A valuable lesson from Cisco: it doesn't matter who you are or what you're selling. Like Hallmark and Disney's made-for-TV movie department, you can turn any holiday to your advantage.
In this case, Cisco takes cheesy expressions of Valentine's Day love and wraps them around its ASR 9000, "the first in a new series of edge routers in nearly a decade" -- and more importantly, the fourth way to say I love you.
The video is presently circulating YouTube with FIVE out of FIVE stars! so far. It's the culmination of a months-long campaign in which pseudo-reporter Ira Pumfkin roamed Cisco's halls in pursuit of a big story. See the blog at Tech Edge Weekly (the link also appears at the end of the vid).
- "Twitter for sports." And then our eyes rolled back in our heads, and then we died.
- BFFs with the Wicked Witch of the West. She seems fun. DDR, your house or mine?
- The question we all must ask. Sometime.
- Shepard Fairey, the guy who did that Obama/Hope poster we all love to wheatpaste on walls that don't belong to us, gets arrested before his first solo art show. Duuuude. Sux.
- Scroll down to the part that reads "cb with a Flair."
- Intern sweatshop haiku.
Twitterite @Floyd Hayes decided we need another feel-good meme in our lives, so he invented twipple, a microblogging cross between Simon Says and Pay it Forward.
Once a critical mass starts following @twipple, the latter will deploy "short, fun, positive tweet instructions to do something kind in public," like smile at a stranger, give money to a street musician, or whistle your favourite tune. You can also make up your own and send them via DM or email twipple2009 [at] hotmail.com.
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:
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."