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The latest in new media marketing trends:

Cannes Cyber Lions: The Winning Case Studies | Digital Buzz Blog

The headline says it all. Good stuff.

Three senior executives on the future of marketing – McKinsey Quarterly

I like the bookend effect of the first and last projections. Firstly, the CEO of Virgin Atlantic reminds us that big, mass media still packs a lot of power. And then a Yahoo! Research scientists tells us the future of marketing will be more and more scientific. Of course, both are correct, and like the influx of technology into marketing, the ones who can blend the analytical with the emotional will have the most consistently good ideas.

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The Compelling (or Creepy) M2M World of Verizon Wireless

If you’d like a quick glimpse of the future of the internet, this is your article. I’ve posted on the “Internet of Things” before, and this is a good outline of what parts of our lives that will touch. It’s also good to see a more buzz-friendly term, “M2M” emerge. Stands for “Machine-to-machine”.

First look at HTC Status, the Facebook phone – CNET

I’m not digging the design, but have to say the FB button is nice functionality. The messaging is well integrated to the FB experience, as well. It also looks more rugged than most of the large screen smartphones. All that, combined with the $50 pricing, should make this a good product for you mobile users who primarily use texting for their communications.

Microsoft Licenses GeoVector Patents For AR Navigation, Digital Watermarks | TechCrunch

Where MSFT spends their money is where they think the future is. I really like how the explanation of this technology sounds so simple. Simplicity is undoubtedly an even bigger factor for mobile than it is with desktop computing.

Shapeways | Passionate about creating

3D printing has been making big strides, but this site has a lot of potential for it’s speed, cost and tools enabling the creation of products. This space should get very interesting fast.

REPORT: Facebook Click Ad Rates Rose 22% In Quarter

Firstly, keep in mind that stats on Facebook ad CTRs are very new, and there’s an obviously broad range to the data. But it’s not surprising to see money going into Facebook’s paid ads to support the money going into brand pages. Additionally, Facebook has made recent hires to improve the performance of their display ads, so this could be the start of a longer trend.

The Most Engaged Population In Europe Is Dutch But The Future Is Russian

This is an interesting projection of future Internet influence by European country. If true, it will take a few years to play out, but definitely something to read and keep in the back of your mind.

Are There Already Half As Many Users On Two-Week Old Google+ As There Are On Twitter? – AllTwitter

The data is a little thin, and Twitter is not Facebook — Google’s ultimate target — but nonetheless, this is an impressive start. If this is even close to accurate, it indicates Google has done a good job leveraging their size and influence to generate both buzz and desire (or in social stats terms, Mentions and Positive Sentiment  ;) for Google+.

Smartphone Adoption and Usage | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

A good update of figures around smartphone penetration in the US. Most interesting is that while accessing the Internet daily is common among smartphone users (68%), that could be in part because about 1/3 of them report not having high-speed broadband at home.

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The latest in interactive marketing strategies and tactics:

The 5 Most Viral Facebook Campaigns

The difficulty in assessing these campaigns is also what’s unique about most of them. They weren’t launched by any identifiable sources. They’re also remarkably simple, technologically. Mostly just text status updates.

Get Free Chipotle Food for Watching NBC Promo on Facebook

A good illustration of how campaigns are getting more complex. In this case, i think it’s great how Chipotle has positioned themselves in this deal, leveraging their existing customer base to get NBC to give them considerable publicity, from probably subsidizing this promo, to their CEO being featured on the show.

YouTube in Talks to Broadcast NBA Games

I remember when Fox bought the rights to broadcast NFL games, making it the legitimate 4th network. And then ESPN, a cable company, took on Monday Night Football. Imagine if YouTube bought the rights to half the NFL games, and only showed them online? That’s one way to quickly get a lot of people figuring out how to connect their computers to their TVs. And yes, it would be expensive, but Google has a lot deeper pockets than the networks, these days.

Survey Finds High Rate of Tablet Adoption Among U.S. Immigrants

While this article focuses on the popularity of the iPad over other devices, I think the bigger picture is about the adoption of tablets in general (whichever market penetration stat they use — 4% or 13% — it’s still high for such a new category). I’ve seen tablet prices under $100, and if you consider the combination of a computer that’s very cheap and very easy to use, it’s not hard to see how this is going to radically change computing.

Hacker Makes Facebook Look Like MySpace, Gets Hired

A great story about a guy who hacked Facebook, and then got hired by them. Most interesting is how Facebook’s reaction and ongoing relationship with the hacker varied 180 from how MySpace handled the issue. It’s a single incident, but indicates the depth of how Facebook gets what social media culture is all about. It’s also a great indicator of how corporate culture is changing, as companies should be wanting to hire people like this, not throw them in jail.

MediaPost – news and directories for media, marketing and online advertising professionals

While there’s no shortage of talk about the rapid and structural change of our industry, few posts lay it out so clearly and succinctly as this. Of particular note is this quote: “the report advises that companies develop digital marketing strategies ‘as closely as possible to the business unit’”. It’s marketing’s shot at getting the CEOs ear again.

YouTube – Bill Bernbach on Creative Qualities

I’m certainly not a traditionalist when it comes to marketing, but this video of Bernbach talking about the traits of good communicators is timeless. I love the example he gives of the asylum at the end of the video.

Little Magic Stories: Interactive Art With The Kinect [VIDEO]

Kinect is showing some serious potential in transforming how content is created and delivered. This video shows two kids on a stage interacting with an entirely digital world around them, shown on a projection screen. This is in a similar vein as Avatar Kinect, which I reported on about a month ago (link below). As the production cost of these virtual worlds drops precipitously, the ability to create all sorts of worlds in which we can interact with is going to open up types of content previously unheard of.

Apple to Cut the Starting Price on iAds [REPORT]

If anything, I think this points to Apple’s need to understand that the bulk of their market probably won’t be the big spenders. It’s something Google has understood, and practiced, very well. Mobile, perhaps more than any other category, will do well to appeal to local businesses that spend money more spontaneously, and with much lower spend levels.

Tiny Wings is everything perfect about iPhone games

While I still think Angry Birds is a much more elegant game, this is certainly enough fun for $1. Another example of how it doesn’t take a lot of funding to make an interesting and addictive game.

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