- Gerber has launched its third Gerber Generation Photo Search on its Facebook page. The brand seeks the next Gerber baby and will award $50,000 to the winner.
- Five reasons your digital startup will fail. Hint, avoid failure and make sure you court large advertisers.
- TV trumps movies at Comic-Con this year.
- And why is Randy always the last one standing? Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have exited American Idol.
- The first six months of 2012 saw 133 magazines launch, while just 48 closed, with the largest number of new launches coming in the "regional interest" and "food" categories.
- Sears has thrown its media account into review. Havas, which won the account in 2001, is the incumbent. Budget is pegged at $700 million.
- MSNBC.com becomes NBCNews.com after Comcast buyout.
- Facebook is considering lowering its age limit and allowing children under 13 to join...even though they already do simply by lying about their age.
Launching a social advertising campaign may be easy. However, creating a great social advertising campaign that actually pays off can be a real challenge. Plus, the rules for success change from Facebook to Twitter to LinkedIn.
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These are humorous enough if only for the gag. Three videos created for the NHL by Google+ by Toronto-based agency Entrinsic, have a bit of fun with hockey mania.
As most hockey fans know, there's no longer season than the off-season. To give hocky fans something to keep themselves busy with, Entrinsic created "Overtime on Google+," a week-long social gathering running from June 22-29 for fans of the sport to 'hangout' with well-known players, leaders and broadcasters - all on a dedicated site within Google+.
Overtime consists of hours of hangouts with hosts including broadcast reporters from Sports Net, Hockey News and The Score, Hockey bloggers, and players from the Calgary Flames, The Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs and others. Nine fans will be invited to each "hangout" with their sports heroes.
Akin, in some small way, to the famed Million Dollar Homepage, two Martin Agency creatives are out with Twitterich, an effort that aims to garner one million followers on the @1MillionRIcher Twitter account. But not to keep for themselves. Once the account has one million followers, the account will be awarded to one lucky person who chose to follow the @1MillionRIcher account.
So if you are in dire need on one million Twitter followers - and we know you are because everyone in this business is totally vain - get following the account and you could win!
SapientNitro has been busy this week. Along with having a presence at Cannes Lions, they have been creating infographics that graphically represents each day of the week. One more is due that will cover Friday.
If that weren't enough, they've also put together a Pinterest board collecting the biggest and best ideas expressed during the week along with interesting overheards.
From former President Clinton wishing he was 20 again so he could experience the exciting changes happening in our world to day to Leo Burnett CCO Mark Tutssell saying, "Data is really important but an idea rooted in insight is worth its weight in gold" to Twitter CEO Dicl Costolo saying, We're moving from a world where we plan campaigns for the future to one where we adapt campaigns to the moment," the Pinterest board gives a good overview of the week's sentiment.
In its continuing mission to quantify all the goings on this week at Cannes Lions in France this week, SapientNitro is out with its fourth of five infographics. This version, called Social, takes a look at the number of Cannes Lions Twitter impressions (61,400,000), the number of #canneslions photos on Instagram (4,043), the number of Twitter mentions (71,799), top Twitter influencers of the week, top Tweeting companies, a summary of the important topics getting traction, top celebrities on Twitter who are at Cannes and more. Check it all out below.
By now you've probably seen the humorous response Smart Car made to a tweet from KK Bold Creative Director Clayton Hove which read, "Saw a bird had crapped on a Smart Car. Totaled it." Smart Car responded saying "Couldn't have been one bird, @adtothebone. Sounds more like 4.5 million. (Seriously, we did the math.)"
Included with the tweet was a hilarious graphic that detailed just how many pigeon, turkey or emu craps it would actually take to damage the vehicle's "tridion safety cell."
What you may not have known is that it was Razorfish who was behind the response and the creation of the hilarious graphic. Nice work guys.
In its continuing quest to numerate all the goings on this week at Cannes Lions in France this week, SapientNitro is out with its second of five infographics. This iteration, entitled Global, examines such goodies as the number of awards won to date by country (U.S. leads), social chatter as it relates to panel attendance, hottest topics (2NE1 Seminar), number of followers the various Cannes Lions social media accounts have, the number of Twitter mentions for the week (56,355), Foursquare hot spots, Cannes Lions Beach Soccer standings and the fact Twitter rules all social media channels this week crushing Facebook as if it were a fly.
Our roving video reporter, Murray Newlands, attended ForumCon in San Francisco yesterday and interviewed Internet Brands CTO Joe Rosenblum. Rosenblum explained to Newlands how the company's latest release of vBulletin can help brands create and manage content online and how brands can more directly connect with their online communities.
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