Panties in A Bunch Over Tiger Woods 'Winning' Ad

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Oh the joys of real-time marketing backlash. We're quite sure Tiger Woods and Nike are very happy he's back on top. We're also quite sure they both really do feel "winning takes care of everything" as the brand's real-time ad touted yesterday.

It's also very clear quite a few people are none too happy about Tiger Woods flouting his newfound No. 1 status following his sex scandal debacle from a few years ago. Some say the ad is in poor taste and, in essence, sweeps the not-so-winning portion of Woods' life under the carpet.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-27-13    
Topic: Celebrity, Opinion, Social



7 Steps to Becoming a World-Class Real-Time Marketer

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Lately, real-time marketing is the buzzword du jour. While the notion of real-time marketing has been around since the mid-nineties, the practice gained steam after Oreo's "Dunk in the Dark" ad was created immediately following the power outage during this year's Super Bowl.

Then, shortly after the Super Bowl -- during the Oscars -- it seemed like practically every brand was developing Dunk in the Dark-like ads. The point I'm trying to make isn't that most marketers are lemmings unable to stop themselves from immediately jumping on the next shiny new object. In fact, a little real-time marketing experimentation is definitely not a bad thing, so in this post I wrote for HubSpot, I'll highlight the necessary steps you should take to be an effective real-time marketer.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-27-13    
Topic: Opinion, Research, Social, Tools



Five Best Practices for Social Media Measurement

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If there's anyone out there who still believes social media doesn't warrant serious consideration, consider some basic facts: There are more than 750 million active users on Facebook, 140 million unique visitors to the site each month, 200 million registered Twitter users, and more than 100 million professionals on LinkedIn.

That's just for starters. In addition to social networking sites, there are blogs, comments on traditional media and e-commerce websites, review sites such as ConsumerSearch and epinion, content-sharing sites such as YouTube and Flickr, and collaborative projects such as Wikipedia.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-27-13    
Topic: Research, Social



5 Boring Industries Creating Remarkable Content

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A marketer's job is to make something interesting. That's easy enough when you work for Red Bull, but what if your client is a soap company? Or a data-storage firm? Not exactly riveting. Let's face it, some industries are naturally a little more exciting than others. But the best marketing can make anything compelling, even something you never thought would resonate strongly with your audience.

Before you let a boring industry dictate the tone of an otherwise exciting company or write off, check out this abbreviated list of five companies that put an edgy spin on seemingly boring industries. For the full catalogue, download the free ebook 16 Companies from "Boring" Industries Creating Remarkable Content.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-22-13    
Topic: Social



10 Steps To A Successful Social Media Strategy

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Despite the fact that most Americans have embraced social media, recent studies show that as many as 72% of businesses that have a social media presence do not have a clearly defined social strategy in place. Without a clear social strategy, building a successful social presence that inspires customer loyalty and engagement is nearly impossible.

Is your business one of the 72%? The good news is you are not alone. If you're just starting to develop your social media strategy, or taking a second look at a strategy that just isn't paying off, here are some best practices to make the most of your company's social presence.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-18-13    
Topic: Opinion, Social



6 Smart Social Strategies to Fuel Your Brand's Marketing Success

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Conversations about your company and your products happen each and every day, all over the web. For a marketer managing campaigns across all types of media, these real-time consumer conversations can either be a marketer's dream or your worst nightmare. At the end of the day, you just want marketing programs that work.

Bazaarvoice simplifies social-channel complexity by giving specific examples of ways social can improve marketing efficiency and effectiveness. This insight-packed resource clearly outlines six actionable strategies for leveraging user-generated content to:

  • Create word-of-mouth campaigns that drive growth
  • Deliver a measurable return on social investments
  • Bridge the gap between brands and consumers
  • Increase site traffic
Download this report now to see exactly how social drives real results for brands.

by Steve Hall    Mar-18-13    
Topic: Research, Social



Facebook Considers Hashtags For Real-Time Ad Revenue

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The Wall Street Journal has reported Facebook is testing a program that would enable users to click on a hashtag, bringing the social network inline with Twitter. The hashtag would lead people to all conversations that used the hashtag.

While this will allow Facebook to better its ad targeting capabilities, Ad Age posits it's a play for improving its graph search since users of hashtags are more likely than those who Like to be true fans of a topic. They theorize by saying a person could Like something, view it and then never come back whereas a hashtag user may be more likely to be a fan because of continuous use of a hashtag.

Well, at least now maybe all those hashtags Instagram users apply to their pictures when posting to Facebook will now have a purpose.

by Steve Hall    Mar-18-13    
Topic: Social



How the New Facebook News Feed Changes Your Content Strategy

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Working tirelessly through the night following yesterday's Facebook announcement about its new News Feed, two diligent HubSpotters, Anum Hussain and Brittany Leaning, have published a new report, How Facebook's New News Feed Changes Your Content Strategy. The 35 page (don't worry, there's lots of pictures) report that aims to educate marketers on how they need to approach content creation for Facebook's redesigned news feed.

Download the report now and learn how these changes will affect your Facenbook marketing.

by Steve Hall    Mar-12-13    
Topic: Research, Social, Tools



Why Men Are Cheap on Facebook

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According to eMarketer, almost four billion dollars in advertising budgets were spent on Facebook ads during the past year, and that number is expected to grow to more than six billion in 2014.

Meanwhile, Facebook continues to grow its user base as more people join the world's largest social network and spend more time within its walls. ComScore reports that the average Facebook user spends more than 6 hours on Facebook each month. This report answers questions about how women and men engage differently with ads on Facebook. And the answers are quite surprising.

Download the report now and find out why men are cheap.

by Steve Hall    Feb-28-13    
Topic: Social



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










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