Brands Continue to Leverage the Growing Importance of Conversation

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The Conversational Marketing Summit at the Hudson Theater and Millennium Broadway Hotel moved into Day Two with a another adrenaline pumping agenda of case studies, insightful one-on-one conversations, and compelling introductions. Once again the big brands shared the stage with innovative new products, startups and services.

Read the rest on Yahoo! Scene.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-11    
Topic: Industry Events, Social



Go From Intern to WINtern With Little Debbie (Deux!)

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Agency interns, take heed! Observing that you are hard-working, underpaid and apparently extremely hungry, Little Debbie's holding its second annual Intern Hero contest.

The prize: piles and piles of breakfast yummies. The demand: create a sign asking Little Debbie to send you breakfast -- the more creative, the better. Snap a photo of yourself with the sign inside or outside your office.

The conditions: you must be an employed intern, over 18 and a US resident.

Entries wrap July 18, 2011, so whip out your Sharpie quick if you want to win you some Blueberry Creme Rolls! Here's more on how to enter.

Good consistent social work (not in the Precious sense, though) by Luckie & Co.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 8-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Social



Top Five Keys to a Successful Online Promotion

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This guest post comes to us from Brandmovers Co-Founder Hector Pages

Approximately 42.5 million people enter online sweepstakes every year and millions more participate in SMS and social media contests. In fact, contests and games are the most popular brand tactic used to grow followers and fans in the social media space. Twenty-four percent of the U.S. online audience play branded social games at least once a month with 68.7 million U.S. consumers expected to regularly play branded games of chance by 2012. (ComScore)

Contests, games, and sweepstakes are a key component of the social media marketing movement because they target specific demographic segments, cross diverse brand categories easily, and -- most importantly -- provide a measurable return on investment while creating meaningful engagement with consumers.

Here are the top five tips for success in online promotions.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-11    
Topic: Promotions, Research, Social



Refrigerator's Tweets Remind People to Drink Water

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We have to wonder where this one's going. After all, Twitter is already filled with all kinds of useless crap about the mundane things people insist upon tweeting. Now we have to be notified every time someone decides to take a drink of water?

OK, so it's really not that bad and it's all for a good cause. In Brazil, people don't drink enough water so bottled water company Bonafont created the Tweeting Fridge, a miniature refrigerator sent to one of the country's top celebrities that would post a tweet to the celebrity's timeline every time the celebrity opened the fridge and took a drink of water.

Bonafont has plans to send more of these mini refrigerators to other celebrities to keep the message going.

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by Steve Hall    May-31-11    
Topic: Social, Specialty



Reynolds Touts Smokeless Cigs, Country Tricked, Tweets Power Mercedes Benz

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- With the recent expansion of anti-smoking laws in New York City, Reynolds is out with a new print campaign touting the smokeless Camel Snus.

- Prague agency Loosers tricked an entire country with a fake campaign just to call attention to the prevalence of website hijacking.

- Oakland A's make the argument peripheral vision is key to playing great baseball

- Mercedes Benz...powered by Tweets.

- T-Mobile seeks social media shop.

by Steve Hall    May-23-11    
Topic: Commercials, Guerilla, Policy, Social



Facebook Death App Hunts Down Live People With Location Services

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Agencies Mizbala and twentythree created an eerie location-based campaign for If I Die, a Facebook application that lets people record a message that will only be published after they die. Of course, no one think they're going to die anytime soon so people needed a bit of prompting.

Mizbala used th APIs of popular location services such as Foursquare, Gowalla, Facebook Places, Twitter and Google Latest to track checkins all over the world. Once they located a person, they'd place a call to the location the person had checked into and asked to have the establishment to put the person on the line. Once they had the person on the line, they'd leave a creepy message and tell the person to go to the If I Die Facebook app.

You can check out the demo call to Mashable's Adam Ostrow in this video to see what it's all about. Did the campaign work? Oh yes it did. Without any advertising, the campaign received lots of press in newspapers, blogs, radio and TV coverage which resulted in an 800 percent increase in recorded messages being left on "If I Die".

But ask yourself. Do you really wants to be found this easily?

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by Steve Hall    May-16-11    
Topic: Social, Strange



Facebook Hired PR Firm to Plant Negative Stories About Google

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On the heels of Google's IO event, The Daily Beast reports Facebook hired PR firm Burson-Marstellar "to pitch anti-Google stories to newspapers, urging them to investigate claims that Google was invading people's privacy." It is also reported Burson offered to help an influential blogger write a negative op-ed article about the search giant.

Everything blew up in Facebook's...um...face when said influential blogger outed Burson publicly and USA Today picked up the story.

For its part, Facebook confirms it hired Burson but claims it did so because it feels Google is doing nefarious things when it comes to privacy and because it isn't happy with Google's use of Facebook's data for its own social networking service.

Approaching bloggers, Burson wrote Google's Social Circle is "designed to scrape private data and build deeply personal dossiers on millions of users--in a direct and flagrant violation of agreement with the FTC."

Check out the rest of the saga here but it really boils down to this; grown adults acting like fickle, vindictive children with no self-esteem who will stoop to playground antics to get their way. And that's not business. That's childish.

by Steve Hall    May-12-11    
Topic: Social



Buddy Media Acquires Spinback, Will Measure Effect of Social on Sales

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Facebook management system Buddy Media has acquired Spinback, a social commerce and analytics company. The acquisition gives Buddy Media the capability to bring its social media management and metrics outside the world of Facebook to the greater web.

Of the acquisition, Buddy Media Founder and CEO Michael Lazerow said, "Tens of millions of websites have added sharing buttons. Very few of them, however, can actually tell you how many sales were driven by these buttons. With this acquisition, Buddy Media can now answer the question 'what is the ROI of social media?' better than anyone else in the market in a holistic way, both on Facebook and off, and on Twitter and email."

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by Steve Hall    May-12-11    
Topic: Social



Branded Toast Urges Moms to Feed Kids Danone Dairy Drink

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To convince mothers in Brazil that feeding their children Actimel from Danone for breakfast was a healthy choice, the brand created a line of toasters that would cook personalized messages into toast and gave these toasters to influential moms around the country along with a package of Actimel.

To encourage those moms to spread the words on social networks, the brand promised to send additional packages of the product if the moms posted pictures of their specially messaged pieces of toast on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

Did the effort work? Danone claims the messaging reached 1.2 million mothers. Here's a video overview of the campaign:

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by Steve Hall    May-11-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Social, Specialty



Corona and MTV Team For Facebook Promotion

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Corona Extra and MTV have teamed on a new Facebook campaign recently launched in Europe called Experience The Extraordinary - The Challenge. The Challenge is a contest that lets people describe and share their dream experience. Corona and MTV will then make it happen.

Here's a video describing the campaign campaign.

by Steve Hall    May- 9-11    
Topic: Social








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