Reuters, Hyundai Smart-Thinking Campaign Could Be Smarter

  |  May 1, 2007   |  Comments

Reuters and Hyundai rolled out their "smart thinking" campaign , which links ads for the carmaker to stories pegged as featuring "innovation, forward thinking and intelligence." If today's story choices are an indicator, the methods used to pick the so-called smart stories may need some fine tuning

Reuters and Hyundai rolled out their "smart thinking" campaign, which links ads for the carmaker to stories pegged as featuring "innovation, forward thinking and intelligence."

If today's story choices are an indicator, the methods used to pick the so-called smart stories may need some fine tuning.

One Reuters story with the carmaker's ads, "Telefonica deal to challenge Slim on own turf," dissects the Mexican billionaire's failure to enter the European phone market, which seems to imply an example of not-so-smart thinking.

Another piece with the Hyundai ads, "British motorists face spy in sky monitoring," outlines plans in the UK to charge drivers to use roads. Some 1.8 million people in the UK have signed petitions against the scheme, aimed at cutting traffic in congested areas. The "smart" thinking in this story is elusive for a car company that presumably wants people to drive more, not less.

News stories about the ad campaign stressed the "separation of church and state" between ad sales and editors at the news service. That's a good thing journalistically, though Reuters and Hyundai may well benefit from having a wise editor or two to review the "smart" story choices.

ClickZ Live New York Want to learn more?
Attend ClickZ Live New York March 30 - April 1. With over 15 years' experience delivering industry-leading events, ClickZ Live brings together over 60 expert speakers to offer an action-packed, educationally-focused agenda covering all aspects of digital marketing. Register today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

COMMENTSCommenting policy

comments powered by Disqus

ClickZ Today is our #1 newsletter.
Get a daily dose of digital marketing.

COMMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Featured White Papers

A Buyer's Guide to Affiliate Management Software

A Buyer's Guide to Affiliate Management Software
Manage your performance marketing with the right solution. Choose a platform that will mutually empower advertisers and media partners!

Google My Business Listings Demystified

Google My Business Listings Demystified
To help brands control how they appear online, Google has developed a new offering: Google My Business Locations. This whitepaper helps marketers understand how to use this powerful new tool.

WEBINARS

Jobs

    • Product Manager - Contract position
      Product Manager - Contract position (Wiley Publishing) - HobokenThis position can be located in either Hoboken, NJ or Indianapolis, IN. We are...
    • Manager of Online Advertising
      Manager of Online Advertising (Connections Education) - ColumbiaCompany Summary: Connections Education is a leading provider of high-quality, highly...
    • SEO Manager
      SEO Manager (Ziff Davis) - New YorkAre you an experienced digital marketer with enterprise level SEO experience that wakes up in the morning thinking...