Instagram ROI: What Your Brand Can Expect from Working with Influencers

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When we think of social media ROI, we tend to only measure value by numbers. So much attention is given to number of followers, reach, impressions and likes; but while these markers are very important, there's a much broader story that can be told, particularly on social networks like Instagram where photos create an opportunity to paint a much bigger brand picture.

Sure, Instagram has some limitations in what campaign parameters can be measured -- engagement rates act as the major metric -- and this can raise the question of what a brand really gains from influencer marketing. However, Instagram, now one of the top three social networks with over 300 million users, gives brands an opportunity to tap into the influence of Instagram power users and leverage their existing follower relationships in order to reach a broad audience.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 8-15    
Topic: Opinion, Social



Lingerie-Clad Woman Admires Her Hot Body, Pulls Tight Jeans Over Booty In Sexually Suggestive Smartphone Ad

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This! This is how you sell a smartphone! Who knew?

Yes. You get a super hot looking woman and have her prance around her apartment as if she's about to have sex with herself. You make sure she stares longingly at herself in the mirror, bites her lower lip, runs her fingertips over her breasts and down her thigh, squeezes into a pair of tight jeans and iron her shirt in an ejaculatory orgasm of steam.

And then you have her pull her phone out of the shirt pocket she just ironed over because, well, the phone is so slim she didn't even know it was there.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-25-15    
Topic: Racy



9 Companies Rocking the Affiliate Marketing World

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Online marketers and just about everyone who plays in the space has a reputation for being a leader and an innovator. After all, back in the day, anyone who had anything to do with online marketing had to move mountains, jump through hoops and put forth Herculean effort to convince their decidedly offline bosses that anything .com was even worth talking about.

Much like those early online marketers, affiliate marketers are great innovators, inventors, over-achievers and, well, all around heroes when it comes to developing newer and better ways to sell products online.

Let's take a look at a few innovative companies in the affiliate space who have developed new and unique methods which have improved the online retail shopping experience.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-19-15    
Topic: Tools



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Facebook Overhauls Marketing Partners Program, Dumps Badges, Simplifies Accreditation

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This week, Facebook announced a revamp to its Facebook Marketing Partner Program. The social networking company is officially moving to a new structure that is more intuitive for clients, offers more partners across function, vertical and geography.

This is a big departure from the original marketing program. In 2012, Facebook launched a program with four available badges to help marketers better understand which partner was the best match. Originally, there were 12 designated Straregic Preferred Marketing Developer ('SPMD') partners accredited with "Ads and Insights" badges.

The change, which eliminates the badges and simplifies accreditation to 3 levels, is designed to avoid the mistakes other large digital advertising companies have made.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-19-15    
Topic: Social



This Native Advertising Solution Combats Clickbait And Drives Engagement With Promoted Content

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In the past several years, native advertising has risen to the top of the online marketing conversation. And, for the most part, it's done so because other forms of online advertising have failed miserably. But native advertising, for all its popularity and success, has brought with it a very dark side; the blurring of editorial church and state.

To some, this blurring is no big deal. To others -- the smart ones, it is the downfall of society as we know it. Some approaches to native advertising have resulted in worthwhile, informative, education and helpful content readers can consider valuable. Other native advertising efforts -- sadly, most -- have resulted in poorly written, spammy, listicle, brochure-like content that irks, annoys and just plain sucks.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-17-15    
Topic: Sponsorship



How to Revive Your Brand's Instagram Strategy in 4 Simple Steps

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Instagram. It's been around but brands are just beginning to climb on board. Brands know they need it and yet many aren't entirely sure how to improve their social media game as competition stiffens with more and more brands joining Instagram daily.

If your brand hasn't made successful strides on Instagram, chances are there are some critical elements you're missing. Here are 4 simple ways you can revive your brand's presence on Instagram.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-11-15    
Topic: Social



Helena Bonham Carter Gets Naked With A Giant Tuna

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It's no longer news when a celebrity gets naked in support of something, particular PETA. But this work, featuring a very naked Helena Bonham Carter...and a tuna, is a bit different.

Sure it's for a cause. A good one, in fact. Called Fishlove, the campaign, something Carter's friend Greta Scacchi is behind, calls attention to over fishing.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-11-15    
Topic: Celebrity



Samsung Vacuum Cleans Up After Crazy Hipsters Who Act Like Hyperactive 12-Year-Olds

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Yea, yea, yea, we get that this ad for the Samsung POWERbot vacuum cleaner, basically a Roomba made by Samsung is supposed to be ridiculously over the top. And it is. But, seriously?

This is like a Verizon ad with a dad who doesn't know how to use the internet or a beer ad in which a guy uses a soundproof booth to call his wife and lie about the fact he's at a bar with friends or another beer ad in which a bunch of hipster hijack a beer truck. Yea, you've seen those ads.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-11-15    
Topic: Strange



STUDY: Analysis of Car Sales by DMA Reveals Super Bowl Ads May Not Pay Off For Car Brands

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These days, the Super Bowl is often considered the mecca of advertisement. With rates at a record- $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, brands spend big money to showcase themselves during the big game, with the hopes of capturing the attention of the 100 million plus viewers who tune in for the game (and the commercials) each year.

But despite this audience size, the question still remains: is the Super Bowl really an effective way to reach your audience? We decided to take a closer look at the potential impact of running a Super Bowl ad, with a particular focus on the auto industry. Car makers have long dominated the advertisements during the game, but this year, many chose to forgo buying air time.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-15    
Topic: Research



Vibrator Brand Wants People to Take Pictures of Bikini-Clad Bree Olsen on Truck Sides While Driving

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Let's just get right into it and start with this:

"We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to bring Adam & Eve to the public this way. We are encouraging drivers who run across our trucks along I85, I95, I75 and I77 to send us pictures (via twitter @adamandeve and Facebook) of the trucks to track their effectiveness and possibly win prizes."

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-15    
Topic: Racy, Worst



10 Things Agencies Can Do to Stop Creative Vs. Account Battles

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Like the proverbial old married couple you see bickering on the street corner, agency managers and agency creatives have a relationship that's often fraught with friction and discord, yet, at the same time, cohesion and dependence. Finding a balance will yield a successful and productive relationship.

With that notion in mind, here are 10 things agencies can do to help eliminate the seemingly endless chafing that goes on between the two sides.

Put an end to unproductive bickering and work habits. Make your work life easier. Check out my 10 tips over at the Central Desktop blog.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 4-15    
Topic: Agencies



Here Are the Top 10 2015 Super Bowl Ads Based On Reach And Sentiment

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As pundits on TV, around water coolers, and in sports bars debate the merits of the calls from this Sunday's Super Bowl, advertisers are making their own calls on whether their ads scored a touchdown or missed the goal line by inches.

Adknowledge's TriVu media took it upon themselves to crunch the numbers to arrive at an understanding of the the real Super Bowl Ad winners based on data and true "video buzz".

To assemble the list of top ten TriVu worked in partnership with data science firm TeraCrunch to analyze over 200 million views and nearly a million comments on YouTube. The analysis takes into account views, likes, dislikes, subscriptions and sentiment.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 4-15    
Topic: Super Bowl 2015



If You're Feeling Dumb, This 'Social Media Marketing For Dummies' Book Is For You

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Oh look Now you can get your own copy of Social Media Marketing For Dummies! Yes, it's true.

It's a 90 minute training course that will show you how to build your social strategy and become a whiz at creating programs on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and others.

It's five section include Building a Social Marketing Strategy, Marketing on Facebook and Twitter, Jumping to Other Platforms, Analyzing Your Data and Ten Steps in a Social Media Marketing Plan.

Download it now for free.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 4-15    
Topic: Research



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