Nokia Navigation Goes Social With World's Largest Sign


So if you're a brand that makes navigation products but no one thinks of you when it comes to navigation, what do you do? You erect the world's largest signpost and make it social. To hype it's navigation products and to "make navigation into something social," they built a huge sign next to London's Tower Bridge. People could text their favorite destinations all over the globe and a few minutes later, the sign would mention the location and point to the location.

The whole thing was streamed live to Nokia's site and a data base of everyone's location was built for anyone to peruse. Farfar Stockholm did the work.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-10    
Topic: Outdoor, Social

Help Us Crap on Lame Social Media Campaigns


The famed SUXORZ panel is happening Feb. 3 in New York as part of Social Media Week. It's been a hit at SXSW two years running and now it's making a stop in the middle of advertising's mecca. Well, OK, what used to be advertising's mecca but still.

Join Ian Schafer, Steve Hall, BL Ochman, Caroline McCarthy and moderator Henry Copeland as they review and skewer your nominees for the worst social media campaigns of '09. As always, the audience will have the final say, voting for the SUXORZ losers.

There's an open bar to lubricate our deliberations.

There are a few half-off tickets available to longtime Facebook SUXORZ members, so pogo over to and enter offer code SUX55 ... and if you can't make it, be sure to submit your nominees to the SUXORZ Facebook wall.

by Steve Hall    Jan-26-10    
Topic: Industry Events, Social

Got Empty Cup Holders? Dentyne Wants to Fill Them With Gum


Realizing the proliferation of cup holders in cars and the apparent fact they're not all occupied with a beverage, Dentyne decided to package their gum in a container that would fit in a cup holder. To promote this packaging, Dentyne wants people to Twitpic their empty cup holders with the hashtag #emptycupholderto get a free bottle of gum. Bottle of gum. That just doesn't sound quite right.

Wants some free gum? Hurry up. The promotion ends at noon today.

We can't tell you who was behind this work. Well, we could but they asked us not to. We're going to honor that request but, wow, for some reason, we feel like going out and buying some wine right now.

by Steve Hall    Jan-13-10    
Topic: Social

BuyYourTweet Wants to Sell You A Tweet


Stranger things have happened but with just 32 followers, BuyYouTweet, a "viral experiment" that sells tweets to advertisers on eBay, seems like a non-starter.

So far the auction, placed by Ben Cooper, sold its first tweet for $3,24. That's not exactly a business model but, as we said, stranger things have happened like, oh, say, cartoon bubbles being labeled rapists.

by Steve Hall    Jan-12-10    
Topic: Social

Coldwell Banker Pimps Homebuyer Tax Credit With Paid Posts


OK. So here we go. Sharpen your bayonets. Polish your vitriol. Crank up your voracious commentary. Yes. This is Adrants' first IZEA Sponsored post. Let's get the necessarys out of the way: This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Coldwell Banker. All opinions are 100% mine.

Why are we doing this? It's a newish form of advertising and that's one of the things we write about here on Adrants. While we've written scathing reviews of this form of advertising in the past, it's become a significantly prevalent form on online advertising. We want direct experience and direct feedback from you on this. Yes, we are being paid for this.

The other reason we're writing this is because the subject matter is of interest to many. It's all about the 2010 Homebuyer Tax Credits (tracking link). Coldwell Banker (the client) has all the information here (tracking link). In short, homeowners who have lived in a current home consecutively for 5 of the past 8 years can receive up to a $6,500 tax credit when purchasing a home. First time home buyers can receive up to $8,000. As with all things tax-related, there are income limits: $125,000 for singles, $225,000 for married couples with a $20,000 phase-out of the credit for both. You have to apply for this by April 30 and close on your home by June 30.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 5-10    
Topic: Announcements, Social

Seesmic Has Acquired Get Ready For Update Overload


Thanks to Seesmic's recent acquisition of multi-social network updating service,, we're all now in for an exponentially increased onslaught of "I just made a ham and cheese sandwich" updates.

There are those who love Ping for its simplicity. And there are those who hate it and its ilk for trying to cram the same update down the throat of multiple services which, because they aren't all the same by design, often call for individualized, network-specific updates.

We love it because we're lazy but just wait until brands catch on to this. It will be like broadcast media all over again. Sometimes we never learn.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-10    
Topic: Social, Tools

Domino's Loses the Cardboard, Google Almost Loses $500 Million


Last night I had the pleasure of recording a Beancast episode with Make the Logo Bigger's Bill Green, Please Feed the Animals' and Lemonade Movie creator Eric Proulx and The Beancast's Bob Knorp. We discussed the recent Domino's recipe change and the importance of actually solving a problem as opposed to just throwing money at it. We riffed on the Cablevision debacle. We took at a look at the growing importance of the community manager in relation to the rise in importance of social media. We waxed nostalgic about the jingle and we laughed out loud at Google's $500 million Yelp offer.

Check out the show notes here. Download the podcast directly here or get it on iTunes here.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-10    
Topic: Brands, Cable, Podcast, Social

Prisoner Escapes, Launches Facebook Page


In other social media news, Facebook is now a means through which an escaped criminal can taunt police while on the lam. Yes, it's true. Craig Lynch escaped from Hollesley Bay Prison on September 23 and launched a Facebook page with an image of himself sticking up his middle finger and posts that talk about where he is.

Don't you love social media?

by Steve Hall    Dec-22-09    
Topic: Social

British Teens to Explain What's Really Going in the Country


Because children's causes are always a good thing, at 15:10 on Christmas Day, British teenagers will deliver a message to the nation. 'The Teens' Speech' will features 13-19 year-olds from various backgrounds and classes and will give the adult population their perspective on the state of things in Britain.

From Poke London, the film will debut on the front page of MySpace, but there are already many video submissions from teens already on the campaign website.

Maybe the teens can explain to the rest of the world why the country still has a Queen and royal family. Oh right. The tabloids would be out of business if there weren't such silliness.

by Steve Hall    Dec-21-09    
Topic: Cause, Social, Video

Social Media is Not Broadcast Media


Oh how persnickety people can get online. Once again it's a cause group and once again it's "mommy bloggers." Today PETA mass-tweeted "Never-b4-seen photos that will convince parents never 2 take their kids 2 the circus:" to over 150 Twitter users according to Allie Sullivan who watched the drama unfold this morning. The tweet linked to a site on which photos depicted the training of baby elephants for Ringling Bros. Circus

Without surprise, the mass tweet was met with a bit of vitriol such as "@officialpeta fuck you I hate PETA and always have" from @JessicaGottlieb. But it was also met with what, in the first place, PETA should have, if you're a social media believer, been going for: a conversation. Luckily, one did start between the cause group and Lucretia Pruitt. And by all accounts it ended pleasantly.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-16-09    
Topic: Bad, Opinion, Social

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