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.
To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Belgian gift voucher brand Bongo has launched Bongo Bingo, an online and offline contest that will result in 30 people having the chance to win a trip for two to the Maldives. The thirty people will gain entrance to the Brussels-South train station where 5,000 Bongo Bingo boxes have been affixed to the ceiling. One box contains the gift certificate.
Participants can begin by signing up at Bongo's website. Sharing the contest through social networks online and buying other gift certificates offline will improve a participants place in the cue to enter the Brussels-South station December 3, the day of the physical portion of this promotion. Liking and following the brand on Facebook and Twitter will further improve a person's position in the virtual cue.
The campaign, created by Duval Guillaume, is a nice mix of the physical and the virtual, offers the brand increased exposure in social media channels and build revenue and customer base through the purchase to participate element of the campaign.
Admit you've done it. Met someone on Facebook and transformed that digital relationship to a physical one. Come on. Admit it. But how well did you know that person? Did you trust everything they told you? Do you have a true understanding of who they are? Or, if you're a guy, did you just let your little head do the thinking.
That's the scenario that plays out in this video in which we see what happens when a guy friends a girl and then ends up taking her home after a night of fun and frivolity. Be careful, people. Be very, very careful.
Hoping to capitalize on people's obsessive use of Twitter, Euro RSCG Amsterdam along with Perfect Fools has launched a Twitter race to promote the new Citroen DS5. Beginning November 17, Twitter users will have a chance to win their own Citroen DS5 by directing the car's drivers. The most prolific tweets will encourage the driver, Dutch TV and radio presenter and car enthusiast, Froukje de Both, to travel to the tweeter's locale.
At the end of the "race," which is timed and can be monitored on a Facebook page, the driver will stop, hold up a sign with the most recent Twitter message and the first person who sees it and tweets back wins the car.
Dutch agency Achtung has created a social media campaign for Volkswagen that will result in the creation of a customized vintage Bus or Beetle. It will be called the Fanwagen and outfitted with all manner of social media goodies such as a Feed-O-Matic which will print out status update, a Poke button on the steering wheel, a Birthday notification system, a Friend finder, a relationship status notifier on the license plate and much more. Very cool. Check out the video here.
The campaign invites people to vote for their favorite model. One lucky voter will win the vehicle of their choice.
Social media is, of course, all the rage these days. After all, "everyone's doing it so why shouldn't I?" is what most marketing directors think. So they dive in, created a Facebook page, open a Twitter account, start a blog and maybe even field a few questions on Quora. But then they sort of walk away. Well, 30 percent of them do according to a recent study from cloud computing company Pardot.
Here is a fascinating article written by Jolie O'Dell of VentureBeat. In the article she take s along look at Google+ which over the past few months went from social media darling to everyone's favorite whipping post. O'Dell puts things into perspective when she says Google is all about "compiling the best, most actionable data about consumers to sell to advertisers." And to that end, she says Google will accomplish that "not by orchestrating a Great Migration of users from one social network to another, but by subtly linking all your Google-powered online activity and profiles so advertisers can see a more complete picture of you than Facebook could ever offer."
In essence, she sums, "Plus isn't a social network; it's Google's new way of getting you to use all its web products."
A recent study from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth has found the adoption of social media usage among Fortune 500 companies has leveled off. Across multiple industries, usage of Twitter, Facebook and blogs in 2011 is level with or below that of 2010.
In 2010, 23 percent of Fortune 500 companies had a blog. In 2011, that figured remained unchanged at 23 percent. In 2010, 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies have a Twitter account. In 2011, 62 percent have an account. In 2010, 56 percent of Fortune 500 companies had a Facebook account. In 2011, 58 percent have an account.
Just as it did four years ago, digital media will play an integral part in the upcoming 2012 Presidential election. A new study and infographic from Digitas finds 61 percent of social media users expect candidates to have a social media presence and 38 percent say candidate information found on social networks will influence their vote.
Unsurprisingly, younger folks (18-34) were most likely (51%) to say social networks will influence their choice of candidate.
Eighty six percent of social media users own mobile phones. Of these, 24 percent aged 18 - 34 feel it's important to receive information about presidential candidates on their mobile phones. The study also found that 88 percent of social media users who are registered voters have mobile phones.
The survey was conducted online with the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Digitas from September 21 - 23, 2011 among 2,361 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older, 1,701 of whom are registered voters.
This, by far, is the most laughable attempt yet to unseat Facebook from its throne atop the Social Media Empire. If Google + can't do it, who the hell else would even bother? Thankfully a few do providing us with plenty of chuckle worthy hilarity. The latest attempt to sway people away from Facebook comes from Unthink, a new social network that's well, not a social network at all. Or so it claims.