Nine Tips For Selecting a Social Media Agency

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During the recent Blogworld Expo in Las Vegas, SocialFresh Founder Jason Keath led a panel entitled How to Hire A Social Media Company. On the panel were Edelman's David Armano, Ignite Social Media's Jim Tobin and Digital Dads' C.C. Chapman. Out of the panel, emerged tips for brands (and even agencies) looking for social media expertise.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-18-10    
Topic: Industry Events, Social



Ten Tips For Crisis Management in Social Media

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At a panel held during the recent Blogworld Expo in Las Vegas, ten tips for crisis management in social media emerged. Led by Powered Director of Strategy Valeria Maltoni, the three panelists, Proff Integrated Communications Managing DIrector Dallas Lawrence, Holtz Communication + Technology Founder Shel Holtz and Ford's head of social media Scott Monty shared their views on crisis management in social media.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-18-10    
Topic: Industry Events, Social



Seven Traits of Successful Social Media Campaigns

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During a recent BlogWorld Expo panel led by AdFreak's David Griner called Like it or Spike it, several traits emerged for successful social media campaigns:

1. Be authentic. In this medium, platitudes don't work.

2. Make it brainlessly easy for people to participate. Don't make people jump through too many hoops.

3. Make sure there is a clear and concise call to action. Too many brands are unclear in their explanation of how people should participate.

4. Avoid blatant self promotion within the campaign.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-18-10    
Topic: Industry Events, Social



Social Media Takes Over Las Vegas

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Have you heard of a conference called BlogWorld? You should have because its primary topical focus is on the growing importance of social media. Now, unless you've been hiding under a rock or still believe the ad industry's product du jour in the :30 commercial, you know that social media is all the rage. Just like word of mouth was a few years ago. Just like buzz marketing some years before that and just like viral marketing did even earlier.

Yes, social media encompasses many of the aforementioned trends/fads/whatever but much like mobile which has finally earned it's "year of" status, social media is going mainstream and that what this conference is all about.

Taking place in Las Vegas October 14-16 and with panels on content creation and sharing, analytics for listening to customers, enterprise-level adoption of social media, the SEO of social media, crisis management in social media, social CRM, PR in social media, the conference will inform and educate those who need to know what's coming down the marketing freeway.

Check it all out here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-11-10    
Topic: Industry Events, Social



Meetings Enlivened, Creatives Converse, Truchpole Outed (Again)

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- Bored in that dull meeting? Check out Adverbotz, a collection of your favorite phrases spoken in robot voice.

- The Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids has launched a new brand and advertising campaign.

- Minneapolis-based Little & Company asked 30 creatives to record their thoughts on design. The results are collected on ThirtyConversationsOnDesign.

- And the Cornelius Trunchpole idiocy continues. Now a person claiming to be Gerry Graf (who likely isn't since our reply email bounced) says Mr. Trunchpole is Trevor Bittinger, an art director who once told Graf he intended to create an agency based on a ficticious ad legend. Does anyone really care?

- To promote Red Bull's Flutag event, Monkeyhead is out with another On the Wings of Glory video.

- AdWeek's Social Media Strategies Conference will take place on Oct 13th & 14th at 10 On The Park in New York City.

- Well here's a pretty cool iPhone iAd.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-10    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Industry Events, Tools, Video



New Social Media Conference to Focus on Measurement

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A new series of social media conferences has launched entitled Monitoring Social Media. And as the title suggests, it's all about monitoring and measuring the success of social media campaigns. Covered topics in the series include, Social media tools and services, brand and reputation management, sentiment detection and management, data quality and filtering, identifying and connecting with influencers and case studies.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-10    
Topic: Industry Events



16 Scene Mashup Promotes Vancouver Film Festival

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To promote the Vancouver International Film Festival, TBWA\Vancouver created a film called The Warden that is divided into 16 scenes and will release one scene each day of the festival non-linearly. Viewers can then go online to thewardensixteen.com and rearrange the scenes together in an effort to piece the story together. Somehow, this will get people excited for the festival. Somehow.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-10    
Topic: Industry Events



BlogWorld Parties Take Shape (Google Calendar)

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If you're going to BlogWorld at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas October 14-16, in addition to all the keynote and panel goodness, you'll want to know about all the parties as well. Well, we're going to make it as easy as we can to find your way around and make sure you hit all the parties you want.

Out of the goodness of our little Adrants hearts, we compile a Google calendar of all the parties so you don't have to. It's in a continuous stage of development so be sure to check it regularly (after the jump) as the conference dates approach. Times are shown in Pacific.

See you in Vegas!

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by Steve Hall    Sep-29-10    
Topic: Industry Events



Yahoo Wants Your Best Non-Profit Digital Campaigns

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Yahoo and the Ad Council today announced the launch of the 2010 Create for a Cause contest to recognize the best in digital advertising for public service campaigns.

The winning campaign, selected by a panel of digital advertising leaders, will appear on Yahoo!'s sign-in page.

The second annual Create for a Cause contest will be open from October 11 to December 3, 2010, to advertising agencies looking to showcase their most creative digital campaigns for nonprofit and federal government agency clients. And for the first time, all agencies are invited to submit entries, including those not affiliated directly with the Ad Council. The winning campaign will be announced January 5, 2011.

Get your creative on, people!

by Steve Hall    Sep-29-10    
Topic: Industry Events



HBO's True Blood Wins IAB MIXX Best in Show

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Last night, the Interactive Advertising Bureau held its sixth annual MIXX Awards to "recognize the brand marketers and agencies responsible for the most innovative and effective interactive advertising of the year."

This year, Best in Show went to HBO's True Blood and Digital Kitchen for their "Hacking Reality" campaign for the second season launch of the vampire series. The work integrated digital and traditional media, with online, outdoor, print, stunts and a series of brand partnerships.

The second season of True Blood was teased through a mix of media tactics including vampires in faux blogs and online editorials as well as in traditional advertising and editorial takeovers. The strategy included co-branding with products like Geico, Harley-Davidson and Gillette, a host of classified ads, viral videos and a serialized weekly Inside Edition-type show covering all things vampire.

The worked seemed to have paid off since it resulted in True Blood season 2, episode 1, being the most-watched show on HBO On Demand, with an average of 12.6 million gross viewers per episode for the season, up 62% over the previous year.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-29-10    
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