M&M's Lands Top Spot in YouTube's Super Bowl Ad Blitz


Remember the Super Bowl? Yea, we barely do either. But in case you've forgotten, it was in early February and, we hear, there were a lot of ads in the game. One you may recall was M&M's Just My Shell. Well it recently snagged the top spot in YouTube's Ad Blitz, a ranking of Super Bowl commercials. Rounding out the top five were Chrysler's Halftime in America, Bud Light's Rescue Dog, Chevy's 2012 and Doritos' Man's Best Friend.

Check out the stats here.

by Steve Hall    Feb-20-12    
Topic: Research, Super Bowl 2012

How to Measure Social Media ROI


Radian6 is out with another social media focused white paper, part of the Adrants white paper series. It's entitled The ROI of Social Media: Myths, Truths and How to Measure. The in-depth report will provide you:

  • Real calculations and measurements to calculate social media ROI
  • The ability to distinguish your brand as a pro in social media ROI
  • Real social media success stories and the ROI of each one
  • Social media metrics for different professionals - PR, Customer Service, Marketers and more

We've read it and you will, in fact, learn how to measure social media and be provided a formula illustrating exactly how to do so. Social media's great but nothing really matters in marketing unless you know how it worked. This white paper will show you how to numerically state the ROI of your social media efforts. Download it now.

by Steve Hall    Feb-20-12    
Topic: Research, Social

Altimeter Group to Release Content Marketing Report


Altimeter Group's newest analyst, Rebecca Lieb, is out with her first report, Content: The New Marketing Equation. Available for download tomorrow at 1PM EST from Lieb's blog, the report will outline the five stages of "organizational maturity" companies must pass through to truly embrace content marketing.

For the report, Lieb interviewed 56 marketers including executives at Coke, Ford, IBM, GE, Nestle and Adobe. She queried each on their content marketing activities, the resources they use, the training they provide employees, and the relationships they have with outside content marketing partners.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-15-12    
Topic: Research

Top Five Reasons Why Brands Should Focus on Earned Media


The over-saturation of advertising and an ever-increasing distrust of ads has led to a decline in the effectiveness of paid media. But all is not lost. Earned media, messages passed between consumers as a resulted of an experience with a brand, is gaining momentum. This white paper from Zuberance examines earned media and how brands can use it to their benefit. You will learn:

Earned media is the most trusted and credible form of content for a brand
Social media has amplified the sheer quantity and reach of earned media
Earned media can help improve conversion rates and ROI
In the form of word of mouth, buzz and viral, earned media can have a long lifespan
Earned medis can, in fact, be measured

Download Zuberance white paper, part of the Adrants white paper series, and learn why you should shift a portion of your marketing focus to earned media.

by Steve Hall    Feb-14-12    
Topic: Research, Social

How to Create High Performing Landing Pages

All your campaigns have an online component, right? Of course they do. But what about the landing pages for your campaigns? Do they perform well? Do you even incorporate landing pages into your campaigns? You should. And you will after you read this Ion Interactive report, part of our white paper series.

Whether it's a PPC ad, an email, or a QR code that prompts someone to click on an offer, the page where that person lands after they click has enormous potential to influence them. The best landing pages hold a visitor's attention and guide them effortlessly towards conversion. This workbook was designed to take you step by step through the landing page creation process. Set goals, think through customer segments, define your offers and measure results. Whether you're B2B or B2C, the strategy in this workbook will help you create better landing pages.

Download the workbook now.

by Steve Hall    Feb-13-12    
Topic: Research

Ten Steps to Effective Email Marketing


Email marketing. It makes you yawn, right? Creating and watching Super Bowl commercial is way more fun, right? But just how much trackable business can you expect from a Super Bowl commercial? Especially since most of you don't have $3.5 million to blow on a Super Bowl commercial.

Are you still yawning? You shouldn't be. Email marketing might be boring but it's cheap (ok, inexpensive) and it works. And you know when it works. And you know how it works. And you know why it worked. Can you say that about a Super Bowl commercial?

But it's just more fun to make a TV ad, right? It might be. But ask yourself this; are you in this business to have fun or to make money? Yea, yea, yea, it should be both but the bottom line is that you're doing it to make money for your company, your client's company and for yourself.

So if you hate email marketing and think it's boring that's OK. You're just going to be left behind by others that realize how well it works. But don't worry. Our white paper series is here to help. Check out Aprimo's Ten Steps to Effective Email Marketing. Ok? We good?

by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-12    
Topic: Online, Research

How Brands Integrated Social, Mobile, Web Into Super Bowl Ads


Altimeter analyzed this year's Super Bowl ads and uncovered five cross channel integration trends among brands in this year's game. The trends include:

1) Brands Heavily Invested in Promoting Traditional Websites
2) Surprisingly, Many Did Not Promote a Call-To-Action
3) Only a Sixth of Ads Explicitly Promoted Social Media
4) Hashtag Marketing Emerged to Stimulate Continual Engagement
5) Cutting Edge Marketers Teased with New Marketing Tactics, including Shazam

Altimeter found 57% (charts below) of Super Bowl ads linked to a website or a microsite but only 16% included social media links such as hashtags, Facebook or Twitter links. Eleven percent employed "emerging media technology" links such as Shazam, text messaging, mobile apps and QR codes. Conversely, 32% did not link to any online resource at all.

Just 1/6th of the ads explicitly promoted social media links. Six ads employed hashtags and just two brands promoted their Twitter accounts.

Eleven percent of ads used newer marketing tactics. Three ads promoted applications, three promoted SMS integration and GoDaddy used a QR code.

You can read Altimeter's full analysis here.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-12    
Topic: Research, Super Bowl 2012

M&M's Wins Kellog School Super Bowl Ad Review


M&M'S earned the top spot for its Ms. Brown ad, winning the eighth annual Kellogg School Super Bowl Advertising Review. Other top-ranked advertisers for 2012 include Skechers and Dannon, while Go Daddy, Cadillac and Hulu ranked at the bottom of the review.

"M&M'S commercial introduced Ms. Brown, a new character, and kept in line with the brand's equity," said Clinical Professor of Marketing Tim Calkins , who leads the event with a panel of students from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. "At Kellogg, our Review evaluates the ads based on strategic execution and the potential to build brands, and M&M'S did this well."

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-12    
Topic: Research, Super Bowl 2012

Volkswagen Wins AdBowl 2012


And the results keep rolling in. In yet another metric that, let's be honest, amounts to a popularity contest, Volkswagen's Dog Strikes Back landed the top spot in this year's AdBowl, a Super Bowl commercial ranking system launched in 2001 by McKee Wallwork. Rounding out the top five were Doritos Man's Best Friend, Bud Light Rescue Dog, M&M's Ms Brown and Skechers Mr. Quiggly.

During and after the game, viewers who wanted to vote went to the AdBowl website or app and rated the commercials on a scale between one and five, with one being a "fumble" and five being a "touchdown." The scores were averaged in real time and a winner declared at midnight Eastern.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-12    
Topic: Research, Super Bowl 2012

Doritos Current Winner of USA Today Ad Meter


Because of a partnership with Facebook that extends the voting period, the USA Today Ad Meter results won't be final until 6PM EST Tuesday but the rankings can be viewed right now. Currently, the Doritos Sling Baby is in the top spot. The ad also landed in the top spot of the Mullen/Boston.com BrandBowl.

The Sling Baby spot is followed by Doritos Man's Best Friend (which was ranked number one by the physical Ad Meter group), Bud Light Weego, M$M's Just My Shell and Skechers Go Run (Mr. Quigly). Full results can be viewed here.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-12    
Topic: Research, Super Bowl 2012