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10 links that point to the future of digital marketing:

Walmart Launches Shopycat, A Social Gift Finder Built On Top Of Facebook | TechCrunch

This is really smart on several levels. For one, Walmart has taken a more open approach to their gift finder, integrating product recommendations from competing stores, thereby increasing the validity and accuracy of their app. At first glance, I found this to be very helpful simply in terms of quickly gauging what people’s interests are.

I also like how Walmart is setting themselves up for Facebook ecommerce down the road. Some interesting things from a giant not known for cutting edge marketing innovation.

50% Of Ecommerce Site Visitors Are Logged In To Facebook | TechCrunch

This is big. Many brands are still treating their website and social media properties as separate entities. Sure, they might cross-link, but the bigger opportunity is in integrating things like Facebook Connect. When you consider how much money some brands spend driving traffic to their website, and then consider what a great CRM tool Facebook is, it really makes sense to integrate the two as tightly as possible.

Global vs. local social media strategies / We Are Social

The question of whether or not to have multiple Facebook pages is a big one for many brands. This is some good direction for answering that for your brand.

Body of Research « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang

This is a great list of resources, and if you’re familiar with Jeremiah’s contribution to the collective thought pool on social media, you’ll probably bookmark this immediately.

The Top 10 Marketing Infographics of 2011

It’s time for those year-end lists, and perhaps the most appropriate one for digital marketers is the year’s top infographics.

Seed Views vs. Viral Views: A Social Media Sharing Case Study

A simple but very strong case study for the power of social media sharing.

Facebook Will Help Writers Get Subscribers Via Their Own Sites – Liz Gannes – Social – AllThingsD

This should be a big boost to content publishers who want to quickly build their subscriber list, as it basically eliminates the need for someone on their site or blog to go over to Facebook to subscribe to their feed. It will also allow them to more persuasively customize how they entice their readers to subscribe.

A Tiny Pacific Island Is Now Powered By Coconuts | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

Not exactly new media marketing, but I love the idea of using coconuts to recharge my iPhone.

Social Marketing Optimization (SMO) | Social Media Today

An outline for how to approach strategic planning for your brand’s social media activities.

Condom Ad Disguised as Facebook Friend Request From Your Future Son

Agencies are always willing to bend a few rules to create some recognition. Sure, this violates the user terms, but it’s also a very clever stunt and one that’s sure to garner both the agency and the cause a lot of great PR. And if you take the poll, you’ll see that (as of this writing) 74% of people find the ad clever or funny. Pretty remarkable given the public’s general sentiment towards advertising.

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10 links that point to the future of digital marketing:

Separating You and Me? 4.74 Degrees – NYTimes.com

This really demonstrates how quickly any brand-related message could peel through the Internet, eventually hitting a large percent of the FB user group, while also likely generating multiple impressions for many people.

How to Turn Your Instagram Photos Into Wall Art

This is a nice partnership deal between the fast-growing Instagram and a photo printing service. Both should benefit from this ‘clicks-and-mortar’ combo. Companies without a natural online-offline relationship should consider such partnerships to expand their touchpoints.

Facebook Tests More Variations On Sponsored Stories

If there’s one ad format I’m most curious about, it’s sponsored stories. This is the leading edge of content marketing, and while the creatives are less than dynamic, they’re bringing together interesting elements: The story, the people related to it, and even what they’re saying about it.

Steve Jobs Was Right: Google IS Turning Into Microsoft

If you follow the tech battle among the 800 lb gorillas, this is a good read.

Here’s How People Look at Your Facebook Profile — Literally

This really replicates much of what’s been known about website page viewing (e.g., content at the top gets viewed the most), but it’s a quick read and is certainly worth the separate social media analysis.

Can Gamifying a Restaurant Get You Better Service?

Gamification has garnered a lot of buzz, and many of the projected use cases proposed have been pretty obvious. What I like about this is, it’s employee focused instead of customer. That may sound backwards, but employees are far more likely to use it when they’re the ones getting the potential bonus.

Is Content Marketing an Asset or an Expense?

A very simple premise — is content an expense or an asset. I really like the way this post frames content as an asset. While I’m not a CPA, it continues providing value long after it’s posted, which seems to be the trait of an asset.

A Note to Our Readers About Comments – NYTimes.com

Henry Ford said something to the effect of “If we’d have listened to our customers, we’d have designed faster horses”. Steve Jobs was known for paying very little attention to what his customers said. A quick read of the comments shows how resistant people are to change. Comment threading has been widely practiced on numerous leading online publications, and from experience, I’d say to good effect.

Daily Wrap: Path is Awesome and More

Path is an app with a very fluid timeline presentation. I think the UX definitely needs some attention (but then what startup’s UX doesn’t).

‘We Are the 99 Percent’ Joins the Cultural and Political Lexicon – NYTimes.com

A fresh look at the 99% meme, which is as close as the OWS movement came to a clear position.

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Facebook Friends Don’t Let Friends Forget Them | Fast Company

With the explosion of social media and brain research, some very interesting findings are coming out. As the article notes, data on our social network size has never been more easily available than with Facebook. Interesting times ahead, for sure.

Egypt’s Top ‘Facebook Revolutionary’ Now Advising Occupy Wall Street | Danger Room | Wired.com

World revolutionaries uniting and working together. You couldn’t ask for a better example of how social networking technologies are increasing the rate of change in the world by connecting people who previously would have had a much more difficult time meeting and exchanging ideas.

NYT: We Can All Become Job Creators

Starbucks is launching a program to support local entrepreneurs: In this initiative, they’re basically taking on government’s responsibility while launching a powerful brand campaign. There’s a lot to like about this, not the least of which is simply taking initiative.

Amazon Rewrites the Rules of Book Publishing – NYTimes.com

I’d think this sets up a very interesting premise for brands to support writers that are covering an area of interest. Sure, there will be conflicts, but really, any more than what we already have in the media?

5 trends that will shape the future of mobile advertising — Mobile Technology News

Mobile’s growth, while perhaps overshadowed by tablet use, is still strong. These trends are focused on the paid media side of mobile, and much of it is really about bringing existing technologies to the mobile space, making use of mobiles location-based info to add relevance.

A Duet with Siri [VIDEO]

Probably not how I’ll be using Siri, but it’s an interesting product demo.

Toyota Uses Facebook Game As Promotional Vehicle

There have been promotional driving games before, but Facebook is a big differentiator here. There’s a big download, though, and I wonder if that’s going to play well in the instant gratification world of social media.

Gooood Morning, Nerdinam: FlipZu Makes You An Instant Broadcaster | TechCrunch

This could be an interesting offering for someone looking for audio content. It’s essentially the audio equivalent of a Ustream.

How to Really Listen

I really like this POV on what listening is really about. There’s listening, and then there’s really hearing. Corporations need to focus on really hearing people more than ever before, because if they don’t, people can sense it now more than ever before.

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The latest trends in new media marketing technologies, strategies and tactics:

Ad of the Day: Cycle Safety | Adweek

While i don’t usually post broadcast ads, I am a cyclist, and the visual effects on this are striking.

TRUE STORY: Facebook Is Keeping My Brother Alive

I’ve seen posts talking about the problem of leaving a deceased person’s Facebook page active. This is a compelling argument for the opposite approach. Keeping their page alive, even if they’re not.

Why iPads are a retail game-changer – USATODAY.com

Some good data in this story about a recent Forrester study. Bottom line is while tablets are often lumped into mobile, we’re seeing more and more evidence that tablets are a more distinct screen experience.

DIGIDAY: 5 Niche Social Nets That Work

While the big social networks pull all the buzz, if your target audience is niche enough, you might find social networks like these to reach them through.

Don’t Be a Content Marketing Grinch – Convince & Convert

I couldn’t agree more with these fundamental ideas behind distributing content wherever you can find relevant readers.

How YouTube Wins in the Great Unbundling of Cable TV | Advertising Age

A good read on where the future of television and video content is headed.

AppGrooves: App Recommendation Engine Combines Social With “Hot Or Not” Feature | TechCrunch

It’s no secret that one of the biggest challenges in app production is getting noticed in the app store. This is an interesting app idea — to help you discover the most relevant apps — but there’s still a chicken and the egg situation. How will people discover this app?

Video Marketer’s Guide to YouTube Annotations & Why You Should Use Them

Video is still proving to be some of the most effective content you can produce, and these tips will help you make your videos on YouTube even more effective.

Disney Marketing: The Happiest Social Media Strategy on Earth

This article is a great example of how content is different from advertising. If you want to drive engagement, you might still need to be selling, but you’re selling in a less-direct way.

Is Social Media Taking Over Search: SlideShare Presentation

While this gets into some higher levels than non-search people may be able track, the upshot is, if you want to improve your seo standings today and even moreso in the future, get people to share your content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The latest in new media marketing strategy and tactics:

Building the Agency of Now « Threeminds

Love this voice-of-reason POV on the industry.

The Top 10 Marketing Sites For Social Media Marketing Trends | Fast Company

According to a recent survey by Effie and Mashable, 87% of marketers said social media was “important” or “very important” to achieving their biggest marketing goal this year. So we know social is a key marketing activity for many leading brands. So where are marketers getting their social media information? From this survey, it’s not primarily the traditional advertising publishers, although a few of them did make the list.

Report: Amazon To Use Two-Finger Touchscreen To Keep Table Competitive With The iPad | TechCrunch

The battle to grab market share from Apple, be it from the iPad or iPhone, is going to be an interesting story over the next couple of years, and should offer interesting insights into the power of a brand versus a low price competitor.

Milk Campaign Withdrawn Amid Charges of Sexism – NYTimes.com

Perhaps the most interesting comment is the last line. A seasoned ad exec surprised but the uproar speaks to how much has changed since 2005. That rate of change doesn’t happen in other media platforms.

Judge dismisses Winklevoss case against Facebook – latimes.com

Read the comments on this article. Another example of how the public can be a brand’s best spokesperson.

Sidestepping Apple: From Amazon to Condé Nast, Companies Rethink App Strategies | Wired.com

Even brands as powerful as Apple can only push their will on developers and partners so far. Eventually, they’ll just go somewhere else.

Microsoft Apologizes for Amy Winehouse Tweet

While I can see the protesters points, this is a pretty blurry line. Magazines have always written cover story articles about dead celebrities, and obviously they’re trying to sell magazines. Of all these examples of companies who combined tribute with commerce, the Amazon example is probably the most sincere, and seems to have ruffled the fewest feathers.

15 Creative QR Codes [PICS]

I’m still not convinced QR codes are ready for prime time just yet, but if you’re going to do them, these examples of creative looking QR code designs would be a great start. At least these make me want to use them.

Social Media Platform For Hotels Offers Web Site Visitors Incentives

There’s been a lot of talk of loyalty programs of recent, and the merger between that and social media is obvious. Hospitality businesses are well-suited candidates for this type of program, and this is one of the offerings in the hotel business.

How Blogging Can Get You More Social Fundraisers | Inspiring Generosity

I think this goes way deeper than just non-profits. Blogging can create perceived value and expertise for a brand, even if it’s primarily for search and inbound traffic.

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The latest in new media marketing trends:

New Apps for iPhone & Android, June 2011

What RWW selected as the best of the new mobile apps to hit the market in June. A good, quick, scan.

Op-Art: Like it or Unfriend It – Graphic – NYTimes.com

Loved this Independence Day piece in the NY Times. Probably an effective history lesson for teens, as well.

iPads Generate 1% Of the World’s Web Traffic [STATS]

Given that iPad sales are ‘only’ 25m to date, this is remarkable. Then again, if you have you, you probably realize how much leisure browsing you do. Or maybe you don’t, because it happens so naturally. This really drives home the prediction that tablets will be our main form of consumption, and that desktops and even laptops will become relegated to the routine and power-hungry tasks.

EXCLUSIVE: Google To Retire Blogger & Picasa Brands in Google+ Push

Interesting to see how Google is ramping up their social efforts around +. Unlike so many of their previous product launches (ahem, Wave) where it felt like they were casually tossing a new product into the ring, you can tell they know they’re at a key crossroads, and don’t have a lot of margin for error this time around.

How a Google-Hulu Tag Team Threatens Facebook’s Future – Technology – The Atlantic Wire

More pieces that are seeming to fall into place around Google’s social push.

Twitter Testing Facebook-Like Message Wall [PIC]

If anything, Twitter has proven that just because you have a simple product doesn’t mean you have a simple user experience. What I find more interesting, though, is that Twitter has been blatantly positioning itself as a content consumption platform, but this is a strong move towards user-interactions. Perhaps they’ve realized that the key to the future of content consumption also involves a large sharing component.

Where in the World Are Google Plus Beta Testers? [Map]

If you’re launching a social product, what regions of the world do you need input from? Here’s Google’s answer.

Experiments on Google+ and Twitter Influencing Search Rankings | SEOmoz

A case study on how different social media channels impact search rankings. The SEO Pyramid at the bottom of the article is worth the entire read.

Beck’s Goes Virtual in ‘Green Box’ Art Campaign | CMO Interviews – Advertising Age

An interesting campaign, assuming the artwork revealed is good. My only question is, downloading an app often requires WiFi, so hopefully that’s something they’ve thought out. Perhaps most interesting is where the Beck’s global marketing manager states that they are leading with experiential and supporting that with paid media. That approach has been a long time coming.

Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops | Magazine

Interesting case studies on the challenge of trying to change behavior. The key takeaway for me is that when you make people part of the process, it greatly improves the long term results.

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Conan O’Brien’s Guide To Creativity | Fast Company

Great read for anyone involved in creative thinking for a career.

Amazon Sells More E-Books Than Paper Ones | Fast Company

The big story here is that the ad-supported Kindle is the top seller. That’s quite a statement, given the book world is probably the most staunch opponent of mixing advertising and content.

Landing Page Basics: Making Your Content Marketing Convert

I like case studies that share conversion data.

Content Marketing Case Studies: 5 Companies that “Get It” [Video]

Highly recommend this 3 minute video. It demonstrates how brands in a range of industries are moving past messages and into engagement.

The History of Advertising on Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC]

What this highlights to me is how little Twitter has really emphasized advertising on their platform.

Official Google Blog: Mining patterns in search data with Google Correlate

I could definitely see this leading to some interesting consumer behavior insights for brands.

DIGIDAY:DAILY – Skimming Over the iPad

This is good information for anyone in the content marketing business. A reminder that a change in medium can mean a required changed in the message. Isn’t there a famous line about that?

Square’s Disruptive New iPad Payments Service Will Replace Cash Registers

Square is definitely in my top 5 ‘companies to watch’. And while enabling mobile credit card payments is great, I think the data they provide merchants is going to be what really pulls customers over from existing merchant accounts.

Groupon Staying Ahead of the Game: Rumored to be in Talks with Foursquare

When a gorilla like Facebook comes into the location-based services fray, it’s interesting to see how the previous leaders in the space respond. Groupon’s trying to work deals through numerous LBS players, which should help them get a quick understanding of where the possible sweet spot is in this market. I still think it will be tough for any of them to beat Facebook, as I see LBS and coupons as more a byproduct of whatever mobile app people use most innately. And that, of course, is Facebook.

The Secret World of Apps | Adweek

While there are a lot of developers complaining about Apple’s app approval process, the real question is, What types of developers are driving app use? That’s what Apple is most certainly gleaning from it’s massive data tracking. And Apple is going to do everything they can to keep those developers and those types of apps in the spotlight. It’s an interesting situation, because while Apple only creates a small sliver of apps, they’re trying to levy their taste on their entire community of developers, for the (supposed) benefit of their customers.

 

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Dodge Rolls Out First Filmstrip Banner Ad

Look for a lot more of this type of experimentation going on. Rich media a la Web 2.0 never really quite nailed it, but publishers have to deliver some deeper level of engagement than what most banners current provide, or CPMs are going to stay in the cellar.

Most Creative People 2011 | Fast Company

While you might not recognize a lot of the names on this list, the brands they’re associated with is a good overview of what companies are shaking up the world right now.

New Roper Study: 9 in 10 CMOs See Value in Content Marketing « FUEL LINES

Content Marketing isn’t a term you see used a lot right now, but given these stats, I’d guess that will be changing fast.

No Check-Ins Needed. Shopkick Sends You Deals From Your Couch: Tech News and Analysis «

While I find attempts to force users to pay attention to commercials futile in the long term, the technology that’s being applied here has potential that could make that experience engaging and gamelike. Audio-sensing — basically Shazam for TV shows — has a lot of potential for getting offers, coupons, or content from the TV screen onto the mobile handset.

Why Matt Drudge Still Beats Mark Zuckerberg: Tech News and Analysis «

A couple of things i really like in this article. One, that it shows you don’t need all the latest bells and whistles to succeed in content marketing. Secondly, that content is an ongoing process, and not something you put up and walk away from.

The 3 Habits of Highly Effective Brands – The Atlantic

A well-written (and short) piece on what the top brands are doing. What’s most interesting is that the brands taking these steps are in a broad range of industries.

9 Outstanding Websites for Design Inspiration

Some nice examples of web design. Most of these may not fit your average Drupal or WordPress template, but that’s one thing that makes them stand out.

Apps 6 Times More Popular than Web on Phones, Less Popular on Tablets

This isn’t surprising at all, but I think as companies get more experienced at delivering content for the smallest screen, they’ll get the WAP technology down to the point where they don’t need apps. Of course, if you CAN get someone to download your app, you have your brand on some of the most valuable real estate in marketing.

Gaining Authority in the Age of Digital Overload

The point is, brands have to start thinking about media in terms beyond buying their way in.

Case Study: Caterpillar and blue collar social media marketing

When it comes to content marketing and social media, so many companies worry about putting employees in the social media spotlight. This interview has an excellent quote that sums up the opportunity for so many companies: “The Caterpillar organization is filled with the smartest engineers and industry experts in the world. We want to leverage their expertise and promote the individual’s persona so the reader has a better understanding of who is speaking about a certain topic, and why should they be trusted.”

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Mark Zuckerberg | 30 Second MBA [VIDEO]

I really like this. Innovation is a process, not a lightning bolt. Great perspective from one of the true visionaries in business today.

Why Color May Be The Next Twitter

Given I’m in new media, I follow about anything that gets 2 out of these three: Money, Hype, or Users. Color has the first two in abundance. But I think the potential to become a social network is a little off. While I think it could be a big hit among the photogs, the photography category isn’t anything close to the sms category, Twitter’s launch pad. It also seems to be too event-related to really consume our waking hours the way Twitter does with so many people. That said, looking forward to trying it.

Nifty App Converts Email Into A Game, Helping You Blast Through Your Inbox | Co.Design

Maybe it’s just because I saw Seth Priebatsch’s SXSW preso on SCVNGR, but the concept of gamification seems to be gaining buzz. I admittedly think some of it’s over-hype, but this email tech shows how it can be as much about correcting or improving behavior than any long term rewards program. And maybe that’s where it’s most effective.

Missiles Into Models | Fast Company

These are seriously sick 3D maps. Just what I need, another reason to stay inside with my iPad. Be sure to watch the bottom video.

A New Gauge For Brand Strength: The Tangible Brand Test | Co.Design

An interesting stress test for brands. How far does your brand extend?

Add Location-Based Q&A With the Localmind API

I like this Foursquare API’s spin on the Foursquare platform. Use Foursquare to ask questions of people who’ve already checked into a place. Perhaps limited to a small number of questions, but it certainly adds depth to the Foursquare experience.

Children’s Hospital Boston

As top social media goals for companies often center around Facebook ‘Likes’, don’t be surprised to see more brands taking intrusive steps like this.

DIGIDAY:DAILY – 5Qs: Federated Media’s John Battelle

John Battelle answers 5 questions every ad person should be curious about.

PlaceIQ’s Location-Aware Advertising Can Target You Block By Block

The real potential behind mobile advertising is targeting based on information about the user. This gives a long list of reasons why mobile is so information rich to marketers. Now they just have to sort through all this data to create an easy-to-use way to apply and purchase this targeting.

Curation Tool Storify Opens To The Public

If you’re practicing content marketing, then you’re likely using aggregation as a form of content. And while that usually consists of Sharing or ReTweeting links individually, Storify helps you collect related links and create a storyline within that content. It’s probably best applied to audiences that are looking for a more complete point of view on a given subject.

Mind controlled apps hit the market | Technology | Los Angeles Times

Perhaps the most interesting area of mobile app technology will be when we start plugging those apps into heart and brainwave monitors. The couple of apps profiled here give a snapshot of the direction that’s going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The latest in interactive marketing strategies and tactics:

Most Marketers Plan to Increase Social Media Spend This Year [STUDY]

Another survey indicated increasing interest in social media by brands. 70% are planning to increase their social media budget this year. Most interesting is that their primary social media goal is to increase Facebook ‘Likes’, and that 87% report that social media is “important” or “very important” to achieving their biggest marketing goal this year. If anyone is doubted that social media has made it to the major leagues, this is pretty strong proof.

Why People Do & Don’t Use Location Apps (Survey)

The findings are interesting regarding mobile trends. I’m surprised at the number who don’t use location-based apps is as low as it is. That seems to be changing. That said, the numbers on this survey feel a little low for complete reliability.

Moat Banner Ad Search

It’s not often I care to search for banner ads, but it does play the full animation, and present details like where it was discovered and when it last ran.

MediaPost Publications Tell The IAB What You’re Spending In Mobile

I’ve stated a few times how the mobile industry is paralleling the early days of the ad industry. There’s currently a growing gap between the use of mobile and the number of advertising dollars being spent there. It’s the same opportunity early buyers of banners and Adwords enjoyed.

Death Stalks the Twittersphere, Offering a Lesson in Consumer Exposure | Bob Garfield – Advertising Age

it’s important for brands to be aware about privacy issues like this to make sure community engagement campaigns aren’t stepping over the creep factor line. I’m sure the awareness factor of this campaign is off the charts. I’d be more curious what the conversion rate is.

How mobile phones are turning into phantom limbs – Telegraph Blogs

I have to say I’ve experienced the same thing. Really demonstrates why this is such a powerful medium. Especially for the early adopters who are before all the noise erupts.

Driving Change: Eight Learnings. | Reinventing

A must read from someone who’s done a lot to drive change within a pretty traditional agency.

Apple to Sell Square Device in Retail Stores – MarketingVOX

If you’re not familiar, Square is a credit card swiper that simply inserts into the headphone jack of an iPhone. And presto, instant credit card acceptance. That combined with it being from the founder of Twitter, it’s definitely one to watch in this space.

Design a Winning Ad Age Cover to Snag a Trip to Cannes | Global News – Advertising Age

Great idea for young creatives.

 

 

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