Social Media Used to Slam Social Media...And Promote A Brand?

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Hey all your social media strategists out there. It looks like you have a doubter in your midst. A man who goes by the name of Carlos Mandelbaum is featured in an Andy Rooney-style video that questions the social media notion that advertising is now all about creating brand conversations.

Lending some doubt to the fact (or not) this is just a guy commenting on social media as oppsed to a cheeky social media effort in and of itself, consider the following:

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by Steve Hall    Jan-30-09    
Topic: Brands, Social, Video



Join Adrants, AdFreak, AgencySpy, Others For Super Bowl Twitter-Fest

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Love the Super Bowl? Love Twitter? Have ADD? Perfect. During the Super Bowl (or anytime leading up to it and following), use the hashtag #superads09 when posting to Twitter and your tweet will be captured and categorized for all to see.

Along with AdFreak, Adland and AgencySpy, we will have a live Twitter feed (it will also be on the homepage during the game) that will display any tweet to which someone adds #superads09.

So if you've got something to say about Super Bowl advertising before the game, during the game or after the game, tweet away and make sure you don't forget to add #superads09.

by Steve Hall    Jan-26-09    
Topic: Social, Super Bowl 2009



Fetch Happens, One Show Calls, Brands Twitter, Hoodies Remixed

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- Wanna "kick it 2.0 style?" Head over to Champion's Hoodie Remix and let your self expression get jiggy designing your own hoodie.

- Dominoes said "screw you" on national television to Subway following the receipt of a cease and desist Subway sent to Dominoes over claims the pizza chain made about its new sandwiches being tastier than Subway's.

- Gretchen Weiners would be so happy!! Fetch finally happened! Well sort of. FetchBack, today, joined the Network Advertising Initiative.

- Deadline for 2009 One Show entries is January 30.

- Writing on Mashable, Jennifer Van Grove takes a look at 40 brands using Twitter, what their doing and who's behind the screen name.

by Steve Hall    Jan-22-09    
Topic: Industry Events, Online, Social



On Twitter Ketchum Exec Trashes Memphis, Home to Client FedEx

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So you're an agency executive on your way to make a presentation to your client. A big client. A really big client. You land. You get off the plane. You head to your destination. You launch Twitter and write, "True confession but I'm in one of those towns where I scratch my head and say 'I would die if I had to live here!'"

Then, an employee at the client company sees the tweet, gets upset and fires off an email expressing offense to the tweet...and cc's agency and client management.

The agency executive? Ketchum VP James Andrews.

The client? FedEx...based in Memphis.

Oops. Big oops.

Ah, the never ending dangers of a 140 character tweet.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-16-09    
Topic: Agencies, Social, Strange



Digital Neighborhood Comes to the Aid of Abused Woman

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If you ever thought for one minute social media is just another stupid new trend dreamt up by a bunch of buzzword-happy people who do nothing but "consult" and hang out on Twitter espousing bite sized chunks of wisdom in 140 characters, you seriously need to re-adjust your thinking.

Take David Armano. He lives in Chicago. He works in the advertising business. He publishes a blog. He's active on Twitter. But this isn't about him. It's about a woman named Daniela who left her husband because she was abused and how a community came to her aid.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-09    
Topic: Good, Opinion, Social



Twitter Twiddles Thumbs While Dell Makes Money

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As many wait around for what' become an interminably long time for Twitter to come up with (or at least adopt one of the thousands of ideas suggested) a revenue model, Dell, and several others, have come up with their own method of extracting money from Tweets. AdPulp points to an article on internetnews.com which reports Dell, over the past year and a half, has seen $1 million in revenue directly from its presence on Twitter.

Dell has no less than thirty task-specific accounts on Twitter but the one that returned that million dollars was its Dell Outlet account which hypes discounts available at the company's Home Outlet Store.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-23-08    
Topic: Brands, Social



AdGabber Grows to 6,500 With No End in Sight

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Since I couldn't have said it better myself, I'll just give you a taste and link to the rest. As many of you may know, Adrants has a sister site called Adgabber. It's a social network of sorts and it's where we house all the ads we feature here on Adrants. It's a thriving community of 6,500 members who discuss things in forums, post pictures, add videos, write blog posts and do everything else you could imagine a social network allows for.

Ning, the company that powers AdGabber, recently highlighted AdGabber on its blog and wrote, "Members have started discussions about the highlights of working in advertising, debated whether Ugly Sweater parties are simply marketing ploys and posted videos about corporate marketing strategies. Members can discover creepy ads, guidelines for radio advertising and even a warm and silly welcome for a new member."

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by Steve Hall    Dec-19-08    
Topic: Announcements, Social



Fallon Melts Industry Treasures, Produces Golden Idol

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Apparently Fallon is so bad-ass it would melt down One Show Pencils, Clios, Cannes Lions and even an Emmy -- all those paperweights you slave so hard for -- just to celebrate its staying power.

The You Are Fallon project represents 30 years of creative work and also commemorates the agency's move to a new space. Existing and former employees donated awards they won while at Fallon, then sat back while the gold, silver and bronze bits were melted into a 175-pound plaque that simply proclaims, "We are Fallon."

Kinda cool that people unloaded enough trinkets to produce 175 pounds' worth of Fallon love. Provided the plaque isn't one day lifted by a disgruntled (and extremely strong) ex-creative, it's like being immortalized into the fabric of your second home. See making-of.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-18-08    
Topic: Agencies, Events, Social, Trends and Culture



You Oughtta Know About Inbound Marketing

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HubSpot's Rebecca Corliss and friends are out with a video slamming outbound marketing and hyping inbound.

Beginning with an out of touch supervisor throwing the yellow pages on her desk and exclaiming, "What the hell is this internet crap? If you're not dialing, I'm not smiling," Rebecca, to the tune of Alanis Morissette's "Oughta Know," tells us what we ought to know about inbound marketing.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Social, Video



At Crowd's Command, Getty Shoots a Dwarf. In Skates.

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To maintain its iron grip on the stock photo industry, Getty records searches and commissions shoots when enough people have searched for an image that can't be found.

To wit: a truckload of people recently queried "rollerblading dwarf." As promised, Getty had its photographers whip out the ambient lights and hunt down a highly mobile midget.

The result is at left. And because mass consumption of "rollerblading dwarf" images is just soooo quirky, agency Think Meets Do launched a Getty-whoring Facebook group in its honour: Search for a Rollerblading Dwarf on Getty Images.

Yeah, there probably could've been a better name for that.

Future shoots (those likely to be repurposed as an ad campaign, anyway) include shooting a crying lobster, and a llama in high heels.

by Angela Natividad    Dec- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Promotions, Social, Strange










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