Study: Most Social Media Publishers Bless Sponsored Content

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In a survey conducted by IZEA 2,800 social media publishers/users were asked about their habits on advertiser engagement, compensation practices and publisher preferences and earnings, resulting in the following key findings:

- 88.3 percent of social media publishers monetize social media in some way.
- 87.4 percent of social media publishers have or would create sponsored content.
- The average social media publisher spends $711 per year on hosting, education, conferences and related social media costs.
- Twitter users earn 298 percent more in SMS for their blog than non-twitter users.
- 35 percent of PR, social media and marketing professionals are not aware of the FTC guidelines on endorsements in social media.

Check out the full report here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-16-10    
Topic: Research



250,000 Facebook Likes Prove Moms Really Do Need Wine

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Moms Who Need Wine, a website and fan page started by Boston-based mom (and former agency co-worker of ours) Marile Borden has just seen it's number of "likes" surpass the 250,000 mark, making it one of the largest online cocktail parties for moms on Facebook.

Second only to Fans of Being a Mom, MWNW's fan base has surpassed traditional publishers on Facebook, including Parenting.com (27,000), Real Simple (41,000) and O Magazine (21,000). Other metrics are impressive as well with .56% engagement on MWNW over the course of 10 recent posts - compared with fan response on heavy hitter publisher pages such as The New York Times (.036%) and The Huffington Post (.07%).

Borden recognized the growing popularity of Facebook for moms so she put her efforts into a Facebook publishing model as a way to deliver content to her readers, rather than the traditional e-newsletter model she used with her first online venture, Momicillin.com.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 5-10    
Topic: Brands, Research, Social



Newsflash! Study Proves AXE Does, Indeed, Attract Women!

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So all those ads depicting men as girl magnets just because they use AXE? True! All true! A recent study across six college campuses conducted by AXE and the Sports and Leisure Research Group found 81 percent of girls said they'd be more willing to shower at a guy's apartment if he had AXE Shower Gel in his shower as opposed to bar soap.

And guys who use AXE Shower Gel and AXE Detailer Shoer Tool were seven times more likely to hook up.

It seems the stuff really does work. Full study results after the jump.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 5-10    
Topic: Brands, Research



Patrizia Pepe's Oddity, Old Spice's Voice Mail Generator

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- And for some really screwed up fashion advertising, look no further than Patrizia Pepe's Fall/Winter campaign.

- Can't get enough Old Spice? Check out the Old Spice Voice Mail Generator.

- If you're a fan of the MINI and you just can't get enough of their commercials, well, now there's an app for that.

- PSFK is out with its Future of Health report. It will be used together with a brief presented to teams of creatives to develop a new UNICEF design.

- Here's the story behind that Paul Arden New Directors Showcase presentation in Cannes.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Industry Events, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Research



Saldana Envied, Online Ad Spend Up 11.9% in 2010

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- Here's some more Calvin Klein Envy ads featuring Zoe Saldana. And if these additional images aren't enough for you, there's video coming in mid-August with Saldana talking about CK's envy-inducing underwear.

- The Girl Scouts are out with a new PSA featuring plus size models.These girls are plus size?

- Launched earlier in July, LG's The Young and the Connected online soap opera is worth a look.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-29-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Industry Events, Research, Video



Why Consumer Transparency Falls Flat

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The social graph. Data portability. Privacy. Data control. Peerset CTO and Co-founder Amit Kanigsberg has a few things to share on these topics in this second post in a series on the use of personal data.

Pursuing Transparency is no Private Matter

What does transparency mean to you? In the online advertising industry it conjures one of two things: 1) For the advertiser, full insight into the ad serving stack (from agency to publisher) or 2) For the consumer, full insight into the targeting data ad networks and data providers collect (e.g., Google, Bluekai).

If your first thought was #1, you are forgiven. It is after all natural to follow the money. And there is plenty of it being strewn across that field. But I'll argue that you should be thinking about the consumer a bit more, the sleeping giant as it were. And if you jumped straight to #2, then I'd bet you felt that current efforts and lackluster hype around transparency seems a bit, well, lacking, slight, effervescent, wispy, ethereal - more translucent really.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-23-10    
Topic: Opinion, Research, Social, Tools, Trends and Culture



Brand Incivility Causes 75% to Consider Boycott, 56% to Stop Patronizing

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In a new poll released today by Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate and KRC Research, nearly one-third (34%) of the American public report that they are "tuning out" of social networking sites, with 39% of them attributing their tune-out to rude discourse and behavior. The online survey was conducted in April and asked more than 1,000 Americans how civility affects people's views of and participation in social media, politics, media and buying behaviors.

- 45% have defriended or blocked someone online because of uncivil
comments or behavior
- 38% stopped visiting an online site because of its incivility
- 25% dropped out of a fan club or online community because it had
become uncivil

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by Steve Hall    Jun-23-10    
Topic: Research, Social



Study: What Women Want Online

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Unicast's "What Women Want From the Web Report" (pdf) Summer 2010, which polled 516 adult women, found 95% of women plan to go online, and 62% notice and/or interact with online advertising. Women aged 18-24 use the web more than other age groups for all activities except keeping up with news - 53% vs. 67% overall.

What Women Plan To Do Online:

- 76% plan to connect with friends and family
- 67% will keep up with news
- 64% plan to shop for sales/compare prices
- 59% intend to entertain themselves (play games, listen to music or watch TV/movies)
- 48% will research travel/vacations

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by Steve Hall    Jun-21-10    
Topic: Research



Mullen Pings, BP Remixes, Flash Mob Fails Again

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- Last night Mullen faced Digitas in the first-ever Mullen versus Digitas Ping Pong Tournament. (Nice girl through the guy's legs treatment)

- College Humor helps BP get its Domino's on.

- No. Your Dad does not want a tie for Father's Day this year. Wait, does anyone wear ties anymore?

- Six Flags and Walmart have partnered to offer customers discounts to Six Flags when shopping at Walmart.

- To raise awareness and money for the Greater New Orleans Foundation Gulf Coast, San Francisco-based Pereira & O'Dell are...opening a satellite office off the coast of Naknek, Alaska.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-18-10    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Research, Spoofs, Video



'Social Media Gurus' Followed by Authority. Celebrities Not So Much

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Not that we didn't already know this but sometime a study is required to slap some people upside the head so they realize that what everyone is telling them is actually true. So what's the big finding?

While celebrities have a large number of Twitter followers, most of them are low authority users. On the other hand, "social media heavyweights" like @chrisbrogan, @jowyang and @jasonfalls seem to attract fewer but very engaged Twitter users with high authority rankings.

Um, well, duh. Those who follow celebrities are just "regular" people. Those who follow "social media heavyweights" are in the business themselves and because of that and their interest and participation in the actual business of social media, they have a fair amount of clout themselves.

The study, conducted by sysomos, also takes a look at the authority of those who follow news and media sources. Take a look at the full study here.

Some of you out there (ahem, @1938media) might enjoy the fact @mashable followers are more authoritative than @techcruch followers.

by Steve Hall    Jun-16-10    
Topic: Research, Social










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