Google Ads Favicons to AdSense Ad Units

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- Google has added favicons to its AdSense ad units.

- Awesome advice for those looking to become a social media guru:)

- Here's more data that support Apple's latest ad campaign is a failure.

- Seems a couple of ad ladies are miffed over the fact Nike doesn't sell shoes in women's sizes and aren't designed appropriately for women. Need more pink, we guess.

- AOL plans to launch an ad-tech upfront with a focus on programmatic. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong says,"It's essentially a machine upfront. We believe you will have an upfront commitment cycle that will rival TV."

- Not everyone is a fan of the Dove Real Beauty campaign. Predictably, it's a fashion form founder who has become a vocal critic of the campaign.

by Steve Hall    Jul-24-13    
Topic: Online, Research, Social



Social Media Causes Low Self Esteem Among Teenage Girls

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- A new study finds too much social media usage causes low self esteem in teenaged girls? How about in us grownups who can't stand reading about the latest and greatest accomplishments of their peers?

- Joe Jaffe's Evol8tion has acquired Bob Knorpp's Beancast podcast. Bob will continue the podcast and become SVP Chief Analyst of Evol8tion's BrandWatch product.

- A grounded viewpoint on inbound marketing that doesn't trash inbound marketing.

- This is just funny. To promote the 2013 Wiener Nationals (a dog race), Orange County-based DGWB shot a promo using GoPro cameras.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-23-13    
Topic: Agencies, Research, Social, Video



The 5 Rules of Real-Time Marketing

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We can thank Oreo's Dunk the the Dark stunt and the growth of Big Data for the rise in prominence of real-time marketing. Of course, the onslaught of real-time social data that comes with real-time marketing means that, as marketers, we now live in a world of "presentism" where everything is real-time, always-on, pervasive, and constant. We can no longer predict the future because it's already happening right now.

To thrive in this new world, traditional processes and supporting tools have to change. Brands need integrated team structures and streamlined processes that help them get messages to the right audience in real time.

Download this tutorial from Topsy now to insure your brand has what it takes to succeed in a real-time marketing world.

by Steve Hall    Jul-18-13    
Topic: Research



How Brand Advocacy Can Fuel Your Social Business

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If you're reading this, it's quite likely you understand the power of social media and what it can do for your brand or the brands you work on. But what about everyone else outside marketing? Do they understand what social media can do for a business? Do they really get it? Do you know how to explain it to them?

Advocate marketing company (don't you love the buzzwords wee in this business invent?) SocialChorus (and how about the company names?) is out with a whitepaper entitled Transforming Employees Into Advocates that will help you explain how to use social media to turn your brand into a social business and how every employee can advocate for the brand.

Download this whitepaper now to learn how to empower everyone in your company to become a stellar brand advocate

by Steve Hall    Jul-16-13    
Topic: Research, Social



Study Claims Humor May No Longer be the Ticket to Viral Success

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Here's some interesting news from video technology company Unruly. A recent study the firm conducted found humor just might not be the ticket to viral success any longer as consumers have become numb to the many attempts by brands to employ humor in their video and social media efforts. That is not to say that humor does not work. According to Unruly, "brands need to be extremely funny" to succeed virally.

The study, entitled Science of Sharing, limited its research to 12 commercials which aired during this year's Super Bowl.

Other findings from the study include:

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by Steve Hall    Jul-10-13    
Topic: Research



How to Get Real ROI From Social in FIve Steps

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If you're like the majority of marketers worldwide struggling to prove ROI from your social efforts, we have good nes for you. Check out this five-step plan to make proving ROI a breeze.

Taking into account the collective insights of over 2000 of the world's leading brands, this Bazaarvoice report, Real ROI from Social in 5 Steps, will show you how successful brands and retailers capture results and prove social ROI. In this whitepaper, part of the Adrants Whitepaper Series, you'll learn how to:

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 9-13    
Topic: Research, Social



Tweens Have Significant Influence Over Household Spending

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A Cassandra Report infographic sheds some light on the characteristics of tweens. Unsurprisingly, 74% of the little brats would rather not work for "them man," 56% are impatient and want instant gratification and 59% want a product customized to their needs.

But of most importance to marketers is the fact they have influence of household spending. Make no mistake, parents are still the boss but 55% of tweens influence what movie to see, 29% influence what's purchased at the grocery store, 26% express preference for personal care products, 27% voice their desires regarding family vacations and 23% influence what technology is purchased for the household.

Now if only 100% washed their hands before they ate, didn't sulk every time a member of the opposite sex decides choose different friends, emptied the dishwasher on command and hung the towel up after taking a shower, life would be grand.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-26-13    
Topic: Research



Nik Wallenda Grand Canyon Crossing the Week's Most Tweeted TV Event

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Nielsen's SocialGuide has launched a new weekly analysis of Twitter-related social media activity in relationship to 240 TV channels. Topping the charts this past week with over one million tweets was, of course, the Nik Wallenda Grand Canyon crossing. Rounding out the top ten were Pretty Little Liars, The Voice, Love&Hip Hop:Atlanta, Teen Wolf, WWE, The Voice Final Performances, The Wanted Life, Girl Code Compliments and Gril Code Public Displays of Affection.

by Steve Hall    Jun-25-13    
Topic: Research, Social, Television



So This is What 60 CMOs Did in Cannes Last Week

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Well it wasn't all glamour and glitz last week in Cannes. It seems some actual work was completed, at least among 60 CMOs who participated in the Adobe-chaired Marketing2020 round table which examined the role and creation of purposeful brands, the structure, role and capabilities of marketing, how to analyze big data in marketing, the role of the CMO and collaboration with agencies. The group also discussed findings from the Marketing2020 Study which found:

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by Steve Hall    Jun-25-13    
Topic: Research



Women Make Up Just 22% of Cannes Lions Jurers

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Hollie Rapello who pens the Why Moms Rule blog took it upon herself to examine female representation on Cannes Lions Juries. Overall, there are just 70 women serving on juries as compared to 248 men, a 22% representation.

Only one jury, Creative Effectiveness, has equal representation with 8 men and 8 woman.

The juries with the least number of women include Mobile with just one women to 12 and both Innovation and Film Craft with just one woman to nine men each.

While women have certainly made inroads in the marketing and advertising space, it would seem this is not fairly represented in jury make up. When upwards of 70% of household spending in controlled by women, according to The Boston Consulting Group, it would seem all that more important to have women included in the judging of work that is developed to reach them.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-21-13    
Topic: Industry Events, Research








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