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Art: Marisa Rastellini’s “gracious eye” at MIA Fair

In the prestigious photography show in Milan, Mondadori Portfolio celebrates its tenth anniversary with an exhibition of the work of a refined photographer who immortalised great actors and key figures on the Italian literary and cultural scene

The extraordinary shots of Marisa Rastellini, a refined photographer who worked for Grazia and Epoca magazines from the ’sixties until the end of the ’eighties, will be exhibited to the general public for the first time by Mondadori Portfolio, the Mondadori Group’s photo agency.

During MIA Fair – Milan Image Art Fair, Italy’s most important photography show, scheduled for 28 April through 1 May at SUPERSTUDIO MAXI in Milan, Mondadori Portfolio will celebrate its tenth anniversary with the presentation of an exhibition of the Roman photographer’s work entitled “Uno sguardo gentile, fotografie di Marisa Rastellini”: “A gracious eye: the photographs of Marisa Rastellini”.

Following lengthy, meticulous research in the Mondadori archives, the photographer’s works will finally be on public view in an exhibition ideally documenting the spirit of her times, perfectly represented in her portraits of actors and key figures in Italy’s literary and cultural scene, as well as her numerous fashion shoots.

Curated by Maria Vittoria Baravelli in collaboration with Mondadori Portfolio, the exhibition reconstructs the world of Marisa Rastellini, portraying a shy, delicate artist whose lens immortalised great Italian intellectuals such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Elsa Morante, Virna Lisi, and Monica Vitti, as well as Marcello Mastroianni, Federico Fellini, Valentino Garavani.

“In this exhibition and event,” points out Mondadori Portfolio Executive Manager Elisabetta De Simone, “we celebrate our first ten years, an important decade during which, through reclamation of prints, original negatives, colour photos and slides kept in the publisher’s vast historic archives, we have brought back to light such famous names as Mario De Biasi, Giorgio Lotti, Angelo Cozzi, Sergio De Grande and many more photographers who have told the history of Italy in their photographs over the past 60 years”.

“The archives are like maps to sail by, lands to be explored,” comments exhibition curator Maria Vittoria Baravelli. “At a time when the digital is taking over in all kinds of contexts, the archives are still set in solid reality, in the form of envelopes, contact sheets, drawers and negatives. This is why it is so important to rediscover Marisa Rastellini: a photographer in the Rome of the ‘60s that we know very little about. All we know is that she was very discrete and gracious, incredibly shy and yet so profound in recording the faces and lifestyles of late twentieth-century Italy in her work. More than 50 years later, Marisa Rastellini’s photographs come out of their envelopes and into the light again. We look at them, and in return they tell us who we were and who we still are today, with certain differences”.

Established in 2012 to draw on the iconographic heritage of Mondadori magazines, the agency has been expanded over time with the addition of prestigious collections, a team of contemporary photographers, and a range of services appropriate for today’s trendiest forms of communication.

In a tribute to this decade of work, Mondadori Portfolio goes back to its archives, where it all began, for the exhibition “Uno sguardo gentile, fotografie di Marisa Rastellini”, renewing its commitment to rediscovery and promotion of a photographic heritage unknown to the general public.

The exhibition “Uno sguardo gentile, fotografie di Marisa Rastellini” (“A gracious eye: the photographs of Marisa Rastellini”) is produced with the support of Cassina and Flos, representatives of the excellence of Italian design all over the world, who enrich the exhibition with a number of iconic items of design.

Grazia USA nominated for 2022 Webby Awards in the “Best Website & Mobiles Site” category

The graziamagazine.com platform has been called a real revelation by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

Grazia USA, the American edition of Grazia, launched as a result of the licensing agreement entered into by the Mondadori Group with Pantheon Media Group LLC, is in the running to win the title of “Best Website & Mobiles Site” in the Fashion and Beauty category of the 2022 Webby Awards.

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) announced the nomination, the committee promoting the prestigious award, made up of the most pre-eminent experts in the digital and technology industry in the USA. At the 26th edition of the Webby Awards – whose winners, announced on Tuesday, 26 April, will receive the award on Monday, 16 May at the historic Cipriani Wall Street in New York – in addition, Grazia USA can boast a double honourable mention in the Websites & Mobile Sites categories – Best Visual Design – Aesthetic and Social – Fashion and Beauty.

A result that further consolidates the success of the first 100% Italian fashion brand in one of the largest and most important countries in the world for fashion and luxury goods.

“We are thrilled that Grazia USA has received a nomination at the Webby Awards: a prestigious award, which, just over a year after its launch, confirms the strength and vitality of our brand in an important market such as the US, contributing not only to consolidating the positioning of Grazia in the fashion and luxury markets, but also to strengthening the founding values of its DNA”, said Daniela Sola, Managing Director International Business of Mondadori Media.

“We are honoured that the Academy has selected Grazia USA in the very first year of operation, not only as a media brand, but also as a contemporary reality alongside consolidated and well-established brands with great traditions”, underlined Melissa Cronin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Pantheon Media Group.

“This year’s nominees are really engaged in the evolution of digital culture and society in the most diverse categories: Websites & Mobile Sites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Apps & Software, Virtual & Remote, Podcasts, Social and Video Games”, says the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. “Ultimately, they represent an incredibly stimulating mix of well-established brands on the web and independent projects, but also celebrities and viral phenomena. Of the more than 14,000 entries received from the 50 American states and more than 70 foreign countries, the best ones selected – totalling 12% – will have the chance to win a Webby Award”.

Voting for the 2022 Webby People’s Voice Awards – a parallel edition which allows the public to express their preferences in the same categories reviewed by the experts – will remain open until 11.59 am on Thursday, 21 April. To support Grazia USA in the Fashion & Beauty category, click here .

 Grazia is the first 100% Italian fashion magazine to have exported its successful formula all over the world, from Italy to the United States. The Mondadori Group brand, which today has 21 editions in a total of 23 countries, reaches a global audience of 15 million readers and 45 million unique users, with over 30 million followers on social media.
Present on the American market with the first global digital platform graziamagazine.com, Grazia USA has already received coveted recognition as “Best New Magazine Launch 2021”, awarded based on the brand’s demonstrated ability to combine quality content and unmistakable and up-scale style, consisting of fashion, art, culture and beauty, but also travel, design and entertainment.

 

AdKaora launches “In-gaming advertising: communicating is brand’s play” white paper

The Observatory on changes taking place in markets and with consumers of AdKaora, the Mondadori Group digital agency specialising in user-centric mobile advertising and proximity marketing, published new research called  “In-gaming advertising: communicating is brand’s play”   that analyses the impact of the evolution of gaming on communication and online advertising.

Already extremely popular before the pandemic, over the past two years, video games have also proven to exert huge appeal to new audiences, including women, families and seniors, as well as the younger generations. A fact that has aroused immense curiosity in marketers regarding the new categories and their usage habits.

From the research conducted by AdKaora it emerges how – in a period of poor human interaction, where relationships have been mostly cultivated through technology – video games, digital activities at zero risk, have proved to be a valuable source for linking people, as well as a tool for escaping from reality and counteracting the boredom of spending entire days at home. A phenomenon which has consolidated into a real trend, and the numbers confirm that it is here to stay.

The objective of the study was to investigate the evolution of gaming and player profiles, to understand how brands can reach and interface with them in a more effective and significant way, not only thanks to market knowledge, but also to consumer habits and behaviour.

By using in-gaming advertising it is, in fact, possible to exploit the extremely high attention of users by inserting native advertisements within the game itself, to influence the graphics and/or audio of the gameplay without interrupting the user experience.

Here are the key findings that emerge from the study – here the full version is available for consultation:

  •  Gamer. Who are you calling that?
    What happened to the player with glasses, Super Mario t-shirt and trainers on his feet? He no longer exists, or rather, the “archetypal” gamer profile no longer exists. Asking why people play and not what they are playing, is, therefore, the key to gaining a better understanding of this target and intercepting their needs, for developing direct and effective communication. Moreover, also in Italy, the gap between men and women has been progressively closed, as well as the difference between the age groups involved.
  • Gaming is mostly mobile
    In addition to browsing, chatting and enjoying content, consumers are increasingly accustomed to playing on the go. Many games for mobile devices have low access levels: i.e., they are based on “familiar” genres such as puzzles, card games or betting, which can be played anywhere. According to a study conducted by IIDEA – Italian Interactive Digital Entertainment Association -, in Italy, gamers devote 8 hours a week to the game, 5 of which using a smartphone at various times of the day. A figure for which it is reasonable to predict that the number of players playing on mobile devices may increase even more during 2022.
  • How to reach the gamers target?
    In-gaming advertising has – probably more than any other industry – a variety of emerging advertising formats that behave very differently from media in other channels. Thanks to immersive creativity inserted within the game dynamics in a native and realistic way, it is possible to create a positive association with the brand without interrupting the user experience, increasing awareness and enhancing brand recall.
  • Communication opportunities
    A successful in-gaming advertising campaign enables a high brand recall rate: there are high chances for a gamer – mentally very receptive during the gaming experience – to recall the advertising messages that have been incorporated or, at least, the product in question. For brands, therefore, extremely interesting communication opportunities will open up, enabling them to take advantage of very precise profiling and thus build significant content experiences both inside and outside the game in a safe environment, considered by the user as R & R time during the day.

AdKaora and Next 14: strengthening with a solution for identifying users at various touchpoint

AdKaora, the Mondadori Group’s digital agency specialising in user-centric mobile advertising and proximity marketing, and Next 14, a leader in marketing technologies, are strengthening their partnership to offer customers a new cookieless solution tracking users’ purchasing decisions through identification of their touchpoints.

The new user identification method AdKaora is working on with Next 14 is based on matches between cookies and ID devices which, in full compliance with privacy legislation, enrich drive-to-store strategies with even more granular cross-device data to permit optimal planning of new high engagement formats for circular, multi-channel brand communications.

Next 14 recently launched its proprietary Rosetta algorithm: an innovative technology designed to help customers create their own private identity graph based on first-party data – that is, data derived from their own tools, such as CRM, web sites and analysis tools – with the goal of connecting different devices in a multi-channel form to improve campaign reach.

Brands and platforms will thus be able to obtain an all-round vision of their audience as they will know all the devices associated with a single person. This solution is made possible by assigning behavioural data linked with various touchpoints to a single profile, relying on first-party data, destined to become increasingly indispensable as third-party cookies are phased out.

Marco Brandstetter, Next Media – Data & Solutions CEO: “What every advertiser wants is to have an all-round vision of the audience. We work every day on innovative technologies for maximising the efficacy of engagement activities and simplifying the work of the professionals who rely on our tools. AdKaora is once again the partner that can make our tools perform better than anyone else, drawing on their experience and great connection with customers.”

The exclusive partnership between AdKaora and Next 14 has been consolidated by a historic synergy involving constant development of key tools for proximity marketing strategies, from the media involved to analysis of results: Next 14’s push notifications permit interception of consumers at important micro-instants, customising the brand’s message and sending users directly to AdKaora’s Find&Go Now!, an intuitive interactive map that guides customers to the nearest point of sale where they can purchase the desired item. Both tools make it possible not only to engage the user at the points of interest involved in the campaign, but to collect important insights for brands as a result of advanced footfall analysis.

With target definition based on the match between cookies and device ID, the two companies want to further perfect post-campaign insights to be provided to brands for fine-tuning future marketing projects.

According to AdKaora CEO Davide Tran: “We have been successfully working with Next 14 for several years to offer exclusive solutions that bring value to our customers with total respect for users’ privacy and UX. With this further project together, we and our partner have set ourselves the goal of identifying users, who are increasingly multi-device (desktop, smartphone, iPad) and multi-environment (online, offline and metaverse, web and apps), and identifying them as unique users in order to direct targeted, high-performing communications toward them via the most appropriate channel. But this is not all we want to do: through target segmentation based on identity graphs, we also want to supply and guarantee precise post-campaign analysis of consumers, offering brands precious qualitative information on users by following all the touchpoints they use in their customer journey.”

The circle of engagement and proximity in AdKaora’s strategy for Emulsio MangiaPolvere

AdKaora, a Mondadori Group company specialising in user-centric mobile digital advertising and proximity marketing, has been chosen by Sutter to promote its Emulsio MangiaPolvere line of anti-static sprays with a proximity marketing strategy intended to cover all the steps in the funnel.

The campaign, managed with Asset Media and online in November and December, fully met key brand awareness and drive to store goals with a combination of creative high impact formats employing advanced proximity advertising tools to create a highly effect circular multichannel project.

Product awareness was boosted with a new-generation rich media format by AdKaora Creative Studio: the Geyser, an innovative graphic solution with high engagement power designed to offer users a unique brand experience. When opened, the format shows a product presentation video projected from below, ready to explode in the centre of the device’s screen with a geyser-like effect. An interactive carousel allows users to find out about the features of each product in a highly effective customised way through a series of calls to action designed to take users directly to the brand’s website and offer them more information on the item of interest.

To promote footfall in the stores involved in the campaign, the strategy involved use of a mixture of geolocal mobile display advertising formats and near-store, in-store and near-product push notifications, shown to customers in the vicinity of participating stores and set up to steer them to AdKaora’s proprietary Find&Go Now! technology, an interactive map that leads the consumer to the nearest shop where they can buy the product.

Results were positive in terms of both engagement rate and increased footfall: the interaction rate registered with the Geyser format was   13.6%; while the Find&Go Now! engagement rate was 25.6% and uplift in footfall at participating stores reached 22.3%.

To check the effect of the campaign, the AdKaora solutions were, moreover, combined with sales and product data collected through a qualitative analysis by CheckBonus and a quantitative analysis by IRI, both partners of the agency.

With CheckBonus, a variety of marketing tools was used to give visibility to the products and obtain valuable insights in terms of sales drill-down, sales by retailer and sell-out analyses, together with socio-demographic breakdown and consumer behaviour data. A special survey provided information on the factors that influenced purchases, brand and product perception, and the positioning of the brand with respect to competitors. It emerged that the most frequently visited stores were Coop, Conad and Famila: a result confirming the prominence of supermarkets among the points of sale, revealing the extent to which the brand is known for the variety of its products.

The analysis supplied by IRI, which monitors the effects of advertising on product purchasing during a specific period, highlighted positive results in terms of sales uplift with a sales increment of 1.45%.

Davide Tran, CEO AdKaora: “Another successful full pack proximity marketing initiative representing the perfect “marriage” of our rich media formats, which reinforce user engagement and position themselves at the top of the funnel, and our advanced proximity suite. For the latter, analysis of footfall, post-sales and brand lift surveys do not represent the end point of our strategy, but offer inspiration for better organisation of brands’ subsequent advertising plans, on the basis of exclusive insights about products and consumers. In this campaign with Sutter, we have once again achieved important results, to the customer’s great satisfaction, meeting the required KPIs.”

Mondadori Media joins ONIM

The Mondadori Group’s social multimedia company joins ONIM to offer the National Influencer Marketing Observatory an even broader vision of Italy’s influencer marketing scene

ONIM – the National Influencer Marketing Observatory, which analyses Influencer Marketing at the national level in Italy, welcomes new member Mondadori Media, the social multimedia company in the Mondadori Group that leads the Italian market with 60 million fans.

This synergy will broaden ONIM’s vision of the Italian market even further, integrating the experience and know-how of the Mondadori Media brands, which lead the way in vertical segments linked with the Italians’ great passions: from Giallozafferano to Focus, MyPersonalTrainer and The Wom, to mention only a few.

The social multimedia company holds a distinctive position with 110 social profiles and a growing fanbase on all platforms. This dynamic range continues to grow with innovative editorial content drawing on exclusive partnerships with more than 200 top creators particularly popular with Generation Z, a target that is increasingly the focus of brands’ projects and special initiatives.

“The addition of a company like Mondadori Media,” says Matteo Pogliani, ONIM Founder and President, “represents yet another step toward a complete understanding of influencer marketing and the creator economy in Italy. Mondadori Media has stood out over the years for its constant focus on creators, leading to particularly interesting forms of synergy and integration. It represents a case history worth analysing, offering us an opportunity to broaden our horizons in different directions from “classic” Influencer Marketing”.

“We’re very proud to become a part of ONIM: as Italy’s top social destination, we maintain a constant focus on new idioms and the production of innovative, creative formats”, commented Andrea Santagata, General Manager of Mondadori Media. “Our brands respond to the demands of an increasingly vast public, playing a leading role on the social networks, where we can count on the collaboration of a team of creators including top talents from Italy and abroad. This is why we consider it strategic to continue focusing on influencer marketing, adding to and strengthening our range of content,” concluded Santagata.

Icon presents “Beautiful minds”: a manifesto issue dedicated to inspiring stories of talent and courage

 

Icon, the men’s fashion and lifestyle brand of the Mondadori Group, presents a new special issue entitled “Beautiful Minds”: a manifesto issue with five exceptional cover stories, dedicated to young talented people selected for their inspiring stories of valour, courage and determination.

An issue celebrating all that is contemporary, increasingly enhancing fashion, its protagonists and the worlds that it embraces as a key to narrating society, also with a view to art, culture and current events.

They are Chiara Corapi, the nineteen year old girl who, during the violence on New Year’s Eve, in Piazza Duomo in Milan, decided not to look the other way and saved a girl of her same age: a courageous gesture that switched on a light in the darkness and a hope for the future; Manu Ríos, who, following the success on Instagram and YouTube today is the star of the Élite and La edad de la ira series; Harry Kirton, who, starting from scratch and with his determination, has become one of the stars of Peaky Blinders, a cult series now in its final season, and Evan Mock, actor and model among the stars of the reboot of Gossip Girl, who faces life and the ocean with temerity. Positive examples, accompanied by the wild vitality of the boys photographed by Bruce Weber for the fifth cover of the new issue of Icon, perfect portrait of freedom.

 

In the April issue of Icon, the story of the style and male passions continues, intertwining with the voices of other amazing people, capable of visions and inventions, able to influence what happens around us: Alvaro Pascual-Leone, the world-renowned neurologist who explains how our brains work; a fashion giant like André Leon Talley remembered by the great journalist Michael Roberts; Giacomo Bertagnolli, Italian flag bearer and Paralympic ski champion; Dave Gahan, frontman of Depeche Mode; the best-selling author Sally Rooney. And also entrepreneurs, industrialists, creative artist and musicians tell what is happening in fashion and beyond.

The contents of the new issue will also be amplified on Icon.it and on the brand’s social media. Always attentive to contemporary trends, Icon offers its community of readers and users a sophisticated look at the latest news, which extends from fashion to beauty, beverages, travel and cars, to reach a distinctive and increasingly broad and international audience.

For the launch of the new issue of Icon, at news-stands from 15 March, a communication campaign has been planned on digital out-of-home circuits in the main districts of Milan.

 

AdKaora and Hej!: a year of development and growth for the Mondadori Group’s MarTech hub

Aggregate annual gross revenues of more than 20 million euro

2021 was a year of growth for AdKaora and Hej!, the Mondadori Group digital companies specialised in mobile advertising and conversational marketing, which, following AdKaora’s acquisition of Hej! at the beginning of 2021, form the nucleus of MarTech, a cutting-edge digital hub and leading player in tech advertising.

With their focus fixed firmly on the future and new challenges, the two companies evolved over the year through product innovation, using their strong technological and know-how synergies to create increasingly effective adv solutions for their brands.

Their success is also confirmed by the results reported by the hub, which posted aggregate gross revenues of more than 20 million euro (preliminary figures) – with the newly acquired Hej! contributing approximately 8 million euro –, an improvement of over 50% from the previous year on a pro-forma constant-size basis.

THE MARTECH HUB OFFER – The secret of the success of the two companies is the ability to support their brands step by step in achieving their targets through a technologically advanced, creative consultancy-based approach, which also enabled them to strengthen relations with key clients on the market.

“The synergies between AdKaora and Hej! blended naturally right from the start,” said AdKaora CEO Davide Tran. “For example, the integration of proximity marketing in correlation with the performance marketing campaigns, two different but closely related areas. The new developments of our MarTech hub are still under way, in 2021 we took a first step towards expansion on the Spanish market with the acquisition of 30% of Adgage, a Madrid-based company, through which we aim to export our own products and those of Hej!. I am very satisfied with the remarkable results we achieved this year, and the opportunity to work closely with the Hej! team of talents, with whom we immediately established a strong bond and a shared vision of innovation and the market. 2022 will be a year when these synergies generate full value to offer our clients an unbeatable integrated offer,” Tran added.

In 2021 AdKaora developed a series of new adv solutions based on constant observation of the market. As a result, the proximity marketing offer reached a new level, introducing channels such as DOOH and SMS, and extending planning with rich media formats with a high engagement impact. It also saw the development of Circle, the proprietary platform that enables brands and media centres to monitor campaign results in real time.

In the last quarter of 2021, in anticipation of the gaming trend, AdKaora launched the new native in-play offer: immersive display formats inserted in game dynamics, where the focus is on brand and product awareness, thanks to the high visibility afforded by the communication message.

Hej! also reported unstoppable growth. “2021 was the first year for Hej! on the Mondadori Group’s MarTech hub, and it was very exciting,” said Hej! CEO Stefano Argiolas. “We established a natural alchemy with AdKaora, a process of continuous contamination enabling both companies to set and achieve ever more challenging objectives. Together we design and develop integrated solutions to cover the entire marketing funnel. At Hej! we have continued to invest in innovation and the evolution of our solutions, guided by our sole mantra: tangible results for clients. By its nature, conversational marketing gives us a privileged view of user needs: a view we use for in-depth analyses of aggregate campaign data in order to improve results continually and bring innovation into performance marketing, a segment that has been tied to obsolete processes for too long,” Argiolas added.

Hej! conversational marketing has become an indispensable solution for many brands because of the quantitative and qualitative results it delivers. Thanks to its robust data drilling capability, Hej! can use artificial intelligence to offer clients even more detailed qualitative analyses and campaign insights, which help the entire chain to optimise results. Automated real-time analyses is an undeniable advantage for optimal performance.

Creativity, conversation and customisation merge in the conversational audio display format recently launched by AdKaora and Hej!, which aims to engage all the consumer’s senses when they are choosing a product, and strengthen their discovery. This dynamic multi-sensory experience creates greater product awareness for both online and in-store sales.

The two agencies are also working on the development of brand lift survey solutions, which measure the brand-consumer interaction in an advertising campaign, and identify the extent to which the customer journey changes in terms of awareness, perception, consideration and purchase probability.

CASE HISTORY AND SUCCESSFUL FORMATS – A demonstration of these initial synergies is the successful Somatoline Cosmetic campaign for Bolton, presented by AdKaora and Hej! at IAB Forum 2021: the combination of proximity marketing and conversational marketing made it possible to cover every stage in the funnel, with a multi-channel strategy that guided the user in both online and offline stores, creating a personalised conversation channel with the consumer and following them as the protagonist of their purchase decisions.

The project achieved important results in terms of engagement and visits: AdKaora’s Find&Go Now! obtained a 26.6% engagement rate, reflecting a high stimulus to action and effective activation of drive-to-store dynamics, which led to a 54.4% increase in visits to sales outlets. Consumers also showed an offline/online balance in their purchase habits: from Hej!’s Conversational Engaging Marketing format, 53.4% of users landed on the brand’s e-commerce and, an almost equal share, 46.62% on Find&Go Now!.

 

AdKaora and Madi Ventura join forces on an innovative enhanced proximity marketing strategy

Created to promote three product lines, the campaign combines latest-generation rich media formats with advanced drive-to-store technological solutions

AdKaora, the Mondadori Group digital agency specialised in user-centric mobile advertising and proximity marketing, is continuing collaboration with Madi Ventura, a key player in dried fruit, which has decided to promote three seasonal product lines – Fichi e Datteri, Linea Difesa and BBMix Funzionali – with a new proximity marketing strategy.

The campaign, managed together with Asset Media, went online in November and December. It was designed to cover each step in the funnel from awareness to drive to store, and to combine the creative power of advertising formats with a strong impact on engagement with the advanced tools of footfall analysis, post-sales analysis, consumer insight and brand lift surveys, in a planning approach integrating online and offline strategy.

Two rich media formats with high engagement power designed by AdKaora Creative Studio were used to enhance brand awareness: the Swipe format for the Fichi e Datteri line and the Geyser format for the Linea Difesa and BBMix Funzionali lines. Swipe and Geyser are innovative interactive formats that give the user a unique brand experience through dynamic forms of interaction for a powerful, personalised discovery of the product: all their calls to action take the user directly to the brand site to obtain additional information, and, with the Geyser format, to see a short video presentation.

To promote footfall in the supermarkets involved in the campaign, the strategy also used a mixture of geolocal mobile display advertising formats and near-store, in-store and near-product push notifications, shown to customers in the vicinity of stores and set up to steer them to AdKaora’s proprietary Find&Go Now! technology, an interactive map that leads the consumer to the nearest shop where they can buy the product.

The campaign produced a positive engagement rate and boosted visits: the interaction rate was 21% with the Swipe format for Fichi e Datteri, 25% with the Geyser format for Linea Difesa and 28% with the Geyser format for BBMix Funzionali. For Find&Go Now!, the engagement rate was 25%, while the uplift for visits to the stores reached 68%.

To check the effect of the campaign, the AdKaora solutions were combined with sales and product data, collected through a qualitative analysis by CheckBonus and a quantitative analysis by IRI, both partners of the agency.

With CheckBonus, a variety of marketing tools was used to give visibility to the products – BB Mix Funzionali in particular – and obtain valuable insights in terms of sales drill-down, sales by retailer and sell-out analyses, together with socio-demographic breakdown and consumer behaviour data. A special survey provided information on the factors that influenced purchases, brand and product perception, and the positioning of the brand with respect to competitors.

The analysis supplied by IRI, which monitors the effects of advertising on product purchasing during a specific period, highlighted positive results in terms of sales uplift with a sales increment of 4.3%.

Matteo Giorgi, E-Commerce & Digital Marketing Manager Madi Ventura: “Proximity marketing is now an integral part of our communication strategies, which are evolving rapidly in a multi-channel direction. With AdKaora we created a complete proximity campaign and took it to another level: brand and product awareness, consumer engagement, and, above all, measurement of results (footfall and sell-out) and the impact of advertising on in-store sales. Insights into consumers were equally important, helping us to monitor the market. An enhancement of all the steps in the funnel together with close attention to KPIs.”

Alessandro Garziera, Partner & Head of Digital Asset Media: “A multi-product advertising campaign with innovative creative assets and monitoring of the entire funnel. The strategic decision to guarantee a complete view of the brand and the products using AdKaora’s innovative tools at the various digital touchpoints proved to be effective. The agency is satisfied with the results achieved.”

Davide Tran, CEO AdKaora: “We are very happy with this on-going collaboration with Madi Ventura and Asset Media, which enables us to support the client with a comprehensive communication strategy. A proximity marketing “booster” combining the effectiveness of our latest-generation rich media formats with advanced drive-to-store technological solutions, to maximise awareness of the different products, which benefited from enhanced concentrated interest, and to transform users into store visits. We achieved important campaign results as well as exclusive insights into the brand and consumers, which will be useful for future communication strategies. The results were only made possible by the integration of the advertising strategy with close monitoring of the KPIs required by the client.”

Grazia USA named “Best New Magazine Launch” of 2021

The American edition of Grazia has been selected out of more than 120 new magazines launched in the US in 2021 for its inimitable refined, cosmopolitan style combining quality content with high-impact images

Grazia USA, the American edition of Grazia created under a licensing agreement signed by the Mondadori Group with Pantheon Media Group LLC, has been named “Best New Magazine Launch” of 2021.

Grazia USA was chosen for the honour out of more than 120 new publications launched in America during the past year thanks to its ability to combine quality content with cutting-edge images in the magazine’s inimitable refined style. The honour was awarded as a result of the ranking drawn up by Samir Husni, founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the School of Journalism and New Media of the University of Mississippi.

The acknowledgement crowns the success of the first 100% Italian fashion brand on one of the world’s biggest and most important markets for fashion and luxury goods.

Present on the American market through the global digital first platform graziamagazine.com, Grazia USA launched its first quarterly print issue on 23 September 2021 under the title “Evolution”. The 356-page special edition celebrated three women who have risen to success on the American cultural and social scene, featured on three exclusive covers: nine-time Olympic medal winner Allyson Felix, British supermodel and designer Alek Wek, and Canadian singer, actor and activist Jordan Alexander

The début of Grazia USA marks a turning point for American fashion magazines in a year when the United States saw twice as many new print magazines launched as in 2020.

The brand has been a success with American readers right from the start for its unique cosmopolitan blend of fashion, art, culture and beauty, as well as design, travel and entertainment, putting new generations in contact with the most influential, renowned names in the fashion industry thanks to distribution through the world’s most exclusive retailers.

“We’re proud of this acknowledgement obtained by Grazia USA and very happy with the results achieved by our partner Pantheon Media Group in the United States. Our brand’s business model based on a global multi-channel approach has great potential for development on other markets too, combining authoritative content with strategic use of data for positioning that really makes us stand out,” emphasised Daniela Sola, International Business Managing Director for Mondadori Media.

“It’s a great honour to receive this award. I’m very proud of the work the editorial staff of Grazia USA has done, leading to creation of an outstanding product that meets the requirements of both readers and advertisers. We’re lucky to have our partners’ support conveying quality content about fashion, luxury, entertainment and much more to over 400,000 certified readers and millions of site visitors every month,” said Brendan Monaghan, Chief Global Brands Officer and Executive Vice-President of the Pantheon Media Group.

Grazia is the first 100% Italian fashion magazine to have exported its successful formula all over the world, from Italy to the United States. The Mondadori Group brand, which now has a total of 21 editions in 23 countries, reaches a global audience of 15 million readers and 45 million unique visitors, with more than 30 million followers on social media.