55 Brands Rocking Social Media with Visual Content

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Remember that saying "a picture is worth one thousand words? Well that notion plays well in social media just as it does everywhere else. To help you get a sense of just how important visual media can be and how brands are using imagery today, inbound marketing company HubSpot has compiled this list of 55 brands killing it with visual content on the top visually-driven social networks.

Use this for inspiration to launch your visual content strategy.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-18-12    
Topic: Research, Social



Jell-O Aims to Prevent Mayan Apocalypse

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Jell-O, aiming to "fun things up" and save the world from ruin on December 21, is making an offering (see the video below) to the Mayan Gods with...Jell-O pudding. And in accordance with their aim to "fun things up," the brand is hosting a contest. Through Dec. 20th, 12 daily winners will be randomly selected to win $100. To be entered, people can follow @jello, tweet what they want to do before the word ends and include the hashtag #funpocalypse.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-17-12    
Topic: Promotions, Social, Video



How Mobile, Tablets Will Fuel Super Bowl Social Media Activity

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An infographic from mobile ad network Mojiva details the planned behaviors of mobile and tablet users during the Super Bowl. Overall, smartphones will remain a primary mechanism of social activities during this year's game,Here are some key findings from the research:

- 9% of tablet owners plan to use their device during the game, while 56% of smartphone users intend to engage on theirs.

- 45% say they use their smartphone during the game to post updates to their social networks, while 58% say they discuss the game through text, IM or email.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-13-12    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless, Research, Social, Super Bowl 2013



How Social Media Can Make Your Job Suck Less

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So everyone's been yapping about how great social media is and why you should implement it to better your relationship with your customers. Well, what about the most important customer of all? You. Yea, you. That's right. Because with no you, there's no them and without them, there's no you. OK, that's confusing. Tanslation: Social media is great for serving your customer's needs but it's also great for serving your own internal needs.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-13-12    
Topic: Research, Social



The 12 Most Influential Brand Videos of 2012

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This guest post is written by Allan Johnson, Content Strategist at Sharethrough, a native video advertising company. Prior to Allan's time at Sharethrough, he was Director of Custom Content at Universal McCann.

Brand video content is no longer the playground for innovators and early adopters. Brands like GoPro have been built from scratch on video content, while others like Hot Wheels have been revitalized. A President, who made liberal use of video content, has been re-elected, and charities the world over have used poignant videos to activate volunteerism and increase contributions for causes ranging from clean water to marriage equality. As more successes pile up, more brands will produce video content to achieve their marketing goals.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-12-12    
Topic: Best, Brands, Social, Video



JWT Tracks Most Tweeted Brands

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JWT has launched Most Tweeted Brands, a service that, well, tracks the most tweeted brands. Well, not all brands. It's tracking the top 100 global brands as determined by BrandZ ranking. Processing over 2.5 million tweets each day, the site offers a visual representation of tweeted brand activity.

By clicking each brand, one can drill down to see a geographic mapping of tweet origination. One can also eliminate brands from the service which will redraw the prevalence of tweets as compared to other brands. This is particularly handy because Facebook, by far, dominates and pushes other brands off the chart. Reloading the page (or clicking the "reload all brands" button) brings all the brands back.

Additionally, drop down menus allow one to zero in on single countries and brand categories such as fast food, airlines, retail, etc. The chart can be viewed either in tile format or list view

by Steve Hall    Dec-12-12    
Topic: Agencies, Research, Social



'Twignature' Collects Signatures For Amnesty International

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With help from BMF Melbourne, Amnesty International has developed a new method to collect signatures. Called, Twignature, The user names of Twitter users who retweet an Amnesty International petition message are automatically converted to signatures and added to the petition.

The first example of this work is for an Amnesty International petition that calls for the Brazilian government to protect environmentalist Laisa Santos Sampaio.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-11-12    
Topic: Social



Starbucks Most Photographed Logo on Instagram

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A new startup, GazeMetrix, can identify brand logos in Instagram photos. The service, which uses image recognition software, was originally developed to detect which apps people have on their devices by pointing them at each other. When that effort didin't pan out, the developers redirected their efforts.

The service, which will eventually rollout to Facebook and Twitter, makes it easy for brands to contact Instagram users who have posted branded logos and ask permission to reuse them on their own branded channels.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-11-12    
Topic: Research, Social, Tools



Tweets Make Kia Rio Go Nuts

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Hmm. In perhaps one of the most annoying stunts ever, Innocean Worldwideand Thinkingbox outfitted a Kia Rio to go all batty honking and making weird car noises when people at a recent Vancouver Whitcapes game tweeted with the hasttag #kiacheerwcf.

Check out the video below.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-12    
Topic: Promotions, Social



Crowdtap Slaps the Crap Out of Social Media Idiots

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In a hilarious speed dating-themed video created by Crowdtap, a company that promises to create real relationships, a parade of social media idiots representing how insanely stupid the space has become are taken to task.

Watch the video. We guarantee you've heard at least one individual or one company spew a litany or jargon akin to the silliness this video presents.

Please, can we stop the bullshit?

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-12    
Topic: Social, Spoofs, Video








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