It's the first brand to appear on CityVille, FarmVille, and Pioneer Trail simultaneously.
Capital One will begin appearing tomorrow in Zynga games CityVille, FarmVille, and The Pioneer Trail. According to a prepared statement from the companies, it's the first time a brand has advertised in all three Facebook-based games at once.
CityVille players can add a Capital One bank location (image, left) to their cities, while Farmville and Pioneer Trail players can interact with a depiction of the goat from the brand's TV spots. In each case, the in-game promotions reward players with points while directing them to Capital One's Facebook page, where it has nearly 1.6 million likes. The initiative runs for one week.
It's not the first time Capital One has tested Zynga ads. For a week in June, FarmVille players could get a complimentary branded Visigoth statue that delivered extra points for crops and trees planted.
Meanwhile Zynga, which filed for a $1 billion IPO in July, claims to have 60 million daily active users and 232 million monthly uniques in 166 countries. In terms of its platform for marketers, Zynga ad types include:
Engagement Ads, in which players can answer questions about brand preferences and purchase behavior in exchange for in-game currency. For instance, a user might field questions about her American Express card.
Branded Virtual Goods, in which a brand ties advertising deeply into game play. Capital One's bank location in CityVille would fit this category, while perhaps the best-known examples have been Farmville integrations involving brands like Farmer's Insurance, Bing, Coca-Cola, and McDonald's. Paramount recently launched a campaign in CityVille offering an in-game item to drive awareness of Kung Fu Panda 2.
Mobile Ads, which are served into free versions of Zynga mobile games like "Words with Friends" and "Hanging with Friends." Advertisers have included Amazon, eBay, and HBO; Zynga also has used the space to cross-promote other mobile games.
Christopher Heine was a senior writer for ClickZ through June 2012. He covered social media, sports/entertainment marketing, retail, and more. Heine's work has also appeared via Mashable, Brandweek, DM News, MarketingSherpa, and other tech- and ad-centric publications. USA Today, Bloomberg Radio, and The Los Angeles Times have cited him as an expert journalist.
2015 Holiday Email Guide
The holidays are just around the corner. Download this whitepaper to find out how to create successful holiday email campaigns that drive engagement and revenue.
Three Ways to Make Your Big Data More Valuable
Big data holds a lot of promise for marketers, but are marketers ready to make the most of it to drive better business decisions and improve ROI? This study looks at the hidden challenges modern marketers face when trying to put big data to use.
December 2, 2015
1pm ET/ 10am PT
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
5pm HKT / 5am ET