How to Use Lebron James to Further Your Social Media Campaign

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Leveraging his celebrity and apparent desire to become a creative director, LeBron James, NBA great and founder of Sheets Energy Strips, has launched a Doritos Crash the Super Bowl-style social media campaign which encourages people to make their own Sheets commercial.

Convincing everyone that, well, anyone could do a better job at creating a commercial than himself, James has debuted his own commercial for Sheets. It's bad in a comically bad way. But that's what this contest is all about. Encouraging people to create something much better than LeBron did.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-13-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Consumer Created, Social



How Safe Are Your Pants From AT&T's Kent Wesley?

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BBDO New York is out with You've Got A Case, a Facebook promotion which features legal wizard Kent Wesley, played by Will Arnett, who promises to build a case for your new AT&T smartphone. Get it? A case? Yea, we thought you'd get it. Check out the promotional videos below and the Facebook page here. Witty.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-12-11    
Topic: Social



VW's 'The Force' Tops 2011 Global Social Video Ads Chart

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Today, Unruly, in partnership with Mashable, has released its list of the top twenty social video ads of 2011. Topping the list is the famed Volkswagen The Force ad which debuted earlier this year during the Super Bowl. The commercial, created by LA agency Deutsch, is the most shared branded video with 4.71 million social media shares and 46.05 million views since its online release February 2. Other brands appearing in the top 20 include T-Mobile, Kia, Nissan, Nestle, Carlsberg and Pepsi.

Check out the full list below

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-11    
Topic: Commercials, Social, Video



VML Shares Joy With Toys For Tots Sharing Campaign

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Some holiday cheer from Kansas City's VML. The agency put together a promotion called What's Worth Sharing that will donate $1 to Toys for Tots each time the promotional video is shared. Give it a watch. And get into the spirit of giving.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-11    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Social



Straight Girls Get Hired, Don't Get Married

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So remember the two straight girls who promised to get married if they didn't get hired by October 9? If not, to summarize, Charli Hoffmann and Alex Otis, two students from the Miami Ad School in Brooklyn planned the stunbt to insure they get work and get to stay together. Charli is German and on October 9th her visa will expire unless she gets hired or married. Alex is and American and doesn't want her partner to leave.

Well, it seems the pair found work and won't be getting married. The girl's have put together a case study of sorts which summarizes the stunt and the results of their efforts.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-11    
Topic: Social



Buddy Media, comScore Partner to Improve Social Media Metrics

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comScore, Inc.and Buddy Media today announced a partnership that will help brands and agencies measure and improve their social marketing programs. Mutual clients using the Buddy Media social marketing suite and comScore Social Essentials measurement service will be able to optimize social communications with owned media as well as quantify the impact of the earned media using social media metrics such as reach/frequency, demographics, online behavior and benchmarking of competitive brands in the social landscape.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-11    
Topic: Social



Isaiah Mustafa's Manta Claus Brings Old Spice Holiday Cheer

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With help from Wieden + Kennedy, Old Spice is out with yet another witty Isaiah Mustafa YouTube campaign. Called MANta Claus, it's holiday themed and promises to give gifts to all 7 billion people on the planet. In the first video, he gifts a pair of shoes made out of necklaces to @beautyjunkies.

Once again, W+K seems to have a hit on its hands. In one of the longer-running social media campaigns we've seen, the brand has been consistent (a rare feat these days) and has actually seen results from its efforts.

Check out all the videos on the brand's YouTube page.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 6-11    
Topic: Social, Video



Condom Campaign Tests Limits of Facebook TOS

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In a controversial effort to promote the use of condoms among young men, Age Isobar created a Facebook campaign which involved the creation of baby profiles that were then used to send friend requests to young men. The friend request came with the text, "Avoid surprises like this one. Use Olla Condoms."

One one hand, this is an ingenious way to literally frighten young men into buying condoms. After all, if you're not ready to have a child the notion of having one is pretty scary. On the other hand, some have taken issue with the campaign calling it a breach of Facebook's TOS (babies aren't 13 years old) and dubbing it spam.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 1-11    
Topic: Social



Social Media Can Destroy Your Personal Life

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No doubt, we've all been caught in compromising positions from time to time and with the rise of digital devices and the preponderance of social media, getting caught with your proverbial pants down has become even more of a risk.

But thanks to Norte Beer's Photoblocker, you might escape such labels as cheater, floozy, loser, photo bomber, dirty old man and a host of other less than admirable labels. So make sure you grab a Norte the next time you're out at a club during a conference or on a random weekend when you're supposed to be home behaving.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 1-11    
Topic: Commercials, Social



PR Newswire Launches Social Media Awards Program

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Today, PR Newswire announced The Ernies, a community-chosen award program that will honor excellence in earned media achieved through the use of social media. Oh joy. Yet another set of awards agencies can clamor over and point to during new business pitches.

The Earnies are open to individual practitioners as well as brands and organizations and will focus on approach and strategy used to implement a campaign. Hosted on the AGILITY@work web site, all submissions will be reviewed by an independent panel of social media gurus...uh...thought leaders. Currently on the panel are David Armano, EVP of Global Innovation and Integration of Edelman Digital; Matt Johnston, CMO of uTest; Tim Moore, SVP/Social Business Architect of Maximum and CEO of CrushIQ; Liz Strauss, co-founder of SOBCon and owner of Successful-Blog.com and Deirdre Breakenridge, CEO of Pure Performance Communications. From a shortlist of finalists selected by the panel, final winners will be determined by community voting through social media.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-29-11    
Topic: Promotions, Social








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