New Pill Makes Everyone A Social Media Guru

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Want to become an experts in social media? Are you curious how all those social media gurus came to be? Do you wonder how these experts can prattle on endlessly about joining the conversation over and over at conferences which seemingly take place every day in every city across the globe?

Wonder no more! The answer is here. Social Media Pills. Pop a few of these and you, too, will be able to hop on the social media bandwagon and start spewing jargon in 140 character bursts. You'll retweet in your sleep. You'll update hundreds of brand's Facebook statuses in one gesture. You will join the throngs of other social media gurus as they make their annual pilgrimage to the city formerly known as Austin, Texas where a conference called SXSW used to be held.

Now known as CNN City, you'll gather at the Foursquare Convention Center where you and a Quora of your Instagram followers will raise your iPhones in worship of the greatest Social Saint of them all, Markus Zuckerbergus.

And at the Solis Senter of Broganomics, you will hoot your Empire Avenue stats in unison while candles flickr and the entire gathering is LiveShared and discussed in one gigantic GroupMe thread while TextPlus looks on wishing it were part of the party instead of being perpetually stuck in middle school.

Yes, people. The time is right. The time is now. Pop a few Social Media Pills and you'll Kik your sad life goodbye and chant "HeyTell! HeyTell! HeyTell!" at the top of your lungs until you break for some Beluga caviar and Yobongo Bites before you head out to the Hashable Mashable party where Cashable will pose with the angelic Babe of Bettany who, if you're good, will knight your iPhone worthy of downloading Camera+.

by Steve Hall    Apr-25-11    
Topic: Social



SaraLee Wins With Social Couponing

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SocialTwist and Sara Lee put together a month-long campaign to promote Jimmy Dean D-Lights sandwiches. Users were offered a $1 coupon on any one package of Jimmy Dean D-Lights 4 count sandwiches, or, if they chose to share the offer with three or more friends, they could receive a $2.50 coupon. There was also a bonus coupon for $0.50 off on Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls. SocialTwist's Tell-a-Friend platform was used to help Sara Lee get customers to reach out to friends and family through social networking sites and email. The campaign was seeded with ads on Walmart.com and AllYou.com.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-19-11    
Topic: Research, Social



Facebook Gets Social With Ad Agencies

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With the launch of community site Facebook Studio, Facebook looks to open dialog with marketers and their agencies about strategies and tactics which lead to better Facebook pages for brands.

Facebook Studio will include a Gallery of recent campaigns including those which were most liked, most shared and what page fans are saying. A Learning Lab will offer advertisers the tools they need to create campaigns on Facebook. A Spotlight section will allow for the searching of page work done by brands and agencies by region, category and other segmentations. An Agency Directory will allow for the rilling down through work by agency. And an Awards section will collect and award the best Facebook campaign/page work.

Will you Like Facebook Studio?

by Steve Hall    Apr-19-11    
Topic: Agencies, Social, Tools



Pretzel Crisps Doubled Facebook Fans in 36 Hours

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As much as we enjoy opining ad naseum about the intangibles of creativity here on Adrants , we also love good clean facts in the form of campaign results so we're happy share this case study from Pretzel Crisps. The brand worked with Buddy Media (yes, they have advertised on this site in the past) on a fan-building Facebook campaign that hinged on product trial through the use of coupons. The details:

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by Steve Hall    Apr-12-11    
Topic: Social



Red Vines Licorice Takes on Twizzlers in Social Media Battle

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Red Vines Licorice is going up against a $25 million budget from competitor Hershey's Twizzlers. Using social and mobile marketing to glean a boatload of earned media, the brand hopes to put a dent in Twizzlers sales.

On YouTube the brand has launched product integration efforts with TeamStarKid's A Very Harry Musical which has garnered the brand upwards of 1. million views to date.

Using mobile, the company claims to be the first in its industry to make its products available on CheckPoints, allowing consumers to earn rewards by scanning its products while out shopping.

On Facebook the brand's initial 8,000 Facebook fans have grown to 83,000 in 12 months.

Red Vine's World of Sharing campaign has made it almost all the way around the world with close to 20,000 messages posted so far.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 6-11    
Topic: Social



Denny's Celebrates Bacon With Baconfest Sweepstakes

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Denny's and Gotham teamed to launch a Facebook promotion in honor of Bacon. The restaurant chain recently launched a new "Baconalia" menu, and to hype it, the brand has decided to invite fans to participate in a Facebook sweepstakes to win tickets to Chicago's BaconFest 2011. Yes, there is actually a festivcal that celebrates bacon. Who knew.

Fans can also win $100 Denny's gift cards, and other prizes. To enter, fans visit the Denny's Facebook page, click on the BaconFest Sweepstakes tab, and enter their info.

by Steve Hall    Mar-30-11    
Topic: Events, Promotions, Social



Behind Megan Fox, MTV Does Facebook, Left is Right

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- A behind the scenes look at the recent Megan Fox Emporio Armani shoot. 'Nuff said.

- About.com Advertising blogger Paul Suggett has had it with ads that use actors who pretend to be a brand.

- MTV is doing a behind-the-scenes look at Facebook employees.

- Here's the latest Left Brain Right Brain ad for Mercedes Israel. Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R Interactive Tel Aviv created.

- Galpin Jaguar says, "If a customer buys or leases an eligible comparably equipped Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Lexus or Porsche within 10 days after a new Jaguar test drive at Galpin, they will receive an American Express Gift Card valued at $1,000,"

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by Steve Hall    Mar-29-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Promotions, Social, Trends and Culture



Carlsberg Attempts to Liven Up Reserved Swedes

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On April 5 Carlsberg will launch Unbottle Yourself, a competition that will encourage Swedes to engage in outgoing "missions" designed to "unbottled" the nation's apparently pent up reservations. The winner will get a free trip to Hong Kong.

The competition is delivered via mobile with an iPhone and Android app that includes over 500 missions such as silly in-store dances and dares to process one's love for another.

Prepare yourself for much light-hearted idiocy. But who knows. The competition could be the purveyor of the next viral sensation.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-29-11    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless, Promotions, Social



Kraft to Turn Tweets Into TV Ads Within 24 Hours

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If you tweet about Kraft Macaroni & Cheese today, your tweet could be in a commercial on TV tonight. Kraft and its agency, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, are monitoring Twitter for tweets that mention Mac & Cheese. Five tweets will be picked for inclusion in five commercial which will be written and filmed today. One ad will air during Conan and Lopez and the other four will be viewable on the brand's Facebook page.

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Senior Brand manager Noelle O'Meara told Mashable the tactic may be repeated if today's efforts go well. She also said the immediacy of social media has nudged marketers ever closer to real-time marketing.

Get tweeting, people!

by Steve Hall    Mar-28-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Social, Television



Boycott of Adidas Called Over Ads on Graffiti Wall

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The wall surrounding Warsaw Horse Racing Track is a monument to the Warsaw graffiti scene. About a mile of wall space covered with colorful graffiti. We're told it has always been an important place for the Polish hip-hop culture. While the area has been in decline over the years, it's still well respected by artists the world over.

Recently, Adidas planned to place ads on the wall and that has raised the ire of some in Poland who have called for a boycott of the brand. In its advertising, Adidas often uses graffiti imagery and though the groups claims the brand supports graffiti artists, the group is not pleased with Adidas' presence on their holy shrine to the graffiti art form, saying, "They do not care about our work and history."

The group has launched an Adisucks Facebook page and already has 23,227 supporters.

Do brands simply not get the culture? Do they not care? Or do these reactionary groups just have their panties in a twist over nothing?

by Steve Hall    Mar-28-11    
Topic: Cause, Outdoor, Social










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