Yesterday at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis, Room Full of People held the SWAT Summit, a one day conference which covered the topic of social networking. Topics such as metrics, best practices, user engagement and social advertising were covered.
After Room Full of People CEO Christian Perry gave an engaging overview of Obama's brilliant use of social media as compared to McCain's abysmal use, IDC Research Analysts Caroline Dangson gave an overview of people's outlook on social media and their willingness to allow advertisers mine personal information and online social behavior in order to provide more targeted advertising. Perhaps it was the way IDC asked the question but unsurprisingly, a very low percentage of people said they'd be OK with that.
MediaSmith CEO David Smith presented for the first time his Eight Levels of User Engagement, a detailed look at the buzzword du jour "engagement." It was one of those presentation that was so elaborate and so complete that no summary would do it justice. Besides, I can't remember the half of it but don't fret. He's taking it on the road for six months and there will be a book (or a paper).
- AirTran (who knew they were still in business?) this week unveiled its "Say Yes to Orlando" plane, with help from La Nouba by Cirque du Soliel, to promote special airfares and its discount flights to Orlando.
- The folks behind the Humanitarian Lion, after a "you'll have to do better than that" comment from Adland, are out with a more complete print ad for their effort to urge Cannes and the advertising industry to become something a bit more substantial than a pretty picture competition.
- Just because you upload your ad to YouTube doesn't mean competitors won't be atop, below and beside it.
Yes, it's time to pimp ad:tech. This time it's in Chicago and this time, aside from the fact there will be some decent keynotes from Google's Kevin Kells and author Clay Shirky as well as panels with Edelman President Rick Murray, Nielsen Online's Pete Blackshaw, Starcom's Chris Allen, NBC Universal's Peter Naylor and BlogHer's Jory Des Jardins among others, there will be great parties. After all, that's why you go, right? To get drunk and inappropriately fawn all over industry hotties...uh...I mean network with fellow industry colleagues.
Yea, yea, yea. I can hear it now. "I need another social media conference like I need diarrhea during a new business pitch!" But this one's different. I'll be there. You'll have the perfect opportunity to hear me make a fool of myself while pretending to know what the hell social media actually is. Thankfully, there will panelists there who do know can help you make use of social media (or whatever the hell you want to call it) for the betterment of your business. More specifically, the conference will focus on the social networking aspect of social media.
About as surprising as a traffic meeting on a Monday morning, Epoch Films, after talks with Cannes organizers, JCPenney and Saatchi & Saatchi, has decided to withdraw its Speed Dressing Cannes entry which was awarded a Bronze Lion. The ad, one of the best ever created for the clothing retailer since Saatchi & Saatchi won the account, was shot by Epoch films without, as all parties claim, the knowledge of JCPenney or Saatchi & Saatchi. It's not the first time a faux ad has been submitted, duped everyone and won but it has turned into one of the more high profile offenses.
Not that a few won't end up atop Rock Bottom at the end of the night anyway but it's nice to know that, for the first time in, like, forever, there will be a party at the Chicago ad:tech that won't be held at Rock Bottom or Fulton's. Nope. This year, it'll all be happening at Enclave, a swanky nightclub where Kim Kardashian has been know to appear - not that that matters to anyone, of course.
ad:tech has a sponsor or two for the party but companies looking to tap into the creme de la creme of online marketing would be wise to contact ad:tech to get in on the action. After all, let's be blunt, someone has to pay for all those expected free drinks. We can't have conference attendees actually paying for drinks. That, as you know, just isn't done in this business! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get in on the action.
More info on party details to follow.
What do you do when you find yourself in a room full of the people that imagineered your childhood?
You lose all social poise and most of your moxie -- not on purpose, but inevitably.
That's what it felt like during last night's press debut for The Real Men & Women of Madison Avenue and Their Impact on American Culture. As I walked across the floor, treading over familiar phrases like "Got milk?" with Ed McCabe! and Judy Wald! at either elbow, I fell back (hard) on responses like, "Awesome!" and "Woooow!" and "Ha-ha-HA!" -- sometimes even before they could finish a sentence.
After the behavioral targeting panel, OMMA attendees sat for "Sink or Swim: The Best and Worst of Social Media Marketing."
The discussion revolved around social media campaigns that the panelists thought were "sinkers" and "swimmers." Each concluded by presenting one piece of advice.
OMMA Social went down at the Yale Club all of yesterday. I arrived around 2:50 or so, in time to catch part of "Behavioral Targeting: How to Connect with the Right People in Social Media."
Here's a taste of what I heard. (catch photos here.)
We've got the Speckies. Why not the It Didn't Air Awards? Yup. Jumping on the trend (or long-running fact depending upon who you ask) of awarding ads that never appeared, The London International Awards has, with help from Xhang Creative, launched a campaign to promote the award show for radio creative that never aired.