “se puso de moda”, pero en Croacia dicen que son más viejos que las lápidas de las tumbas.


 

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Los calentadores de partes nobles es una pieza tradicional de la ropa europea que fue utilizada históricamente por los croatas para pertrecharse para largos paseos a caballo y que usaban los pastores de los valles. Eran muy populares en la remota región montañosa de Mrkopaljdonde las esposas tejían con amor estos protectores térmicos para ayudar a sus maridos frente a las heladas de la zona. Leer más “El renacer de los calentadores de pene croatas | Partida para Ideas del Sur, destinatario Soñando por Bailar…”

How to Improve Your Innovation Metrics

We’ve written a few posts criticising some of the more common innovation metrics in use, so I thought it would be smart to outline some ways that we can actually develop more effective metrics. Here’s a story that might help:

A while ago I was in charge of managing student recruitment for a tertiary education institution. One of the first things I looked into when I started the job was metrics – how did we measure how well my section was doing? The answer was one number: total number of enrolled students each year. The job that I was given was to increase that number by as much as possible (which begs all kinds of questions about quality, teaching and so on, but let’s set those aside for now…).

The problem was that managing that number as a standalone was hard. Well, impossible, actually. So I looked into what other numbers we had, and I found a that we had measures for total applications received, and total enrolments. I worked with my teams to figure out the path that people took to become students, and we then also figured out a way to measure enquiries. Once we had these numbers, here’s what we did:

We made three metrics: total number of enquiries, the ratio of applications/enquiries, and the ratio of enrolments/applications. Then I made the marketing team responsible for enquiries, the information team responsible for applications/enquiries, and the enrolments team responsible for enrolments/applications.


This post was written by Tim.

http://timkastelle.org/blog/2010/09/how-to-improve-your-innovation-metrics/

We’ve written a few posts criticising some of the more common innovation metrics in use, so I thought it would be smart to outline some ways that we can actually develop more effective metrics. Here’s a story that might help:

A while ago I was in charge of managing student recruitment for a tertiary education institution. One of the first things I looked into when I started the job was metrics – how did we measure how well my section was doing? The answer was one number: total number of enrolled students each year. The job that I was given was to increase that number by as much as possible (which begs all kinds of questions about quality, teaching and so on, but let’s set those aside for now…).

The problem was that managing that number as a standalone was hard. Well, impossible, actually. So I looked into what other numbers we had, and I found a that we had measures for total applications received, and total enrolments. I worked with my teams to figure out the path that people took to become students, and we then also figured out a way to measure enquiries. Once we had these numbers, here’s what we did:

We made three metrics: total number of enquiries, the ratio of applications/enquiries, and the ratio of enrolments/applications. Then I made the marketing team responsible for enquiries, the information team responsible for applications/enquiries, and the enrolments team responsible for enrolments/applications. Leer más “How to Improve Your Innovation Metrics”