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    St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic. And to help celebrate the day, a maze of shamrocks. Enjoy!

    The Pieces of My Heart

    Digging through my old collection of mazes that I’ve created over the years (see Daedalus My Muse), decided to make a few “special occasion” ones available here on Virtual Arts for non-commercial use and distribution. So Happy Velentine’s Day and enjoy the pieces of my heart.

    Our client CONNECT Computer was running a year-end promotion in partnership with HP: Get a $15 Gift Card of your choice when you purchase two of the same HP LaserJet Toners. The offer expired December 31st, 2010.

    We did the typical stuff like email blasts and updating social channels but given the short notice and the fact that CONNECT’s social channels were too new (we had only recently launched the website) to have yet accumulated enough “social” capital, we needed something else… and fast!

    The answer was a splash page specific to the Gift Card offer and leveraging social browsing communities like StumbleUpon to drive targeted visitors to it.

    The idea behind a splash page is that it is a standalone page with a singular purpose, in this case the Gift Card. There is no navigation, no extraneous copy, and one call-to-action. More importantly, it can be done quickly and cheaply.

    Since the Gift Card offer expired at midnight on 12/31 we decided to create a peaceful winter scene, replete with animated snowflakes, displaying a countdown to 2011 (instant value add BTW). Both the snowflakes and the countdown were done using jQuery so the page worked even on iPads and iPhones!

    Social browsing took place over the last 5 days of the year. Yes, only 5 days! Personally, would have liked to have had 3 weeks for a campaign like this but we played the hand we were dealt. We still witnessed a 33.21% jump of visits to the Gift Card page and several sign ups. I suspect we would have seen even higher numbers if the campaign started before the holiday rush (i.e. end of November instead of December).

    The offer is over but you can still see the splash page here.

    Commissioned by NYC marketing company Moss Appeal to develop branded content for DirecTV Ad Sales team’s social media¬† initiative, which included a Twitter page, a Facebook page (with two custom apps), and this interactive DirecTV Perfect Match Game that utilized video outtakes from DirecTV’s popular programming.

    The game also featured a Bobble Yourself viral marketing component where participants could upload a photo to create their own bobblehead with a personalized URL that featured them on the game’s microsite. This created greater engagement and encouraged more sharing through email and social media.

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    Having recently relocated from Florida to Connecticut, Dr. Jon Rosenblitt not only needed to get the word out that there is a new family dentist in town but also distinguish his practice from the rest (an already crowded space in Stamford). We worked with the good doctor to craft a website (his first one) that informed potential patients that Dr. Jon Rosenblitt Family Dentistry was the right choice for their oral health care. Through clever optimization of site structure, copy, and graphical elements, we were able to quickly drive awareness of the office to the top of local searches for key search terms like stamford family dentist in just one month. And this is only the beginning.

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