Are You Missing the Point of Social Media?

It’s great that businesses are starting to get that they need to be involved in social media, but in many cases they are still missing the point. Their main focus is on getting lots of fans and followers and they don’t even consider that it’s really about much more than that. They see it as a numbers game. Of course fans and followers are crucial to a social media strategy, but it’s important to really think about social media as a long term branding tool.

By Nick Stamoulis, 31 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Publishing, Social Media Marketing.

Do You Care If Google Has Your Information?

Simply put, Google stalks us. They use the information that we willingly give them to provide us with relevant search results, but also use that information for their own benefit by showing us ads that they hope that we will click on so that they can make some money.

Of course, Google doesn’t only stalk our searches, but stalks pretty much any Google feature that we use. Perhaps one of the most controversial is the fact that Google “reads” our emails in Gmail. If you have an email chain...

By Nick Stamoulis, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Commerce, CRM, Data-driven marketing, Publishing, Search Marketing.

Why You Need to Listen to Your Social Network

When it comes to social media marketing, one of the few “must-dos” is to actually listen to your network. Social media is a conversation, not a soap box for your brand. No one wants to be talked at, whether it is in a face-to-face conversation or an online one. Social networking has taught your customers that they have a voice and a right for their opinions to be heard, and they are expecting you to listen. But paying attention to what your network is (or isn’t) saying shouldn’t be important to you just because SEO and...

By Nick Stamoulis, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Commerce, Publishing, Social Media Marketing.

The IKEA YouTube campaign is ingenious

IKEA offers a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at great prices. The store is hugely popular overseas and this results in great social up-take when they launch social marketing campaigns.

IKEA have launched a new social experience and this time it’s through YouTube. They kicked off the campaign with the following video:

The campaign goes on to launch a personalized 3D showroom on YouTube, which retrieves information from Facebook profiles...

Half Court Shot Nets Publicity for basketbal team

Portland Man Makes Half-Court Shot and Wins a New Truck

The Portland Trail Blazers were looking for a way to capitalize on the excitement of a Friday night game and garner unsolicited media coverage, all while promoting their sponsor. The solution:  an on-court promotion giving one lucky contestant the chance to attempt a half-court shot for a new Toyota vehicle!  Not only did the promotion generate  excitement in the viewing crowd, but the results had the media and fans buzzing for the remainder of the season!

The Portland Trail Blazers “Toyota Half-Court...

By Amanda Saferin, 22 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Video & Audio Marketing.

Do You Have the Right Video Marketing Priorities?

YouTube has made it very easy for anyone to create a video, upload it, and share it with others. Millions of people visit the site on a daily basis, which has resulted in numerous “YouTube sensations”: people featured in videos that have gone viral and achieved an astounding number of views in a short period of time.

Since it seems to happen fairly frequently businesses want to get in on the action. They think that if they create something crazy, funny, and attention grabbing it will result in a...

This is the week that was: What of the future generation?

Despite the UK version of Big Brother bringing itself from the murky TV grave and the world economy continuing the get the odd bit of press for its catastrophic turmoil, the age old issue of A level results getting easier and the mad rush for University places dominated the headlines this week.

The up and coming generation of business leaders...

By Earnest, 19 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Big Brother is watching: Online eye-tracking service is launched

George Orwell's 1984 is a step closer with the news that Specific Media has launched an eye-tracking service for BBH to measure the effectiveness of digital creative campaigns.

The service has been created in partnership with EyeTrackShop and is being trailled with a BBH's brands including Lynx, Barclays and Audi. It uses webcam technology to analyse the way in which users view online advertising calculating where they look and how long they spend looking at certain aspects of the adverts.

Specific Media has...

By Verity Gough, 17 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Data-driven marketing.

This is the week that was: When social media showed its good and bad side

This week there was only one thing dominating the news (apart from the small issue of the economy going down the pan) – the streets of London were taken over by baton and Blackberry wielding youngsters, ready to grab whatever they could get their hands on.

Is there anything the world of business, and B2B, could learn from this? Well not a huge amount, apart from of course a slap in the face that social media is truly the mouthpiece of the next generation...

By Earnest, 16 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Blackberry brand under fire following UK riots

Blackberry's reputation has suffered this week after the mobile messaging service became embroilled in the national riots following reports that rioters used it to coordinate attacks during the violence.

Widespread attacks across Britain's cities including London, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester has forced a spotlight onto Blackberry's messenger system which has been a popular means of the gangs coordinating the attacks. However Blackberry, which is owned by Research in Motion, has been quick...

By Verity Gough, 12 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Campaigns.

How Tesco used QR Codes to increase online shopping

I love it when clever people come up with simple ideas that change the way the world works. This example we will look at today is a subway advertisement that turned a South Korean subway into a supermarket.

The execution is so simple. Life size banners that display supermarket brands with QR codes on each item. Scan the item and get them delivered to your door by the end of the day. The idea was sparked by the need to create more sales without opening more stores. After extensive research into the market...

By Mike Saunders, 10 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns.

Condom finding iPhone application

MTV launched a Staying Alive campaign to create awareness of HIV in the youth and through this campaign, they’ve done a number of great things.

MTV teamed up with iCondom to produce an awesome new iPhone application with a simple concept, but an incredible impact!

The iCondom iPhone application providers users with the world’s largest condom distribution map, meaning that no matter where you are, logging into the application would hopefully show you the closest spot to pick up some condoms and...

By imod.co.za, 09 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Social Media Marketing.

Fruity deal: Orange and Apple to offer iPhone film downloads

Orange customers will soon be able to download a free film each week via their Apple iPhones, thanks to a new partnership between the two multi-national companies.

Orange: Film to Go is set to launch on 11 August and will be supported by a multi-platform advertising campaign which illustrates films being watched 'on the move' via various devices including laptops and mobiles. In order to access the free service, customers will simply need to text the network provider, visit a dedicated Facebook page, www.facebook.com/orangefilmclub, or use a...

By Verity Gough, 09 August 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Campaigns, Social Media Marketing.

Big Brother apps coming to a mobile near you

Big Brother fans will soon be able to access their favourite housemate info, games and live coverage after Channel announced it is to launch its first apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices on 18 August.

The reality show, which was bought by Five last year after ten years of success on Channel 4, kicks off with ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ on Thursday 18 August with the apps’ launch set to coincide with the first broadcast, pending approval from Apple.

In addition to pre-roll ads which...

By Verity Gough, 07 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Search Marketing.