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Five Keys to Successful Influencer Marketing

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Influencer marketing has, to date, focused mostly on "uber influencers" with high Klout and PeerIndex scores and/or those with a high number of fans/followers. In this whitepaper from Crowdtap you will learn why that focus is misplaced and why peer influencers are more important to a brand marketers than uber influencers. This whitepaper, part of our free whitepaper offering, will address:

- The history and current state of influencer marketing
- Why peer influencers are the key to any influencer marketing strategy
- Five critical steps for developing a successful influence marketing program.

Download the whitepaper now.

by Steve Hall    Jul-16-12    
Topic: Social



Morning Emissions: Baby Sought, Sears Reviews, Comcast Buys MSNBC

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- Gerber has launched its third Gerber Generation Photo Search on its Facebook page. The brand seeks the next Gerber baby and will award $50,000 to the winner.

- Five reasons your digital startup will fail. Hint, avoid failure and make sure you court large advertisers.

- TV trumps movies at Comic-Con this year.

- And why is Randy always the last one standing? Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have exited American Idol.

- The first six months of 2012 saw 133 magazines launch, while just 48 closed, with the largest number of new launches coming in the "regional interest" and "food" categories.

- Sears has thrown its media account into review. Havas, which won the account in 2001, is the incumbent. Budget is pegged at $700 million.

- MSNBC.com becomes NBCNews.com after Comcast buyout.

- Facebook is considering lowering its age limit and allowing children under 13 to join...even though they already do simply by lying about their age.

by Steve Hall    Jul-16-12    
Topic: Brands, Cable, Social



Adrants Jobs: Photobucket, Freshbooks, Ugallery

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Here's your weekly roundup of some of the more interesting jobs to be found on the Adrants Job Board. You can always find the listings in the right hand column of the site or here on the job listings page. Read on for this week's interesting job opportunities.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-13-12    
Topic: Announcements



Humping Dog Awards Promotes New AMC Show

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Early this week, a video purporting to be a display of the first ever Humpy Awards debuted. In the video, judges rate dogs on several humping criteria including speed, stamina, style and other factors.

Of course, there's no such thing as the Humpy Awards. But there is such a thing as Small Town Security, an AMC show, premiering July 15, which highlights private security company JJK Security in Georgia. What dog humping has to do with security, we know not but we assume we'll find out once the show makes its debut.

The video isn't quite what we'd call a viral success but 146,507 people have viewed it to date.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-13-12    
Topic: Television, Video, Viral



Why Storybranding Trumps Traditional Advertising

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This guest article is written by Jim Signorelli is CEO of StoryLab Marketing.

"Hey There, I'm Terrific!"

How could anyone expect to sell anything this way? Telling someone you're terrific is so, well...crass, obnoxious, Neanderthal, anything but effective. Right?

Curious, I created an experiment. I set out to see how people would actually react to someone saying "Hey there! I am terrific!", not in written words, but in a real face-to-face interaction. So, taking life into my own hands, I stood out on a street corner to see how passersby might react.

After a startled stare and/or a quizzical "huh?," I either received a polite "no thanks" or a profane description of what I should do with or to myself. Consequently, I gave up on this experiment early on so I don't have anything that would come even close to a projectable sample. But I'm going to take a leap of faith and hypothesize that the chances of someone responding with "okay, I'm buying whatever terrificness you're selling," are slim to none.

So why would I do such a thing? What's to figure out? Nobody talks this way. So what's the big deal?

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by Steve Hall    Jul-13-12    
Topic: Opinion



No Blouses Rip Open in This Goodyear Stunt Driver Video

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OK. So it's the old "flop them around in a stunt driver-driven car" scenario. Except this time, there's no bulging breasts bursting out of button down blouses. Just regular people experiencing what it's like to ride in a BMW with Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season tires.

The work comes from GSD&M and was directed by Ben Conrad. In the video, passengers experience all manner of road hazard from oncoming vehicles to stuff faling out of a truck to rain-covered roads and even some winter weather thrown in.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-13-12    
Topic: Guerilla, Video



Susan Glenn Revealed! And Kiefer Sutherland is in Love With Her

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For the past month or so, a woman by the name of Susan Glenn has been popping up. First on Buzzfeed then on various message boards, a blog and even on the OnlineSlangDictionary where one of the definitions defines her as "That girl that you like so much but you never actually flirt with because you are too worried about messing it all up"

In the Facebook group Suxorz, a group that collects epic social media failures, BlogAds Founder Henry Copeland wondered whether or not this is just "a lame seeding for some movie... or just the first of some supersmart social campaign?"

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by Steve Hall    Jul-13-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials



Google Pretentious Spoofs Google Glass

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Most certainly somewhat NSFW, this month old Combusting Herpes spoof of Google's recent release of Google Glass is hilarious and has fun with the product's "progressive pretentiousness." The awesomeness of the spoof is that it calls attention to the idiocy of some technologies that many of us really don't an will never need.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-12-12    
Topic: Spoofs



How Collaboration Can Save the Client Agency Relationship

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The agency-client relationship has always been one of varied success. Some are rife with strife. Others schooled with cool. But it's no secret friction between agencies and clients has most always been the norm.

In a whitepaper that is somewhat self-serving (aren't they all?), collaboration platform Central Desktop takes a look at the biggest challenges facing creative agencies and brand marketers. Whitepaper findings come from a survey of 500 marketers and agencies.

If you're an agency and want to see what's angering your client, this report is for you. If you're a client and want to know what's angering your agency, this report is for you. Download the report here.

by Steve Hall    Jul-12-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Research



Faces of Drunk Driving Personalizes Aftermath of Drunk Driving

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Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing, the Texas-based agency that brought us Happy Hour Fail - a fantastic PSA in which a drunk driving arrest plays out over social media, is out with Faces of Drunk Driving. Faces of Drunk Driving features the stories of Sean Carter and Jacqui Saburido who were both severely injured by drunk drivers.

The site, which allows visitors to scroll through events, truly engages the viewer by drawing them into every aspect of each individual's tragedy from what their life wat like before injury to the details of the crash to the recovery process to how each individual emerged and forged ahead. Gripping and inspiring.

While Happy Hour Fail was more of a humorous look at the effects of drunk driving, Faces of Drunk Driving takes a harder look and digs deep into the after effects of a drunk driving event.

by Steve Hall    Jul-12-12    
Topic: Cause



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