Top Social Marketing Trends to Watch in 2014

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If the Internet revolutionized the notion of commerce in America, then it was the rise of social media that revolutionized how goods and services are marketed. Yes, not so long ago social media was the next great frontier in marketing. Today, that frontier is all around us.

This notion is hardly lost on modern marketers. However, what is of paramount importance is navigating the ever-shifting landscape of social media to ensure the widest exposure possible. After all, it is only through innovation and staying ahead of the curve that marketers will reach their target demographic across a wide variety of platforms.

And it is indeed a "wide variety." So with that in mind, here are some current trends that look at all areas of social in order to help marketers craft winning strategies.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-17-14    
Topic: Social, Trends and Culture



Arnold Schwarzenegger to Appear in Bud Light Super Bowl Ad

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Not one to appear much in ads, at least in America, big time action star and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will reportedly appear in a Bud Light Super Bowl ad. He will be one of several celebrities to appear in two ads created by BBDO. The two ads, entitled Epic Night, will tell a story across each of the ads.

The New York Post reports Schwarzenegger will receive $3 million for his appearance in the ad.

Of the appearance in the ads, a source told The New York Post, "Arnold has shot a series of ads in Japan but pretty much hasn't done anything in the US. Persuading him to promote a beer is a big coup for Bud Light."

Other celebrities appearing in Super Bowl ads include Scarlett Johansson for SodaStream, Laurence Fishburne -- as Morpheus -- for Kia, Stephen Colbert for Wonderful PIstachios, Danica Patrick for GoDaddy, David Beckham for H&M and Ben Kingsley for Jaguar.

by Steve Hall    Jan-17-14    
Topic: Celebrity, Super Bowl 2014



Four Reasons Dogs Are Way More Amusing Than Humans

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OK these are awesome! What's awesome? These Carmichael Lynch-created spots for Subaru, part of the brand's Dog Tested, Dog Approved campaign. In four spots, a family of four dogs, The Barkleys, re-enact typical human scenarios that happen to involved a car.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-17-14    
Topic: Campaigns



This Law Firm Allowed Its Ad Agency be Creative...And Got Great Work

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Finally! A law firm ad that gets out of the conference room and actually shows some creativity. Working with Grey's Hispanic agency, Wing, the Law Offices of Esteban Gergely, is out with a campaign that touches upon the common online practice opf attempting to erase one's history when things don't go so well in real life.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-16-14    
Topic: Video



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Barton F. Graf 9000 Masters the Non-Sequitur For Little Caesers

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We love Barton F. Graf 9000's current for for Little Caesars. Why? Because it's so off the wall and the scenarios are so random. It's most recent commercial, a couple of guys get swallowed up by giant bean bag chairs when all they want to do is go get a $5 pizza.

It's not as awesome as the High 85 but we still love its randomness.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-16-14    
Topic: Commercials



Grandma Gets Dildo For Birthday...And Other Awkward Gifts

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For UK-based online retailer, Red5, RKCR/Y&R has created a campaign that highlights those awkward moments when your loved on opens a present and it's not quite what they expected. The message, of course, is that had the gift givers only used Red 5, they would have found a gift their loved one would love.

That or a dose of common sense. Nothing like a campaign that screams, "Hey, you're an idiot but we want you as our customer!" We suppose you could argue it's a schadenfruede approach to things which, of course, makes it a perfectly acceptable campaign, right?

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by Steve Hall    Jan-16-14    
Topic: Campaigns



Brand Advocacy: Fact or Fiction?

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No marketer, brand manager, marketing automation professional or even an advocacy marketing exec would look you in the eye and tell you that they've got a no-fail brand advocacy marketing strategy. The development of brand advocacy marketing is still in its infancy, though there is a set of variables generally agreed upon as necessary for success. If marketing was foolproof, Coca Cola would never have spent millions to market New Coke back in the 80s. Walgreens would have immediately rejected the offer to carry Barack Obama Chia Pets on its shelves.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-16-14    




4 Reasons Employees Are Your Best Brand Advocates

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More and more companies are starting to implement strategies and systems to leverage influencers to become marketing and brand allies. And they are doing it with great success. Whether it be content marketing, social media or word of mouth, often times your employees are your best brand advocates. In this article, we will touch on:

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by Steve Hall    Jan-14-14    
Topic: Brands



The 3 C's of Successful Content Marketing

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Content marketing is a powerful way to get your audience's attention and build trust. It might seem difficult to get started but it's pretty easy to grasp when you break it down into a few steps. If you are struggling, just remember the 3 C's of Content Marketing - Create, Curate, and Circulate.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-13-14    
Topic: Online



13 Signs You're An Affiliate Marketer [Infographic]

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As Affiliate Summit kicks of at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas today, let us visit why you might be an affiliate marketer and not even know it. Of course if you're one of the over 5,000 people attending Affiliate Summit, it's a pretty clear bet you already know you're an affiliate marketer. But check out these 13 traits of an affiliate marketer. You just might get a kick out of them.

Yes, John Chow, AffBuzz, the Affiliate Ball, Affiliate Nation and Ilya Putin get mention.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-12-14    
Topic: Industry Events









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