Last week, PivotCon was held in New York City. The conference, curated by Brian Solis, focused on the transformation of businesses from using social media as a marketing tool to becoming a full fledged social business. Topics explored how companies are shifting their philosophy, technology and business practices to the point where social becomes part of the corporate DNA, not something your marketing intern does in his spare time.
Representative from 3M, Bloomberg, Philips, GE, Citibank, DollarShaveClub, VirginMobile, Barclay, Coke and others shared how social has pervaded many corners of their company and the changes it has brought about. Perhaps my favorite was the transformation Philips made with it MRI machine transforming the usually antiseptic, intimidating experience into a relaxing, soothing and delightful one. Check out the video below.
If you are a brand or an agency attempting to decide whether or not social media marketing is worth the investment, consider these numbers from recent studies of social media users:
- 78% are directly influenced by branded posts when making purchases
- 74% encourage friends to try new products
- 80% try new things based on friends' suggestions
Given that Facebook alone now has over a billion users, the possibilities are too significant to ignore. But how does a brand tap into the full potential of social media marketing? A new best practices ROI report from Wildfire, part of the Adrants white paper series, focuses on 6 social marketing success stories from 5 different industries, each demonstrating a significant positive ROI for the featured brand.
Download the free report now to find out how your brand can maximize its social media investment.
Everyone's doing it. No, not that. Facebook marketing! With the social network recently surpassing one billion users, it might be wise to give Facebook a spot in your marketing plan. HubSpot is out with an eBook that will get you and your brand up and running on Facebook in no time. Here's what you'll learn:
- Evaluate successful Facebook pages
- Understand Facebook best practices
- Speak Facebook-ese
- Create custom Welcome Pages
- Create a content calendar
- Understand EdgeRank and the art of engagement
- Create a contest
- Run a targeted ad campaign
- Use Facebook's analytics package 'Insights'
- Start garnering fans and customers who will spend real money as a result of your social marketing magic
Sound good? Download the free eBook now and get Facebooking!
- Gucci has debuted an ad banner with a Pinterest pin button. Viewers can click it and pin one of two images.
- Interesting don't text and drive PSA from Fishman Marketing. iDrove, iPod, iDied.
- Don't stare at the boob.
- JetBlue's Election Protection says Live Free or Fly.
- TomTom does the Robot. Hmm, there are a lot of talented dancers working at TomTom. Khanna\Reidinga created.
- Five funny language school commercials.
- Wieden + Kennedy is out with some more of Southern Comfort's beach walker.
This morning, Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook now has one billion users. And as part of that achievement, the social network has released its first major commercial. Created by Wieden + Kennedy and filmed by Academy Award-nominated director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (21 Grams, Babel), the spot likens Facebook to several inanimate objects such as chairs, doorbells, airplane and bridges; the things people used to come together and share experiences...much like Facebook.
Marketers have accepted that social media is now a fundamental part of brand building but putting that theory into action is still a challenge as many struggle with how to use social engagement effectively. Social efforts do not represent a standalone solution and need the scale and consistency of paid and owned media.
In this report, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, Forrester identifies three ways in which social media can help marketers' brand building efforts by: 1) building a relationship to become more trusted; 2) differentiating through an emotional connection to become more remarkable and unmistakable; and 3) nurturing loyal fans to become more essential.
Download this report now and learn how social media can positively change your brand building.
For two and a half years, Cornelius Trunchpole had the entire ad industry following his antics. We guessed many times as to who was behind the figure but we were wrong every time. Today, Cornelius has revealed himself to be Gabriel Miller, a copywriter from London who worked at TBWA London for four years and now freelances for Chevrolet and Coke.
Check out this AdWeek Six Questions interview to meet the man behind one of the longest running, most interesting social media sagas ever created. We salute you, Gabriel!
As part of a project at The Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Andrew Spitz and Kat Zorina developed an Instagram-based campaign for VELUX windows. Working with the knowledge that when people look up through a VELUX skylight, the have to stand a certain way. The pair called this "the VELUX pose."
To capture the VELUX pose, Spitz and Zorina crafted a device that would hold an iPhone to that people would have to look up at it. They then placed the device on the streets of Copenhagen and took pictures of people. Those whose pictures were taken could then use a connected iPad to upload images to their Instagram account and tag then with #theveluxpose. Currently, there are 55 images with that hashtag on Instagram.
We can envision a campaign like this getting some fairly decent traction with more devices and more resource. We're sure Spitz and Zorina would love to help.
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.
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.