Facebook Says Clicks Are Irrelevant, Urges Focus on Reach and Frequency

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On a panel today at the IAB MIXX Conference during Advertising this week in New York, Facebook Director of Pricing and Measurement Brad Smallwood likened social media to the early days of TV which had no method of measurement until Arthur Nielsen introduced the rating point in 1950. He went on to argue that online marketers should focus on this system placing increased emphasis on reach and frequency rather than clicks.

As Todd Wasserman reports in Mashable, "Smallwood cited research from Nielsen (the company, not the founder) that showed a 0.07% correlation between high click-through rates and actual sales. Smallwood also rolled out some new data from a study conducted with Datalogix that found 99% of sales generated from online branding ad campaign came from consumers who saw ads, but didn't interact with them."

Read more of Todd's report here.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 1-12    
Topic: Industry Events, Research, Social



Wonderbra Launches App to Strip Adriana Cernanove

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Photo Credit: @jpmartzel

A new campaign from the brand whose sole mission is to make women's boobs look bigger than they really are, Wonderbra, is out with a new Digitas-created campaign. Print and outdoor ads, which debut tomorrow, will feature a fully clothed Adriana Cernanova. An app, entitled The Wonderbra Decoder, will detect a QR code on the ad and reveal what she is wearing underneath. All the usual social sharing options will be present as well.

Of the campaign, Wonderbra UK Marketing Manager Martina Alexander said, "We are showing Adriana in her clothes, including simple jeans and T-shirt, and through our new and unique app consumers can reveal the Wonderbra behind the look. It's really female friendly and links to the outfit which was important to us."

Martina, we're quite sure this app will be very male friendly as well.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 1-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Mobile/Wireless, Racy, Social



10-Step Guide to Social Link Building

Social media has become a powerful tool in attracting a large number of inbound links at a low cost. In this whitepaper, part of the Adrants Whitepaper Series, HubSpot provides ten steps for brands seeking to get others to link to their site without spending a red cent on advertising or other promotions. From guest blog posts to contests to lists to content distribution strategies and more, the whitepaper provides how to tips as well as real world examples of the tips in action.

Download the free whitepaper now to find out how you can put social link building and inbound marketing to work for your brand.

by Steve Hall    Sep-26-12    
Topic: Research, Social



Barbarian Group Delivers More GE Flyovers

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Barbarian Group is out with some stellar new GE work that extends its recent work for the brand's GE Flyover work which takes people inside factories where GE technology is used.

In this version, visitors can select from one of three locations for each mission. These locations feature technology GE has placed in action and the goal is to highlight the people and the machines behind GE. Selections will be then voted upon and the GE helicopter will head out on its mission.

The work acts on recent GE and Buzzfeed study findings that indicate shared creative content yields far greater results than simple online paid placements.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-26-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Guerilla, Social



HealthNet Uses Fake Tweet on Billboard to Promote Site

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It seems that no amount of publicized social media faux pauxs let alone general marketing faux pauxs over the past hundred years are able to prevent other brands from becoming bumbling idiots ripe for ridicule. Today's marketing dunce cap goes to Health provider HealthNet which saw fit to use a fake tweet on a billboard (spotted in Portland, Oregon) to promote its site.

The tweet, "Affordable, fits my biz needs - smart health plan #healthnetcares," reads as if it were written some social media buffoon with just enough pompous "guruism" to convince his clueless superiors "this will be a really cool billboard!"

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by Steve Hall    Sep-25-12    
Topic: Outdoor, Social, Strange, Worst



OMG! OMG! MySpace Gets Its Swagger Back!

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With the rebirth of MySpace, introduced by a slick video featuring Justin Timberlake, new owner Specific Media (and Timberlake) is looking to get the social network's swagger back. The new look centers on a image-heavy, horizontal layout similar to Pinterest. Taking pragmatic view, the new MySpace incorporate "rivals" Twitter and Facebook but will remain focused on music.

Specific Media purchased MySpace for $35 millon from Rupert Murdoch after he, several years earlier, had paid $580 million.

In the video, we are told MySpace will be "staying true to our roots in one important way - empowering people to express themselves however they want." But let's be honest. That's a catch all phrase that will allow the entity to do pretty much whatever it wants.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-25-12    
Topic: Social



79 Remarkable Social Media Facts

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In this Social Media Wrap Up September 2012 report, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, top marketing experts share their lessons learned and secrets on social media discussing everything from the basics to the most advanced techniques. The report, a collection of several short articles, will help you learn how your company should use social media as well as how to hire a social media agency or whether or not you should keep the position in-house.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-21-12    
Topic: Research, Social



Missing Child Scenario Promotes Social Network For Moms

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A missing child is no joke. And it's certainly not the smartest scenario to evoke when promoting a mom-focused social network. But that's exactly what Paris-based La Chose did for HubWin-mamans.com.

The PR touts the work as something that, "highlights the solidarity between mothers. It tells a universal story, experienced by all mothers at one time or another, all over the world."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-17-12    
Topic: Social, Video



Dr. Pepper Ad Sparks Evolution Debate on Facebook

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Earlier today, Dr. Pepper posted a picture on their Facebook page that shows an ape evolving into man after drinking a Dr. Pepper. Predictably, the image has created a firestorm of commentary with religious types decrying the imagery and less-that-religious types telling religious types not to let an ad determine their religious beliefs.

So far, the post has 16,000 likes and 1.355 comments.

You've gotta love a good old fashioned, knock down, drag out religious debate.

by Steve Hall    Sep-13-12    
Topic: Social



Energy Drink Helps Australians Facerape Their Friends

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For Australian energy drink V, Jung von Matt has developed Switcheroo, a "game" that allows one person post anything they want on another person's Facebook profile...as long as you give them permission to do the same. It's set up in a way that no passwords are shared nor is access to private messages or settings granted.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-12    
Topic: Social, Strange







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