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Sharethrough Joins Native Advertising Trend With Sponsored Stories

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Native advertising company Sharethrough today announced the launch of Sharethrough Sponsored Stories, a native advertising solution that helps brands promote articles, posts, reviews and more across the web. With Sharethrough Sponsored Stories, marketers can extend the reach of their content beyond owned and earned placements across Sharethrough's network of publishers.

Land Rover is one of the first brands to use Sharethrough Sponsored Stories in its content marketing programs, along with Pop Secret and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-26-13    
Topic: Publishing



Smelly Old Clothes Raise Money For Smelly Old People

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What's that stupid saying? What's old is new again? No. No, it's not. Old is old. Old is tired. Old is dilapidated and smelly. Unless of course you are a fashion hound who can't get enough vintage clothing and are too insensitive to realize assisting the elderly poor is something you should do without having to be persuaded by a stupid marketing stunt.

But, sadly, some people need a stupid stunt to get them off their hipster asses and actually give a shit about something. So Shorashim, an Israeli group that helps elderly people in need, created Roots, a second hand fashion brand because, well, young people like smelly old clothes and if that's the only thing that gets them to care about the elderly then that's what the brand's agency, McCann Digital, had to do.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-26-13    
Topic: Cause



How to Create Compelling Content For Each Stage of the Buying Cycle

Content Marketing has (or should have by now) become an integral part of every marketer's game plan. After all, people need the right information at the right time when they are researching and deciding what to buy.

In this Yesler whitepaper, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, you will learn how to map your content to the needs and roles of your prospects as they move through the purchasing cycle. In the, you will learn:

  • How to use content to spark an ongoing conversation with prospective buyers
  • How to determine what kinds of content best meet the needs of your prospective buyers
  • The importance of buyer personas and communication channel preferences
  • What pitfalls to avoid as you create content for your own content marketing efforts

Download the whitepaper now and learn how to properly develop and map your content marketing to the needs of your customers.

by Steve Hall    Feb-26-13    
Topic: Publishing, Research



10 Examples of Brands Newsjacking the Academy Awards

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So while Advertising Age is critiquing the $1.6 million commercials that ran during the Oscars last night, we thought we'd take a look at something a bit less expensive and a bit more inventive -- the real-time newsjacking that occurred last night during the broadcast.

Newsjacking refers to the practice of capitalizing on the popularity of a news story to amplify your sales and marketing success. The term was popularized in David Meerman Scott's book Newsjacking: How to Inject Your Ideas into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage.

Check out the full list here in an article we wrote for HubSpot.

by Steve Hall    Feb-25-13    
Topic: Brands, Events, Social, Television



Honda Awards 'Oscars' to Brand Lovers

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As the Oscars kicked off last night, Honda hosted their own unique virtual awards ceremony dedicated to their fans on Facebook and Twitter. Fans who illustrated their passion were recognized with specialized #HondaLove awards in real-time coinciding with similar category wins as they were announced.

#HondaLove award examples include Best Song, Best Live Action Short and Best Art Direction. About 10 total awards were given out during the awards show. A #HondaLove winner gallery is posted to Honda's Facebook page.

While not exactly a newsjacking stunt, the work did tie in nicely with the evening's Oscar content.

This effort extends a series of feel-good surprises, known as "Honda Loves You Back," most recently for Valentine's Day.

by Steve Hall    Feb-25-13    
Topic: Social



How to Deal With Difficult Clients

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In my years as an agency media director and account director, I worked with many different personality types - including one long-term client who, for many years, wouldn't respect me or my work. One day he angered me so much I screamed at him for five minutes straight, telling him I knew exactly what the hell I was doing and he should shut up and listen to what I have to say.

While I certainly don't recommend letting your anger get the best of you or screaming at your clients, in this particular case my years of attempting to placate, coddle and generally bend over for this particular client never worked. It wasn't until I stood up to him with the same forceful authority he always commanded that he respected me. And from that point on, our relationship was wonderful.

Read the rest on the Central Desktop blog.

by Steve Hall    Feb-22-13    
Topic: Opinion



Entries Open For Bees Awards

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The Bees Awards which honor the best social media marketing efforts has opened its call for entry. The Bees Awards, now in its fourth year, will judge work across 23 catagories including best use of analytics tools, best use of mobile, best reputation management, best crisis management, best branded viral video, best student work and many others.

Check out the details here and submit your work.

by Steve Hall    Feb-22-13    
Topic: Industry Events



Best Bus Stop Ever?

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While it would certainly be amusing to stand at a bus top, visit a mobile site and then be picked up by a super cool sports car or a dog sled or a bus filled with carnival characters but how exactly does all that sell Qualcomm mobile services? If, in fact, that's what this stunt is trying to sell. Because we have no idea since we were distracted by all the stunt's hoopla.

This makes about as much sense as the brand's keynote at CES.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-21-13    
Topic: Outdoor, Strange



Antonio Banderas Talks to a Donut

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So you agreed to have lunch with a friend who wants to be more than a friend. But you're not sure you want to be more than friends. So you state upfront that "it's just lunch" and that when lunch is over, "this" will be over. All well and good if both parties understand.

However, if your date is a donut that just won't shut up and keeps lingering even though lunch is over, then you might need a bit of help from Wrigley's Extra gum. Hmm. If only things actually went that smoothly.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-21-13    
Topic: Celebrity



Does Parking Your Car Give You an Orgasm?

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Apparently, parking a car can be much like having sex. At least according to this TMW-created ad for Durex Ulta Thins condoms. The ad is entitled Intensely Close which, of course, is a rif on just how close you can get to your partner because the condom is so thin. Of course, nothing gets you closer than a vasectomy!

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by Steve Hall    Feb-21-13    
Topic: Commercials, Racy



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