OMR Festival 2018: Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on the world’s biggest metal band

Also featuring Scott Galloway (NYU) and Lars Silberbauer (Lego)

With over 120 million records sold, Metallica is one of the most successful and well-known metal bands on the planet. At OMR18, Lars will tell us about keys to successful brand building and what it takes to keep it relevant over the course of the band’s nearly four-decade run. Joining Lars on stage in Hamburg on March 23, 2018 will be OMR’s favorite marketing prof Scott Galloway and Lego’s Lars Silberbauer.

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Share begging and recycled tech vids: traffic tricks a la Axios and Cheddar

How the new darlings of the US publishing scene build an audience

Axios Cheddar

Jim VandeHei from Axios (left) and Jon Steinberg from Cheddar (Collage: OMR)

They are two of the most talked about projects in digital publishing: Axios and Cheddar. The former a new news agency covering politics and finance run by Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei; the latter a self-styled “CNBC for millennials” founded by ex-Buzzfeed COO Jon Steinberg. OMR takes a closer look at them both to shed light on their lofty objectives—and uncovers just what crafty and opportunistic means they’ll go to to reach them.
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Ellesse: the story of a comeback through digital marketing

Titans of 80s sport’s fashion returns to center court through platforms like Asos and Instagram

With a revenue increase of 45% only a handful of other sport brands could come close to matching Ellesse’s growth in 2016. Quite the comeback for a brand that was washed up and nearly relegated to history. The heydays of the 70s and 80 were followed by the doldrums of the 80s, 90s, 00s and 2010s. In fact, the brand has really only made a comeback in the past two years. It’s catalyst? Digital marketing. OMR pieced together just how the brand set about and reconstructed their successful quest for a second act.

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This is the German company behind the nightmarish phone cases on Amazon

Proof of Amazon’s increasing relevance as an SEO platform

Eczema-ridden hands, old men in diapers or a good old-fashioned butt plug are just three of some 30K motifs that “my-handy-design” was hawking to users. Up until a few days ago, the uncouth motifs were available on Amazon, and also caused quite the stir in the international press. OMR found out who’s behind the coup and also explains just how the “my-handy-design” phenomenon is indicative of the current state of Online Marketing.

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Marketing with Amazon Alexa: A first look at reach figures

Will “Skills” soon be paying the bills?

Amazon Echo has officially been available in Germany since mid-February—and with it, Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant. The device opens up a new realm of marketing opportunities for companies through voice-automated apps called “Skills,” which anyone can develop and distribute on the mother platform. We spoke to several first movers to learn more about the current opportunities and challenges facing players on the fledgling platform, and to get a feel for the current reach figures popular skills can expect to achieve.
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Hope after all: How a Yemeni immigrant built a massive community with science videos

A German graduate from Yemen is a Facebook superstar

Hashem Al-Ghaili bei seiner Abschlussrede an der Jacobs Universität in Bremen (Quelle)

Hashem Al-Ghaili holding his keynote address on graduation day at Jacobs University in Bremen (source).

Actually, Hashem Al-Ghaili was supposed to be farmer. Today, though, the 26-year-old Yemeni holds two degrees and informs his six million plus Facebook followers on the latest scientific developments and technological advancements with science videos. In less than a year, his videos have generated more than 2 billion impressions. Al-Ghaili told OMR the details of his story, shared some secrets to his success and what’s essential for science videos to be successful.
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Is there an adtech giant on the rise in Poland?

Far from the usual European tech hubs lies Codewise—

Europe’s fastest-growing adtech startup

Das Codewise-Team (Quelle:

Happy faces at Codewise (source:

Revenue growth north of 13,000 percent (no, that’s not a typo) from 2011 to 2015 and a purported “annual run rate” of USD 50 million: figures that would impress no matter the market—but even more so when you find out that online startup Codewise isn’t based in Silicon Valley, but Krakow, Poland. Is there a hidden champion in central Europe poised to explode? We took a look to find out if the hype is real or just a bunch of smoke.
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Is this guy really responsible for the Trump presidency?

Exclusive: CEO Alexander Nix’s keynote at OMR Festival

Alexander Nix at OMR Festival 2017 (image: Miguel Brusch)

Did big data firm Cambridge Analytica really help Donald Trump win the US presidency? Or is it just a cleverly placed PR coup? These questions have been discussed heavily in the press and public domain over the past weeks and months. At OMR Festival 2017, Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix discusses big data, the methodologies and strategies used to identify people’s behavior and how data analytics factors into political campaigns.
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The State of the German Internet: The OMR Market Study on the German online industry

GIX, GAFA and current marketing quick wins

What is the current state of the German online industry? Which companies are poised to make a major breakthrough? How do German companies fare compared to their major US counterparts? What are the current chances for German companies in online marketing? We set out to answer these questions and more in our OMR market study “State of the German Internet,” which we unveiled at OMR Festival 2017.
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From Dusseldorf to a billion dollar NASDAQ IPO—trivago founder on stage at OMR Festival 2017

trivago founder Rolf Schrömgens to appear at OMR Festival 2017

For its most recent IPO, trivago generated a massive valuation—roughly USD 4.7 billion to be precise—making the hotel search engine one of the most successful digital companies ever founded in Germany. What better guest to have on stage at OMR Festival 2017 than trivago co-founder and CEO Rolf Schrömgens. He’ll divulge some insight into the company’s marketing strategies that helped trivago achieve such unprecedented success.
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