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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Milk Campaign Withdrawn Amid Charges of Sexism – NYTimes.com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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100 YouTube Videos Come Together To Cover Led Zeppelin [VIDEO]

More than anything, I think this shows how something as seemingly simple as video sharing has impacted so many people in so many situations and environments, and draws a common thread across all of them.

This iPhone Survived a 13,500-Foot Fall

A great brand story, irregardless of what a freak event this may have been.

Track that bias: New app visualizes cable news topics live — Online Video News

The first 2 paragraphs of this are all you need to read to get a nice sense of how text analysis can be used to add depth and perspective to a batch of data difficult to otherwise get a good grasp of.

How Bing’s Editors Choose Sexy Images To Seduce You Away From Google | Fast Company

A battle of the page design strategies between Microsoft (Bing) and Google. While Bing has supported their page launch with a significant paid media effort, I can see how this more emotional greeting is a great shot at Google’s supposed strength; simplicity. It’s like the political debate strategy of attacking, not your opponents weaknesses, but their strengths.

AmEx Links Up Facebook With Coupon-less Deals, And Lets Merchants Go Social | TechCrunch

I really like how AmEx understands their value in this corner of the market — creating a coupon experience with less friction for the end consumer. The less behavior changing you have to do, the better.

Why are web workers happier? — Online Collaboration

Agencies often struggle with the idea of an out-of-sight workforce. This is an interesting counter to that.

Game Insight Shuns iOS for Android, Prepares to Tell Facebook Crime Story

If you were a Mac user in the 90s, you have to remember how slowly, developers started investing less and less effort in their Mac apps, relative to the PC versions. Android is looking more and more like the new Windows. Better? No. But cheaper, more widely available, and thus gaining a larger customer base? Yes.

Facebook Asks Users to Help It Get Local Business Owners to Claim Their Places

Using their community to build their database of businesses. Smart move.

REPORT: How Google Plus Stacks Up Against Facebook

Given Google’s lofty brand status and massive reach in the technology world, I’m not surprised to see them come out of the blocks this strong. I don’t think 10% of Facebook’s US traffic is really the traction point for them. But the next few months could be very interesting.

New Filing Shows Zynga-Facebook Exclusivity Goes Far Beyond Credits – Liz Gannes – News – AllThingsD

A revealing, if not interesting, exploration of the relationship between these two. Facebook clearly has little to lose in this deal, and it shows Zynga’s heavy reliance on Facebook for the success of it’s platform. Like all the brand pages themselves, Facebook has put themselves in a position where they’re the only game in town, and if it weren’t for Facebook, the reality is, companies like Zynga would likely be a shell of their current selves.

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Thousands RSVP for Global Group Run on Meetup

Yet another example of a seemingly very effective campaign idea that was done with a small budget and that just about any sports or healthcare brand could have done.

Carolyn Davidson, who designed Nike’s swoosh in 1971 | THEINSPIRATION.COM

A touching clip from 1983. Great to see a company that at the time seemed like a big success already, and this was just before they really exploded.

Experian Hitwise – 1 Facebook fan = 20 additional visits to your website

It’s good to see evidence of Facebook brand activity generating corresponding site visits.

What Drove Expedia’s Facebook Fans Past 1M?

A very effective campaign for gathering fans. Now they need to figure out how to engage them.

The Future According to Eric Schmidt at Cannes Lions | Adweek

Google’s ex-CEO lays out a clear roadmap for how mobile is going to change everything. And within in a short period of time.

Big data leads to a big revival for display ads — Tech News and Analysis

There’s no question the more you know about someone the more effectively you can target them. This lift they report in performance is nothing short of remarkable: 7.5% click-thru rates, and a 4.5% conversion rate. What I’m curious about is if targeting technologies will diminishing returns as the volume increases, the way most new media marketing tactics do. After all, people only have so much to spend.

$41 Million Startup Color Is Forced Into An Early, Buzzword-Laden Pivot

When Color launched I doubted it’s odds and mentioned I’d be curiously following the story. Here’s how it’s evolved. This is the same issue big businesses are running into every day. The question is, Why would a startup ever saddle itself with the baggage of a big business?

5 Ways To Crowdsource Your Brand Using Facebook

I completely agree with the stated value of insights that can be pulled from a brand’s Facebook Page. However, I’d emphasize less about specifically requesting input, and more on simply observing what your fans and your competitors are responding to over a period of several months. Both can be insightful, but the latter will be more objective.

Now Your Embarrassing/Job-Threatening Facebook Photos Could Haunt You For Seven Years – Forbes

I doubt this will stop anyone from using Facebook, Twitter, etc, but it should have them reconsidering what they post.

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Apple, Microsoft and Now Google Show the New Path of Innovation Is From Mobile to Desktop – AllThingsD

Mobile, having obvious user interface restrictions over desk computing, is driving innovation in user experience as a way of overcoming it’s shortcomings. And now those innovations are being applied to desktop computing as well. How is that unexpected reversal happening? Probably because Google is putting money and manpower behind it.

Infographic Of The Day: The Mavs Win It All (LeBron Whines) | Co.Design

If you’re a basketball fan, this is an infographic you can love. The best part is the win/loss bars extending around the arc of the circle.

Apple’s Retail Strategy Focuses on Consumers’ Feelings | Adweek

This is perhaps branding at it’s finest. A lot of people don’t get ‘the Apple thing’, but they’re creating a retail experience that you simply don’t get anywhere else. And like so much about the brand, it defies much of the conventional wisdom in the high-pressure sales world of electronics.

Duke Nukem’s PR threatens to punish sites that run negative reviews

A good lesson that if you ever feel the need to lash out online, you might want to sit back, take a deep breath, and really think about how it might be received by the other side. A few bad tweets and this PR guy has a publicity nightmare on his hands.

Check out Wired’s response to see just how little weight this guy’s threats carried. [LINK]

Facebook Places Get Two New Features – Develop Socially

Facebook, with it’s massive community size, is smartly taking strides to leverage all that manpower into generating a recommendation-based business directory. Obviously a lot of potential here.

Case study: Is Facebook Screwing Your Brand?

This post features a thread of posts on the Budweiser page, which as the writer states, a marketing VP might say “WTF”? As we’ve seen with various ads like the Absolut ad showing Mexico having much of the US southwest, we’ve gotten accustomed to highly targeted marketing. Speaking directly to a narrowly-defined group of users. Suddenly, with social media, messages specific to one group can be easily seen by people with very different sensibilities. How a brand talks to consumers in a way that shows it knows them, while avoiding alienating other users with different views, is one of the big challenges in new media marketing right now.

P&G Launch 6 New Facebook Stores: “Live Learning Labs” [Screenshots] | Social Commerce Today

A new Facebook commerce platform has launched, and P&G is jumping on board. I agree with the benefits to P&G being potentially very insightful data on user product preferences, especially attaching ROI to social media campaigns. A lot of people won’t want to hear that, but one thing is for sure, it won’t be consumer brands.

Viewpoint: Social Media Is a Venue, Not a Strategy – Advertising Age

Could not agree more with this.

Hacker Group Wreaks Havoc On Gaming Websites

We’re getting closer and closer to a William Gibson novel.

Is This the Golden Age of Hacking? – Slashdot

It’s interesting that the same thing causing consumer creativity to flourish would also be contributing to malignant hacking.

U.K. Warns About Facebook Status Updates

While this commercial isn’t breakthrough creative, it’s interesting to note that social media activity has gone mainstream enough for the government to include it in general warnings to the public.

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US eagle webcam becomes internet sensation – Yahoo! News

A great example of how simple some forms of entertainment can be. This is an eagle’s next 80 feet high in a tree, and about 150,000 people are tuned in at any given time during the day to witness a remarkable view of nature. Live.

Here’s the link to the Ustream page with the video:

http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles

Want to See All iAds in One Place? Apple Has an App for That

If you’re doing any mobile advertising (which hopefully you are), then this is a great resource for what’s currently the richest mobile ad experience.

TV-Tagging App IntoNow Tries to Kickstart Discussions Around Shows

I’ve checked out a number of social viewing apps, and this looks to be the best interface by far. The most impressive feature is the Shazam-like ability to identify the exact episode of a show you’re watching, with a short sound sample. There’s still an issue around where you are in a prerecorded show. But this is an impressive start, and would certainly work for live TV.

Too Lazy To Count Calories? Now You Can Just Take A Picture Of Your Meal

This is pretty amazing for what it does, not how it does it. It also reminds me of services during the dot com era that involved information retrieval through swarms of human resources. I’m not sure it’s a long term model, but it gives you the taste for the potential. And who knows, maybe after humans logging several hundred thousand dishes, the machine learning will take over and automate it. At any rate, it’s an interesting app that, once again, could have been developed by any number of food or health related brands.

Location Based Photo Booth – Popwuping

It’s basically a portable photo printer that picks up on Instagram location info, letting anyone at the event print pics from the event. I could see this being a good schwag alternative for brands who want to give people a memorable takeaway.

Quakebook: From Tweet to Book in One Week | Post Advertising

A remarkable example of how fast marketers and content producers are reacting to events to produce topical content. To even come up with this caliber of title and book cover design so quickly is a feat in itself.

Baby Connection: The Two-Part Baby Making App That Brings Dad Into The Process

What makes this app unique is the way it brings two users of the app together into a unified experience. That capability not only provides innovative features, it also gets to the emotional core of the procreation process: Teamwork.

“First iPad Magazine For Kids” Makes Its Debut [VIDEO]

One of the persistent complaints is read in iPad magazine reviews is that they’re not taking advantage of the technologies capabilities to redefine the reading experience. The video shows some impressive screens, and the apps free. Now if my iPad would just arrive.

Selling Something Other than Ads // NoahBrier.com

The POV displayed by Bloomberg on this quote is pretty close to the mindset a lot of businesses interested in the content marketing game. If you’ve been spending 100s of millions on push messaging, it’s not surprising they’d be interested in something that generates more long term value, especially in the CRM category.

Obama’s Re-election Campaign Puts Facebook Front And Center … Literally

Given the impact of Obama’s first election campaign, it would make sense for marketers to pay attention to his reelection campaign. It’s interesting to note that they’ve taken their best practices from the 2008 campaign and applied them to this effort. Interestingly, they’re starting out very simple, and building out from there. That’s some great insight for brands wondering how to approach social media.

 

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At SXSW, Advertising Was This Year’s Twitter, iPad 2 Was This Year’s Foursquare

If you happened to make SXSW this year, you’ll certainly relate to this post. And if you didn’t but missed being there, this will make you feel a little less so.

Google Geo Developers Blog: A new angle on the world with 45° imagery

If you’re displaying a map, this is a good way to make it pop off the page. And they can always go back to ‘map’ view.

YouTube Acquires Service That Makes Your Videos Better

YouTube, surely feeling the distant heat of Hulu, is pushing the technology side of the service more and more lately. With the explosive popularity of numerous photo apps to make our snaps look better, the idea of making people’s videos look better is an obviously smart thing to be focusing on.

Internet is world’s ‘greatest spying machine’: Assange – Yahoo! News

He’s right. But it’s not spying. It’s called ‘conversation analysis’.

Microsoft Office 15 Aims For Facebook Integration

Easily posting of MS Office docs to Facebook. Sounds like “FacebookLeaks” to me.

To what end? The question that kills media reinvention

A theme I touch on a lot is the cross-fire currently happening between the publishing industry and the marketing industry. With publishers acting more like advertising agencies (Meridith is a great example) and advertisers needing to create more long-term resonance and less push-messaging, you could go through this article and pretty much substitute ‘marketers’ for ‘publishers’ and have a very relevant piece on content marketing.

SMS On Steroids – eBuddy Debuts Realtime, Cross-Platform Messaging App

With mobile redefining the online UX, I could see an easy-to-use, socially-enabled SMS app to pick up serious traction in the social networking space. There’s currently a big gap between mobile social experiences like Facebook and Twitter, and SMS messaging, which is still one of the largest areas of activity for mobile users. Perhaps instead of companies focusing on all the features they can do with the current crop of social apps, the approach with the broadest appeal could be to start with SMS, and see what networking features you can build out from there.

Facebook Launching Prepaid Local Deals Subscription Service

With the mobile industry already well into it’s long predicted explosion of growth, Facebook is out to stake it’s claim to anything mobile or location-based. As Places took on Foursquare, their new Deals service is a direct shot at Groupon. Only Facebook can promote it’s deals in the Facebook newsfeed however prominently it wants. Which sounds like what they’re doing.

Study: Mobile Ad-Tracking Systems Are “Blind” To 80 Percent Of Apple iOS Devices

Very good to know the next time you’re reviewing your mobile campaign metrics (or someone else is reviewing them for you). This can be worked around through focusing on site metrics, like landing page visits, which is really what we should be looking at anyway.

Ads API Profile: AdParlor’s Full-Service Solution for Game Developers

Firstly, per the headline, I wouldn’t say this is only applicable to game developers. Facebook’s advanced targeting is a true revolution in paid media, and this in-depth overview will give anyone a good sense for how it can be applied.

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Lil Wayne Crushes Oreo’s Attempt at Facebook Record

Kind of an Ashton Kutcher/CNN Twitter race redux. Not really shocking that the celebrities are taking the victories, either. No matter how much brands work it, they can’t out humanize a human.

Search Optimization and Its Dirty Little Secrets – NYTimes.com

If you didn’t catch this article, which exploded on the search blogs this week, read it. It doesn’t matter what aspect of the marketing industry you’re in.

Mobile Phones Will Serve as Central Hub to “Internet of Things”

I’ve posted before on the futuristic ‘Internet of Things’. I like this depiction of the mobile phone as the remote control to, not just your iTunes or TV, but to pretty much everything around you.

A Better Mobile Experience | Facebook

In these images of various phones employing a deeper Facebook connection. In viewing, these feel more like cosmetic issues, but taking individual Facebook components and distributing them across the phone UX does a couple of things. It makes Facebook more omnipresent, promoting use of it’s technology. Secondly, having these integrated into the phone’s database will improve the convenience, and ultimately the reliance people have on Facebook.

Facebook Promises Deep Integration on Many Devices

The big takeaway here is that Facebook wants to be everywhere, and they’re also accumulating the most accurate database of information about your likes and dislikes. Powerful combination.

Make a ClickTurn Ad — ClickTurn

While the value of content marketing is growing, there are still questions about the relationship between content and paid media. Content runs a broad gamut, so it’s not like all content is headline, article copy, and of course, the ensuing community discussion. But when your content can be condensed to an RSS feed, with a headline and copy (or video or podcast), then this is a great option for taking that content message out to paid media units. It’s much like the new Facebook ad units pulling in your Newsfeed posts as the messaging. Only these creatives can go in the places Facebook ad units can’t.

In the Future, Robots Will Surf Their Own Internet | Fast Company

First machines beat us at Jeopardy. Now they’re getting their own social network.

Facebook Page Redesign 2011: All You Need to Know

Given I’m still seeing a lot of Facebook Pages that haven’t updated to the new format, I’ll post this. It’s an inevitability — all Pages will convert March 1st — so no reason not to jump in and figure it out.

LinkedIn Channels 80s Corporate Instruction Videos

I like the concept behind these videos — using the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in short comedic videos demonstrating their service. My issue with the campaign is that it defines ‘content’ the same way so many newspaper publishers do. Thinking that the content experience is not greater than what they publish, disregarding the community as part of the experience. There’s no commenting, but plenty of options to share. Feels very one-sided. I also find it odd that they’re running ads in front of their content, which really feels more like an infomercial than episodic entertainment.

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comScore: Facebook Keeps Gobbling People’s Time

Where are people getting the time? From the looks of it, from their MySpace account. YouTube also continues a very strong upward arc (as much as Compete.com data is to be believed).

Social Media: The Final Piece of the Super Bowl Advertising Puzzle

This was way overdue. If you look at the value the Super Bowl brings, it’s mass audience. One of the few times a year when that happens on a national and even international scale. Communities often run into a common problem — they don’t have value until they have people — and the first one in is like the first person to buy a fax machine. Thus an event like the Super Bowl gives brands an opportunity to reach and connect a large group of people at once. Giving fledgling social community efforts the jump start they just might need to get over the hump.

The Future of Mobile Tagging in Marketing, Branding & Communications

If you’re working on a mobile project or looking for interesting mobile ideas, this is an exhaustive list of mobile tactics that have been used. Well worth flipping through.

Got marketing technologists? 1,000-fold growth – Chief Marketing Technologist

Interesting, and not really surprising, tracking of the growing interest in the job title “chief marketing technologist”.

Facebook Ads Can Now Specify Any Page Landing Tab as a Destination

This should drive up both conversion rates for Facebook ads, as well as increase ad sales and testing, as advertisers can now advertise numerous destinations on their Facebook Page. In addition, the article speaks to the ever-opening Facebook Ads API. While this company isn’t shy about thier dislike for Google, this gives you the sense it’s more love-hate.

Sponsored Stories Now Available in the Facebook Self-Serve Ad Tool

Facebook is really moving into interesting territory in terms of bridging paid media advertising with content development. When you consider how well Facebook has integrated itself with the outside content world, they’re in an area with a lot of headroom.

ComScore: Hulu Is Watched Twice As Much As The 5 Major TV Networks Online Combined

This speaks to the importance of good user interface and convenient access. Compared to the TV remote, surfing to different websites for content feels almost archaic.

The Rise of LinkedIn as Login of Choice [Infographic]

One of the big questions in social networks is, How many is enough. For some that meant one: Facebook. But new data is indicating that people using third-party login for business-related sites are increasingly using Facebook. An early indication that people could be looking for different ways to present themselves across the Web. No surprise there.

A Sneak Peek at 2015′s Smartphone: Sophisticated Reviews on the Go, Courtesy MIT | Fast Company

Most looks into the future aren’t as tangible as this. And if there’s one industry in who’s future I’m highly interested in, it’s mobile. At the core of this process is text analysis — mining text and mapping their meanings to give them new value and insight.

Smells Like Team Spirit | Slideshows

Another good content example that’s not expensive to pull off — I’m sure they have no problem getting various CEOs to give 30 seconds of advice — and hits their target audience right between the eyes. The addiction of short-form video snacking is in full grip here. Numerous brands trying to reach the business market could do this.

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Why Mobile Shopping Could Be As Big As Online Shopping – Yahoo! News

I’ve compared the mobile industry to the early days of the Web before, and this data also draws interesting parallels.

5 Creative Facebook Places Marketing Campaigns

Places is one of the relatively unexplored ways of marketing on Facebook. While some of these campaigns have the roughness a lot of new media marketing has, they do a good job covering the range of value in this new Facebook feature.

Adverblog: Probably the best ad in the world

I really like this clever ‘life-hack’. Sure, it’s generic to the category, but will probably drive a lot of sharing. My only issue with the campaign is putting the video on it’s own URL, and one that doesn’t even have the brand name in it. Then not even featuring the video on the brand’s home page. I just don’t get why brands continue to produce great content while fumbling the SEO part of the campaign.

Nike Ups Its Digital Efforts With the Nike+ SportWatch GPS | AllThingsD

Nike+ has been a great example of a brand taking the initiative in harnessing the digital world revolving around their products, making it part of their brand experience. Their online runners community is 4 million-strong, the largest community of runners online. How many brands can say they control the largest online community in their industry?

Startup Launches Pandora for Facebook Photos

This is interesting because it looks like it could be another way for brands to engage their Facebook Fans. It simply shows you the most popular photos in your network — something I’d think would be a nice way to casually peruse Facebook content. Popularity here is based on number of comments, like and tags. And brands with thousands of Fans generally get very high interaction counts on photos. The big question is, will they factor out Pages, reducing it to only your friends? They’ll probably have a filter for that, but then again, a lot of bands, celebrities and causes are central to people’s content interests, so it’s likely they wouldn’t be excluding Pages.

DriveSafe.ly Wins “Best Mobile App” [MASHABLE AWARDS]

Here again is another example of an app that could have been part of a branded experience, developed by virtually any car company. It would have underscored their innovation, technical prowess, and concerns for safety.

The Next Media Disruptors are Mobile Pure-Plays – Steve Rubel

An overview of why mobile could be the primary distribution platform for brand and product experiences. The core idea is summarized in the term ‘transmedia’, in which there’s convergence, with mobile being at the epicenter.

Foodspotting Thinks It’s Ready to Blow Up

Great new app that’s part Instagram, part Pandora, part Foursquare. Incidentally, this is the second app I’ve seen this week claiming to be ‘the Pandora of _____’.

60 Second Problem Solver: How Can I Get Better Search Results for My Videos on YouTube? – MarketingVOX

Given how often I see potential viral content that’s poorly search engine optimized, this would be a good read for anyone releasing a brand video.

eBay Upgrades Mobile Offerings with Augmented Reality, Barcode Search – MarketingVOX

eBay’s new app for Half.com sounds like a great strategy: Help consumers compare prices while they’re right in the store. And of course, eBay often offers a way to purchase something new or ‘like new’, but at greatly reduced prices. So while more and more shoppers are using their phones to research products in store, eBay could be siphoning off buyers right at the point of purchase.

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